How to Style a Graphic Tee

Perhaps my favorite closet staple of all time is a good graphic tee. I don’t think you could ever own too many because they are unique, and it’s an extra bonus that  you would rarely ever match your friends. And while my answer to almost every fashion-related question is “pair it with a graphic tee” I know there are so many people out there who don’t even consider it an option when putting together an outfit. Maybe you think it’s too edgy or you feel silly dressing a T-shirt up, but I’m here to tell you, everyone should have at least one graphic tee in your closet. 

I know when people think of a graphic tee, some 70’s band merch comes to mind, but that’s not always the case! There are so many cute and fun t-shirts that aren’t related to music or sports, you just have to know what you’re looking for. Whether words of encouragement or repping your favorite TV show, you can use a fun graphic to not only elevate your look but showcase your personality. This is why I’m such a firm believer that anyone can rock the look! It’s not about being edgy, it’s about finding what best represents you and incorporating it into your style. 

Another way to look it, is graphic tees are just a way to upgrade any look you would typically pair with a basic layering piece. Tucked into trousers, underneath a blazer, even just with jeans and a leather jacket – opting for something other than a solid color makes you look that much more intentional with your style. 

Graphic tees are also a perfect way to dip your toe into pattern play and mixing colors. It can be hard to go from simple staple pieces to mixing up stripes and spots, but using something like a retro band logo with bold colors to work off of can make the idea of pairing unlikely things together a whole lot easier! On the exact opposite end of the scale, graphic tees can also help you tackle the monochromatic look. Personally, it’s hard for me to pair whites together- especially if they aren’t the same exact shade. But white pants with a white graphic tee? For me that’s a no-brainer. And because there’s usually some color or design on the front of the shirt, you can feel better about finding shoes or accessories to pair. 

Here are some of my favorite places to buy graphic tees from, and of course thrifting is your best friend if you have the patience! 

SHOP MODA B | @shopmodab

ASCOT AND HART | @ascotandhart

DAZEY LA | @dazeyla

DAYDREAMER CLOTHING | @daydreamerlaclothing

photos are taken from Pinterest. Cover photo shot by Victoria Vidana





How to Style a Graphic Tee