A few graphic tees for your Friday

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I will preface this post by apologizing for the fact that so many of these tees cost more than what a tee should cost. But when you’re talking about an investment tee—and let’s just go out on a limb here and act like such a category exists—sometimes I do think it’s OK to splurge. Because, at least in my life, nothing does as brilliantly on the cost-per-wear front than a well-loved tee does.  One can hardly argue with the sentiment here, and you get that itsy bonus Bella Freud dog logo on the sleeve.

The off-kilter lips here are pretty dear.

I don’t know why this Star Wars tee appeals to me so much—maybe the fact that it looks authentically old.

 

This old-school Levi’s logo really pops.

I really want this snake tee: the graphics are so gracefully badass.

The Great makes a very good, soft, extra-slouchy tee, and this one looks like a beaten-in favorite.

This tee is a tribute to the late great fashion zine of the 90s, Cheap Date.

 

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    Emily TL
    19 Oct 2018
    3:18pm

    I love this post! I have always wanted to rock the graphic tee and blazer look, but don’t feel like I can pull it off. I want almost all of these.

    Kim – The first tee reminded me of some of the tees I bought to support a cause– a few “Nasty Woman” and “Nevertheless She Persisted” tees I own and gave for Christmas. That reminded me of a feature I miss from Lucky, I believe it was something like “Shopping for a Cause.” I loved that and thought perhaps that would be a fun post before the holidays. I feel better about being a consumer at the holidays when it goes to support a cause that I or the recipient value. Thanks for considering and for all you do. I love this community!

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    Clare
    21 Oct 2018
    3:04pm

    Solidarite Feminine had me at hello. It is perfection. I splurged. Purchased it. Have no regrets. Even had to order a large since all the mediums were sold out. Such a fun post.

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    c.w.
    19 Oct 2018
    8:28am

    In this political climate I feel the need to own the Solidarite Feminine tee. I also feel I need the snake tee which is simply ultra cool. Which is to say I’m not completely in that dark-days-before/after-the-midterms place. (sigh)

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      Dana D
      19 Oct 2018
      11:42am

      I had to get that one…just ordered it.

      I just had to… my other fem t shirt from Everlane has been worn to almost shreds.

      Plus I need to have some way, like you, to manage my expectations for the election and this will give me a semblance of fem power.

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    Jenny
    19 Oct 2018
    9:37am

    I think this post is a sign that I’m meant to get this Beautiful Bodies tee that I’ve been drooling over: https://www.neverfullydressed.co.uk/collections/tops/products/beautiful-bodies-t. Plus, some of the proceeds go to a good cause.

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    Mary
    19 Oct 2018
    9:54am

    I definitely spend more on tees than many other people would but it’s worth it to me. The cheaper ones, for the most part, simply don’t provide the fit I’m looking for. There’s usually something wrong – too short, too long, too baggy or too tight. I also dislike my arms and won’t touch a cap sleeve to save my life. And I wear a tee almost every day so the cost per wear is definitely worth it! Thank you for these ideas, Kim.

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    Emily M.
    19 Oct 2018
    10:03am

    I love all of these. I will hunt for the thrift store versions.

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    Liz
    19 Oct 2018
    10:22am

    I pretty much live in concert tees, but too many bands only sell men’s sizes, which means I basically cut the sleeves, bottoms, and necklines until they have the right fit.

    I worry that I might be too old for this look (people where I live are so judgemental about women’s lifestyle choices), but it’s been my style for so long, I just like it.

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      Moi
      20 Oct 2018
      10:22pm

      My kingdom for all my old concert T-shirts. The prices on eBay and Etsy—just, wow. And I don’t collect new ones these days because, as you say, the cuts are terrible (seriously, was everything better in the 70s and 80s, or am I just getting old?). I now buy concert posters instead. Many artists are doing fabulous ones—Jack White’s for his recent tour, for example, are great.

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        Liz
        21 Oct 2018
        2:06pm

        For real! I was just in LA where the James Perse store has a Grateful Dead collection, and his overpriced tees are still less than half the price of what they’re charging for a butt ugly tie dye tour shirt on Etsy. It makes me sad that hippies would spend so much money on a t-shirt.

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      mjd
      19 Oct 2018
      11:42am

      Liz, I’m 54 and still wearing concert tees 80% of the time I’m not at work. Don’t let your age stop you from being who you are!

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    Susanna
    19 Oct 2018
    10:52am

    Does anyone else have the problem with tees—and it doesn’t seem to be tied to cost; the expensive as well as the cheap—getting small holes almost immediately? This seems to happen in the center part near the bottom hem and I think it’s related to the tee rubbing against the button/hardware area of jeans. (I try to take good care of tees by washing in a mesh bag, but it doesn’t seem to help.) . Because this happens to most of my tees, I can’t justify splurging on them.

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      Viajera
      19 Oct 2018
      7:09pm

      I think I have noticed such a thing, esp in the past when I wore a belt. (I forget now why I stopped wearing one. I think I took in the waist of those pants.).

      I just look at small holes as decoration. ; )

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      Pauline
      19 Oct 2018
      11:27pm

      I’ve found the holes are not caused by jeans or seatbelts or marble benches but a bug! Empty your drawers and spray with bug killer and I’m pretty certain the holes won’t happen again.

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        Susanna
        23 Oct 2018
        12:20pm

        A bug? Wow. I really don’t think that’s the cause of the holes in mine, since they’re always in the same place in the garment. But bugs…gross.

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      Moi
      20 Oct 2018
      10:17pm

      Yes! Google it, and there are dozens of ideas about the causes of these little holes. But, so far, doesn’t seem that it can be nailed down to any one thing. Doesn’t happen to my sweaters or blouses—and I don’t remember it happening when I was a kid. It’s maddening!

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