What do Bob Dylan, Mickey Mouse, Marilyn Monroe, hamsas, skulls and flowers all have in common? They can all be seen gracing the fronts of graphic T-shirts and tank tops. From the kindergarten days of rocking shirts with your favorite Disney or Nickelodeon character to the middle school days of subliminal messages paired with moose or seagulls across your chest, graphic shirts have followed you through your fashion evolution, just like that horrible third grade picture that just will not disappear.

As you evolve into much more mature Fashionista/o’s, graphics can be sported in different trendy ways that will not have you saying, “What was I thinking?” This Fashionista paired her vintage black and white band tee with a striped maxi skirt. The finishing touch was a distressed and acid-washed cropped jean vest. I really like how she chose to mix the graphic T-shirt with a patterned skirt. Keeping to the black and white color palette, the juxtaposition is subtle and works. You can snag the perfect vintage inspired band T-shirt from Urban Outfitters, or you can head over to your local vintage store, or even your dad’s closet for the real deal! Check out this Biggie Smalls and Tupac muscle tank. Pinterest has a lot of great ideas on how to take a T-shirt and make it look worn and bleached to really give it that old and rare vibe.

One of my favorite ways to sport graphic T-shirts is through printed crop tops paired with high-waisted skater skirts. This crop top by Diamond Supply Co., which you can find at PacSun, would be perfectly complimented by a pair of high-waisted Levi Brand Jean shorts. Graphic tees are not just for little kids or boys, they can be made feminine with the right bottoms and accessories.

Now get out there and get graphic!

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