Fri. Mar 31st, 2023

Who doesn’t just love a worn-in, slightly-faded T-shirt? From ones with funny catchphrases or pictures, to those that act as souvenirs from memorable nights, tees are a great way to make a statement about yourself.

Between concert keepsakes, sorority and club uniforms, and the crazy and hilarious selection at Urban Outfitters, I have managed to stockpile probably 50 t-shirts over the last couple of years. And unfortunately, some of them have yet to see day light. Sure, they’re comfortable, and awesome for lazy days (or even to sleep in) but what’s a gal to do when she wants to rock a tee and still look stylish?

Yes, ladies, you can have your cake and eat it too. Today, I’m going to share a few different ways you can rock your favorite T-shirt and still look unique and cute for class.

One of the most basic ways to spruce up a T-shirt is by pairing it with a cute structured jacket or a cardigan, instead of an old, frumpy hoodie. Small details, like adding a ring or headband, or even braiding your hair instead of throwing it into a sloppy ponytail. Throw on some gladiator sandals instead of flip flops and this look can make all the difference in how you look and feel. Not only is this look totally comfortable, but it is almost effortless and quick. These little extras take just seconds to add – you’ll look great, but still make it to class on time.

Another easy way to wear a T-shirt and still look cute is to tuck it into a skirt. I prefer a skirt that is slightly high-waisted – it’s dressy enough to wear on a date or look put-together in class but isn’t so fancy that you compromise comfort. Pair this look with wedges – stilettos can look strange with something as casual as a graphic tee – and finish the look with a quirky fedora and statement ring.

Try out an androgynous look. The relaxed look and feel of your favorite tee will look great with a pair of boyfriend jeans and a few deliberately placed menswear accessories. Experiment with beanies, classic leather belts, different pairs of casual shoes, and menswear timepieces. You’ll look casual and comfy, but not sloppy. Finish with a handy messenger bag.

Vests are a perfect add on to give the graphic tee look a little extra funk. A denim vest is a fun, unexpected way to add a rock and roll feel to an otherwise basic jeans-and-tee look. This look is especially chic with a concert T-shirt, or printed pants. Finish off the outfit with a bold pair of shoes, eye-catching earrings, and a tough-looking bracelet.

Pair it with a maxi skirt. Carrie Bradshaw anyone? It’s bold, but with the right amount of confidence, it’s easy to pull off! One way to make good use out of your maxi skirt is to pair it with a T-shirt. Make sure the tee isn’t too busy, and knot it right where the skirt begins for an ultra-chic look. Finish the outfit with a headscarf, classy ring, and ballet flats or even sandals.

Always remember to keep the words on your graphic tees to a minimum. Keep it short and sweet in a large print. Now, with these little tips, there is no reason not to have fun and experiment new ways to wear all of those graphic tees.

Lauren DiCrecchio is a fifth-year student majoring in liberal studies with minors in journalism and Spanish. She can be reached at 

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