The graphic tee is a modern man’s wardrobe staple. Once considered the mainstay of the college students wardrobe and paired with cargo shorts and flip flops, in recent years the humble graphic tee has had a high fashion make over.

The graphic tee is no longer an ill-fitting garment with an inappropriate slogan to be worn by the man that doesn’t care about how he looks! Instead, it is a fun and fashion-forward piece that can help to add interest to an otherwise straightforward outfit and pull it together.

Everybody has at least one graphic tee in their wardrobe, meaning that anyone can experiment with this look. Not sure where to start? Here are our top ways to wear a graphic tee this season:

Pick The Right Tee

Because a graphic tee will form an immediate focal point for your outfit, it’s important that you choose the right tee to suit your style.If you have any vintage band tees in your closet that you haven’t worn for years then now might be the perfect time to dig them out: they are highly coveted, and sell online for hundreds of dollars! Adding a vintage band tee to your wardrobe will add instant cool to every outfit you wear.

Word of warning: If you’re going to wear a vintage band tee then make sure it’s for a band whose music you know and like! There is nothing more pretentious (and open for instant mockery) than someone who can’t name a single album by the band on their tee!

Colour should be approached with caution, and although vibrant graphic tees can look fantastic, they should usually be worn paired with simple jeans and low key shoes, allowing them to become the focal point of the outfit.

For a more versatile and instantly fashion-forward tee, look for something appealing in monochrome. Often the simplest combination is the most effective, and a classic tee with a bold logo in black and white will make a great style statement.

For a more versatile and instantly fashion-forward tee, look for something appealing in monochrome. Often the simplest combination is the most effective, and a classic tee with a bold logo in black and white will make a great style statement.

If wearing a band tee doesn’t appeal then tees sporting simple geometric prints, statement-making slogans, skulls, embroidery, and of course the name of your favourite brand are all on trend this season. Balmain, Marc Jacobs, and Karl Lagerfeld have all championed the band-free graphic tee this season. Here are some of our favourite new season graphic tees if you’re looking for some inspiration:

Add a Blazer

If you want to give a clean cut, grown-up, and thoroughly modern feel to your graphic tee then simply pair it with a well fitting blazer and your favourite skinny jeans or chinos.
The graphic tee is best suited to casual styling, which is why you should always team it with denim and your favourite casual shoes (we recommend either leather sneakers or suede Chelsea boots). However that doesn’t mean that you have to dress like a Skater boy!

We love the formality of a blazer paired with a graphic tee, which creates a smart casual look you can wear almost anywhere: perfect for dinner, lazy nights at your favourite bar, or even making a memorable statement on a first date!


The blazer or suit jacket paired with a graphic tee is an outfit style that first emerged during the 1980s, when yuppies reined supreme, but the right jacket and styling tricks can help to make this look thoroughly modern.

The key to getting this right is to let your tee do all the talking and keep the rest of your outfit as simple as possible: this is no time for a patterned jacket, or one with badges, patches, pins or other embellishments! Black jeans, low key sneakers and a neutral blazer (navy blue or one of the 50 shades of grey will be best) are all you need to elevate your favourite tee into an outfit you can wear everywhere.

You Don’t Have to Stand Out

Do you prefer simple classic styling, or do you shy away from standing out from the crowd? That doesn’t mean that you have to avoid wearing a graphic tee altogether. Simply look for one with a minimalist and low key logo, and style it in a way that the tee is not the focal point of your outfit.

If you’re trying to draw attention away from your tee then a denim or leather jacket is the best piece to add. These jackets are designed to be worn closer to your body meaning that, unlike an open blazer, they will cover up much more of the logo of your shirt.

Choose a tee and jacket that are either the same colour or from the same tonal colour family, so that the two pieces blend together. You will still benefit from all the statement making fash-pack attracting benefits of wearing a logo tee, but without having to feel self conscious about passersby trying to read your chest.

This is the perfect compromise for men that want to dip their toe into the waters of the graphic tee trend, or who don’t want to move too far away from their existing classic sense of style.

Embrace Your Inner Rock Star! 

Wearing a vintage band tee (or other dark coloured graphic tee) will add an instant rock star edge to every outfit you wear. Why not style your outfit to embrace this, and reinvent yourself as a low key weekend rocker?

The key to getting this look right is to focus on both fit and layering. The typical rock star tee is super-tight, and worn with equally constrictive skinny black jeans. In recent years, looser sleeveless tees have also become popular, injecting a more urban feel to the look: the ubiquitous skinny jeans never leave though!

Throw on your favourite beaten up leather jacket (preferably one that is shrunken and vintage to earn those extra fashion brownie points) and a pair of leather boots, and you’re ready to go.

With this look, you don’t have to adhere to the minimalist rules recommended with other ways to wear the logo tee.Feel free to add sunglasses, jewellery, and a pork pie or derby hat to accessorise your look.

Studs and embellishments will also only add to the appeal of your style, so if you want to wear a studded belt or add studs to your jacket or boots then have at it! A good rule of thumb though would be to only wear one studded accessory: You want to look more ‘I’m with the band’ and less ‘I’m a member of the Village People’ when putting together this biker-inspired rock and roll look!

Master Minimalism

If the rock and roll lifestyle appeals but the leather and abundance of accessories doesn’t then why not master minimalism with your new logo tee? In theory, the minimalist look is the easiest of all these looks to put together, but in practice it’s not quite as easy as throwing on your favourite t shirt and leaving the house!

When you choose to wear minimalist white, fit is everything. If you’re tee isn’t tight and your jeans don’t fit your body correctly then you will risk looking like a particularly unfashionable frat boy.

If you like to match then you may think that adding white sneakers will be the perfect way to finish this look: resist the urge! Head to toe white will make you look like you’ve escaped from a failed ’90s boy band (see, we told you pulling off the minimalist look could be tricky!). Instead team your white jeans and laid back logo tee with black or brown bad ass boots. If you don’t like boots then you can wear sneakers, but make sure they’re dark. Dark shades will help to finish off the look.

Instead, team your white jeans and laid back logo tee with black or brown bad ass boots. If you don’t like boots then you can wear sneakers, but make sure they’re dark. Dark shades will help to finish off the look.

If you don’t like boots then you can wear sneakers, but make sure they’re dark. Dark shades will help to finish off the look.

This is a look that is best suited to wearing during the summer months, because rain and mud splattered white jeans just don’t look good on anyone. But it is an incredible fashion-forward outfits, and one of the best ways of making your favourite white logo tee immediately relevant.

Don’t have a pair of white jeans in your closet? Don’t worry, most men don’t! But if you’re drawn to Justin Theroux’s minimalist approach to graphic dressing and want to give it a go yourself then we have picked out some of the best white jeans currently available to help you pick the right pair for you:

Conclusion

We love graphic tees! They are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to inject some personality and self-expression into your outfit.

The best thing about pulling off this look is that you can wear it so many different ways that it’s easy to make it work with your existing sense of style. Whether you’re looking for something edgy, fashion-forward, or classic, the graphic tee can still sit comfortably in your wardrobe.

If you have something important to say, want to show off your favourite band, or simply make a statement about your mood, then why not let your t shirt do all the talking? The possibilities really are endless. And it’s this season’s most fashion-forward way to wear!


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