How to dress for a K-pop concert


Calling all K-pop fans on the West Coast! Although school is just ‘round the corner, those lucky to be living in LA have something to look forward to because the SM Town Live ’10 World Tour is fast approaching. With tickets confirmed, the question everyone seems to be asking is,

Here’s a basic what-to-wear’ guide featuring YesStyle brand tictak, that captures a pop, rock and punk attitude. Perfect for those who want to channel a little K-pop fashion for the evening but are genuinely confused about how to achieve it.

Make sure you stand out amongst the crowd since your top-half is more likely to be seen in photos, but remember that comfort is key.

For those who are not wearing band/fan T-shirts: weather is not an issue here since the concert will be held indoors at the LA Staples Center, so you don’t have to dress to the whims of the temperature. Keep in mind that things may start to heat up as the show progresses: dress in thin layers which can be easily removed and carried around when you start getting hot.

When it comes to choosing the right top, stay away from the prep basics aka dress shirts and blouses. Cotton, silk or any other woven fabrics that need ironing will wrinkle easily particularly when your shirt is sandwiched between your sweaty body and the back of the chair. Do the arm-test: raise your arms to see if your shirt falls at a comfortable length. If it’s too tight or short you’ll be constantly be adjusting it the whole evening. Take into account the width of the sleeves – fitted sleeves are prone to show off underarm sweat while kimono, dolman and flutter sleeves are more forgiving.

Be mindful, when choosing your outfit, to avoid trends that are ‘people-repellant’, particularly mesh, lace and distressed fabrics that tend to get caught on hooks and buttons. The last thing you want to be doing is trying to unhook your shirt off of another angry fan in a jam-packed stadium as SuJu saunters past.

Jersey is your best friend; cotton jersey is even better for breathability. Make this essential into a concert-worthy piece by opting for bold prints that can be easily spotted amongst the crowd. Look out for playful neon hues and patterns that resemble kaleidoscopes caught on cotton. If you’re from the all-black pack, choose tops with eye-catching graphic illustrations and details such as fringe sleeves, grommets, studs or sequin appliqué that will sparkle against your midnight color palette. In regards to the silhouette, choose drapey and oversized or fitted and long.

Metallic “Heart” Short-Sleeve, $28 Short-Sleeve U-Neck Print, $30 Short-Sleeve Embellished “Skull”, $30 Distressed Dyed Long, $40

The outfit will only look right with a bottom that complements the top. Who cares that there might only be a few full body shots?

If you’re the type to sweat easily, it’s better to leave your skinny jeans at home and opt for a pair of shorts to match your tee. Not comfortable with baring your legs but are bored with denim? Throw on a pair of leggings underneath.

Leather or pleather leggings. They have that rock-and-roll attitude but will probably leave you with rashes at the end of the night because the fabric doesn’t allow the skin to breathe. Skirts are cute and flirty but unless you’re going to stay seated the entire night, the miniskirts should stay at home – that also goes for any that flounce or have frills, unless you wear leggings or shorts underneath.

Shorts are your best bet for a comfortable yet chic concert look. You can still inject a little attitude into your look by opting for frayed denim shorts and acid-wash applications. Or take a plain pair of shorts and find a matching belt to make your look more interesting. Skorts are a better option for those who want to wear a skirt. They don’t require leggings so you can stay cool dancing in your seat.

Denim Skort, $45 Embellished Washed Denim Shorts, $30 High-Waist Tie-Hem Shorts, $40 Drawstring Shorts, $35
For those who don’t want to waste time mixing and matching tops with bottoms, a one-piece dress is the perfect solution

This is not an event for the apologetically pretty type. Rock the night out in military-inspired pieces and dark shifts with decorative details and draped silhouettes.

Because this isn’t a cocktail party, avoid all skin-tight numbers that may ride up during the course of the evening. Strapless tube dresses should also stay at home unless you plan to wear a cover-up on top. Adjusting your dress is the last thing you want to be doing when partying it up. This season’s maxi dress is an option for concert wear but will depend on the cut and style. Flowing peasant skirts will get trampled on and you may end up tripping over yourself when walking up the stairs in the stadium.

