My Favorite Way to Wear a Graphic Tee

by - July 07, 2020

graphic tees

When I worked in news, I rarely wore graphic tees, and therefore didn't buy them, despite practically living in them as a young adult in college. Now that I've been out of the news business for a couple of years, my style has definitely tipped more toward the casual side of the scale. Even so, graphic tees really weren't on my radar until recently. I have plenty of stripes and floral print shirts that can be dressed up and down, but my graphic tee selection was pretty limited. I've been working to remedy that this summer and wanted to share my favorite way to wear a graphic tee.

Please forgive the lack of creative photography. I am still recovering from having major surgery, after all.

Sizing info: I'm 5'2" and wear size 6/8 or medium in tops and dresses, size 6 in bottoms, and size 7 in shoes. This post contains affiliate links.

sunflower graphic tee with skirt
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I love graphic tees because you can literally wear them with anything, although it is tempting to keep things simple by pairing them with just jeans or denim shorts. I tend to stay away from band tees, mostly because it's hard to find ones for bands that I really like. Instead, I look for designs that match my personality, like this pretty flower one. We all know I love a good flower print.

I really like unusual pairings, especially the juxtaposition of a t-shirt with a more feminine bottom, and when I saw this flower tee online I knew it would be a perfect match for this gold-yellow checked skirt. I tried it a couple different ways - front tuck, full tuck - before settling on a trendy knot. I finished the look with my fave bright yellow wedges (I literally put them on just to take this picture) to pull the yellow from the flowers. I think this shirt will also pair well with my white shorts, white jeans, and white skirts (short and long), as well as black and maybe even camo print.

This tee is really soft and a nice thickness. The fit is slightly boxy, which works for my wider hips. I'm wearing my usual size medium. The neck and sleeves aren't tight and the length is just past my hip bones (I'm 5'2" with a really short torso). It's 100% cotton, and although I haven't done laundry since wearing it, I'll most likely keep it out of the dryer.

just peachy tshirt with boho skirt
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I thought this Just Peachy shirt was a fun nod to my home state of Georgia, aka the Peach State. It comes in a few other colors and design variations. This one is the pink.

I didn't have any particular outfits in mind when I ordered this one, but when I was doing a closet clean-out I remembered this fun little boho printed skirt that I've been hanging onto. Usually I just wear it with some version of a white or off-white top because the print is so busy, but I thought the colors were a nice match with the peach shirt. I was hoping the green in the shirt would help pull the greens from the skirt, but it's hard to tell in this picture. I'm still on the fence with whether or not this outfit is too busy.

This shirt is a cotton blend. I haven't washed it yet so I can't speak to shrinkage. I thought it was a nice thickness and pretty soft. It's slightly fitted on me and reaches to just past my hip bones. I got my usual size medium.

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