This column is the first of four installments hoping to inspire fandoms everywhere to wear what they love with pride. Because why should you limit your fan experience to your home or the latest con? The answer: THERE ARE NONE.
But just in case you’re unsure on how to break out of the hoodie-jeans-tee combo, I’m going to show you a couple of ways to incorporate some of your favourite fandom-related items into every day life.
We’re going to start a little easy this week with the novelty tee. You probably already have a lot of tees in your closet right now and I’m going to show you how to wear them in a more creative way. Just think of them in the way you would wear a graphic tee—you’re just going to be wearing your favourite band instead of some random illustration.
1. The well-fitted jacket
It’s important to note the t-shirt’s slouchy nature and the fact that it will inevitably stretch out and no longer fit your body perfectly. This quality makes it easy for any outfit to look shabby and the best way to counter is with a well-fitted jacket. That jacket could be a leather jacket (see Ryan Gosling above) or a blazer. You could even try pairing it with a varsity jacket but just be aware that this kind of jacket typically has a baggier fit to it so don’t be afraid to go a size down.
2. The Cardigan
The best kinds of cardigans are the ones that aren’t made of the same material as your t-shirt. I find jersey cardigans to be a little too flimsy nor does it provide enough visual contrast between the tee itself and the cardigan. Try and find a cardigan that has an interesting detail—whether it’s a shawl collar or interesting buttons. You could also try an oversized cardigan but just remember to keep your bottoms fitted as well (a.k.a. if you look like a skater from the 90’s, you’re doing it wrong).
4. Tuck It In
If your tee is a little big on you, don’t be afraid to tuck the front into your pants. You’ll get a really nice draping effect.
5. The Cute Skirt
Cute skirts are not only limited to Peter Pan collared shirts you know. You can still be a total Lord of the Rings fan and still wear a really damn cute skirt.
Now here are some great tees to get you started: