6 Reasons A Graphic Tee Is Going To Be Your Layering Essential This Year

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Our devotion to the graphic tee runs deep, and now it’s time to take our relationship to the next level. No longer is this vintage trend only to be paired with equally retro denim and beat-up sneakers (although, that look is still a go-to!). This season, we’re dressing them up for parties, pairing them with our favorite ladylike pieces and simply embracing looks that wow. Though a graphic tee is a statement piece in its own right, we’re elevating it to heights you’d never have imagined before. Check out our six favorite ways to layer these fun staples right now.

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The ultimate high-low mix is a black-tie ready look, styled with a T-shirt. Even better? A graphic T-shirt. Mix a printed midi skirt with your favorite vintage-looking tee and kick it up a notch with an elegant bag and heels.

Venn Earring

$165

J. Hannah

Crossbody Bag with Geometric Handle

$40

Zara

Yaro Suede Sandals

$120

Sam Edelman

Asymmetric Polka-Dot Silk-Organza Skirt

$520

Ganni

Printed Slub Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

$190

Calvin Klein 205W39NYC

Fully embrace your inner child with a casual look you wore endlessly as a kid—but with ultra-tailored flair. Opt for overalls in a slim silhouette and an over-the-top chic graphic tee. Finish it off with a classic leather jacket and white sneakers.

What Goes Around Comes Around Vintage Bamboo Backpack

$1,550

Gucci

Original Achilles Leather Sneakers

$410

Common Projects

Short Leather Jacket

$745

Sandro

“Guccify Yourself” Print T-Shirt

$620

Gucci

Black Velvet Overalls

$212

SSO by Danielle

The more the merrier when it comes to statement pieces. Pile them on and wear them well. Mix bohemian jackets with rocker tees; ladylike ballet flats and retro denim shorts. The sky’s the limit with this year-round mixture.

Cendrillon Ballet Flats

$295

Repetto

Lizard-Trimmed Woven Raffia Shoulder Bag

$850

Hunting Season

Low Cut-Off Denim Shorts

$118

Raey

David Bowie Red Circle Logo Tee

$175

Madeworn

Calder Jacket

$1,180

Alix of Bohemia

When you’re looking for something that will never fail, go for a simple graphic tee and jeans. Opt for a vintage feel with your denim to match that of your tee. Elevate the look a tad with menswear-inspired brogues and a masculine coat.

Suede Mini Bucket Bag

$495

Mansur Gavriel

Originals Mid-Rise Slim-Leg Cropped Jeans

$331

RE/DONE

Double-Breasted Blazer

$215

& Other Stories

Printed Cotton T-Shirt

$95

Rag & Bone

Classic Brogues

$589

Church's

By styling an asymmetrical midi skirt and heeled ankle booties with a casual graphic tee, you’ll have a look that will take you from morning coffee to after-work drinks without a moment of fuss. Keep accessories minimal and let the clothing speak for itself.

Nile Bracelet Small Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag

$1,690

Chloé

Star Statement Earrings

$34

Madewell

Sculpted Heel Suede Boots

$195

& Other Stories

Striped Asymmetric Skirt

$50

Mango

“Love First” T-Shirt

$35

J. Crew

Just because you’re a classic girl at heart doesn’t mean you don’t have a little room for something whimsy. And what better to add a little wow factor to your look than a fun graphic tee? Nothing. Pair a top that makes you laugh with a pair of straight-leg jeans and a blazer. Finish it off with a preppy pair of loafers and you’re good to go.

W3 Higher Ground Slim Crop Jeans

$245

3X1

Wool-Blend Blazer

$654

Joseph

Princetown Fabric Slipper

$750

Gucci

Sunglasses

$8

H & M

Pasta Fine Gauge Classic Fit

$65

Monogram