Dress to Impress With Graphic Tees

It's hard to stand out from the crowd in New York, a city well known for its sartorial experimentation and flair for fashion. Many people try to find the latest offerings from the hottest designers, hoping to follow the trend for a little while and catch a new trend before it catches on. But there's a better way: why not pick graphic tees that transcend the trends and show of something unique about your personality and fashion sense?

Graphic tees are a great way to get out of the trend-chasing, designer-focused rat race. Since graphic tees are not part of the high fashion world, most of the designers focus on actually making things people want to wear (and be seen wearing!) rather than marketing themselves, hosting gigantic gala shows, and the like. This status outside the fashion elite but right in the middle of the mainstream means that graphic tees are almost always calibrated to be genuinely appealing. And since graphic tees are chosen based on how good they look, not how well they fit the current style, they're timeless: it's no accident that so many trends over the last few years have involved resurrecting trends from decades before.

Of course, with this freedom comes some responsibility. You can't just blindly pick out graphic tees and expect to get something good. That's where careful selection comes in. Many stores and sites that offer graphic tees will allow you to browse their selection and get some idea of what's out there, what you're looking for, and what other clothing would compliment or offset the graphic tees you've selected. One of the great features of graphic tees is that they're quite affordable, and it usually makes sense to have several in active use and a few in reserve. So if you're not sure, it's better to go ahead and buy -- you never know when you'll see the same design again (if ever), so if it catches your eye, it's probably a good thing. And in a worst-case scenario, it's an investment in being ahead of the next retro trend -- the most recognizably retro clothes are the ones that exaggerate the most ridiculous aspects of previous trends, so if you pick something that's tacky now, you've got something that will be brilliant in a few years.

How do you find the perfect graphic tees? The first step is to find a good source for them. There are plenty of mainstream stores that offer a few, and you might even get lucky and find something you really like. But your best bet is to stick with a source that specializes in graphic tees. Finding the right store is one of the hardest parts of getting the right shirts, because the low cost and high popularity of graphic tees has encouraged many people to print them up indiscriminately and hope to get lucky. Instead of staking your fashion future on that, it's best to find a reliable provider.

Once you know where you're buying your shirts, the next step is to pick the kind of design that's right for you. I tend to favor graphic tees with muted, subtle designs, but it's always good to have a few more exciting ones as well. The best plan is to probably pick a few of each kind of graphic tee, so you'll have the right one for any occasion. Often some of the more flamboyant shirts -- the ones with vivid, lifelike designs in loud colors -- can be the perfect shirt for a party, or for hanging out with friends. But day-to-day, it's better to stick with something a little less out-there.

 

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