13 super-cute graphic tees

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I recently did a major T-shirt purge—I got a new dresser for my bedroom, and can now fit all of them in one drawer, which is a minor miracle. I feel like I have to be very disciplined about not buying more, but there are some very tempting ones here, and I’m not at all certain I won’t give in and go for one (or two). I usually don’t like faux-vintage band tees, but this Led Zeppelin one is just so classic.

A thermal tee with a Bowie-esque lightning bolt.

This one feels kind of appealingly 70s to me, and I really like the green.

I don’t drink (and if I did, I wouldn’t drink Budweiser) but I love this logo.

A sweetly goofy option.

I like how this looks like an old-school athletic tee.

I think this would look amazing under a black or grey blazer.

Again, I’m making an exception to my no-faux-vintage-band-tees rule, because this is just so iconic.

The embroidered stars here are so nicely graphic.

I like how faded-out the lettering on this one is.

Here’s a kind of sexy option, if a graphic tee can be described as sexy.

This is pleasingly old-school, and I like the longer sleeves.

And finally: a cool embroidered snake.

 

 

 

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32 Thoughts on 13 super-cute graphic tees
    Gablesgirl
    9 Jan 2020
    4:30pm

    What makes a vintage graphic tee a keeper? Trying to sort through mine….I want to hang on to my Economy Candy tee…

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      Viajera
      10 Jan 2020
      1:17pm

      I think if you really like something there is nothing wrong with keeping it around … and when it gets too raggedy to wear you can make it into the front of a throw pillow. … Idk what is Economy Candy but it’s a good name.

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        Kim France
        10 Jan 2020
        3:40pm

        Economy Candy is an excellent old-school candy shop on the Lower East Side, Viajera.

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          Viajera
          13 Jan 2020
          10:50am

          Thanks!

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    EW
    10 Jan 2020
    11:37am

    I also wanted to give a shoutout to these guys –
    https://www.boredwalktshirts.com/
    Their designs have always been a favorite of mine(Fuzz Aldrin!)

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    Mary
    9 Jan 2020
    8:57am

    Love the selection! This is my uniform – graphic tee and jeans. And because it’s so unbelievably cold right now, an unfrumpy cardigan, which are difficult to find these days.

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      Susan G
      9 Jan 2020
      8:18pm

      Try a j crew sweater blazer, so comfy 🙂

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        Mary
        9 Jan 2020
        8:53pm

        Great idea! Thank you.

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    Candy
    9 Jan 2020
    9:23am

    Cute tees! That Brooklyn one really beckons. May I suggest to those eying the $98 Yosemite one from Anthro, that the tees from Parks Projects (parksproject.us) has a selection of tees from all the national parks at less than half that price and sales benefit a variety of park conservation nonprofits. Etsy is also a good source of great, budget-priced vintage-y national parks shirts.

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      Samantha Zutler
      10 Jan 2020
      11:30am

      I was just going to comment on the parks tees! They are fantastic.

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      D.Morgendorffer
      9 Jan 2020
      9:53am

      Thank you for sharing this! Besides liking them for myself, I have an outdoorsy sibling whom I often give graphic tees. Plus, I like it helping conservation nonprofits.

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    susan m
    9 Jan 2020
    10:33am

    Kim have you ever seem the brooklyn-based brand umnsteigen? I am pretty obsessed with their graphic tees and love them so much. here is the URL–http://www.iloveumsteigen.com/

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    Lornag
    9 Jan 2020
    10:39am

    Did you Marie Kondo your dresser? My, very tidy & organized, GF did her’s and, while im comfortable in my clutter, I really want to do mine. (All the shirts are stacked up sideways so you can SEE EVERYTHING!!)

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      TradyA
      9 Jan 2020
      10:53am

      I love sharing sources for cool clothing and Supermaggie from Austin Texas is my all time favorite brand for
      graphic tees. The Oona t- shirt is a soft organic cotton style, and the artwork designs are stunning. And humorous. And quirky. They sell sweatshirts, long sleeves dresses and leggings. And men’s and kid size t shirts also. Happy New Year!

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    QAR
    9 Jan 2020
    12:04pm

    If there is one item of clothing I would never every put on my body given other options, this is it. Cannot envision this as chic or grownup in any iteration.

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      Viajera
      10 Jan 2020
      1:12pm

      QAR – which one do you mean? All of them? … Just nosy!

