On the heels of a fervent election period, we’ve all seen our fair share of message-emblazoned gear lately, from party-specific face masks to please-go-vote tees. Of all the possibilities, though, the graphic T-shirt has long been the item of choice to communicate a message which is, at its core, the point of fashion as a whole.
While most of the messages we’ve seen recently have been political, it’s worth remembering that the graphic tee can be used to have some fun sometimes, too. Take the NBA bubble for example which, while the playoffs ran, became a hotspot for '90s-style graphic tees which set the tone for a summer fuelled by retro graphics.
The graphic T-shirt has come a long way in the past couple of years, growing out of its teenage box to become a fully-fledged, grown-up style piece with the help of labels like Our Legacy and a host of other labels breathing some new and sophisticated into the category. In celebration of the graphic T-shirt’s glow-up, we’ve rounded up some of the best graphic tees available right now from one of our own through to a psychedelic and timely Grateful Dead choice.
Shop our favorite best graphic tees below.
Highsnobiety "Voting Works 2020" T-Shirt
'This is far from the end, but it is a moment worth celebrating. You made this happen. Voting works.' Copping one of our pre-order Voting Works Tees is a celebration of democracy and a donation to voter protection and enfranchisement charities will be made with each sale.
Daily Paper Jenbla Printed Cotton T-Shirt
Graphic tees convey a message and if killing your ego isn’t message enough then we don’t know what is.
Li-Ning’s shoes often take precedent but looking to the ready-to-wear reaps some serious rewards. This piece boasts a retro gaming graphic to stand out.
Urban Outfitters Grateful Dead Dancing Bears Tie-Dye Tee
Since the wild Nike collaboration, Grateful Dead-style has been front and center and, as it happens, the tie-dye-heavy color palettes are the perfect remedy to the gloominess of 2020. This oceanic piece boasts the band’s iconic teddy bear logo as the visual protagonist.
Brain Dead Magic Rite T-Shirt
A simple, soft pure cotton construction contrasts with an acid-dipped collage print in full Brain Dead glory.
NOON GOONS Fire Ice T-Shirt
LA label NOON GOONS embodies the effortless cool of the West Coast, showing that real fire can burn ice with this retro, grainy graphic.
Our Legacy Printed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt
Our Legacy Fall/Winter 2020 is not short on horror-fuelled graphics and this is one of our favorites. The charcoal tee features a very creepy 6TEEN6TYSIX doll graphic to the front and the Swedish label’s signature boxy fit.
L.L.Bean x Todd Snyder L/S T-Shirt
L.L. Bean is the workwear giant that should be filling your wardrobe. In collaboration with Todd Snyder, LL Bean presents this long-sleeved tee with an eye-catching landscape graphic to the front and logo text running down the left arm.
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