Cool Vintage Styled T-Shirts

Crystal Schwanke
young man wearing vintage t-shirt

Who doesn't believe that cool vintage styled T-shirts have a place in every man's wardrobe? They're fun, they go with your jeans or khaki cargo pants, and it's hard to go unnoticed while wearing one. Men and women both love vintage style shirts, and there are plenty of places to get them.

About Cool Vintage Styled T-Shirts

Vintage styled T-shirts are generally graphic T-shirts with a "lived-in" appearance, even when you buy them brand new. The ink isn't usually especially vibrant against the cotton background, but rather looks as if it has been washed a few times. Some shirts have band names that were popular in decades past. Others advertise specific products that were in almost every household at another time. Still others just have a vintage-style character and a speech bubble or hilarious caption. Some vintage T's you find may be ringer-style, featuring a different colored band around the collar and sleeves.

Vintage T-shirts allow you to showcase your sense of humor, or even your appreciation for a time gone by, the style of art, or a specific product or band. Use vintage T-shirt styles to stay comfortable but also to express yourself. They don't cost an arm and a leg since they're T-shirts, and what's better to throw on after a long day at work in a button-up and tie than a cotton T-shirt?

Buy Your Vintage Shirts

There are so many places-online and in brick-and-mortar stores-to purchase vintage style T-shirts for men. You can visit your local Target and probably run across a handful without even looking too hard. You may also find them at thrift stores. Almost anywhere men's casual clothing is sold will probably sell vintage-inspired shirts. Some online stores include:

  • Palmer Cash: Here you'll find an array of cool vintage styled - shirts it will be hard to top elsewhere. You may pay a bit more here than you would for your average T-shirt, but you probably won't find yourself wearing the same old T-shirt selection everyone else has. Prices range from $17.97 to $34.97. Styles include AC/DC, Black Thunderbird (Navy and White also available), Bombgirl, Wild Things Monster, I Believe in Magic, Robot Kong, and more.
  • Defunkd Vintage T-Shirts: This store carries authentic shirt that are no less than 15 years old, so they're the real deal. Style categories include Heavy Metal, Harley Davidson, Nike, Hip Hop and many more. Pricing starts around $5 and can range into the thousands for true collectors tees.
  • Worn Free: The site states that their mission is to "resurrect the coolest T-shirts of all time." They reproduce some of the hottest T-shirts worn by big names throughout history, such as John Lennon, Debbie Harry, Joan Jett, and Kurt Cobain. If you have a favorite artist, you can begin your search with them. The shirts are separated by their person of inspiration. They're 100 percent cotton and come with a satin sticker hang-tag that looks like a backstage pass with the artist's photograph. In the photo, the artist will be wearing the same design as the one on the T-shirt you ordered.

Final Thoughts

Liven up your casual attire with cool vintage styled T-shirts and get a laugh or nod of appreciation from those you pass throughout the day. Vintage T-shirts are great for remembering times and products of the past -- and let others remember the "good old days" with you.

Cool Vintage Styled T-Shirts