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 basically 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 play a secondary role because each one of these bold graphic shirts is a bonafide main character. From Dries Van Noten to Stüssy, our roundup 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.
BODE All Hands on Deck Shirt
Emily Bode's craft-first approach to clothing puts BODE at the head of the graphic shirts race. This playful iteration embodies the brand's handmade aesthetic.
Our Legacy Box Shirt
Our Legacy's Box Shirt returns every season embellished with a new, equally striking graphic. No change here.
Wacko Maria The Silence Of The Lambs Hawaiian Shirt
On the creepier side of graphic shirts is this Wacko Maria number which features Hannibal's blood-stained face at its center.
Jacquemus La Chemise Henri
Jacquemus' collections usually revolve around pastel graphics, so La Chemise Henri is right at home.
JW Anderson Veggie Fruit Shirt
The graphic shirt is a summer staple, for sure, but the right materials make it a fall go-to, too. JW Anderson looks to heavyweight cotton for this striking overshirt.
visvim Caban Shirt
visvim founder Hiroki Nakamura's obsession with classic Americana shines through on this cuban-collar shirt which features a repeated classic-car pattern.
Dior Kenny Scharf Short-Sleeved Shirt
LA-born, NY-made artist Kenny Scharf took the lead on Dior's SS21 collection. His graffiti-style artwork makes a bold focus for pieces like this silk-blend shirt.
Nanushka Venci Georgette Shirt
Abstract graphics are a good way to go if you're looking to make styling a bit easier. This Nanushka tie-dye striped shirt comes in a soft, neutral palette which helps, too.
Polo Ralph Lauren Printed Shirt
Hawaiian shirts have a bad rep. Years of tourist-dad endorsement have left the category in tatters. People like Ralph Lauren are putting it back together.
Highsnobiety x Vilebrequin Pattern Shirt
We recently linked up with French icon Vilebrequin for a summer-ready capsule that featured bold abstract prints at its center. This underwater graphic will make people look twice.
Stüssy Dice Shirt
If you're looking to go really bold, this Stüssy Dice Shirt should do the trick. Two stacked orange dice contrast with a rich blue sky.
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