Ahh, the graphic tee…A style as synonymous with the turn of the millennium as Britney Spears and Xtina. This trend was major. Personally, I never got too into graphic tees–but my high school banned the wearing of any shirt that didn’t feature it’s own name, that of a team, or the name of a college, so it’s not like I had the biggest opportunity to rock these around in the past. While I coveted the look at first, knowing that I couldn’t actually wear graphic tees to school made me lose interest fairly quickly. If no one is going to see it, what’s the point, right? Luckily for me, and for anyone else who missed out on the trend the first time around, fashion is cyclical and the graphic tee is back!
In the past, graphic tees basically epitomized casual style–throw a relaxed band tee over a pair of jeans, add flip flops, and you were good to go. The reincarnation of this style, however, is one that is a bit more elevated and fashion-forward. Gone are gigantic logos and A&F-style “humor tees” and in their place are shirts with more abstract designs, animals, photographs, and minimalistic typography. Also hot: designer offerings from 3.1 Phillip Lim, YSL, and Céline. And of course, it’s always a fashion-do to rep your hood–locally or nationally speaking. Since the fit of the graphic tee hasn’t been updated, though, this crop of graphic tees still tends to lean casual. How did designers challenge this on the runway? By pairing printed t-shirts with formalwear of course!
Mixing and matching graphic tees with fitted blazers, feminine maxi-skirts, cigarette pants, high-end accessories, and a fabulous pair of shoes is really all it takes to transform this casual staple into a less casual option. If you’re looking to add some new t-shirts to your wardrobe, check out Wildfox Couture! Wildfox makes the BEST graphic tees, tanks, and sweatshirts…Basically anything you can print on. Their stuff is pricy, but also impossibly soft and understated in their designs while maintaining juuust the right amount of sass. Love them.
What do you all think of the resurgence of the graphic tee? Is this a trend you’ll be wearing? Leave a comment and let us know!
Liza, Editorial Director