With summer in sight, it’s finally time to start updating your arsenal with stylish staples. If you already follow the basic rubric of a considered wardrobe, then you’ve probably stocked enough white T-shirts to see you through a sticky summer. So, what’s left? Well, the graphic T-shirt is a sure-fire way to spice up any summer ensemble, and an effortless way to add some statement impact to your style too.
However, the graphic T-shirt can also be dangerous territory and there’s a fine line between a “cool” graphic T-shirt and one so kitsch that you’ll end up looking like an oversized toddler. The graphic T-shirt has long been a streetwear cornerstone, and every seasoned brand and young upstart’s spring collections are chock full of them. Simply go with your aesthetic instinct, whether it’s abstract graphic shapes, eccentric illustrations of pop-culture heroes, or just some fine art photography.
From a lonesome embroidered rose to surrealist visuals, we’ve scoured what’s out there and rounded up the ten best graphic T-shirts you can buy right now.
Stüssy x Harumi Yamaguchi
A salacious banger from Stüssy’s Summer 2017 collection which continues its aesthetic inspiration from the Californian coastline, and features illustrations by artist, Harumi Yamaguchi.
FUN TIME “Free Your Mind” Longsleeve
Once the sun sets, and temperatures drop, having a long-sleeved T-shirt on rotation is no bad idea. FUN TIME, a rising European streetwear upstart, offers a slightly boxy and perfectly oversized option, featuring a royal blue foil print on the front.
UNDERCOVER Apple T-Shirt
UNDERCOVER’s latest drop gets a little surreal for summer. The Japanese brand’s Apple T-Shirt features ribbed cuffs, collar and hem, as well as a trippy graphic print over the chest.
Opening Ceremony Carnation T-Shirt
A deliciously simple staple for summer in a plush pink hue featuring a lonesome embroidered rose.
MISBHV Extasy T-Shirt
This comfy cotton crewneck has a loud sci-fi-style print to spin your summer style with some supernatural steez. It’s a solid banger from the Warsaw-based brand and swipes aesthetic inspiration from Eastern European nightclubs in the early “naughties.”
Pleasures ‘Flower Child’ T-Shirt
Pink is the “color du jour” among guys on the street style set, and this pastel pink tee with a zany print is an easy way to add some more flavor to your look without trying too hard.
Rebuild by Needles 7 Cuts Tee College
Rebuild by Needles applies their signature “cut-and-sew” technique on a selection of vintage T-shirts — basically transforming each piece into a graphic T-shirt with a conscience. Comprised entirely from recycled dead stock pieces, each section is cut from collegiate T-shirts and sewn back together to create a one-of-a-kind statement piece.
Patta Wavey Purple T-Shirt
Amsterdam-based streetwear label, Patta, reworks its iconic logo with some off-kilter, twisty graphic precision for its latest drop. Made from a light single jersey with a relaxed fit that’s ever so slightly elongated, it’s the perfect piece to amp up your summertime steez.
Midnight Studios Fishnet T-Shirt
A rather risqué number from Midnight Studios’ “Safety Pin” collection. This ribbed cotton crewneck features a punkish, anti-aesthetic photographic print over the chest.
OFF-WHITE Ferns T-Shirt
If you’ve got a little extra dollar to drop on upgrading your summer staples, then why not opt for a piece from one of fashion’s most zeitgeisty designers right now? Virgil Abloh’s OFF-WHITE label has become a firm favorite among industry insiders for its rebellious approach to branding.
This easy-to-wear T-shirt features bold OFF-WHITE branding, and a fern tree graphic embroidered over the top of it.
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