How to Dress for a Heavy Metal Show

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If you're headed to your first heavy metal concert, congratulations. You'll want to dress the part so you don't stand out as a newbie. Dig into your closet or visit your local used clothing store-to dress for a real metal show, you have to go retro.

  • Wear an authentic concert tee or don't wear a band on your chest at all. Plain tees are fine, but wannabe tees have no place at a concert. If you have a souvenir tee from any metal concert, go ahead and wear it. If the only concert tee you own is from Air Supply, leave the authentic tee at home.

  • Put on your oldest, dingiest and most ripped up pair of jeans. They must be genuinely old and worn; not a new pair sporting the used look. Metal heads know the difference. Make sure your old jeans fit, or put on a beat-up leather belt (You don't want to lose your drawers in a mosh pit). If your old concert jeans are too small, find a secondhand store and locate a new old pair.

  • Choose motorcycle boots or a beat-up pair of tennis shoes. Don't wear open-toed shoes, slip-on loafers or high heels. If you wear cowboy boots, you are just asking for trouble.

  • Complete the outfit with gelled, wet-look hair and accessory pieces such as leather wrist bands or a studded dog collar. Women should wear heavy eye makeup. Dark, defined eyes are a must, but use waterproof products. You'll sweat at the concert, and you don't want the makeup to run.

Tips & Warnings

  • Watch current heavy metal band videos. Dress like the band members. Stay away from bright colors and loud patterns. When in doubt, go with jet black.
  • Hair bands from the 80s are not the heavy metal of today. Think nose rings and tattoos and leave the feathers and big hair at home.
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