Concert Style

Before going any further I have to take a minute and acknowledge the one year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre that occurred in my beloved Orlando one year ago today.  The pain is still so very raw and palpable in our beautiful city.  I hope you’ll take a moment to send up a prayer for those who are still grieving, 49 beautiful souls were lost in the early morning hours of June 12 and the survivors are still trying to heal.  Please, in honor of those victims, perform an act of kindness today.  Thank you.

It seems weird and I’m not even sure how to transition from something so tragic to something seemingly so superficial as fashion.  Ugh, here goes…

Friday night we did something we don’t often do.  We went to a concert! Ha!  Here’s the deal, my husband goes to concerts at least a few times a year but me?  Not so much.  I don’t love the crowds and I hate spending the money on the tickets.  In my mind a concert ticket equates to a new outfit.  So when my good friend asked if we wanted to join her and her husband for the Hall & Oates Concert no one was more surprised than me (and my husband) when I immediately said yes.  I mean who am I? Am I a huge Hall & Oates fan? No, not really but I do like their music.  Tears for Fears was opening for them and I like their music too, so really it was a win-win situation.  But I enjoy spending time with my friend and I am trying to open myself to experiences.  Anyway, when Friday rolled around I was so excited!

Shortly after getting the tickets my attention turned to what to wear.  It’s hot and steamy in Orlando but the concert was indoors.  I knew we’d also be walking quite a distance because the Amway Arena is huge and parking would be an issue.  So no heels for me and that rules out about half of my “going out” wardrobe.  My “night out”wardrobe requires heels!

I know I’ve mentioned my cold shoulder black top before here when I wore it with these gingham shorts. The reason I bought this top in the first place is because I was thinking of the concert. Now back in the day (when I was younger and thinnner, lol) I would have worn skinny jeans and sky high heels but alas I’m about a week into my 49th year, I weigh about 5 pounds more than I’d prefer, and I have foot issues. So, this is how a former 80’s hottie dresses for a concert, lol!:

These days I am all about being comfortable and still trying to be stylish. I want to look at a picture of myself or look in the mirror and see myself – not a version of me who’s not true to who I am, I hope that makes sense. I feel like this outfit achieves that, my top is one of my favorites, I’m wearing my go to Kendra Scott Rayne necklace, my favorite cuff from Accessory Concierge, and a new pair of Vionics. I bought this pair for less than half the price of my other pair! I’m also carrying an old crossbody Dooney & Bourke bag. All I really need is my license, a credit card, my phone (for pictures,lol) and lipstick. I’m carrying my license in hopes that I get carded. Yeah, right but a girl can dream!

As I write this it’s Sunday night and the concert was Friday.  We had a blast!  It’s so funny how music can take you back in time.  I swear as I was listening to Tears for Fears (who was amazing btw) it was 1985 all over again and I was back in high school. Music is so very powerful.  You know what else?  My outfit was perfect!  I was comfortable and didn’t regret anything I wore so I would definitely stick with this combination for future concerts.  But I do have to say my friend and I saw some very interesting outfits!  People watching is so fun at a large venue!

The next look is what I’d do if I was going to wear this outfit to dinner and a movie. The only thing I’d really change is the shoes. Here I am wearing my new shoes and I love the way they look with these old shorts of mine. These shoes are so versatile. They are also surprisingly comfortable!

The rain finally quit on Friday so I threw on this outfit and made my son snap some pictures.  It was brighter than bright outside but I decided to leave my sunnies behind and just go for it.  I apologize in advance if the quality of the pictures is not what it should be.  Around here what you see is what you get, this is me.  I am interested in learning to edit and take pictures so they’ll look better but I’ll never photoshop because I don’t see the point.  I also need to learn to pose.  To be honest taking pictures is so hard for me because I simply don’t know what to do and I get super nervous.  Silly, right?  It’s even worse when we do pictures out front because even though we live on a super quiet street every now and then a car drives by and I die!

So if you’re looking for an outfit to wear to a concert my advice is to find something that’s comfortable and stylish. You’ll want to have a good time and enjoy yourself, that’s hard to do when your feet hurt or you’re too hot! You can shop similar cold shoulder tops below, I hope you’ll add one to your wardrobe – I think anyone can wear this style! That’s what’s in This Blonde’s Shopping Bag today, see you back here on Wednesday!

Be extra kind today,


Cute tops: (including some cute plus size options):
Plus Size Women’s City Chic Cold Shoulder Top • City Chic • $39
Plus Size Women’s City Chic Uneven Stripe Cold Shoulder Top • City Chic • $59
Women’s Catherine Catherine Malandrino Bela Cold Shoulder Blouse • $78
Plus Size Women’s City Chic ‘Romantic Motif’ Cold Shoulder Top • City Chic • $48.30
Women’s Bp. Tie Sleeve Cold Shoulder Top • BP • $45
Women’s Lush Surplice Cold Shoulder Top • Lush • $32
Women’s Vince Camuto Ruffle Cold Shoulder Blouse • Vince Camuto • $47.40
Women’s Bp. Cold Shoulder Top • BP • $35
Women’s Elodie Ruffle Cold Shoulder Top • $35
Women’s Topshop Ruffle Cold Shoulder Top • Topshop • $68
Women’s Gibson Cold Shoulder Top • Gibson • $59–64

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