Styling Band Tees: I’m With the Band, But I Still Want to Look Like A Girl

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So I have something to admit, I used to be a bit of a punk wannabe back in the day. You know, I had the scene side bangs, the rimmed black eyeliner that would even scare a mama raccoon and a taste for Green Day and Fall Out Boy (I may still sometimes indulge in the last one). I may have retired my Warped Tour style years ago, but one thing I’ll never retire is my love of music.

Recently, I’ve realized the concert tees I used to rock in middle and high school, usually with a pair of ripped jeans and Converses, are not all that flattering. Many music tees are oversized and look boxy on a woman’s frame. Fortunately, many stores now carry women’s sizes, but if you still love a cult band (like I do) you may have to style that tee into fitting like a shirt you got from Forever 21. Below is this look, my style tips and picks for best concert tees, as well as my favorite bands/ songs at the moment and lastly makeup deets. Enjoy darlings!

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Outfit Details and Style tips:

Tee: City and Colour Women’s Sometimes T-Shirt, $25

Skirt: ASOS Full Midi Skirt on sale for $16.50 but only in yellow (sad face) similar American Apparel Chiffon Pleated Skirt or Missguided Rai Faux Leather Full Midi Skirt Burgundy 

Shoes: Go Jane a few years old, but this style is my ride or die and I can’t find similar ones anywhere (extra sad face).

Tips:

When fashioning up a band tee I suggest:

  1. Accessorizing, whether it be a statement necklace, such as the Zelda Fringe Bib Necklace from Bauble Bar or the Etched Tribal-Inspired Necklace from Forever 21, adding Navajo jewelry, ear cuffs, bangles, the works, really adds style to a band tee.
  2. Headware is your best friend: This is not the time to slack on your hair or pull it in a pony. If you want to go for rocker girl chic, working out that do is a must (even if it is that California bedhead look). I love headwraps such as the Leaf Fringe Goddess Chain Headwrap by Urban Outfitters or ASOS Fine Filigree Hair Crown. I also love a good hat, which will keep the sun off your face at outdoor concerts and festivals. My picks: ASOS Skinny Band Felt Floppy Hat (comes in black and burgundy) and H&M’s Felt Hat in Wool.
  3. Even if there are not women’s sizes by a mens small.
  4. To make a larger size shirt work tuck the shirt into a skirt, this also works with high-waisted shorts (not so much jeans, the fabric tends to bunch in the jeans).
  5. Add a belt to cinch in your waist and any extra material. My picks: H&M Waist Belt and Forever 21 Braided Faux Leather Belt, I love a braided belt because you can use the braids as holes to tighten at the waist where regular belt holes wouldn’t hold up a belt on a skirt.

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Top Concert Tee Picks

  1. Forever 21 Rolling Stones Racerback Ringer Tank (their selection of women’s fitted concert tee’s is probably the best out there and so inexpensive!, browse their graphic tee section for more options)
  2. H&M Ramones Oversized T-Shirt
  3. Beyonce Pink Name Tee 
  4. Junk Food The Who Tee 
  5. Hot Topic The Rolling Stones Fang Tee 
  6. Hot Topic The 1975 Logo Girls T-Shirt
  7. Urban Outfitters The Strokes Boyfriend Tee
  8. Rad Drake Royals Tee  (this Royals collection is hilarious, features Beyonce, Kanye, Lana Del Rey and more dressed in royal clothing)
  9. Spencer Gifts Dibs On The Guitarist Racerback Tank
  10. Target Taylor Swift 1989 Tee 

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A List for the Fellow Music Lovers

I only picked rock/indie music this time, if anyone wants my R&B, Hip Hop or Pop picks I’ll do those in another post.

  •  City and Colour is my perfect music, so I like every song, but give these a try:
    • We Found Each Other in the Dark, As Much As I Ever Could, Little Hell, Grand Optimist, Waiting…, Comin Home and Hello, I’m in Delaware, Sleeping Sickness.
  • Ed Sheeran: Tenerife Sea, Thinking Out Loud, Bloodstream, Give Me Love
  • Dashboard Confessional Hands Down, Stolen, Vindicated, Dusk and Summer
  • Death Cab for Cutie: The New Year, Crooked Teeth, Summer Skin, I Will Follow You Into the Dark
  • Led Zeppelin: Levee Breaks, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love
  • The Rolling Stones: Beast of Burden, Satisfaction
  • The Doors: Roll, Baby, Roll
  • Vance Joy: Georgia, My Kind of Man
  • Hozier: Arsonist’s Lullaby, From Eden
  • The Lumineers: Slow It Down, Flowers in Your Hair, Dead Sea
  • The Civil Wars: Devil’s Backbone, The One That Got Away
  • The 1975: Sex, Chocolate, Settle Down

*Support these artists and buy their music on Itunes!

Makeup Details

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Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte in Classic Ivory (obsessed with this, it’s full coverage and you can use if you have dry skin!)

