Wear a Graphic Tee (Without Looking Like You Just Rolled Out of Bed)

Genius Ideas For Wearing a T-Shirt (& Still Looking Chic) – littlepinkmoto.comThere are a few things me and middle school boys have in common; we love playing video games, we are about the same height, we look to be the same age, and our wardrobe includes a lot of tee shirts. The difference between me and them is that I have a lot more options for wearing mine.

Tee shirts are one of the hands down most comfortable articles of clothing to wear. When I’m not in my cute-blogger-gear, you betta believe I’m wearing an over-sized tee (hair in a messy bun and my glasses). It’s safe to say, I try to wear tee shirts as often as possible. But how do I pull this off? Don’t I just look like a slob? (Gosh, I hope not.) The answer is no. It actually very fun to style tee shirts because they go with almost anything – they’ve even been worn on red carpets.


One of the most obvious ways to wear your tee is to pair them with jeans. Jeans and a tee can easily look too casual – kind of like no thought was put into getting dressed, so it’s important to have little details in your outfit that make the look complete.

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One of the most simple tricks is to throw on a pair of heels and cuff your hem. While this works especially well with boyfriend (or baggier) jeans, it also looks great with skinnier styles. Cuffing your jeans helps to elongate the leg and highlight your ankles and the heels. Instead of looking lazy or boyish, these tricks help to balance the outfit by injecting a little sexiness and femininity. Image source via

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Another simple trick to dress up your tee is to wear a statement necklace. The first time I did this I felt really silly – This necklace is so fancy and this shirt is so…not. However, once I looked in the mirror I was shocked to see how well this works. Again, it balances a very overdone look with a piece that is extremely low-key. This styling trick adds playfulness and creativity to your look. Image source via

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Sometimes I even venture in the men’s section to find the best graphic tees. The only problem is sometime they can be too over-sized. (For me, the bigger the tee the better, but that’s personal preference.) My trick for that would be a little tuck and roll (your sleeves up that is). Now, please don’t tuck like you’re digging for gold in your pants. The best way to tuck your shirt in would be to just tuck the very front part and leave the rest hanging out – just like pictured above. This trick will have you looking effortlessly cool, as well as slimming  down your silhouette. Fun fact: I actually picked up the habit of tucking my shirt in from working at Gap dressing the mannequins. Image source via

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Tee shirts also pair with trousers if you’re looking to wear your tee shirt to the office, especially with a textured or printed trouser (like those above).  These trousers are more quirky and playful than a basic black/gray pair, so they seamlessly pair with a tee instead of looking like two very separate pieces. Just make sure the rest of the outfit stays ‘office formal’. Image source via

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Not really feeling the whole trousers thing? Fine. How about a blazer instead? Blazers are in a way the opposite of a tee because they symbolize a super corporate look. By pairing the two together, you again highlight how contrasting they are and by doing that, they neutralize each other. It’s kind of like math, yeah? Image source via

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If you want to go the whole nine yards, style your tee with a suit and show your total disregard for the rules. This type of outfit usually works best with a large graphic instead of a small repetitive one. The large graphic gives off a big impact with carries the whole look. Image source via

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Don’t like pants? No worries. Tee shirts also look great when styled with skirts, especially big voluminously girly ones. You definitely do not need to go the type frilly, lace, silky, princess look when wearing a big ol skirt. When you wear a t shirt you will automatically add a cool factor because (I think I said this for every tip…) of the huge contrast. Just like discussed before, adding a statement necklace works very well for this outfit – especially glittery, big gem, shiny pieces. Image source via

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…Or you could go the opposite route and wear an edgy leather skirt. Nothing compliments leather’s intensity than a soft t shirt – just think rock and roll. If you don’t want to do leather on your legs, tee shirts also pair well with leather jackets (which is my go-to look). Image source via

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You might have remembered in the beginning of the article when I said tee shirts have even been worn on the red carpet – I did not lie to you! Cozy, lazy, tee shirts go extremely well when paired with sequins, shine, or any formal piece. Again, I’ll say it all day, it’s all about contrast. Super formal meets super casual? That’s a recipe for beautiful fashion. Thank goodness for it, otherwise I’d have nothing to go with that new’s years skirt I got last year… Image source via

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My last piece of advice would be to just treat your shirt like it’s a normal print and mix your prints! Easiest way to pull off a mixed print is to pair pieces that share colors, or monochromatic, contrast, or in the same color family. For example – red goes well with another red, black/white, blue, and pinks/oranges. Mixing prints is not only super stylish, it’s easy and fun as well. Image source


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Left: Brandy Melville Margie But First Coffee Tee, $19.00 & Right: Brandy Melville Margie Rad Tee , $21.00

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Left: Adolescent Clothing Boyfriend Squad Print, $33.00 & Right: ASOS Lionel Richie Print, $40.00

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Left: UNIF I Wish I Had Arms, $65.00 & Right: UNIF No Small Talk, $68.00

Genius Ideas For Wearing a T-Shirt (& Still Looking Chic) – Genius Ideas For Wearing a T-Shirt (& Still Looking Chic) –

Left: Adidas Originals Double Logo Tee, $29.00 & Right: Beach Riot x UO Guac Tee, $44.00

Genius Ideas For Wearing a T-Shirt (& Still Looking Chic) – Genius Ideas For Wearing a T-Shirt (& Still Looking Chic) –

Left: Givenchy Rottweiler Tee, $550.00 & Right: Opening Ceremony Fruit Sticker Oversized Tee, $125.00


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    Love the chic examples you picked! Graphic tees are the best and it’s fun to dress them up and down.

    Stay Styled,


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      Well thank you so much Lindsay! I appreciate you stopping by 😀

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