As more and more celebrities are now wearing band T-shirts, we thought we’d take a moment to tell you how WE wear OUR band tees, because no…you surely don’t need to rock $1,000 dollar shoes or $500 pants to accompany your $25 shirt from Rockabilia. Now without further ado, let’s get started:
10. Cut the sleeves off, and wear it with gym shorts or joggers, for the toughest “athleisure” look yet! Show off the “guns” in a vintage Guns N’ Roses tee – amirite?
9. Go with oversized! One huge (pun intended) trend in band tees we’re seeing lately is quite literally to either go big or go home. Honestly, I was skeptical at first. My baggy shirts and huge pants phase is personally long gone, and thus I have been rocking shirts that actually FIT me properly ever since. But after sizing up a size or two, it’s undeniable: the comfort level is off the charts, and it gives you a whole new look and feel.
8. For the ladies out there, a vintage band tee tucked under high-waisted shorts or “mom jeans” might SOUND like a disaster, but in reality…it actually looks pretty rad. Yeah, we’re just as surprised.
7. Layer it with a long sleeve underneath. There’s a reason why this look has been around for decades, and still manages to look cool. By adding a little contrast under your band tee, it really makes the logo & graphics pop.
6. If you really want to make it look vintage and worn, wash in hot water and dry on high heat, fade it by keeping it out in the sun, and cut some small holes throughout. OR just wear it to enough shows and get in every mosh pit you can, so you can earn it the right way! Either way, band tees age like fine wine.
5. Customize! So you finally found the perfect design from your favorite band, but it’s not available in your size. OR, you’d much rather have it as a tie-dye. Well fear not: these aren’t problems that either a pair of scissors or a bit of bleach can’t solve. With a little DIY spirit, you can wear the tee you’ve always dreamt of.
4. We may be biased because we love and miss the 90’s, but for real: a band tee layered with an open plaid flannel long sleeve shirt is one of our personal favorite looks. Grunge is back, and we’re here for it.
3. Wear it with a black leather (or faux leather) motorcycle jacket. This style works with every band in every genre of music. Seriously: black metal, classic rock, punk rock…whatever you’re into, it just looks perfect under an open black leather jacket. Rock & Roll and leather jackets: they go together like peanut butter and jelly.
2. The most classic look of all when it comes to band shirts: rock a vintage band tee with jeans (with holes or without), and either a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars (lo-tops or hi-tops both work equally here), or a pair of Vans slip-ons. The classics never go out of style, and this one will always stand the test of time.
1. Just wear it! Seriously, at the end of the day, there is no right or wrong way to wear a vintage band tee. They look great paired with just about everything, and besides…isn’t the whole point of them to show off your love for the band? Always remember: passion before fashion!