Concert Style: The "All American" Way

My bio on several social media outlets reads: "daughter. wife. mommy. fashion blogger. stylist. encourager. friend. coffee drinker. music lover. queso taste tester. collector. nick carter fangirl deluxe." #Truth

If you know me personally, or have been following the blog for awhile, then you are well aware of my love for the Backstreet Boys and all things Nick Carter. When I heard Nick had planned a solo tour for his new album, All American, I was first in line to purchase tickets...to more than one show...duh. But, before any major planning could even take place, there was a much bigger question, "WHAT WAS I GOING TO WEAR?!?!"

South Side Music Hall at Gilly's in Dallas, TX

South Side Music Hall at Gilly's in Dallas, TX

Dressing for a concert isn't easy. You want to be dressed cute, but comfortable. Your outfit has to make sense for the venue, type of music, work with the weather, and be practical. It might seem silly or like a lot to consider, but if you think about it, we go through this thought process for whatever event we have planned. Whether it's a wedding, date night, girl's night out or fancy invite-only gala, the struggle is real. If you are anything like me, you get excited about the event first, and then immediately start brainstorming clothes options. It can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. 

Before the flu hit Kris's house (boo!), she was going to go with me to the first concert. She texted me an outfit she was considering (super cute!). I texted her back:

1.) Are you comfortable?

2.) Do you feel cute?

3.) Can you jump? (this guideline isn't necessary for all concert outings. Ha!)

I will leave out her response to my last question (haha!), but these are all relevant questions!

Top: Current Elliott (old similar here) Pants: BlankNYC (best vegan leather EVER!) Sneakers: Golden Goose (similar here) Bag: Marc Jacobs

Top: Current Elliott (old similar here) Pants: BlankNYC (best vegan leather EVER!) Sneakers: Golden Goose (similar here) Bag: Marc Jacobs

I like to start with the shoes. If I am going to be standing for 5+ hours, holding down my standing room only, first row spot, I can't do heels. I have some friends that could rock their heels without an issue, but I'm a baby. I decided on sneakers (thank you, sneakers, for being cute and fashionable right now!). When choosing your shoes, be realistic for you. Being in pain just takes the fun away. Try wearing your shoes around the house for an hour or so...do the dishes, fold some clothes, get your kids ready for bed...see how you feel after :-) If you can't do heels, and aren't feeling the sneakers, try a low heeled bootie like this or on-trend lace up flat like this.

Because I was going with a casual shoe, I decided to wear leather skinnies to funk it up a bit. A leather mini like this, A-line suede skirt like this, or culottes like this, are some more great concert going options. I love the idea of a dress like this or this too!

Hat: Nick Carter Merch Crossbody bag: Marc Jacobs

Hat: Nick Carter Merch Crossbody bag: Marc Jacobs

Next on the list, a handbag. Even though Nick Carter's new single, 19 in 99 (listen here), takes you back in time, a fanny pack, while convenient, takes things a little too far back. I feel like no matter what type of concert you are going to, a small crossbody bag is perfect. It holds your essentials for the night: credit card, cash, phone, lipstick and hand sanitizer (because Ew!). Plus, a crossbody keeps you hands-free and keeps your stuff close. You can shop some crossbody bags that would be perfect for any concert outing here, here, and here.

The bottom line is, dress to have fun. But, put some thought into it too. We can all admit that when we feel cute and put together, the night out is just better. 

 

First show in Dallas with friend, Janna. 

First show in Dallas with friend, Janna. 

Second night in Houston with my friend, Erin. 

Second night in Houston with my friend, Erin. 

If you have the opportunity to see Nick on tour, you should. It's a really fun show, filled with his solo material, Backstreet Boys classics, and throwback covers. Plus, dancing...*swoon*. It's the perfect girl's night out...or couple of nights. Ha! I am currently having withdrawals.

If you have the opportunity to see Nick on tour, you should. It's a really fun show, filled with his solo material, Backstreet Boys classics, and throwback covers. Plus, dancing...*swoon*. It's the perfect girl's night out...or couple of nights. Ha! I am currently having withdrawals.

All American.

All American.

Thank you Wonderful Union for putting this together! 

Thank you Wonderful Union for putting this together! 

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Thank you to CBS Radio & KVIL for the intimate acoustic show and Meet & Greet with Mr. Carter.

Thank you to CBS Radio & KVIL for the intimate acoustic show and Meet & Greet with Mr. Carter.

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My first two stops on Nick Carter's All American tour were so much fun and certainly unforgettable! I've got round 3 coming up soon, and I'll let you all know how it goes. And, of course, what I end up wearing.

For those of you that love going to see live music, do you have any concert going must-haves? Leave us a comment below...we love tips, too!

Over the next couple of months, we will talk more "What in the world am I going to wear?" situations. We've got you covered!

Have a great week you guys!

xo, 

jack

 

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