If you’re still gung-ho about wearing a maxi dress there, choose one that hits mid-shin. The tank dress version is the best style for concerts since it’s slim-cut, which means it won’t trail behind you. Make sure the skirt flares out slightly as it allows you to walk easily. A washed denim dress in cool indigo blue is the perfect retro-meets-rock look at the moment. Generally, if the hemline on the dress is too high, wear shorts or tights underneath. Substitute jewelry for rhinestone-encrusted appliqué, studded necklines and exposed zippers that give a girly dress an instant dose of edge. Girls with boyish figures can rock a shift-dress effortlessly while girls with curves should opt for a fitted waistline and an A-line skirt.

Dyed Faux Leather-Waistline, $48 Button-Detail Peplum, $40 Washed “Ribbon”, $38 Embellished-Neckline Ruched-Side, $55
It may be hot inside but it’s gonna be cool once you’re out. To prevent after-party chills, find a cover-up before you head home!

Don’t forget: finishing off the night with a grand exit is just as important as your entrance. A small note on jackets and cover-ups for before and after the concert.

Avoid heavy cottons, thick leathers and outerwear with a pile or quilting. They may look good with your outfit but remember that you’ll be toting it around with you the entire night when it gets warm inside. Stiff outerwear gets cumbersome to carry when you’re trying to take pictures and mind your personal belongings.

Draped vests are good accompaniments to a concert look. They won’t combat the cold entirely but they’ll provide some warmth when you transition from concert to car. A cropped denim blazer can be folded and stuffed into your bag, and it’ll still stay wrinkle-free. For those who prefer a more low-key look, a plaid/flannel shirt, cardigan or thin hoodie can be tied at the waist or slung over your purse, leaving your hands free for picture taking and waving.

Slit-Sleeve “Heart” Cropped, $35 Polka-Dot Puff-Sleeve, $38 Studded Panel-Detail Printed, $38 Long-Sleeve Check, $45



Accessories Note:

Some last tips on a stress-free concert experience.

Wear a pair of shoes you don’t mind standing around all day in,  so if you’re not used to wearing heels, this is not a ‘special occasion’ event to wear them. Canvas sneakers, ballet flats and loafers are your best bet. Run the risk of being stepped on in flip-flops and open-toe shoes.

A small crossbody or shoulder bag to hold all your personal belongings including the tickets, cell phone, cash, ID, keys and a point and shoot camera. Avoid bringing backpacks or oversized bags in case of a security check.

Have fun and rock the night away in style!

Missed out on seats to the concert? Click here to win free tickets to the SM Town Live ’10 World Tour in LA! Contest closes on August 26th.

Jersey is your best friend; cotton jersey is even better for breathability. Make this essential into a concert-worthy piece by opting for bold prints that can be easily spotted amongst the crowd. Look out for playful neon hues and patterns that resemble kaleidoscopes caught on cotton. If you’re from the all-black pack, choose tops with eye-catching graphic illustrations and details such as fringe sleeves, grommets, studs or sequin applique that will sparkle against your midnight color palette. In regards to the silhouette, choose drapey and oversized or fitted and long.

5 comments on “How to dress for a K-pop concert

  1. Sheri Kasch August 26, 2010 11:55 pm

    Although I’m not going to any concerts soon this was a great article (:

    when I saw all the new items from tictak on the site I was instantly intrigued ~ very cute designs! (>w< )

  2. Shonnae Robinson August 27, 2010 12:15 am

    Were was this article like 3 yrs ago when I wore all the wrong things you mentioned in concerts and either froze to death by trying to be cute in thin clothing or was melting like an ice cream pop in a packed stadium or theater. This article definitely deserves PROPS for the Bona-fide concert goer all seasons around. ^^

  3. Percy Lau August 28, 2010 11:56 am

    My girlfriend likes this article. Unfortunately she won’t be able to attend the SMTown concert this time:(