Perfect harmony: The art of concert style

By Marisol Magana

I think we can all agree that going to music festivals is awesome. It’s a great way to hand out with friends and support the artists you love. What can really ruin the experience, however, is sore feet from standing hours on end or getting absolutely soaked in sweat after being outside in the scorching sun. There is a delicate balance between comfort and fashion. On top of that, different genres have different fashion trends that will either bring you compliments or strange looks as you walk into the venue. Let this be your guide on what to wear and what not to wear to some of Phoenix’s hottest (no pun intended) music festivals.

Metal Madness

Metal Madness // Illustration by Marisol Magana
Metal Madness // Illustration by Marisol Magana

Although Arizona isn’t the place that comes to mind when you think of metal music, that doesn’t mean that Phoenix can’t rock out. Monster Mash Festival is a three-day festival from Oct 30th – Nov 1st. That being said, it’s more than likely you’ll be standing around for hours on end. A perfect solution to this problem is a classic pair of Converse. Preferably, black and grungier is better!

Fan loyalty is a huge deal for metalheads since it’s such a niche genre of music, so bringing a little cash for merch is a must. But then you’re faced with another problem — you now have your shirt, but now you have to carry it around for the rest of the day. What you can do is wear a simple tank top with some jeans to the concert. Then when you buy a shirt, you can just slip that on over.

Finally, metal concerts especially can get a little chaotic. Two words — Mosh. Pits. So it’s best to travel light and not bring a huge purse. I use a wristlet to keep my phone, money and IDs together. If you don’t have a wristlet, there’s always the option of putting your cash in your socks, old-school style.

In Style Indie

In Style Indie // Illustration by Marisol Magana
In Style Indie // Illustration by Marisol Magana

Summer’s End already happened, but that just means there’s even more time to start planning your outfits for next year! Indie festivals like Summer’s End are basically huge parties with lots of college kids dancing and having fun. So whatever’s in style at the moment will probably go over well. High-waisted shorts, crop tops and anything with fringe on it is probably a safe bet. A pair of trendy sunglasses and a cute hat or headband would also tie the outfit together. And of course, you’re probably going to be standing all day, so bring a comfy pair of sandals or flip flops.

While what you’re wearing can say a lot about you, it’s important to remember that what matters is having fun and enjoying the music. As long as you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing, just enjoy yourself and let the music do the rest!

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