A graphic T-shirt is its plain counterpart’s witty, bubbly, colorful and personality-filled cousin. A staple wardrobe piece in the fashion world beginning the late 2000s, graphic T-shirts have since matured and have become better than ever for 2013.

Brands have been faithful to the ongoing trend. In the spring/summer 2013 runway shows of Christopher Kane, Acne Studios, DKNY, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Ashish, designers played around with abstract shapes, pop art style portraits and clever sayings on their own versions of the graphic T-shirt. These T-shirts can cost you hundreds of dollars, a high price to pay for most Fashionistas in college. Lucky for us, alternatives to the designer versions are easy to find at both bridge and budget price points.

What makes graphic T-shirts so awesome is their versatility. This Fashionista paired hers with dark, high-waisted jeans with flat sandals and a coordinating cross-body bag for her trip to the mall. The same top can be paired with a bright blazer and dark skinny jeans for a tough-girl look or tucked into a skater skirt and paired with wedges and a statement necklace for a girl’s night out.

In any fashion situation where you’re safely reaching for a solid black or white T-shirt because it “matches” with the rest of your ensemble, dare to experiment with a graphic T-shirt as a trendy alternative. This simple swap will add your own personality and flair to any mundane outfit.

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