The Ultimate Summer Concert Style Guide

There is no better season to grab your besties, put on your dancing shoes, and spend an evening with your favorite bands live on stage. This summer’s concert calendar in Southern California is booked with a ton of tours to choose from — just make sure you have that perfect Insta-worthy outfit!

Here are a few of our favorite artists touring this summer paired with stylish outfit inspiration…

BOY BAND OBSESSED

• JESSE MCCARTNEY (July 24 – House of Blues Anaheim)
• NIALL HORAN (August 5 – FivePoint Amphitheatre)
Bring out your skinny jeans, graphic tees, and fly hi-tops, because these boy band alums call for the best in hipster style—what can we say, it’s a sign of the times. We know Harry Styles loves a good plaid or floral pattern, so mimicking his Britpop attire is nothing short of perfection. SoCal summer nights can get chilly, so that cozy flannel or vintage bomber tied around your waist will always come in handy, too.

ROCK THE HOUSE

• IMAGINE DRAGONS: EVOLVE TOUR (July 21-22 – The Forum)
• PANIC! AT THE DISCO (August 15 – Staples Center)
Rock this outfit like lightning and the thunder. Distressed denim with a vintage rocker tee is the ideal pairing for comfort and style here. To kick it up a notch, pair with bold outerwear, like this red denim jacket, and trendy ankle boots like these will turn some heads. Vegan leather shorts or leggings, with a simple tee will have you feeling that punk rock vibe. For the guys, try on a short-sleeved button-up and edgy moto jeans.

ON THE RUN

• G-EAZY (July 31 – FivePoint Amphitheatre)
• BEYONCÉ AND JAY-Z (September 22-23 – Rose Bowl)
• J. COLE (September 5 – Honda Center)
Nothing says hip-hop like Drake or the legendary Carters live on stage. For the ladies, an easy go-to outfit is a simple black romper or jumper with your best bling. If one-pieces aren’t your “lemonade,” go glam with some leopard shorts and a black tank. For the guys, keep it simple and let your date shine, like Drake and Jay-Z do — put on a simple black tee with your best denim and some killer sneakers like these from Vans. Don’t be afraid of donning that edgy side and showing your street style.

KICK THE DUST UP

• SHANIA TWAIN (August 3 – Staples Center)
• ERIC CHURCH (September 28 – Ohana Festival, Doheny State Beach)
Dust off those cut-off shorts, go-to cowboy boots and your favorite summer tank, because country music calls for sweet Southern attire. Boots will be easy to do the two-step in, and don’t forget that perfect summer hat and flannel.

SIMPLE SOPHISTICATION

• SAM SMITH (August 25 – Honda Center)
Nothing breathes Sam Smith style like simple and classic. This is the moment when the ladies can slip into that LBD, trendy Calvin Klein loafers or heels and some classic jewelry. This goes for the guys, too. Any piece you choose in black, white or neutral with a pair of Oxfords will have you humming “Stay With Me.”