It doesn't take much to make a vintage concert tee look cool—throw on a pair of black skinny jeans, some ankle boots, and a leather moto jacket, and you've got the rock-star uniform down pat. But occasionally, we get the urge to switch things up a bit with our favorite paper-thin tees, working them into outfits that make them feel new again (well, not literally—after all, that worn-in softness can't be beat).
If you have a collection you've painstakingly sourced from thrift shops, eBay, or even your parents' closet, why not challenge yourself to style a few of them in a whole new way this fall? Layer a gauzy slip dress on top for a flirty-grunge vibe, or contrast the faded fabric against slick patent-leather pants or a businesslike tweed blazer.
In the gallery below, see nine street style–approved vintage T-shirt outfits, and shop the modern-day concert merch you should hold onto for decades to come.
The blunt-cut hair and blood-red lipstick are the perfect complements to this crazy-cool outfit (which we're 100% copying for the next live show we see).
Now this is a back-to-school outfit we'd be happy to wear on weekends too.
Change up your usual outfit by tucking the tee in, adding a belt, and tying a shirt around your waist for the road.
Who says black and brown don't go together? This low-key look clearly proves otherwise.
So this is how you wear a see-through dress sans slip: Throw an oversize T-shirt underneath, and tie a hoodie around your waist as a makeshift belt.
A lesson in wearing black and yellow without it screaming "bumblebee"—opt for a faded tee and a mustard-tone skirt.
Break up head-to-toe black with some ultra-bright shoes that coordinate with your go-to tee.
If you work in a casual-cool office, try wearing this to work tomorrow—it'll be a welcome change from a standard-issue button-down.
Go big or go home this season, with oversize layers that keep you warm and on-trend.