You made it another week, congrats!
I feel like minutes are meshing into weeks at the moment, and not all of them are good. But instead of dwelling, I’m trying something different this week with six ways to wear a band tee! Six different band shirts, size different ways to style them. Simple!
If you’ve ever been an emo kid, or alternative in any sense, you’ll probably treasure your collection of band tees like I do. Each one is from a show I’ve enjoyed, each one has a lot of history in them. They’ve been cut up, sewn back together and had numerous amounts of beer down them. And that’s what I love about a band tee, so I’m going to show you a few different ways that I style them!
We’re starting with my favourite style — simply wearing a favourite vintage-styled skirt! This is honestly how I wear band tees 90% of the time since it’s an easy outfit. Usually it’s not styled with makeup or hair done because this is a ‘throw-it-on’ sort of outfit. But with makeup it looks pretty dressed up!
Fun Fact; This t-shirt is from Japanese band Girugamesh’s first ever London show in 2008. How it’s still holding together, I’ll never know, but I do love it!
Retro Meets Hardcore
Slightly more retro-influence for this tee. Over the years I’ve stopped cutting up band shirts so I can wear them as-is with rolled up sleeves. This Alexisonfire tee has been seen on here a few times already. But paired with this geometric pencil skirt and Splendette bangles gives it a more retro feel and ends up more put-together.
Dressed Like Your 16-Year-Old Self
When I was 16-18 I had this one mini skirt I wore until it literally disintegrated. It was made from a pair of jeans I had when I was 13 that had emo lyrics and band logos on it. Why am I giving you this juicy knowledge of my teenage years? Because she also looked like this photo. But thinner. And with black hair. And less anxiety. But I digress! Looking like an emo degenerate is always my favourite, and this is the sort of outfit I wear to gigs or emo nights still.
Tee fact; This Dir en grey t-shirt is from a 2005 tour. This happens to be my oldest band shirt, and I wore it to their most recent London show. It made me feel really old telling kids it’s a 15 year old shirt!
Six Ways To Wear A Band Tee
50’s Style, Daddio!
Took a rockabilly influence for this style, and paired this tee with a flared skirt, good hair and a neckerchief. Although the scene will probably turn their noses up at it for not being a rockabilly band, I don’t care. I love getting reactions from rockabilly and vintage people when they realise that they’re not the only ones into post hardcore!
Pro Tip; This style looks absolutely bangin’ with 50’s wide-leg jeans. If your arse fits in them, of course.
The Grown-Up Emo
What you see here is a nearly-30-year-old emo kid. She is wearing a tee from The Used’s In Love and Death anniversary tour. She also cut the shirt so low it’s practically showing tits. Why is all this happening? Because 2016 was a weird time for her, okay? Stop judging.
But this is basically how most grown-up-emos seem to look, wearing all-black and a liquid lip from Jeffree Star. Don’t @ me, we’re all wearing the same, gals! Although seriously, a stretch pencil and a band tee is a beautiful pairing, so you can’t complain!
Sometimes, bands take weird decisions on merchandise. Coheed and Cambria made the choice to make off-white shirts. Which means this top is often difficult to wear with anything other than black. Luckily for me, this handmade skirt of mine is the perfect off-white beige to match it!
I love outfits like this because it looks like I put a load of effort into it. That’s certainly helped by this fabulous Rubylea turban though!
So there you go. Six ways to wear a band tee!
How do you guys wear your band tees? I want to hear/see your style, especially if your style is vastly different from your music tastes!