We’ve sung the praises of the graphic T-shirt many times, but for those looking to make a statement with a little more refinement, the graphic shirt is the real MVP. Where a bold T-shirt is instant gratification — you can throw it on, creased, and it’ll do the job – the graphic shirt is slow-release. Sure, you’ll have to iron it, and it’ll take more effort to style, but when graphic shirts work, they're an unbeatable force.
Much like the movement we’re seeing in the world of sneakers, streetwear has turned its gaze to more mature styles in recent seasons. Of course, the luxury-streetwear dynamic is not to be overlooked in this evolution, either. The merging of the two worlds has set the stage for a new sense of freedom in casual style and we’re here for it. It means that we’re styling beautifully crafted graphic shirts with everything right now, from track pants and sports shorts to tailored pants and everything in between.
Whatever you’re matching your shirt with, just know that it’s probably going to play a secondary role because each one of these bold graphic shirts is a bonafide main character. From Marni to Casablanca, our roundup — courtesy of Harvey Nichols — proves that the graphic shirt is a beautiful mid-ground in men’s style, and it’s at your disposal.
Shop 10 of the best graphic shirts below.
Marni looks to a super-smooth silk construction to make sure that this shirt is ideal for spring and summer. Covering the refined silk is a playful dragon print.
OAMC's take on a landscape depiction is a stark, head-turning affair. The dark backdrop is highlighted by the block colors of a flower and tree in the foreground.
Abstract print shirts are often the way to go. While photography prints and illustrations definitely turn heads, an abstract print leaves a lot of room for styling natural palettes.
Checked shirts are perennial favorites, but of course, Rick doesn't go for anything like a classic check. An oversized grid pattern details this slightly extended shirt in a beautiful muted colorway.
NN07 has been around for a while now, but lately, its collections have been building momentum and it should be high on your spring/summer shopping list. This floral printed shirt exemplifies the kind of understated yet characterful design that the brand is famous for.
From up close, the brush marks on this Soulland shirt look to be abstract strokes, but from a distance, you'll see that they actually spell out the brand name across the neutral off-white backdrop.
Palm Angels is a label that revolves around repeated imagery. Palm trees, bears, and sharks are three that spring to mind as classics. This shirt is concrete proof of the sharks.
This YMC shirt is at once fairly understated in terms of its color palette, but also highly detailed. It is the golden mean for printed shirts because its colors make it easy to style, while the detailing makes it the kind of central focus that a graphic shirt should be.
Few brands can rival Casablanca when it comes to graphic shirts. The label hs made a name for itself with countless bold, all-over print shirts like this Cowboy De L'espace shirt.
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