A Summer Outdoor Concert Outfit for Women Over 50 High Or Low

Women over 50 may not be showing up in drones at Lollapalooza and other all-day music festivals, but there often is an opportunity for many of us to attend an outdoor concert or two in the summer. We are all familiar with the “music festival look” on 20-year-olds, including a floral print mini-dress with cowboy boots and the prerequisite wide brimmed hat. However, a summer outdoor concert outfit for mature women is a little bit different.

Basically, we like a longer dress with more comfortable shoes and sophisticated styling. Oh, and yes, we like the practicality of a sun hat, too! That’s why I put together this summer outdoor concert outfit for women over 50 and styled it both high-end and low-price.

How To Style a Summer Concert Outfit

  1. Keep it simple! I like 3 easy pieces for summer like an easy-to wear stretchy midi dress, with comfortable flat shoes and a crossbody bag. If it is cooler you may need a jacket and a denim one with pockets is ideal because it offers additional storage for lipstick, cash and other essentials.
  2. Wear a lightweight bag. A crossbody bag is fitting because it is secure and will keep your hands free. For some outdoor concerts there may be stadium bag size requirements and it cannot exceed 4.5″ x 6.5” which is very tiny. Another option is to wear jeans with deep pockets to keep your essentials and wear a phone bag.
  3. Stay sun safe. Put on your sunscreen before attending daytime events and wear a wide brim hat and/or sunglasses for sun protection. Tuck a small sun block stick in your bag or pocket to reapply throughout the day.
  4. Wear something fun! A music concert is an opportunity to wear something a little over-the-top. Be a rock star and wear bright colors, bold prints or pieces that are embellished with a few sparkly sequins, studs or rhinestones.

Summer Outdoor Concert Outfit for Women Over 50

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Agate Print Knit Maxi Dress

A slip on midi dress that flares at the bottom is ideal because it is long and won’t ride up. I fell in love with this sunset colored Ulla Johnson Gaia Dress for $690 with a wavy stripe reminiscent of agate. Knits are on trend this season and this one has a beautiful variety of textures. It is worth the investment but you may need the $690 to pay for the concert tickets these days! So another option is this Zara Asymmetric Knit Dress for only $45.90. It is a lot less expensive as well as less one shoulder! But you can still stay comfortable if you wear a strapless convertible bra with one strap under it.

Short Sleeve Denim Jacket

You may already have a blue denim jacket, but this Veronica Beard Raina Cropped Denim Jacket in ecru caught my eye. Veronica Beard designs the best fitting, most stylish and collectible jackets. I adore the slightly puffed sleeves. So you may not blink at the $400 price tag. But if you do, this Amazon (US) Cropped Denim Jacket for Women with 3/4 Sleeves is worth a try for only $9.91! (Maybe now you can get the dress!)

Wide-Brimmed Straw Sunhat

If you are at a daytime outdoor summer concert where you pick a spot on the lawn, a wide-brimmed straw hat makes good sense to shield you from the sun. This beautifully woven Gigi Burris Millinery Mary Jane Straw Wide Brim Sun Hat fits the bill for $385. Or maybe it does not fit the bill because you can pick up this San Diego Hat Ultrabraid XL Brim Straw Sun Hat for only $53 and not have to worry about it so much at the event.

Crossbody Mini-Bag

A small lightweight crossbody bag is essential at an outdoor festival or music concert. You’re arms will be free (to have a cocktail and/or dance) and your belongings will stay safe and secure. This gorgeous Bottega Veneta Mini Cassette Leather Bag for $2,500 in this deep burgundy brown is one you can wear all year and add to your bag collection. But for a fraction of the cost (like 20%!) you can get this Madewell The Box Leather Carabiner Mini Crossbody Bag for $128.

Soft Leather Flat Sandal

Comfortable shoes are a must for an all-day event, and a pair of flats like these Vince Dylan Slide Sandals for $275 are perfect, especially in this cheery papaya yellow color. Or you get these Franco Sarto Glenni Sandals in goldenrod leather, now on sale for only $59.40.

Shop This Summer Concert Outfit


Ulla Johnson Gaia Dress, $690

Veronica Beard Raina cropped denim jacket, $400

Gigi Burris Millinery Mary Jane Straw Wide Brim Sun Hat, $385

Vince Dylan Slide Sandal, $275

Bottega Veneta Mini Cassette Leather Bag, $2,500

Total for High-End Outfit: $4,250


Zara Asymmetric Knit Dress, $45.90

Amazon (US) Cropped Denim Jacket for Women 3/4 Sleeve, $9.91

San Diego Hat Ultrabraid XL Brim Straw Sun Hat, $53

Franco Sarto Glenni Sandal, now $59.40

Madewell The Box Leather Carabiner Mini Crossbody Bag, $128

Total for Low-Price Outfit:$296.21



Are you planning to attend an outdoor concert this summer? What will you wear?

Carol Calacci

You may also like to read New Color Trend To Try: Warm Neutrals With Pops of Bright Colors and The Best One-Piece Swimsuits for Women Over 50: Splurge Or Steal.

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