Trends come, and they go. What starts out as a fashion statement by a select few will catch on like wildfire, and grow until it’s found at every mall retailer you can think of, and worn by every trend-hopper you know. You can’t go anywhere without seeing it, whatever it may be. What was once cool has become totally washed, and needs to be retired.
The most recent trend to reach this level of hype? Rock tees. What was once only worn by rock fans to support their favorite band has now infiltrated mainstream fashion culture on every level, and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon … which is why now is a perfect time for you to remove any and all rock tees from your wardrobe.
Don’t get us wrong. We can understand why they got so popular. There’s nothing like a good graphic tee, and rock tees give you those great, loud, in-your-face graphics. They also have the added benefit of being a cool throwback piece to another time. About a year to 18 months ago, you’d only see them on those in the know.
But now you can’t turn your head without seeing an Iron Maiden or Guns N’ Roses T-shirt, occasionally worn by someone who wasn’t even alive when the bands were together. Rock tees have been aped by everyone from high-fashion brands (we’re looking at you, Jerry Lorenzo) to chain mall retailers (you can get an Iron Maiden tee at H&M now if you’d like).
They’re all over the place. They’re unavoidable. They’re at the peak of their popularity right now, and show no signs of slowing down. That’s why it’s the perfect time for you to remove rock tees from your wardrobe right now.
You don’t really want to look like everyone at the mall, or a tasteless trend-hopping celebrity, do you? Unless you’ve got original, vintage tees (which will always be cool, real vintage tees have never not been a dope piece), do yourself a favor and remove the Iron Maiden/Guns N’ Roses/Led Zeppelin/whatever other band tee from your rotation. Their days of being fashion-forwards are over. They’re no longer ahead of the curve. They’ve been given to the masses, and have moved out of the domain of the fashion-forwards, so start looking for the next thing, and do your best to remain unique.
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