Thursday, 4 August 2016

OOTD - What To Wear To An Outdoor Concert

Summer weather means summer concerts for me, and nothing makes me happier than listening to live music in the warm weather. This summer I had the pleasure of attending a number of different concerts from Bryan Adams to Dave Matthews Band at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre here in Toronto with American Express Canada, and the whole experience has been a treat. Going to see an outdoor show is a much different experience than an indoor venue, and I learned that there are a few tricks to dressing for all the summer elements.  Here are some of my best tips for what I wore to stay cute and comfortable for the outdoor concerts at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre.

Dress - SheIn (old - similar)  Chambray Shirt - H&M
Shoes - Old Navy

Dress In Loose Fitting, Light Clothing

It may seem obvious, but the secret to success when dressing for an outdoor concert is to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing in light materials. Tighter clothing can be restrictive, and the last thing that you want to worry about when dancing along to your favourite artists is having to adjust your outfit. Seeing as you're outdoors, it can get quite hot; lighter fabrics are definitely best when trying to stay cool in the heat. Plus, I always anticipate eating and drinking at an outdoor venue so the looser clothing can come in handy when I want a second round of mini sliders!

Dress In Layers

My experience with outdoor concerts, especially at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, is that it can go from warm and muggy to cool and breezy with the setting of the sun - especially since you're right on the water!  I like to wrap a light jacket around my waist, or carry a summer scarf in my bag to stay comfortable during any weather changes throughout the night. I've also used said light jacket as a makeshift umbrella during a sudden rain shower while watching a band outdoors - and boy was I glad to have it!  Chances are you'll be rocking out under the glaring sun without a cloud in sight, but dressing in layers is a great way to be prepared for all weather conditions so that you can stay comfortable and keep your focus on the music.

Wear Comfortable Shoes and A Weather-Proof Bag

Another obvious tip, but one that seems to be forgotten by all of the poor girls I see teetering around in sky-high heels at the Molson Amphitheatre.  The energy of an outdoor concert is incredible, and I find that people are more inclined to stand up and start dancing - I know that I am, anyways! Know that you'll be standing for the majority of the concert and wear some comfortable shoes.  The same principle applies to your bag; you don't want to be worried about scuffing a designer bag when dancing at a summer concert. Opt for a maintenance free, weather-proof vegan leather bag and spend the evening worry-free.

It May Seem Tempting, But...

  • Although you may be tempted with a forecast of rain for your summer concert, leave the umbrella at home. Opening an umbrella during a show may ruin the view for the person behind you, and everyone deserves to have fun!  If there are raindrops in your future, opt instead for a sturdy hat and smile - there really isn't quite anything like dancing to your favourite artist in the rain!
  • I know that we live in the digital age, and everyone wants to capture their fun for the world to see, but I promise you - you will have a much better time if you put your phone away for your summer concert. Speaking as a self-proclaimed phone-addict, I really start to enjoy myself when I lay off the Snapchat and just focus on the music. Keeping your phone away during a summer concert is also very respectful, not only for the artist you came to see but also for everyone in the audience - it's no fun sitting behind someone who is viewing the entire show from their tiny screen.
For those of you who follow me on Snapchat (username: LAPETITENOOB), you would have seen that I had the most memorable experiences watching The Dave Matthews Band and Bryan Adams at the Molson Amphitheatre thanks to American Express Canada and Amex Invites.  Thanks to Amex Invites I was able to score box seats for Dave Matthews, which allowed more than enough room for some serious dance moves, and front row seats for Bryan Adams! Front row - when you're able to make eye contact with a rock and roll icon, it’s a memory that stays with you forever!

Not only does Amex Invites provide you advance access to some of the best shows, but simply flashing your American Express Card at the gates of the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre lets you breeze through the line with your own Front Of The Line entrance and also gain access to the American Express Lounge!  I took advantage of every perk for both shows and I can tell you as someone who is line-phobic, the Priority Access is incredible. The American Express Lounge is a great place to grab some food and drinks before the show and just relax - plus, I can tell you first hand that the food is amazing! In the end when you eliminate all stresses and are allowed to just focus on having fun, it creates the most memorable moments.  Be sure to head to to see how you can create your own memorable moments this summer.

What do you guys think?  Whats been your memorable moment this summer, or is the best yet to come? Have you tried using Amex Invites?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Thank you American Express Canada for my memorable moments.  This post was sponsored by Amex Canada.  The views and opinions expressed in this post however, are purely my own.

1 comment

  1. Great tips Joelle! Looks like you had an amazing time!

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