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Total honesty here: I don’t care about football at all. I don’t watch it and I don’t have a team that I am. I understand the rules (thanks, high school gym class) and I can watch a game if my dad or brother doesn’t change channels, but the result has absolutely no effect on my life or happiness. When I go to a super bowl party next week – even though I’m from New England so I should technically get all excited about the Patriots – I’ll be there exclusively for snacks.
But there is one thing (besides the snacks) that makes me wish I cared a little more about football, and that’s what awesome vintage style football t-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets look like. I don’t know what particular element it is that makes me love them so much. The V-necks, the big numbers, the double rings on the sleeves? The sparkling illustrations on the sweatshirts? Not sure, but I’m a fan.
I’ve stolen (or wanted to steal) a few ex-boyfriends and even my dad over the years, and yes, I do realize that wearing a team shirt that I don’t care about makes me one. poseur with a capital P.
In case you are someone who Actually cares about sport and Is In reality Support a team enough to wear one out of the house without feeling a bit like a tool, here’s a quick list of the best places to copy vintage sports shirts online.
This vintage boutique based in Richmond, Va. Always has a ton of ’80s and’ 90s sports gear on hand. At the moment, they have a few boot jackets, varsity jackets, sweatshirts and t-shirts up for grabs, including the Coca-Cola branded t-shirt pictured above.
This Etsy seller has a ridiculously large inventory of cool vintage clothing, including a sizable collection of football t-shirts, both team-specific (there’s a lot of 49ers, Raiders, and Steelers gear out there right now) and plain three-quarter sleeve shirts with those stripes that I love. Everything is modeled after women, but most things would definitely work for men too (there are a lot of XL’s here).
While it also has some cute concert t-shirts, vintage online men’s store Rare Vntg almost exclusively sells vintage sportswear, from rare jerseys to dead snapback hats. Older, pristine stuff can get pretty expensive, but you can also find t-shirts starting at around $ 30.
I mean, duh, but it’s worth pointing out that you’ll have a better chance of finding the exact team you want (like maybe the Atlanta Falcons or New England Patriots) in eBay’s “vintage clothing” section than you will. search by vintage store / seller, as inventory is constantly being updated. Right now there are tons of stuff for both teams starting at just $ 10.
While this Seattle-based store primarily focuses on recreating authentic flannels and baseball jackets, it also has a few great football options, including heavy cotton jerseys.