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Band T-Shirt Style: How to Dress a Band Tee

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While this article of clothing is often left out of most people’s fashion essentials, you’d be surprised to discover how timeless, versatile, and practical the humble band t-shirt can be. 

For many years, band tees and concert tees were simply ways people could express their taste in music and appreciation for their favourite artist, but, for the most part, these band shirts were hardly ever seen as a major fashion statement. 

Today, vintage band t-shirts have found a place in fashion, with celebrities, fashion lovers, and of course, music lovers all wearing band shirts for style and expression. 

Whether you’re a die-hard fan who wears their coveted Led Zeppelin tour t-shirt to death, a collector looking to dust off their old collection and bring it out of their wardrobe, or someone about to shop for the trend, there are now a ton of different ways you can rock a unique outfit with a vintage band tee. 

From wearing them with a feminine skirt to going oversized, or pairing them with leather to workwear, here are different ways you can wear a band shirt that keep things interesting while staying true to your style.

Are Band Tees in Style 2021?

The band tee has always been in and out of mainstream popularity throughout the past decades, but they’ve never truly gone out of style. However, it’s about time that the 2021 summer season brings it back, with different celebrities and fashionistas having worn band shirts throughout the season and making them unique to their own styles. 

From simply pairing it with jeans and sneakers to dressing it up with heels and bright colours, there are so many ways you can work the trend alongside this year’s trends.

How Do You Style a Band Tee?

Rock a Laidback Look with Your Favourite Jeans

It might be the default outfit to wear a band shirt with, but jeans and a t-shirt is an effortlessly cool and down-to-earth look that never fails. Our favourite thing about wearing jeans and a band shirt is how easily you can wear them while making them interesting and personal. 

For a more refined casual look, you can tuck your band tee into some classic blue jeans and a belt or crop it and pair it with high-waisted jeans. For a more metal or grunge style, have a baggy, oversized band shirt left untucked over dark-wash or ripped skinny jeans with your favourite pair of canvas sneakers.

Dress Them Up

Just like any other t-shirt,the band tee can easily be dressed up or down depending on different occasions. If you’re looking for ways to bring your concert t-shirts into a smart setting, men and women can easily turn them into striking business casual accent pieces by adding them underneath a blazer and trouser set either paired with some smart shoes like brogues or heels, or tread the casual line a little more with some white sneakers. 

For women, skirts can instantly make the top look more feminine and chic, while men can rock a bold day-to-night look and wear brightly coloured or patterned work sets with more high-end fabric to offset your vintage band shirt.

Dress Them According to the Season

Perhaps the best thing about the band t-shirt is that it is a year-round staple that you won’t ever have to hide away in your wardrobe at any point, as you can put together an outfit — or several — for each season with the vintage tees you already own. 

For the summer, pair your band shirt with denim shorts and wear them with sandals for the easiest outfit you can wear. If it’s especially hot out, you can pull together an easy DIY by cutting off the sleeves of one of your band t-shirts to keep cool. 

Aside from denim shorts, women can also pair their band tee with skirts or dresses and open-toed shoes for a girlier look, tying the shirt with a knot at the waist for a cinched and more feminine take on the style.

When it starts to get chilly, women can still wear their favourite skirt with band t-shirts and protect themselves from the cold. Simply throw on a jacket and some lace tights over a short skirt for a grungier look, or go for a maxi skirt to protect yourself from the cold even further. 

For men, this is the perfect time to rock the leather jacket and combat boots combo to pair with your band t-shirt for an edgier outfit.

Final Note

The humble band t-shirt has come a long way since it first came around in the late 1960s and was a simple way to wear and share your love for your favourite artists. 

Today, the band t-shirt serves the same purpose for many, but has also become a significant fashion staple that will never go out of style. Whether you love to pair it with a skirt or your baggiest trousers, the band t-shirt is the perfect everyday accessory that anyone can shop for and look good in.

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Anna Kim

Anna Kim was born and raised in Korea before moving to London at age ten. Surrounding herself with other fashion-lovers and having constantly experimented with her style since childhood, Anna isn’t afraid to stand out in what she’s wearing. Her lifelong adoration for all things fashion and her strong roots where she grew up have allowed her to write and share about anything and everything that’s currently trending in Asia and the rest of the world.

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