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How can I dress up a graphic tee?

Answer: The graphic tee trend came to prominence last summer and won’t be losing momentum anytime soon. Tees will always have an association with casual style, but there are ways to dress them up beyond the standard jeans and a tee shirt look. Pairing a graphic tee with a a girly bottom or stylish blazer can take a look from plain to chic. Here a few ways to dress up that graphic tee:

  1. Pair with a feminine bottom  Photo: Chic Street Style

    Wearing a full, pencil or tulle skirt can really take a casual graphic tee to the next level. The balance between the femininity of a skirt and the ruggedness of a graphic tee is always a winning combination. The skirt downplays the casual tee while the tee gives the skirt a punch of style. The best part? You probably already have both a graphic tee and a skirt in your wardrobe. Think of it as a way to remix a previously worn ensemble.

  2. Wear with a stylish blazer
    Adding a blazer to your outfit is an easy to way to dress up jeans and a tee. It’s also a great way to take a look from day to night. A low key Saturday afternoon with your girlfriends can turn into a fun Saturday night on the town with the simple addition of a blazer and a pair of heels. Blazers dress up outfits because the tailored fit accentuates your shape (which can sometimes get lost in a graphic tee). To give a look some extra pop, try pairing a bright colored blazer with a graphic tee. It’s a great way for both items to stand out on their own, while complimenting each other at the same time.

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  3. Add statement jewelry
    Accessories always make an outfit pop.  A chunky necklace, large earrings, or arm candy can take a look from drab to fab. A graphic tee on its own looks very relaxed, but simply adding a piece of jewelry like a link necklace can completely change the look. You won’t need to change anything else you’re wearing: just add a piece of statement jewelry and you’ll have a sophisticated look.
  4. Play up your hair and makeup
    A well-styled hairstyle, a bright lip, or a dramatic cat-eye will instantly take the casual out of your look. When you add something extra, it tones down the relaxed look of a graphic tee. Try combining a high bun,  a bold lip, and an impressive eye look the next time you wear a graphic tee.
  5. Tuck it in
    It may seem minuscule, but the simple act of tucking will automatically dress up a graphic tee. When worn loose and not tucked in, a graphic tee looks very casual. Whether you’re wearing a blazer, a skirt, or both—always tuck. Tucking is the only way to make a graphic tee look refined and not disheveled.

Graphic tees add personality to your outfit. Wearing a graphic tee is a way to subtly express yourself and your interests. When paired correctly, a graphic tee is anything but casual.