From Camden Market or Afflecks Palace bootlegs, to £40 allegedly ‘vintage’ looking Metallica shirts in any given high street store, to, you know, actual gigs, band t-shirts are everywhere. Throughout my life as a teen emo kid, to a grown up emo kid and frequent concert-goer, I have owned and worn my fair share of them. Looking back, many have been horrendously ugly (but I loved the band and obviously I had to buy something, to make sure everyone else knew that), so in my old age I have reigned myself in a bit and refined my taste, and will now only buy a shirt if I like it in an aesthetic capacity, as well as liking the band it represents. Thus, I am able to wear my band t-shirts as part of an outfit more #fblogger appropriate than black skinny jeans and Dr Martens.
This ‘look’ is an example of my idea of dressing up a band shirt. I wore my Sheer Mag shirt with some smart wide legged trousers (which you’ve also seen here), all white Converse and my standard biker jacket, and accessorised with very #fashion skinny scarf (tied at the back, for a nice change), Dior round sunnies and my Stella McCartney bag. I think that this all balances out quite well – the outfit dresses up the band t-shirt, and the band t-shirt dresses down the more formal trousers.
There’s something I really like about considering old (or new) band shirts as an actual sartorial option, rather than just a souvenir or hungover Sunday only outfit, and I hope you’re off to dig out your old merch after reading this. I’ve also put Sheer Mag video (for their absolute 10/10 hit ‘Fan the Flames’) above, in case you fancy a listen!
Photos by Joe Davenport