I love a printed t-shirt as much as the next person. However, sometimes I’ll plan my outfit, step in front of the mirror and worry it looks like I haven’t made an effort. How do I wear a graphic tee without looking like Dora the Explorer?
I have accumulated quite a few graphic tees and am quite attached, so the last thing I want is for them to be gathering dust in my wardrobe! Over time, I have created set outfits to wear my printed tees with, but now I want to get more mileage out of each t-shirt.
These are all questions I’ve asked myself and have combed Pinterest, YouTube and Google for the answers. So far, I have found more than 15 different outfit ideas to try, I hope, like me you can find some outfit inspiration for the next time you put on your favourite printed t-shirt.
How do you wear a graphic tee with jeans?
Both the printed t-shirt and jeans are such a wardrobe staple for most of us, so why can’t they be our go-to outfits. Just because it seems a simple outfit idea, it doesn’t mean it has to be a basic idea. There are many ways to lift this classic combo.
1. Styling a Graphic Tee with Mom, Baggy or Straight Leg Jeans
Let’s start by looking at the fit of your jeans. Right now, mom jeans, baggy jeans and straight leg jeans are very on-trend along with all sorts of 90’s fashion making a comeback.
Aside from choosing a few accessories to dress up this outfit, how do you avoid looking like you’re drowning in fabric, as I so often do? One way is to highlight your waist, there are several options you can try!
a. The Half-Tuck
This tuck really does remind me of being back at school! There was something so rebellious about not tucking your shirt all the way around, don’t ask me why.
The half-tuck, or the French tuck, as Tan refers to it in Queer Eye is a super quick and easy way to alleviate your figure without stuffing too much bulky fabric into your jeans. Instead, you simply tuck in the front of your shirt.
B. Tied up or Knotted
C. The Faux Tuck or Fake Crop Top
D. Classic Full tuck
My go-to way of redefining your lovely waist is the classic full tuck. Tuck your t-shirt all the way into your jeans, make sure the fabric is smoothed out to avoid making your jeans look lumpy. Add a dark belt to really draw the eye in.
2. Wearing an Over-sized Graphic Tee with Skinny Jeans
The most comfortable graphic tee outfits
Let’s face it, sometimes comfort comes above all else but you can still make comfort stylish.
3. The Graphic Tee and Cycling Shorts Trend
This trend is still evolving, but bike shorts are here to stay this summer. So comfortable and perfect for keeping cool, they are so easy to pair with a printed tee. Add a pair of crew socks for an extra edge.
BONUS TIP! If this style is a bit too much of the activewear Instagram aesthetic for you, throw on a denim jacket to give this outfit a new dimension.
4. Sweatpants and a Graphic Tee: The Perfect Travel Outfit
An outfit that simply screams comfort is the sweatpants styled with a printed tee. Ideal for traveling in, lazing around the house, or popping to the shop on a Sunday.
If like me, you’re worried about drowning in fabric again, then have a go at trying out the old reliable tucks and knots we used to wear a graphic tee with mom, baggy and straight-leg jeans.
How do you style a more feminine look with a graphic tee?
Sometimes a printed t-shirt can feel quite masculine, if you want a more feminine feel, adding a simple skirt is an easy way to achieve that look.
5. Wearing an Over-sized Graphic Tee as a Dress
How do you make a shirt look dressy? Wear it as a dress, of course!
Depending on the size of your t-shirt, you might be showing off quite a lot of leg. If this makes you feel uncomfortable try adding a pair of chunky or thigh-high boots to cover-up a bit more skin and whilst nailing a more of a rebellious look.
6. Styling a Graphic Tee with a Mini Skirt
7. A Midi Skirt and a T-Shirt?
Now, this is a trend I admire: graphic tees tied or tucked into a stunning, flowing midi skirt. The contrast between the feminine skirt and a more masculine top works so well!
Take it one step further by throwing on a pair of chunky boots to make this powerful juxtaposition even more prominent.
8. Styling a Graphic Tee with Shorts THIS SUMMER
Since it’s Summer in the UK and we are having the occasional bursts of really intense sun, shorts are a must! Whether their classic denim shorts or more of a bohemian vibe, shorts are be easily styled with a printed tee.
If your t-shirt is a bit over-sized, experiment with different tucks or knots, this way you’ll still be able to see your favourite shorts too!
3 Ways to dress or smarten up a Graphic Tee
9. Pair a printed Tee with Plaid Trousers
10. Tuck your Graphic Tee into Peg Leg Trousers and Add Heels
Raise your printed tee by literally adding a pair of heels and peg leg trousers to your office attire. These trousers will naturally flare out at your hips and narrow towards your ankles, so this outfit can be styled with just a t-shirt without losing your waist.
11. Wearing a Blazer over a Graphic Tee
12. Dare to dream, Styling Flares or Wide Leg Trousers with a T-Shirt
I have a pair of flares, they’re bright green with zebra stripes on them, and I love them. However, I don’t often feel brave enough to wear them. By wearing a printed tee tied into a knot I can make a statement that I feel a lot more comfortable making.
As wide leg, culottes or flares widen at the bottom of the trouser leg, knotting your graphic tee will help them to accentuate your waist and make you appear taller.
How to Layer a Graphic Tee like a Pro
Although printed tees tend to stand out because of their pattern, there is no harm in adding a few original layers to style a more complex look.
13. Styling a Graphic Tee Under a Dress
This style appeared last summer. By placing a t-shirt underneath a strappy dress, you can make a dress that you might normally save for the evening more casual, ideal for everyday use.
Try layering a simple black dress on top of your favourite graphic tee for the full 90s look!
14. Embrace your inner Dora the Explorer by Wearing a printed Tee under Dungarees
Earlier, I said I had trouble not looking like Dora the Explorer when I wear my favourite Rhino T-Shirt. Now, having combed the internet for outfit inspiration, I think we should learn to embrace our inner Dora.
Whether it’s a pair of dungarees, overalls, or even a pinafore, go all out on this baby doll look by even styling your hair in a scrunchie. Go explore, Dora!!
15. How to Wear a Graphic Tee Over a Turtleneck
Another trend that stuck with us for over year now is layering a printed t-shirt over a turtleneck. Try to match or contrast colours and patterns to layer like a pro. Be brave and be bold with this outfit.
Viola! Who knew that a graphic tee could be so versatile, I certainly didn’t! I hope this blog gives you the kind of outfit inspo that makes you want to turn your wardrobe inside out with trying on loads of new outfits! Make your printed tee go further than you’ve ever gone before.
A special thanks as well to my two models Daisy and Mai, who despite the rain, looked amazing! Big love xx
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Make sure to tag @pigmentsbyliv in your photos on Instagram, because I’d love to see how you would wear a graphic tee!!
‘Til next time!
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