Your beloved throw-on-and-go graphic T-shirts are about to get all dressed up.
Designers like Raf Simons and Paco Rabanne have renewed style influencers’ interest in this accessible staple, releasing their own luxurious interpretations of it featuring Jaws-inspired and tie-dyed affirmations. You’ll see these pieces dressed up with printed skirts, sleek trousers, and even pantsuits—high-low looks that can go from work to play.
Whether you prefer to scour Etsy for the best vintage styles or pick up a brand-new one from your favorite store, here are six perfect outfit ideas for how to wear a graphic T-shirts—with a plaid suit, with an animal-print skirt, and with other pieces that aren’t your denim cutoffs.
One of our favorite summertime styling ideas is to tuck a graphic T-shirt into a laid-back pair of neutral trousers. You can wear it to Casual Friday at the office and still feel weekend-ready. Pair with some colorful barely there sandals and a mini bag that pops.
With a whimsical statement skirt, a graphic T-shirt is the perfect casual complement to prevent the outfit from looking over-the-top. (Plus, you’ve got to lower the cost per wear of that leopard-print skirt.)
Instead of cutoffs, make bike shorts your go-to for the warm-weather months. They’re an obvious companion for a playful graphic T-shirt. If you want to make the combo feel a little more polished, throw on an oversize blazer.
A graphic T-shirt makes a polished pantsuit—especially one with a classic, allover plaid—feel more grounded and less stuffy.
For an after-hours look, grab a plain miniskirt and edgy heels. Your tee will pop against the more basic pieces.
For an outfit that you can wear straight into fall, style a graphic T-shirt with a tartan midi skirt and a cropped rain jacket.