#OOTD: Mad About Merch (Feat. SheIn + Rocksbox)

Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, then again growing up with a dad who is a musician (as well as a vinyl record hoarder) may have something to do with that. For those of you who don't know me personally, I am actually a musician myself and attended Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School my junior and senior year of high school and was accepted into the school for both piano and voice. Though as I got older my interests of study shifted to photography, journalism, and psychology, music is still very much a part of my life and always will be.

Queen, The Black Keys, Sublime, Underoath, Nirvana, The Beastie Boys, David Bowie, and Lana Del Rey. These names (and many more) are all names that you will come across while looking through my playlists, as well as when looking through my closet. Spoiler alert: I own a lot of band tees, which is why it is so surprising that I have never styled one on here before. Today though, I decided to break that cycle and show off one of my favorite ways to rock a band tee.

My Boyfriend's Band Tee

So the tee I chose to style isn't that of a new, wildly popular rock band or the likes of a vintage Led Zeppelin IV shirt, but instead one from a local Pittsburgh band, called Promise & Fiction. Haven't heard of them? Well honestly, neither had I until I started dating John, and then my roots with music just seemed to become even deeper. You see, John was actually the guitarist for the band Promise & Fiction as well as for the band Color Me Blind, meaning he has just as much of an appreciation and love for music as I do. And as I'm sure you have already guessed, this tee actually belongs to John and I stole it-- I mean borrowed it, from him on my last trip to Florida. Needless to say, this tee definitely holds a lot of sentimental value for me which is why I chose to style it for this post (and of course because I promised John that I would). 

For this outfit, I wanted to do a little more than just a basic band tee and jeans combination, (not to mention John's Promise & Fiction tee is a tank top, making it a bit hard to style in the winter) so I decided to go with a soft grunge look and dressed this band tee up a bit with a pleated skirt, as well as playing with some winter layering. To style the top half of this outfit, I chose to layer John's band tee with my mesh detailed blouse (you may remember it from this outfit of the day post), along with my army green bomber jacket that I received from SheIn last fall. The reason I chose these pairings was due to how well the army green complemented the gold in the band tee, and also because the mesh detailing on the blouse added some more depth to this outfit.

To further style the top part of this '90s look, I decided to pair this outfit with these killer shades from SheIn that my best friend McKenna got me for Christmas this year. The reason I love these sunnies so much is due to their glam rock vibe. I also love the cutout detailing on them because due to these details, the metal frame of these glasses is emphasized. I also chose to style my Aztec Bangle by House of Harlow 1960 and Flagstaff Earrings by Jenny Bird with this outfit due to their glam rock look and industrial edge.

Lastly, to finish off this outfit, I chose to pair my black pleated skirt with some fun tights by Vera Wang, to keep up the '90s grunge appearance, as well as to keep myself a bit warmer while being out in the cold winter weather. And my finishing touch for this outfit is my pair of metallic olive oxford shoes by White Mountain, and the reason I chose this pair of shoes is because I'm loving the metallic trend this season and their olive color went perfectly with my army green bomber jacket.

One Last Look

What are some of your favorite ways to dress up your band tees? Let's chat about it in the comments below or you can tweet me at @StarkRavingChic. Do you have a photo that you want to show off with your perfect band tee styling? Feel free to tag me in a post or in your Instagram story at @StarkRavingChic! Later dolls.

Xx, Bree

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