10 tongue-in-cheek graphic tees you need to get your hands on
Down to a tee
Every fashion week, you’re bound to spot more than a couple of street style cognoscenti in vintage logo and quirky slogan tees or band t-shirts. The whole laidback, dressed-down look is to be coveted these days, with fashion influencers and celebrities alike opting for a more relaxed ensemble in favour of a complicated ensemble.
Pair it with a miniskirt, your favorite pair of jeans, or even over a dress and you’re set for the day. One graphic tee is all you need for various under-a-minute styling.
Prada’s adorable graphic t-shirt features a visually striking illustration of a hot desert landscape with saturated, punchy hues. We especially love the contrast of bold colours and the vintage feel of this everyday tee.
Saint Laurent’s black T-shirt looks every inch a vintage band tee, from the blue ribbed trims to the distressed print front and center. The slogan ‘To The Moon And Back Print’ is seen on the shirt in overturned, reflected lettering alongside the brand’s logo. Wear this with a denim midi skirt for a vintage look.
DSquared2 has a tee which looks like it could have came straight out from a newspaper clipping — quite literally. Synonymous with the brand’s irreverent spirit, this printed t-shirt will look great with a pair of boyfriend jeans and even an edgy leather jacket.
Versace’s signature Medusa motif gets a florid makeover on this t-shirt. It now comes adorned in a head full of blooming floral embroidery and lush greenery. The fresh reinterpretation of one of pop culture’s more significant motifs plays out well here; the brand’s youthful design is definitely part-novel and part-symbolic.
This speckled jersey tee features a multicolour logo graphic done up in a retro style. Bringing to mind olden day vinyl records, this simple t-shirt will make a statement whether you choose to dress it up with a denim jacket and ruffled skirt, or down with sneakers and shorts.
Continually inspired by the animal world, Gucci once again brings out the big cats for its Modern Future t-shirt. The recurring tiger motif — which was once seen in enamel on a clutch bag from Gucci’s archives in the ‘70s — dons the t-shirt against a striking explosion of yellow.
Classic raglan sleeves in contrasting colours always make a good solid graphic tee. Try this cheeky number with a satirical design of a sunbathing skeleton to add a bit of humour to your everyday outfit for a change.
Artsy streetwear brand Bad Deal has a t-shirt with a bold illustrated print splashed across of it. Featuring the slogan ‘Lucky You’ in an adorable hand-drawn font, the black cotton shirt shines a spotlight on the environment surrounding a house beagle. Wear this as a boyfriend tee knotted at the side, or tucked into an A-line skirt.
This t-shirt by Calvin Klein is printed with the iconic image of supermodel Brooke Shields’ in a pose she adopted during the brand’s ‘80s denim campaign. The design gives a comical wink to the iconic phrase the supermodel coined back then: Nothing comes between me and my Calvins. Nostalgic, playful and spirited, this t-shirt hits all the right spots.
Perfect for those who like to stick to subtle, pared down designs, this simple white tee with adorable fruit patches made from sequins is refreshingly penny plain. It’s understated in the graphic sphere yet it still delivers a punch of quirkiness with its decorative logo applique.