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November 05, 2019 5 min read

Defining Your Own Everyday Style

Graphic tees are a classic item in the world of fashion. They’re one of the most comfortable articles of clothing. They can be paired with anything as they can be worn year-round, and they can be dressed up or down. Not only that but when you wear a graphic t-shirt, you have an opportunity to express your distinct style.

If you’re wondering how to style graphic tees, Affliction Clothing has you covered. We’re all about curating an innovative look that sets you apart from the pack. Find out how to see beyond the chaos to define your everyday style.

How to Style Graphic Tees

For both men and women, graphic t-shirts are a fundamental article of clothing. And believe it or not, they can be worn for just about any occasion. When it comes to styling graphic tees, the first step is finding the right shirt.

The Right Fit

While you might assume any t-shirt will do, getting one that fits you well is essential. Graphic tees come in a range of cuts, including box-cut, fitted, and muscle tees. Beyond that, various styles include crew neck, v-neck, and long-sleeve. Try on a few cuts and styles to see what’s most flattering on your frame.

Of course, everyone has their own preferences, and body types vary. But in general, you’ll want to find a t-shirt that’s not too loose. Length is also crucial, so make sure it’s not too short or long. Opt for a graphic tee that frames the build of your upper body. Fitted tees are flattering on men and women, as long as they’re not too tight. You should feel comfortable wearing the shirt. With the right fit, the rest of your outfit will fall into place.

Curating Graphic Tee Outfits

There’s a process of coming up with graphic tee outfits. First,  you’ll need to pair the shirt with denim. Next, you’ll select your shoes, followed by outerwear, if necessary. The last step is to choose a couple of accessories to complement the overall look.

Pairing With Jeans

When you rock a silkscreen, the demin you wear should be determined by the occasion. If it’s casual, jeans are usually a no-brainer. For something just a step above casual, such as a date, you may want to slightly dressier denim.

Jeans and a t-shirt are a timeless outfit combination for a reason. When worn right, they look good on everyone. That being said, there are still ways to make it your own. It helps to know where you are going, so you know what pair of denim to choose. For instance, are you wondering what to wear to a rock concert? Pair your graphic tee with a pair of black skinny jeans. Trying to figure out what to wear when you’re riding your motorcycle for a cool motorcycle outfit? Maybe decide on a solid pair of denim jeans. If you’re looking for your typical, everyday look, graphic tees always look great with dark-wash denim, ripped jeans, and black jeans. 

With a light t-shirt, you may want to opt for a darker wash. Alternatively, a black or deeper shade will go well with light or faded jeans. A dark-colored shirt can also be flattering with dark blue denim. Go for slim cut, straight fit, or bootleg jeans. You might want to cuff them once or twice at the bottom for a clean yet laid-back look. Looser jeans with a graphic t-shirt can make your outfit more laidback.

On the topic of jeans, tucking in a graphic t-shirt is a universal fashion faux pas for men. If a graphic tee that fits properly, you shouldn’t need to tuck it in.

Selecting Shoes

Once you’ve got your jeans picked out, it’s time to select the shoes for your outfit. Graphic tees look good with simple sneaker. Aim for casual shoes. Simple flat-soled lace-ups, low-top, and slip-on sneakers are usually foolproof for graphic tee outfits. Both low-tops and high-tops look good with cuffed jeans.

For a more "polished" look, wear slightly dressier shoes or boots. We’re big fans of chelsea boots and leather lace-up boots with graphic tees. 

Choosing Outerwear

When you choose outerwear to wear with a graphic t-shirt, there are several choices. Denim jackets haven’t gone out of style yet, and they go well with screen-printed shirts. However, if you’re wearing jeans, you might want to select a different jacket. Another classic look is a leather jacket. There is something about leather that gives off a cool, effortless vibe.

For a more casual ensemble, zip-up hoodies are always a good option. If you’re wearing a graphic tee, we recommend opting for a more subtle hoodie. Some detailing is fine, but you’ll want to avoid clashing.

Sports jackets and blazers can also be worn over graphic t-shirts for a sharp look. With the right coat, you can instantly make your outfit slightly dressier and ready for a night out. When blazers are worn over graphic tees with jeans and chelsea boots, the result is a bold and edgy look that’s not too over-the-top.

Another way to stay warm if you don’t want to wear a jacket, is to layer your t-shirts. A short-sleeve graphic tee can be worn over a solid long-sleeve shirt. You can also layer two short-sleeve shirts on top of each other for a more subtle look.

Lighter weight button-down shirts can also be worn over graphic tees for a little extra warmth. Solid button-down shirts in neutral colors are a fail-safe option. Grey, black, tan, and navy are usually good picks. Buffalo-check plaid is a solid choice, but most plaids will work as long as the colors don’t clash with the t-shirt underneath.

Dressing up Graphic T-Shirts

If you love graphic t-shirts, you might be wondering if they can ever be worn for explicitly dressy occasions. As mentioned above, solid t-shirts are most often worn under suits, but that doesn’t mean graphic tees are totally ruled out.

The way to make it work is to balance out the laid-back aspect of the t-shirt with casual shoes. For example, plain white tennis shoes will offset the t-shirt without complicating the outfit.

How to Style Graphic Tees: Nailing The Details

Graphic t-shirts are kind of like the tattoos of your wardrobe. They’re conversation starters that illustrate your personality. As you come up with various graphic tee outfits, a few details should be kept in mind.

Think of a graphic t-shirt as the centerpiece of the rest of your ensemble. Your demin, shoes, and outerwear should complement the shirt without distracting from it. So, aside from the tee, try to stick with subtle pieces.

Graphic tees are typically fun and out there, because they're so bold piece of your ensemble, keep it simple as far as accessories go. A plain belt, watch or fitness tracker, and maybe some sunglasses are all you need to complete the look. Ball caps and beanies pretty much always go with graphic tees, so if hats are your thing, go for it.

Lastly, be sure to consider the outfit as a whole. Are you going for a casual, trendy, or semi-dressy vibe? Each piece of clothing should be carefully selected to build off the graphic tee and complement the entire ensemble.

Unique Graphic T-Shirts From Affliction Clothing

With a passion for greatness, Affliction Clothing is dedicated to creating threads to distinguish those who wear them. We believe in craftsmanship over commodity and know what goes into designing the perfect graphic tee. By embracing our afflictions and upholding an unrelenting ideology, we push the limits of fashion.

When you browse the shirts from Affliction Clothing, you’ll find a substantial selection of unique men's clothing and women's clothing including graphic t-shirts for both men and women. We have women's short-sleeve, men's long-sleeve shirts and everything in between, including hoodies, button-downs, and tanks.

With several distinct collections, we’re confident you’ll find something that speaks to your personal style. From unconventional prints to go-to styles from our Standard Series, we have it all. Affliction Clothing carries graphic t-shirts with heavy detailing as well as many subtle prints and designs. Start shopping today!

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