My husband surprised me with tickets to a country music concert. I’m excited, but I have no idea what to wear. Jeans come to mind, but that’s about it. Any suggestions for cute country concert outfits? Thanks, Dana

Hi Dana,

A country concert is a lot of fun, and part of that fun is dressing up. Jeans or a casual dress are the most popular things to wear. It’s often tricky to find that fine line between looking country-cute and over the top in western wear that makes you look like you just stepped off your horse. Like anything, balance is key. Here are some country concert outfit ideas to pick and choose from.

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1. Denim is the Natural Choice

You’ll never go wrong wearing a great pair of jeans to a country music concert. Bootcut, flares, skinny jeans, or cropped; they all work. As for color, the general rule of thumb is, the lighter the jean, the more casual the look. Trending is embroidered jeans, jeans with fringe at the pant hemline, distressed jeans, and rolled cuff jeans.

2. Choose a Sweet Top

Western-style is fun and flirty, so be sure to pair your jeans with a sweet top that has a laid-back feel. Some of the best styles right now are off-the-shoulder tops, cold shoulder tops, flowy peasant tops, front tie tops, and soft relaxed tees. Tops with fringe, a few ruffles, or wide flowy sleeves will also give you that country western look and feel.

3. Plaid or Gingham = Classic Country

For a more cowgirl look, wear your jeans with plaid or gingham. Roll up the sleeves on your button-down plaid or check shirt, throw a cute camisole on underneath, or open your neckline and add a pretty antique necklace. A cotton plaid shirt is traditional and down-home, but for a country music concert outfit that is a touch more elegant, try a silky gingham blouse.

4. A Cute Floral Dress Will Give You a Western Vibe

Casual dresses make great country concert outfits, so long as you stay away from anything too slinky and cocktail-like or a dress that is tailored and business-like. Instead, go for something more girly and feminine such as a swingy sundress with a tiny floral print.


5. Lace and Eyelet

Lace and eyelet are also feminine and go well with the country vibe. They look great paired with denim. Perforated booties keep you cool.

6. A Casual Maxi

A maxi dress is another great country music concert outfit. Country style is sweet and natural. Maxis in flowing fabrics with ruffles fit right in. A free-spirited, feminine floral with a sweet boho print works well. Top off your maxi dress with a faded jean jacket, a soft, unstructured leather or suede purse, and cowboy boots or booties.


7. Chambray

You could also wear a chambray shirt dress. Chambray is soft-washed denim that has been very popular in the last couple of years. It’s the perfect match for this type of event. You can wear your chambray dress with bare legs and some cute cowboy boots or booties or earthy sandals, or pair it up with black leggings.

8. Fringe is Flirty

Fringe has been a major trend lately, and it’s well suited to the cowboy spirit. A top or sweater with fringe or a fringe accessory like a fringe bag or fringe booties can also set the mood.

6. Cowboy Boots are Classic 

Cowboy boots are an obvious choice for country concert outfits. For a modern take, try western-inspired ankle booties.


9. Western or Native American Accessories

A slouchy suede saddlebag, a raffia cowboy hat, and some western statement jewelry tie your look together. Dangly jewelry, earth-toned jewelry, jewelry with feathers, beading, hoops, turquoise work. So does rustic silver jewelry, hammered jewelry, native American jewelry, leather belts, and big metal belt buckles.

10. Don’t’ Forget the Hair and Make-up

The country music look is just as much about the hair and make-up as it is about clothes. Keep your hair big, loose, and wavy like you’ve been out working on the farm—no stiff city girl coif. Your makeup needs to be pretty and natural too, or you will throw off the look.

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