In the 1950s T-shirts burst into the world of casual wear, when Hollywood hunks like Marlon Brando and James Dean normalized wearing what used to be considered underwear as stand-alone garments. Over the course of the next six decades, t-shirts became an avenue for self-expression, including causes within the world of music. Some t-shirt slogans and artwork, like the Rolling Stones plump lips with a tongue sticking out, became synonymous with rock itself. Today, band t-shirts are sold everywhere from high fashion shops to thrift stores.
As Father’s Day approaches, why not pay homage to your dad’s awesome taste in music by wearing one of his old shirts? Our fathers’ generation is rife with awesome bands that set up the music culture of today. Whether your dad is a former Dead Head or still rocking out to Depeche Mode – he’s bound to have some musical memories to share with you.
While your Dad’s vintage AC/DC t-shirt may have some serious street cred in addition to carrying personal meaning for you, one thing it’s unlikely to do on a female body is be flattering. T-shirts are made to flatter the wide shoulders and V-shaped backs of young men, not the various shapes of women. Luckily, this is an easy fix. Just as punk rock allowed an accessible and DIY spirit to the world of music, Pinterest has given the modern woman the tools to amend any t-shirt without skill. (Insert description of what Michaela did to her t-shirt). Our current favorite way to wear this style of t-shirt is with ripped boyfriend jeans and mule sandals.
If you’re looking for a t-shirt with a punk-alternative style, why not check out our Fight the Good Fight muscle tee? The slogan harkens back to the days of 1960 folk music with a social message, but the logo is decidedly modern. In addition, every t-shirt sold provides seven meals to a child in need and invests with one of our Kiva partners.
7 Easy Steps!
Step 1- What you need: Dad's old concert tee, Sandpaper (coarse), Razor blade (or scissors), Cardboard box (A flap from the top of the box works great)
Step 2- Start by distressing the places a T-shirt would naturally wear over time- Collar, hem and sleeves. Take the sandpaper rub across the neckline until a hole appears, repeat this step on the bottom hemline and sleeves. Tip: Start with small holes, you can always make them bigger later
Step 3- Make small holes using the razor blade, (note: the holes will get larger the more you wash and wear the shirt)
Step 4- Use your fingers to pull apart the small holes, this will give the shirt a more natural distressed look.
Step 5- Go over the already created holes to make larger if desired.
Step 6- Use the razor to create randomly grouped holes around the bottom front and back of the shirt as well as the shoulders and sleeves.
Step 7- Rock dad's old tee with pride, and feel good about recycling those old new threads! :)