6 Genius Ways to Style a Graphic Tee

Think your beloved band tee’s too informal to wear outside the Spice Girls reunion tour? All it takes is a few inventive outfit formulas to bring the wardrobe staple into fashionable territory. Here, six elevated ways to rock a graphic tee any day of the week. 

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Wide-leg Trousers + Sneakers

Ever hear the trick about designing an entire room based on one painting? The same goes for your go-to graphic tee. Use the design as a palette for everything else you wear, like these sunny high-waisted trousers. Some sneaks and a cropped denim jacket will have you channeling some major ’70s vibes.

Get the look: Coach T-Shirt ($95); Forever 21 pants ($22.90); Superga sneakers ($65)

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Blazer + Cuffed Pants + Mules

Swap in a bright graphic motif (in place of a neutral blouse or button-up) and cuff your hems to give any matching set a fresh upgrade. Add some on-trend mules and a structured bag for a modern (and much cooler) take on the classic pantsuit.

Get the look: ASOS blazer ($56) and pants ($40); Junk Food T-shirt ($39); Splendid mules ($128)

woman wearing a graphic tee and pencil skirt
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Paper Bag Skirt + Strappy Sandals

Give your playful tee the office treatment by pairing it with a polished A-line skirt, like this flattering paper-bag fit. If you’re not sold on strappy sandals (we’re right there with you), slip on some neutral clogs or ankle boots.

Get the look: Joe's Jeans T-shirt ($50); Boden skirt ($130); Public Desire heels ($42)

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Turtleneck + Tweed Blazer + Straight-leg Denim

When temps drop, layer up by coupling your tee with a cozy turtleneck. Throw on a tweed topper and slingback mules to take you from your desk to dinner plans.

Get the look: Heartloom blazer ($168); Everlane turtleneck ($30); Chaser T-shirt ($62); Madewell jeans ($115); Frye mules ($328)

woman wearing a graphic tee with a leopard print skirt
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Leopard Skirt + Layered Pendants

Leopard is the new neutral, and it looks surprisingly chic when mismatched with other prints and graphic elements. To balance out a delicate silk skirt, toughen up your tee with a front knot and pile on a few pendant necklaces. Who knew eclectic dressing was this easy?

Get the look: Urban Outfitters T-shirt ($81); Anthropologie necklaces ($58 for set of three)Réalisation Par skirt ($180)

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Denim Jacket + Cropped Jeans + Booties

Because what’s better (and more effortless) than an all-black ensemble to make you feel like a total rock star?

Get the look: Topshop jacket ($90); Junk Food T-shirt ($44); Levi’s jeans ($98); Sam Edelman boots ($160)

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From 2017-2023 Michaela Magliochetti held the role of Senior Social Strategy & Trends Editor covering wellness, horoscopes, trends and more.