Concealer: MAC Prolong Wear in NW15

Powder: NYX HD Photoready Banana Powder

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, Filled in with Tarte Amazonian Brow Mousse in Medium Brown, Set with NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette

Eyeshadow: Crease: LORAC Megapro Khaki, ABH Chocolate (outer crease). Lid: ABH Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette Blush and Gilded. Browbone: ABH Fresh. Lower lashline: ABH Chocolate

Eyeliner: Top Liner: L’Oreal Gel Liner in Espresso. Bottom Liner: Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero.

Lashes: Velour Lashes Carli Lash

Blush: Milani Rose Powder Blush in Tea Rose (super pigment, similar to Tarte’s blushes for half the price).

Highlight: BECCA Pressed Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Lips: Lipliner: MAC Soar. Lipstick: NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Flutter Kiss

 

Hope you guys liked this mash-up of a post! Let me know if you prefer this or a post dedicated to a single item (clothes, makeup, music, etc.) By the way, all photos were taken by my best friend, Brielle Stanks at the Weymouth Furnace County Park in Mays Landing, NJ.

Straight Street Stylin’

Photo of street style star, Chiara Ferragni. Taken by: Giorgio Montersino Used from Flickr Creative Commons
Photo of street style star, Chiara Ferragni.
Taken by: Giorgio Montersino
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Street Style on the Rise 

My closet, actually the two closets I have taken over, speak for my love of fashion. I admit I am an adult playing dress-up, and I’m glad the world is finally embracing grown-ups dressing how they want, when they want and owning it. I’m talking about Street Style. Not only is it now socially acceptable to wear all the bold patterns and colors you want, it’s expected in the fashion capitals of the world. Unfortunately, my South Jersey town has not yet embraced these looks but I’m still going to keep rocking them! Going against the trends has never been easier; any fashion lover can see daring looks with the power of Instagram, Youtube or Lookbook. Magical moments are not only happening inside those billowing runway tents at Fashion Week, the fashion action is outside! Look no further than street style mavens, Chiara Ferragni, Aimee Song, Leandra Medine and my personal favorite, Miranda Kerr.

The It Girl of Street Style

Italian blogger, Chiara Ferragni’s blog, The Blonde Salad, embodies the world of a street style star. She travels to magnificent countries, she’s photographed outside of restaurants, fashion events, pretty much everywhere you can think of and her 3.1 million followers on Instagram speaks for itself. Oh and she also created her own shoe line, which according to stylecaster.com is projected to make her $8 MILLION, yes that’s with an illion on the end, and it’s not even sold in the states yet! Beyoncé would be proud.

Street Style’s Official Rule Breaker 

On the other hand native New York City blogger, Leandra Medine’s blog, Man Repeller, is against everything that is in the How Girls Should Dress to Get A Man Handbook (do not search Amazon for this book, as I just made up that truly original title).  She literally repels what most women think fashion should be, I mean her one blog post is called, “Why I Wear Bad Pants?” what’s not to love!? I appreciate her so much for wearing what the hell she wants and not to impress that guy at the bar, at the stadium, or in class. Another high-five for this girl running the world, I feel like a Beyoncé GIF would really be appropriate here, but I’ll refrain.

A NY View of the Styling Streets 

But nothing is like experiencing street style first hand. Recent Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) graduate, Erica Eaton, 23, who lived in the up-and-coming street style beacon, Brooklyn, New York, for the duration of her time at school talks about the wonders of being able to walk to class and watch living art walk by. “I love that you can dress however you want and express yourself and your style without having to worry about criticism. In New York, you can comfortably be you.”

A Fashion Photographer’s Insight

Danny Lang, who majors in Packaging Design at F.I.T and also works as a fashion photographer for his own company, Danny Lang’s Photography, and models at ADAM Models, lives and breathes New York’s fashion culture. He talks about what he experiences as a photographer in the city, “As a photographer, street style can spark a storyline for a shoot or can just open your eyes to what is trending. One of my favorite things is to see how a model shows up to a shoot and what they are wearing. ” He also talks about what makes New York different from the other major fashion capitals, “NYC is such a melting pot. You see so many different cultures come alive and people either decide to blend in with current trends or break free and wear what makes them happy. ”

This Is Where The Streets Become Art

Click on the cities for links to famous street style blogs, enjoy!

Got my official list from the most official, Vogue. Found many of the blogs on Stylecaster, I can’t wait to dig in!

Insights From Freelance Fashion Photographer Revati Doshi

Photo of Revati Doshi Taken by Revati Doshi
Photo of Revati Doshi
Taken by Revati Doshi

Revati Doshi, otherwise known as Rev, is a 22 year-old freelance photographer from South Jersey. Her passion for stylish and fashion infused shoots lead her to a job at Philly Current Magazine, where she’s photographed the talent of Philly, including Philadelphia Flyer’s Scott Hartnell and Philly’s top news anchors. She’s an everyday college student who’s living out her dreams one shoot at a time. Watch the video below to see her in action on a fashion shoot and visit revtarphotography.com or follow her at vivaciousrev on Instagram.

Song: Style by Taylor Swift (my new obsession, the song that is)

The Team!

Photo taken by Daniel Allen From left to right: Julie Parker, Revati Doshi and me
Photo taken by Daniel Allen
From left to right: Julie Parker, Revati Doshi and me