I’m not trying to say that you need to be wearing the latest trends all the time, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to, at the very least, be acutely aware of their existence. I myself may be a few weeks late on this one, but it is still very much a thing in the fashion world, which is why I felt the need to bring it to your attention. This one is important because you won’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to get in on the trend.
Kanye, Rihanna, Kendall, Kylie. What do all of these people have in common other than the fact that they are identifiable by one name? They’re all rocking vintage graphic tees. It’s a trend that I’ve been noticing more and more not only on Snapchat, but on Saturday mornings in coffee shops and chic boutiques around town. If you’ve seen Bieber’s line of merchandise for the “Purpose” tour, you know what I’m talking about. The font, the artwork – it’s all designed with a certain heavy metal vibe in mind. It connotes a Metallica or Twisted Sister t-shirt you’ve seen on an overweight woman at the county fair scarfing an elephant ear.
The same goes for the “Yeezus” tour. It’s designed with a time period in mind. That font – it’s so metal it hurts. It’s inexplicable, but right now, the best thing you can do to get back onto the cutting edge of fashion is to go back to your parents’ house. Trudge down to your basement or garage, find your dad’s ’86 Def Leppard tour t-shirt, and wear it out next time you’re about to hit the bar. You’ll be the belle of the ball.
Remember in the mid-2000s when Von Dutch hats and Ed Hardy were must have articles of clothing? Kevin Federline, Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher – they were all wearing that corny garbage and just like any other fashion trend it trickled down to the masses. We saw it on MTV Cribs or TRL and just had to have it. I was still in middle school, but I can vividly remember asking my mom for a Von Dutch hat, only to be laughed at and told that there was no way I was getting a hat that cost $100 dollars. Ridiculous, in hindsight, yes. But it’s not ridiculous when it’s in, and right now – the Von Dutch hat of 2016 – is the rock and roll graphic t-shirt.
In the 90s, a Nirvana t-shirt and an oversized plaid button down was all the rage. That fell out in the late-90s or early-2000s when Abercrombie & Fitch got hot, and now look where we are. Back at peak grunge. Fashion is cyclical. History is doomed to repeat itself, right? Well, the same goes for any fashion trend literally ever.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a lemming when it comes to trends. If I see one of my personal fashion icons like Shia Labeouf, Jonah Hill, or A$AP Rocky wearing something that is within my price range, there’s a good chance I’m going to buy an article that is similar. And the oversized, graphic t-shirt is right up my alley. The only difference between this trend and the Von Dutch hat or the rhinestoned atrocity that is an Ed Hardy shirt is that you don’t have to break the bank to acquire one. Sure, you could go to a quaint little boutique where they have brand new graphic tee’s that look they’ve been through hell and back, but you could also just head down to a Goodwill. Fork over a cool five or six bucks and you can more than likely find yourself a dank Iron Maiden tee that will get plenty of side-eyes and compliments.
Do I listen to Iron Maiden, Metallica, or ZZ Top? No, not really. I could probably name five songs total from that group. But the t-shirts are dope so who really gives a fuck?
I realize that following fashion trends is a little silly and unimportant on a grand scale. I can, and do, on occasion dress like the prototypical white male in his mid-20s. Khaki shorts with a 5-inch inseam, polo by Ralph, and loafers. But that look get’s so boring sometimes. High fashion is something that not everyone really gets and that’s totally fine. To follow these trends is a tad basic and sure, maybe a little feminine. But I like clothes, what can I say? If you want to call me a sheep for that then so be it. For all of the hate that my more outlandish outfits generate I know there’s a silent majority out there who enjoy them and is grateful for the graphic t-shirt tip. You’re welcome. .
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