The thing about graphic tees is that they not only share personality, but they are the most versatile pieces in my wardrobe. Read on for why I keep wearing them and for two of my favourites for under $20!
THE THING ABOUT GRAPHIC TEES
It’s no secret that graphic tees are a staple in my sartorial wardrobe. Why? They are not only comfortable but instantly convey personality and are a re-wearable staple that I can style in many ways. Plus, a graphic tee can be as affordable as you like, there is no need to go in for a super expensive designer graphic t-shirt, you can pick one up for under $20. For me, that is the beauty of a graphic tee- it won’t cost you the earth and you will wear them again and again.
Last week, I headed back into the new Perth Uniqlo store. Mario was so excited to stock up- he orders from Uniqlo more than I do! They had just released a new collection of their UT graphic tees, so naturally, I found two I loved. The UT collection is all about pop-culture from around the world, so there is always something that appeals to everyone. Given they release hundreds of options each year it isn’t difficult to find something you love. For me, I was drawn to the SPRZ Andy Warhol collections.
UNIQLO’S ANDY WARHOL GRAPHIC TEES
When I was studying I remember one of my first design projects was to design set and costumes for a show using inspiration from an artist. I chose Andy Warhol, whose work I’d earlier become obsessed with when I’d traveled to see some in galleries such as the Tate in London. His work has left such a lasting impression on the art world, it is a perfect fit for the Uniqlo UT collections. Though I tried on at least four of the tees, I couldn’t go past the classic Campbell’s Soup can (also had to appreciate it being a striped tee!) and the banana. I know have not the one, but three graphic tees with bananas on them.
Warhol created the iconic banana print for the debut album cover for The Velvet Underground and Nico. The original album cover allowed fans to peel back the banana skin as a sticker, revealing the fruit of a nude-colored banana underneath. Though it took many years for the album to achieve success (long after the band had broken up) the original albums became collector’s items. Now I can finally wear my own little piece of Warhol iconic rock and roll history.
HOW TO WEAR A GRAPHIC TEE
Here are some suggestions for combinations of graphic tees with staples you already have in your wardrobe.
Jeans: Okay, okay, this is the first thing I reach for to wear with any graphic tee but they are a match made in heaven. I loved both of these tees with a classic black skinny jean but I’ll be styling them with boyfriend jeans too.
A Blazer: Wear a blazer over any graphic tee for an instantly relaxed yet cool look. I love pairing this combo back with jeans or a leather mini skirt. It’s cool but chic.
Sneakers: To keep it casual (not to mention comfortable), a pair of white sneakers or classic trainers with a graphic tee is a covetable everyday look. I love to leave my heels behind and feel free to run around in my Converse.
A Pencil Skirt: While pencil skirts might remind you of corporate wear, they are instantly made cooler with a graphic t-shirt. The look is less feminine but flattering and chic. Add a pair of classic black sunglasses to finish the look.
Heels: Though I reach for ankle boots or sneakers 80% of the time, I do love a classic pump heel or strappy sandal with jeans and a graphic tee. It’s a bit rock and roll without trying too hard.
Jewellery: Years ago, I had hardly any jewellery and my looks never felt finished. Though I still appreciate the ‘less is more’ policy, I have expanded my collection and love to layer gold necklaces over just about anything. Graphic tees are of course, perfect to wear under my gold necklace layers.
Of course, wearing them out for a coffee date? That’s a given!
UNIQLO UT SPRZ NY GRAPHIC TEE ANDY WARHOL BANANA
BLACK UNIQLO ULTRA STRETCH JEANS
UNIQLO UT SPRZ NY GRAPHIC TEE CAMPBELLS SOUP CAN ANDY WARHOL