Styling Graphic Tees – 3 Creative Ways

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Graphic tees are a fun way to show off your style, your personality, and even some of your interests. It seems like every brand or shop puts out graphic tees and a lot of them can be pretty reasonably priced. Today I have a few creative ways to style graphic tees (besides the standard jeans or denim shorts) and also my favorite places to find my tees!


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Where to buy

First let’s talk about where I get most of my tees. The best thing about all of these places is that you will find tees for under 15 dollars and they have really cute styles!
  • Old Navy: Their tees are their own brand and designs. Think cute phrases, seasonal designs, and designs relating to places like New York City or Paris.
  • Target: Target usually has a big selection of graphic tees. Here, again, you’ll find shirts with cute or quirky phrases. They also have a lot of licensed apparel. I’ve found so many fun pop culture related tees including Disney, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Mean Girls, and Stranger Things.
  • Uniqlo: I really like Uniqlo, especially for their Disney collections. The problem is there aren’t any stores near me. Their graphic tees pretty much all run for $14.90 and occasionally they will have deals for free shipping or 2 tees for $19.90.


There are so many creative ways to style graphic tees. You obviously can wear your tees with jeans or leggings and still look really cute, but here are some creative ways to show off your style.


Palazzo pants

If you want to look cute but feel like you’re wearing pajamas get a pair of palazzo pants. I found this pair at Old Navy and I think the reason they work well with a graphic tee is because they are black and white. Not that you couldn’t do brighter or more busy pants, but then you may need to wear a shirt with a subtler design. It’s all about balance.

3 creative ways to style graphic tees

3 creative ways to style graphic tees

3 creative ways to style graphic tees

With this outfit, I used the bag to tie everything together. The straw coordinates with the off-white color of the shirt, and the black and white strap goes great with the pants!

Patterned shorts or pants

3 creative ways to style graphic tees
I think you can get way more creative with an outfit than just wearing a plain colored pair of shorts or pants (though I am partial to a bright or pastel colored bottom). Look for patterns that go with or compliment the colors in your tee. In this example I have a Star Wars shirt from Target (that I got on clearance for $3!) and a pair of gingham shorts. Both the top and the shorts have black in them and I added a black statement necklace from H&M to add a little something extra to the outfit.

Skirts or Dresses

3 creative ways to style graphic tees

There’s no reason you can’t wear a graphic tee with a skirt. You can even layer a tee over a dress for a similar effect, or under a dress for more of a 90s jumper look. You can dress this up or down, just think about your shoes and accessories to get the type of look that you want. Tip: when wearing a graphic tee with a skirt or over a dress, tuck it in to the skirt or tie the shirt up a bit. This way you’ll still be able to see your waist.

Those are my tips! Hope you found this helpful and maybe found a new way to style your outfits.
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  1. 6.13.18

    You look so pretty! I loved all your tee wearing ideas! Really they go so well with any bottom in our wardrobe!

    • 6.13.18
      Emily said:

      Thank you! That’s sweet of you to say!

  2. 6.13.18
    Lauren said:

    Very cute and creative outfits! Great post 🙂

    • 6.13.18
      Emily said:

      Thank you! I appreciate hearing that!

  3. 8.30.19
    Bob said:

    I love the way patterns influence shirt styles. My kids feel embarrassed that they wear solid shirts. I’ll have to consider getting them plaid shirts in the future.