Graphic Tees: Why and How to Wear Them This Fall

9th November

Graphic t-shirt street style at NYFW

Want to instantly add more fun to your layering for fall? Think graphic tees!

Graphic tees are nothing new, of course. I mean, they’ve been around forever. Maybe it’s my imagination, but it seems to me that they’re bigger than ever. I got to shoot street style at ten of the New York Fashion Week SS17 shows. And let me tell you: graphic tees were a powerful force.

Graphic t-shirt street style, 2

Why wear a graphic tee?

Let’s face it. We’re all about mottos, images, and logos these days. Our communication gets reduced so often to a tweet, a pic, or an instant message. We’re not about long-winded declarations, but are now masters of the haiku, so to speak. We pack lots of meaning into something succinct. Or, we use it as a starting point for a conversation. Now that’s the graphic part.

As for the tee, there hasn’t been a better time for it. It seems that we’re all beginning to collect more athleisure and cozy casual wear. The white tee, for example, is now considered a wardrobe staple for every fashionista. But if you really want to make an impression, the graphic tee – or sweatshirt or even sweater – is the way to go.

First of all, it can be provocative,…

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and/or cheeky.

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Eva Chen at NYFW

Or, it can simply be pleasing to our eye

Liliya's #OOTD - art opening

You might recall Liliya’s outfit for an art opening.

or sense of humor.

Liliya's #ootd at Harvard Yard

Liliya’s New Yorkie tee for a Harvard Yard tour

New Ways to Wear a Graphic Tee

Graphic tees are still perfect for that jeans and t-shirt look, but their role has certainly expanded. One slight modification is to compliment a denim skirt,…

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…and a bolder one is to contrast with a dressier skirt. I love the juxtaposition of different styles.

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The knotted tee is an especially lovely way to wear the tee with a dressier bottom piece.

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Liliya tells me that the graphic to the left is by Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy. It means “save and protect”, an inscription found on the inside of orthodox cross pendants.

How to Wear Graphic Tees This Fall

Now in case you’re wondering why I am blogging about t-shirts when the weather just keeps getting colder, I have news for you. You can rock a t-shirt well into fall! Preferably, your tee is long-sleeved. But even if not, here are some ways to wear them, for example.

1) Under a blazer

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2) Under (or with) a flannel shirt.
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3) With a bomber jacket

Of course!

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4) Under a leather jacket

This also works with graphic sweaters. 🙂

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A couple of my outfits with graphic tees

To conclude, I want to share two looks I recently put together with the most mundane of tees. (I left more interesting ones in California). They demonstrate that even though a graphic isn’t earth-shattering, it can make an outfit a lot more fun.

I tried both on, and they definitely work. Note the knot in the pink t-shirt – flattering with a high-waisted pencil skirt for the pear shapes among us. A shimmery blazer goes well, I think, with the metallic graphic.

Graphic tee outfit, 1

Tourist tee from London / Sinéquanone blazer – similar/ Halogen skirt / Nero Giardini boots – similar

The second outfit has a softer, more mellow feeling. And this tee is tucked into the skirt.

Graphic tee outfit, 2

Blurr t-shirt – similar / Max Mara wool jacket – similar / Gerard Darel wool skirt – similar/ Paul Green booties – similar

Which is your favorite way to style a graphic tee? Stay tuned for Liliya’s next post on Friday. Hint: it involves a very cool graphic piece!

XO, Janea


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10 responses to “Graphic Tees: Why and How to Wear Them This Fall”

  1. Tessy Onyia says:

    Wow! Beautiful tees, they look really nice. Thanks for the tips.

  2. So inspiring, great selection!
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  3. Ashley says:

    I love a good graphic tee! I can’t wait to wear ’em with blazers and leather jackets this fall!

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  4. Gabrielle says:

    You’ve featured some seriously cool designs in this post, especially the ones featuring large-scale animal faces – they look fiiiierce!!

  5. Daisi Ari says:

    I loved the compilation of awesome graphic tee outfits! I am a gal that absolutely loves to rock graphic tees. They are so easy to throw on and are fun to dress down as well as dress up! I love the looks you put together and my favorite is the last one! I hope you enjoyed your weekend!

    Daisi Ari ||


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