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Wearing a concert shirt to a concert - y/n?

Updated on March 13, 2012

This will be a short little ditty, but I am curious as to what people will have to say.

I went to a concert the other night. This in and of itself is not so newsworthy - I go to lots of concerts. But in case you are interested, this one was The Trews, and they were fantastic, even if the venue double booked and they went on two hours late which meant for an extremely late night for me and I am too old for that shit. They're a great live act, and I have a huge crush on their singer. He has a way of making it seem like he is looking and smiling right at you, but which I mean OMG HE WAS LOOKING AND SMILING AT ME ALL NIGHT *flail*!!!! Anyway. You should check them out if they are in your area.

There were a lot of people wearing concert shirts at that concert. I love a good concert t-shirt. In fact, my wardrobe is largely made up of them, causing my sister-in-law to threaten to nominate me for certain makeover shows. There is one band that I have enough of their shirts for every day of the week. I don't drink when I go out (unless it is the Armistice Day Ball, but that's a whole other story), so at a concert, a t-shirt is my major purchase. I like them because they support the bands I like, and because I don't feel like I am trying too hard to be fashionable in something else and failing. They are my comfort zone.


I never, ever, wear my concert t's to a concert. Like, ever. After I have made my purchase, I either sling it around my neck or shove it into a pocket. And honestly, I secretly cringe inside for all of the people I see wearing them, especially if they are wearing an old concert shirt of the band they are seeing. To me, this smacks of trying too hard. Like, "look at me! Look at what a big fan I am! I have seen them live before,so not only am I a big fan, I am probably cooler than you, too. Maybe even bad-ass." I guess to me, it is the musical equivalent of eating at trendy places to be seen amongst the trendy people. You go to be seen, not for the food. I hate those places. I categorically refuse to eat at any of them. Part of this is because I have two kids, and those places aren't all that kid friendly. Part of it is because all of the young, beautiful people make me feel old(er) and frumpy(er). But mostly, it is because I am an ornery gal, and don't like doing what is expected of me. But I also like to go where I am comfortable and there is a broad cross-section of people and where they might just have colouring pages and crayons for my kids.

I dress for comfort at concerts too. Well, I dress for comfort all the time (why yes, I am wearing a certain plastic shoe, and yes, I do firmly believe they are good for all occasions), but since we're talking about concerts now, we'll go with that. This sometimes means that I am the only one wearing a pink tank top in a sea of black punk and goth, because it is hot out and being too hot makes me cranky. My butt is never threatening to peek out from a short skirt (and yes, we can all be thankful for that), and my footwear is never fashionable. Never ever.

So, what I want to know is this: is wearing a concert shirt to a concert acceptable? Am I making too much out of it? Am I just old and curmudgeonly? Am I being no fun? Or is wearing a concert shirt to a concert as awkward as it makes me feel?


P.S. No fooling he was looking and smiling RIGHT AT ME.

And a Trews video. The accoustic version of my favourite of their songs. Which they did NOT do. Woe.


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    • stclairjack profile image

      stclairjack 5 years ago from middle of freekin nowhere,... the sticks

      had no idea that wearing the band t-shirt at the concert was in poor taste,... but then i dont buy band t-shirts,... i buy cd's,...

      loved this read, fun to cruise through,... voted up and new follower!

    • mmcalli0 profile image

      mmcalli0 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      It is never acceptable to wear the T-shirt of the band you are going to see. I learned that like ten years ago back in high school.