The Dos And Don’ts Of Choosing Graphic T-Shirts

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Graphic t-shirts have been a staple in men’s streetwear clothing for several years, but there are still many ways guys can get this look wrong, resulting in a serious fashion faux-pas.

If you want to embrace the style and look like you’ve just stepped off the catwalk, check out our tips on how to choose a graphic t-shirt and get it right.

Retro Prints

When it come to graphic tees, it is integral you choose the right print. Avoid generic landscape images (especially if you have no connection to the location) and opt for more vintage styles.

Choose pictures that were popular in your youth, such as old rock bands or brands, as this will have more meaning attached with it. Vintage t-shirts suit all age groups, so you won’t feel like mutton dressed up as lamb when wearing one – a risk you may take with more modern styles.

The Right Fit

T-shirts should neither be too tight or too loose. If they are too snug, they will look like you’re trying to squeeze yourself into old clothes, while clothes that are too loose will make it appear as though you got dressed in the 1990s.

You don’t want a billowing effect, as this is neither flattering or stylish, so make sure you try before you buy.

Clear, Simple Designs

Do not pick a t-shirt that has a confusing symbol or design. The point of a graphic tee is that people get the message or image when passing you by and they can even engage people in conversation. After all, you don’t want someone to be staring at your torso for several awkward minutes trying to figure out what the image is.

Anything that requires a second glance should be off the table.

Try Non-Branded Styles

While designer t-shirts are usually higher quality, it is also worth trying non-branded styles as well. You’ll often find more varieties, styles and interesting images from independent makers. What’s more, your graphic will be more original, thereby getting attention from people who’ve never seen the image before.