Graphic tees have been the hot trend of 2022. From the runway to Instagram, they’re everywhere. But with so many different graphic tees out there, it can be hard to find one that’s right for you. There’s nothing like a plain white tee, but sometimes you need more than just a simple graphic on your shirt. That’s why we’ve put together six non-traditional ways to style your graphic tee so you can get as much wear out of them as possible.
Graphic Tees Comeback
It’s important to know where these shirts came from and why they became popular again. In the late 80s and early 90s, graphic tees were trendy because everyone wanted something different than what everyone else was wearing. These days people are still looking for unique pieces.
In the early 2000s, the trend was everywhere, and several celebrities used to wear graphic tees to send across their statements; remember Britney spears’ legendary “Dump Him” outfit or Paris Hilton with her “Don’t Be Jealous” and “Stop Being Desperate” tees.
But then, in 2002, a protest was carried out against Abercrombie & Fitch for manufacturing clothing with racist t-shirt graphics. This led to graphic tees becoming less popular. Another contributing factor to fading out of graphic t-shirt popularity was that the younger demographic reduced going to the mall. According to Business Insider, the number of teens visiting malls for clothing brands reduced by 30% from 2000 to 2014.
However, since 2021, graphic tees have made a comeback, thanks to popular fashion icons like Emily Ratajkowski, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Kristen Stewart, wearing graphic tees. Some of these icons wore tees with strong statements, while others wore tees with motivational lines. Regardless of everything, the graphic tees are back, and they are back with a bang.
Graphic Tees with Leather Pants or Jeans
Graphic tees with leather pants or jeans are a great way to make your graphic tee pop. The addition of leather gives the outfit an edgy vibe and helps it stand out from regular t-shirts. If you have a black leather jacket, pair it with your graphic tee for an even more stylish look. Wear a pair of fishnet stockings with your graphic tee and black leather pants or jeans for a more trendy look.
If you want a more stylish look, try pairing your graphic tee with black leggings or tights. Black leather pants are also a great option if you’re looking for something edgy but more on the chic side of things.
Many celebrities are seen wearing graphic tees with leather pants. Gigi Hadid is one of the most famous faces wearing this combination. She was wearing a white graphic tee with the message “lol ur not zayn malik.” While this was back in 2016, pairing the graphic tees with leather pants is the way to go at a party. Even Katy Perry was seen wearing this combination with the “Nasty Woman” slogan t-shirt and black leather pants.
Graphic Tees With a Blazer
Graphic tees are an easy way to add a pop of color to your outfit, but sometimes they can be too much. A blazer can be just the thing to take your look from “I’ve got a lot going on here” to “this is so cool.”
Here are some ways you can style a graphic tee and add some flair with a blazer:
- Try layering it over a button-up shirt. This will help you look more structured while allowing you to show off your t-shirt.
- Tie it around your waist like a skirt. This will give it an extra feminine touch and make it look like you put in more thought than just throwing on whatever was closest when you were getting ready this morning (which is fine, by the way).
- Try belting over it. This will give your look some structure but still allow you to show off that cool graphic tee underneath; there is no need for any other shirts.
You can take inspiration from Chiara Ferragni, who wore a “We Should all be Feminists” graphic tee and topped it with a black blazer and a sunglass.
Graphic Tees With a Denim Jacket
A denim jacket is one of those classic pieces you can wear with many different outfits. It’s a great piece to have in your closet because it adds some edge to any outfit and is an easy way to dress in casual clothes. There are endless possibilities when it comes to styling graphic tees with denim jackets. You can pair them with jeans, sneakers, dresses, and heels for more formal occasions.
If you’re looking for a casual outfit, try pairing your graphic tee with a denim jacket and jeans. You can also wear this combination on days when you need to look nice but still want to be comfortable. These pieces are perfect for throwing on when running errands or if you have an event later in the day that requires you to dress up.
For example, you could wear a graphic tee, denim jacket, and jeans to run errands around town or meet up with friends. Then, when you need to look nice for an evening event later that day, simply swap out your sneakers for heels.
Pair It With a Wide-Leg Jean
Using the graphic tee as a background, pair it with wide-leg jeans. The wide leg gives you more freedom to experiment with shoes and tops. You can wear your graphic tees with heels, sneakers, slippers, anything.
There are many ways to style these shirts and make them work for different occasions. The trick is to find the balance between the toned-down pieces and the statement pieces. By pairing your graphic tee with a pair of super cute wide-leg jeans, you can finally create that perfect outfit that will have everyone talking about it.
You can do this like Rita Ora. When she was in London to record a music single, she was seen wearing a white graphic t-shirt with Grenfell written in a heart-shaped. She paired it with wide-leg pants, heels, and some jewelry pieces.
Hopefully, you enjoyed this article on how to style your graphic tees. We know that it can be hard to find the right outfit, but with these tips, you’ll be able to mix and match until you find your perfect look. Don’t forget, sometimes less is more. Hence, if none of these suggestions work for you, do what feels right.