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Why are all vintage extreme metal shirts size XL?

Sun, 03/10/2021 - 01:54

In my endeavors to find 90’s black metal and death metal merch, I have noticed that the only extant shirts from the era seem to be size XL. Were they just not printed in small sizes? Was it a trend to wear baggier clothes? Were people just larger in that decade? Were more of them printed, therefore more survived?

I’m an individual of inferior svelte build (size small), so it makes finding cool vintage black metal and death metal shirts nye impossible. My observation applies to both here and websites/apps like Depop, Etsy, etc.

Thane's picture

Bro it's probably just because those who are larger have more weight to lose, and when they do their shit don't fit.

oldmate's picture

or they got fatter !

abstrakt-moon's picture

Anyone can fit in an oversized shirt, not many can fit in smaller clothes, thus making it more convenient to print on sizes everyone can wear.

nameless_rites's picture

If you have a sewing machine and 30 minutes to spend on youtube, you can handle the problem directly. If you’d rather spend money than time, take them to an alterations shop.

transyldavianhunger's picture

I would like to handle my own sartorial needs, but I don’t have enough confidence to go cutting up band shirts yet haha. I think if I find the right shirt that I gotta have, I’ll consider having a professional tailor it.

nameless_rites's picture

The easy part is you dont actually have to "cut" anything until after the stitching is done well; so if you arent happy with the stitching you just cut it loose and re-do it. You pinch two sides together and stitch it then cut the excess when its done. When I was first trying it out I got some old/cheap random shirts to work on until I figured it out.

Cameron's picture

I mean, I resized my vest by hand, I think it could be done by hand.

Daniel Sodomaniac's picture

In general only XL sizes at shows and mailorder.

sandmanforce's picture

They, the manufacturers knew how the fans will be obesity, haha!

Thane's picture


Into Glory Ride's picture

People just didn't fucking care, that's why.

And: somehow they managed to still look badass even in XL shirts, which i always found impressive.

Faber's picture

Because nothing was more Metal in the 90ies and 00's than looking like a potatosack. Death to fitting clothes. Or something like that.

transyldavianhunger's picture

Hahaha only breadth (of baggie clothes) is real!

nameless_rites's picture

I went from 150lbs to 195lbs and DROPPED a shirt size since then

RottenV's picture

When I was in elementary school I used to wear the size large

transyldavianhunger's picture

You must have been fed better than I was!

RottenV's picture

No it was the only size they had at the music store lol

UnsafeAtAnySpeed's picture

Cause metalheads love their booze and burgers, that's why.

hopeiw's picture

extreme music for extreme eaters

brhoffman's picture

That's weird because when I would look for vintage death metal shirts all I could find was mediums and large . I rember when I was 1st getting into metal when I was 10 or 11 only size any place around me had in metal shirts was xl. Glad they did cause I can still wear them now

Tracy Jones's picture

I like having a clear conscience knowing when I buy vintage clothing, I am potentially saving it from landfill, I am not contributing to any new poor workers' rights, wages, and working conditions, I am not contributing to the environmental destruction from cotton, dyes, leather industry, etc. and I am not supporting the negative capitalist system of fast fashion. I also enjoy finding unique, pieces that are timeless, and pieces that I know my peers/coworkers won’t have seen/owned before. I used to buy from ranboo shop https://ranboomer ch.net/shop/

BloodRed87's picture

These days usually with artist/band shirts, Metal included, the largest size shirts they're printed on are XL. More than likely it was the same case back in the 80's and 90's. And an average guy wears M, L or XL. Oddly enough a few of the older shirts I've been seeking out recently, 2nd hand sellers only have 'em in M and L, so feel your pain.

Lloyd H's picture

In the U.K. it was normal to wear baggy and loose t-shirts in the late 80s and early 90 to mid-90s. Fitted and slim fit was NOT a thing in metal t-shirts or in general. Indie and grunge shirts were massive baggy styles too.

Shuz's picture

I remember it being a trend throughout the 90s to have baggier clothes, in general. But beyond that, the sizes did get much bigger from 1990 on. I have a few ‘89/‘90 Carcass and Godflesh shirts that are technically size L but fit more like a modern medium or even small.
As a skinny guy myself, my method’s been tucking bigger shirts in and wearing a belt. You could also get them tailored to fit more snug and not even cut the fabric, but just have the flaps sewn in on the sides. That way you can always cut the seams again if you need some cash and wanna sell

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