Vintage T-Shirts are a gateway into vintage fashion; understanding what to look out for will not only simplify your shopping experience, but it will enable you to find unique pieces that will upgrade your wardrobe tenfold. 

Please note that not all of the products we carry on our site are vintage pieces. Please make sure to carefully read all descriptions and review images prior to purchasing.

Check the Labels

One of the ways to determine if a shirt is truly vintage is by checking its label. Since these lines are no longer in production or have updated their branding, inspecting a vintage shirt tag can tell you a lot about the authenticity of a shirt and the era in which it was produced. You can also factor in a shirt’s blend of fabrics; in terms of vintage brands, a 50/50 polyester-cotton blend was far more common in the 1980s than the 100% cotton trend prior and beyond the decade.

What is a Single Stitch Tee?

The single stitch construction shows a single row of stitching securing the hem edges and sleeve cuffs of the garment. On most modern t-shirts the standard double row of stitching is now used. 

The single stitch construction was the most common method of t-shirt manufacture during the 1980s and 1990s circa within the USA. If you’re in the market for a pre 1999 vintage piece but you’re unsure about dates, the single stitch construction will generally always have the vintage stamp of approval. 

Note: The farther back in time you go, the better quality seams and finishing you find.

Just because you don’t see a brand listed in the images, that doesn’t mean the item in question isn’t vintage. There are just too many companies from these decades to display them all.