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      Liz
      9 Jan 2020
      11:04pm

      I grew up with a biker dad, and I always loved the badass, casual biker style of these guys in their 60s who lived in Moro tees and worn out jeans.

      While I side-eye super pricy generic band tees (spare me that Rolling Stones tongue one), I am now a 40-something musician/fan who lives in tees of the bands I love. I don’t care about being chic, but I do care about being old and interesting with interesting taste. And as a woman in her mid-40’s, I feel less invisible when people approach me because we share the love of a cool punk band.

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        Viajera
        10 Jan 2020
        1:19pm

        I don’t have much knowledge of the biker lifestyle … however I have great respect for anyone who distresses their own pants. … also, for good parenting, always.

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          Liz
          11 Jan 2020
          1:10am

          Well, one thing I really want to point out is that there are tons of bikers who are not “Bikers for Trump” jerks. My dad and his friends were all progressive, well educated, caring guys who donated to charities and would never have voted for a horrible idiot like Trump.

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            Mamavalveeta03
            12 Jan 2020
            4:30pm

            Here to 2nd your comment, Liz. I’ve got dear friends from Madison, WI, that were a banker and a therapist and they ride Harley’s and owned a biker bar (until they got sober). Super-progressive, good people!

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        Liz
        9 Jan 2020
        11:05pm

        Sorry, “Moto” tees (wtf, autocorrect?)

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    Linden
    9 Jan 2020
    1:08pm

    I love graphic tees, but it is so rare to find appealing ones in plus sizes. Recently I took three concert t-shirts that I had to buy in unisex sizing to be tailored for a more feminine fit.

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    c.w.
    9 Jan 2020
    1:18pm

    I love your new dresser. I usually stay away from graphic tees (I keep thinking about your podcast and Tally saying that as she has aged her clothing has become plainer––I am paraphrasing terribly here––but that struck me because I did the same so perhaps I need a graphic tee?)

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    Francine
    9 Jan 2020
    5:47pm

    I might have one or two graphic Ts in my closet. One is a Spiderman T that I used to wear with leather pants. I rarely wear them now that they are so mainstream. Maybe in a couple of years when the trend dies down a bit?

    Anyhow, I don’t think one should spend more than $15 bucks on a T. Might I suggest Old Navy or Target? Go to the boy’s section and you won’t be disappointed.

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      Viajera
      10 Jan 2020
      1:22pm

      There was a tee with a graphic of Homer Simpson’s head, with headphones. For some reason, I wanted one, but … I don’t know what it *means,* if anything. And I will now go intergoogle that. Bc in addition to having to decide, do I want to be associated however tangentially with the other people who might wear a tee like ____, I need to know if it’s saying something I’m not aware of. … and by about this point, I need coffee or a drink and then I just wear a plain shirt. Which is boring and wrong if you do it too much. Right? Or … not right?

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        Viajera
        10 Jan 2020
        1:30pm

        Well … it turns out, the intergoogle does not know this crucial piece of information. Perhaps there is no meaning. And nooooow we are in philosophy-land, and again, short attention span … ah well.

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        y.k.
        13 Jan 2020
        6:21am

        i’m totally guilty of that- overthinking a graphic t.

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    Frances
    9 Jan 2020
    2:21pm

    I just bought the graphic stars tee and love it (and also love that I purchased it BEFORE it was featured here – somehow that feels like validation of my taste?)! I feel like my dad had that Budweiser tee, though he didn’t drink Budweiser that I recall, so that one makes me feel pleasantly nostalgic. I’m now considering the Zepplin tee for myself…

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    EW
    9 Jan 2020
    1:29pm

    Once again KF is -on target- ;
    I, a GOACA -senior professional woman in a staid occupation, recently purchased and love, a shamefully overpriced but really cool, Ramones classic tee.
    I plan to wear on Fridays with a blazer and Doc Martens ; )
    IS she a consultant or a record producer – who can tell??

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    LJ
    9 Jan 2020
    11:27pm

    YES, but where can I get the trousers in the pic with the black BKLYN tee?

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    jamie
    12 Jan 2020
    12:28pm

    Hi Kim! Thank you for these — I am a 43yo who looooooves graphic tees (despite my mother gently “reminding” me I’m too old to wear them – whatever)– but I don’t look great in crew necks. Would love a post on non-crew tees of all kinds! Show us the boats and Vs please!! XO

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