What to Wear to a Rap Concert

By on March 23, 2015

Dressing up appropriately is a very important part of attending concerts. You can call it a case of dressing for the occasion. Now each genre of music demands its followers to wear a certain type of attire. What you wear at a rock concert will usually not be the same as what you wear in a hip hop concert.

When you are dressed in the correct clothing, your overall concert experience is significantly enhanced. People tend to enjoy music more when they are wearing something that bears a resemblance or an association to the nature of the music that they are listening to. It gives them the sense of belonging. That is why, you need something that gets you into the mood. You need something that gets your hands swaying and your hips swinging. Most importantly, you need clothes and accessories that define you as an avid fan of a certain artist or genre.

We already talked about what to wear to a rock concert. So what about a rap concert? It can be quite a challenging task as well. If you are overdressed or underdressed for the occasion, you may end up being the laughing stock among the crowd. Above all, wearing clothing that is inappropriate for a rap concert may terribly reduce your excitement for the event itself.

To ensure that you don’t end up making a complete mess of yourself at a rap concert, here are some tips that will make you look appropriate at a rap event.

  1. A funky T-shirt.
Missy Elliot

Missy Elliot

You will never look like a rap fan unless you pull off a funky, colourful and long t-shirt with plenty of images and writing printed on it. This may sound clichéd to some, but it’s actually the best kind of clothing that you can put on during a rap concert. If the shirt is too long for your comfort, then simply tie the bottom end at the front in a knot. The loose fitting shirt will make it much easier for you to freely move your arms around and dance to the beat of the MC.

Sleeveless shirts are fine but the long sleeved ones really bring out the badass rap fan inside of you.

  1.  Harem shorts.


Baggy trousers have almost become synonymous with rappers, although musicians of other genres prefer these pants as well. As a fan of rap, you need to get these pants worn way below your waistline. Don’t be afraid to show off a little bit of that crazy, polka dotted red underwear beneath the baggy shorts. If the temperatures are down below normal, then you could opt for baggy trousers or three quarters instead of shorts. You could also pair up your baggy pants with a colourful belt. Just make sure that you know which pocket your phone is at. Concerts can be an ideal location for pick pockets.

  1. Jewelry.
Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

The dress code for a rap concert has very little to do with elegance. It’s all about showing off how comfortable you are in your clothes. With that being said, there is always room for you to show a touch of class with an exquisite sparkly necklaces and bracelets. Sparkling gold or silver accessories are highly recommended.

  1. Bright sneakers.


Wearing flip flops, sandals and boots to a rap concert can be considered cardinal sins. The only thing that is cool enough to turn heads and raise some eyebrows among the rap loving brothers and sisters in the crowd are eye-catching bright sneakers. It’s ideal to not wear them with socks. If you do wear one, make sure they are white and short. You don’t want your sock to snatch the attention away from the spectacular sneakers you are wearing.

  1. Bandana.
Da Brat

Da Brat

Depending on the specific genre of rap that you are listening to, bandanas can be a cool accessory to add to your attire when attending such concerts. Black and blue bandanas are no longer in trend, so you may want to try out some of the brighter colours in green, pink, yellow and orange.

  1. Killer shades.
Jean Grae

Jean Grae

Most of the concerts begin when the sun is still out there in the sky, and the heat is smashing on your skin. If you want to look cool, calm and intimidating during a rap concert, you may want to put on some of those killer black tinted shades that are available in the market. Make sure you take them once night falls, unless you’re pretending to be Pitbull.

These are some of the basic clothing and accessories that you should consider for a rap concert. You are free to customize and personalize your attire as much as you can. Remember, rap concert clothing is all about looking relaxed, chilled and composed.

(all images are sourced via pinterest)


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