How to Style a Graphic Tee

Whether you’re lounging around the house, hitting your snooze button for the tenth time, or heading out to happy hour — a graphic tee is a go-to. In the past few years, it seems as though graphic tees have made a huge comeback in both men’s and women’s fashion. Graphic tees are also both incredibly comfortable and versatile which proves it to be a must-have piece in your closet. They’re the one season-less staple garment that can work for any type of outfit and can fall anywhere on the scale of casual to formal. Trends come and go but the re-emergence of the graphic tee is imminent. Read on to get inspiration on how to take your graphic tees to the next level.

Denim for Days

A typical go-to outfit for everyone is a t-shirt and jeans. Graphic tees amp up the simplicity of a t-shirt and add flare to your look. Pair your graphic tee with mom jeans, boyfriend jeans, or a super-skinny pair; then, get creative with your accessories. The simplicity of the outfit will give you the freedom to dress the look up or down depending on the occasion. For a night out, go for a sandal heel, a clutch or crossbody purse, and statement earrings. If you’re preparing for a day of errands, you may want to pair the ensemble with tennis shoes or sandals for comfortability.

Mixing Prints

If your style is more feminine, adding prints can soften the look of a graphic tee. It may feel counterintuitive to pair a tee with the femininity of prints but this outfit choice is all about balance and frankly, what makes this option bold, interesting, and fun. Go for cheetah or leopard print or colors like red and orange to add an extra flair to your outfit. The best way to incorporate prints is either through your choice of pants or accessories. For example, you can tuck the tee into a striped flowy midi skirt, or you can wear it with black jeans and cheetah print ankle boots.

Blazer Babe

To add a bit of structure and sophistication to your look, throw on a blazer. The combination of tucking in your graphic tee and pairing it with a blazer ensures that your waistline doesn’t get lost in all the fabric and also helps you avoid looking frumpy. Try and opt for a blazer with a looser fit to enhance your laid-back aesthetic. Blazers are always appropriate for the workplace, happy hours, or even a quick coffee date. You can tuck the tee into a skirt or go for fitted pants and statement shoes like boldly-colored chelsea boots or strappy heels.

Tuck N Go

For a figure-flattering look, swap out your shorts and jeans for high-waisted pants. A graphic tee tucked into high-waisted pants makes for a lean and balanced look. To add more definition to your look and further accentuate your figure, add a belt with a trendy statement buckle. Pairing the outfit with pumps or heeled boots will definitely make your legs look extra long. Flats also work with this style since a high-rise pant gives the illusion of longer legs.

Dress it Up

Add depth to your typical sundress or LBD by adding a graphic tee underneath. It’s both an unexpected and chic way to put a twist on a basic slip dress. It’s best to pair the tee with a slightly loose-fitting slip dress to leave room for the bagginess of the tee underneath. The dress can be a solid color or printed and matched with black booties, sneakers like Vans or Stan Smiths, and even strappy sandal heels for a more dressed up look. This is a perfect choice for a day-to-night outfit especially if you’re short on time.

Whether you prefer to scour eBay or pick one up at your favorite store — graphic tees can be found anywhere. This timeless piece is essential and can work for almost every occasion when styled the right way. We hope this helped you get inspired on how to think outside the box when styling your graphic tees. Be sure to download the Style Squad App below to share your graphic tee outfits!

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