How To Style The Band T-Shirt #1

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

One thing I always buy when I go to concerts/gigs is the band t-shirt. I feel the t-shirt is used as a sense of pride and/or identity (I did my university dissertation on branding of bands so I could go on all day about this but I'm sure you aren't here to read about that). Back to the t-shirt, I usually see this as a casual part of an outfit you can just throw together with jeans and trainers. I rarely wear jeans and trainers so I thought I'd share with you different ways you can style the basic band t-shirt.

PARTY HARD

party inspired band t-shirt fashion outfit flat lay from the high street

A simple party outfit replacing a boxy crop top for a band t-shirt. I have picked this t-shirt from The Blackout as it features a graphic design, (a common theme with band merchandise) teamed with a black circle skirt from New Look. To break up the colours from the t-shirt and skirt, I've added this elastic belt with a gold butterfly buckle. It's a great item to use if you want to cinch in your waistline and create an hourglass body shape. I have chosen to use a dusty pink quilted shoulder bag as it neutralises the outfit, but you can use a pop of colour such as yellow or go tonal with a lighter or darker shade of blue. I love these Jeffrey Campbell Lita platform ankle boots, not only do they give me 5cm on my height, (which I really need) but they're gorgeous and feminine. They can seem a bit pricey but they're a statement piece and can be worn dressed up or dressed down so it is technically an investment, which is a very good way of looking at it, plus it makes you feel less guilty handing over that credit card. It would be wrong not to include little white socks from Topshop, not just because it's the name of my blog, but I just love the look of the lace trim showing above my shoes.

A band t-shirt is used as a sense of pride and/or identity.

To keep the continuing blue and gold palette, I have chosen these accessories. I love this heart shaped necklace from Forever 21 as it has a dainty floral wallpaper style design with a vintage feel about it. These are a bracelet pack from River Island which incorporates the blue and gold theme in different bangle styles. I have chosen 3 nail paints from Models Own which I suggest not wearing together, (unless you're supercool at nails and can make it work) but I couldn't pick between the three. The first, Beetlejuice, has a shimmery two-tone finish. The second is Freak Out!, a glitter polish to use over already painted nails. The last is Valerian, a pigmented glitter used to cover the entire nail. I've added a studded black bow from Topshop that you can wear with your hair in a ponytail or with a hair bun. I always love adding something pretty to my hair.

COFFEE SHOP SOUNDTRACK

casual inspired band t-shirt fashion outfit flat lay from the high street

This is a causal relaxed look, something you'd wear to go shopping or out for coffee. This t-shirt holds quite a momentous value as it was the from the first time seeing All Time Low back in '09. Tailored peg leg trousers from Zara in an all over damask pattern which is in a lighter shade of pink so it's not over powering but adds detail. I have folded the bottoms up as I like trousers that sits above the ankle, maybe it helps me look taller as it looks as if my trousers actually fit me (really having a dig at my height in this post). The 'Glitter Dancing Shoes' are from American Appeal, which came with these beautiful ribbon laces so I am constantly changing them to match my outfits. If you wanted wear heels instead, a chunky platform shoe in a light brown would work perfectly. The bag is not actually from The Cambridge Satchel Company, which I get asked all the time, but from LYDC. I don't think the photo gives it justice on how bright the pink actually is, think pink highlighters. A satchel brings a sense of sophistication to any outfit which can be versatile from day to night.

The outfit already features a few bright pieces so I thought I'd carry on this theme with fun, bold accessories. The ring is just a little heart with a smiley face on it, and the bracelet is of Mickey Mouse in numerous colours. They remind me of my childhood and have a home made feel about it which I like. The watch from Next has a bright strap made from rubber to coincide with the artificial theme. The necklace is another piece from the Betsey Johnson cheerleader collection which is a gemstone whistle on a long chain. Usually I'd be a bit cautious pairing yellow and pink together, but as they're soft tones they compliment each other creating a bold and effective look. The white can be used for french tips or experimenting with nail art. (Nail paints;from l-r matt white, yellow and bright pink all from Barry M). One of the simplest hairstyles I wear is the basic bun. It's a quick and easy style to master, and by adding something as simple as a floral bun surround from River Island can add a modern twist to this classic look. I have added a pair of oversized lensless glasses from Lazy Oaf because it plays on the idea of sophistication in a fun and playful way.

how to style the band t-shirt

Check back next week where I'll be posting two more t-shirt looks.

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