Because you asked for them: 13 cute graphic tees

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For some reason, most of the graphic tees I liked this time around have words on them (they’re also, by and large—and as usual—more pricey than I feel a tee like this should be. You intrepid types can always scour vintage stores for them, but at least here in New York, they’re pretty pricey there too—sometimes ridiculously so). I think this faded-out OK is pretty great: it looks a little like a vintage magazine logo to me.

I like the script on this one from Mother Denim, and the cut looks flattering too.

I found this clever, happy 6397 tee marked down at Yoox.

This sweet Lake Tahoe tee stops just short of being kitschy.

A winning sentiment done up in a homespun needlepoint graphic.

And you can’t argue with the sentiment here either (also check it out marked down in pale pink).

The strategically-placed daisies on this one are funny and cute.

I like how the OMFG here looks like the old CBGB sign.

A colorful lightning bolt would be aces under a blazer.

The Fiorucci angels are a perennial favorite of mine, and take me back to the days when I used to make reverent visits to the Fiorucci store when I was a teenager visiting from Texas.

The L.A. Dodgers logo is appealingly old-school.

A cute tourist tee in an appealing pale yellow.

Tees 4 Togo is a nonprofit that was started by the peerless Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin, and Le Tigre fame), and 100% of proceeds from T-shirt sales go to help educate girls in Dapaong, Togo. There are a number of appealing options to choose from, but I like this excellently 1980s likeness of Joan Jett best.

 

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25 Thoughts on Because you asked for them: 13 cute graphic tees
    LisaR
    9 Jul 2019
    9:22am

    I bought the Fiorucci angels tee when Kim first alerted us to the revival of the brand — love it!

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    Jen
    26 Jun 2019
    4:07pm

    Akin to the Lake Tahoe shirt, I have found some great shirts from Park Project that support our national parks – really like the Yosemite tank. https://www.parksproject.us/collections/womens

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      Megs
      26 Jun 2019
      5:26pm

      I was coming here to say the same thing! I have a Yosemite one from them and wear it on the regular.

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      y.k.
      27 Jun 2019
      10:22am

      o wow- i love this website -thanks!

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    sally
    27 Jun 2019
    12:20am

    Former CBGB T shirt owner here – (got it at 19 at the actual CBGB’s!!) OMFUG was originally part of the name. Google says:

    What does Omfug stand for?
    Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers
    After Hilly’s closure, Kristal focused on the Bowery club. Its full name of CBGB & OMFUG stands for “Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers”.

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    c.w.
    26 Jun 2019
    3:14pm

    These are all great choices.

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    Candy
    26 Jun 2019
    3:25pm

    Love the OMFG shirt, so perfect to wear on certain attitude days, but the price!! OMFG! And my other choice, the Lake Tahoe one, is even more. Sigh. I’ve found some cute tees for under $25 on ASOS, also added to my pile of Ruth Bader Ginsburg shirts at Redbubble.

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    Kathy O
    26 Jun 2019
    11:18am

    Thanks!

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    Kathi
    26 Jun 2019
    11:39am

    What a great selection, love graphic shirts! Want the embroidered and daisy ones, but not the Dodger shirt as I am a Cardinals fan (I do have a couple of those 😍).

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      Kathi
      26 Jun 2019
      12:21pm

      I meant needlepoint, not embroidered.

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    Mae
    26 Jun 2019
    11:50am

    Anybody else got a problem with the idea of people looking right at their chest (mine’s ample, baby) and saying what’s on the shirt? I feel like I’m inviting someone to piss me off.

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    Viajera
    26 Jun 2019
    11:00am

    The “Dodgers” tee is the wrong blue. Like, way off. Probably for legal/trademark reasons.

    Now, would the right blue fade to that? I don’t think so but we’d have to run a test. I think it’s a different tone or hue. Hmm. Not entirely sure.

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      Kim France
      26 Jun 2019
      11:09am

      Keep on being you, Viajera. xx

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        Jenny
        26 Jun 2019
        1:38pm

        Amen!!

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        Viajera
        27 Jun 2019
        2:45pm

        Well … most likely no one would notice. But it’s also possible that one might get a teeny bit hassled. There are people here who really care about stuff like that. Since the management has been so abusive to fans for so long, I’m not one of them. (Never bonded to the Lakers either.)

        And on the thirrrrd hand … now it makes me wonder, did the blue change? Maybe the problem is *me.* I wasn’t a fan when I was a kid anyway. It’s kind of interesting. Well I’ll go google it I guess.

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          Viajera
          27 Jun 2019
          7:40pm

          And then there is this:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodger_blue

          When the wiki page has 4 different blues on it, you kind of have to throw up your hands.

          all’s I’m saying is, in person, the shirts that fans wear are much more of a royal color than ^^^

          Didn’t know Lasorda had actually played tho.

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    Heather
    26 Jun 2019
    10:02am

    Kim, could you use your magical search powers to find some graphic tees with true scoop- or v-necks? I snapped up that leopard Society tee from last week in both colors because it’s so rare to find a patterned/graphic tee that’s also flattering to a large bust — I feel like if I were craftier I’d be able to cut a crewneck to make it flattering, but… I am not craftier.

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      y.k.
      27 Jun 2019
      9:39am

      i ‘ve bought many t’s from this site/ store- they offer a great scoop neck – not too low, w/ …calm graphics.
      https://mollusksurfshop.com/collections/womens-tees

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        Mae
        27 Jun 2019
        12:36pm

        These are so cool!

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        Heather
        27 Jun 2019
        9:51am

        Oooh, nice! Thank you!!!

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    Clatie
    26 Jun 2019
    10:34am

    I, too, was a major Fiorucci girl but my store was the Beverly Hill store – a holy place to me. I followed the link to by a shirt but SAD TROMBONE. $100. Neiman Marcus, c’mon man.

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      Clatie
      26 Jun 2019
      10:37am

      I am so annoyed at myself for the typo. Of course I wanted to BUY a shirt, not by one, which isn’t even a thing. BLURG.

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        Viajera
        26 Jun 2019
        10:54am

        but I loved your SAD TROMBONE sound effect. It totally worked for me!

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    Ita Darling
    27 Jun 2019
    9:49am

    Wornfree makes some great shirts for GOACA. Mine are so soft and I like the fact that it’s not a shirt featuring a musician- it’s a replica of a vintage shirt that a musician wore. Kinda sneaky.

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      Kim France
      27 Jun 2019
      11:08am

      Worn Free is fantastic, Ita Darling—thanks for the tip.

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