I think we all have those random pieces in our wardrobe that we haven’t worn in a while but still love, and refuse to get rid of. Graphic tees might fall into this category, but they have so much potential! Because of this, I thought I’d put together some tips on how to style them. This way you can wear yours a little more often and with much more than just blue jeans (even though I love jeans)!
I think the key to successfully style a graphic tee is to dress it up a little bit. On days when I’m busy chasing after the kids, it’s great to throw one on with jeans, but I want to step outside the box today.
For this look, I decided to play with opposites — something I do a lot when dressing clients and putting together outfits. What do I mean by this? The graphic tee is very casual on the top, so on the bottom I’m wearing my favorite elevated femme skirt by Christina Karin. By doing this, you create balance and make the look something you can wear for almost any occasion.
Of course I love layers, especially living in Chicago (one minute it’s raining, the next it’s very hot!), so I topped off the graphic tee with an ivory moto jacket (my clients and I are all obsessed with this one!). I chose to wear blush because the tee is black, so I wanted a soft color to keep the look delicate.
You also always need a good pair of cool sunglasses to go with a graphic tee. They help tie together the harder look with the feminine one. I suggest ombre aviators like the ones I’m wearing — the ombre lens is very trendy right now.
I had to finish this outfit with a pair of Golden Goose Sneakers. They’re definitely an investment piece but they are all one-of-a-kind, handmade, comfortable statement sneakers1 Wearing embellished or metallic sneakers with skirts and dresses is a trend I love this summer. It’s so easy to slide them on and run around town, but still feel confident that you look stylish.
I also adore this tote by Alexander Wang. Pick something bold with a pattern and this look will be perfect! Find a similar one here.
My favorite place to pick up graphic tees are RE/Done and Express for their fun designs and women empowerment tees.
Here are some tee and skirt options so you can play with opposites!
What do you think of graphic tees? Leave me a comment below!
Photography: Hallie Duesenberg