Graphic Tees Get An Update + How To Style Them Right Now

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I’m not a gal who wears a lot of prints or colorful patterns, but I’ve often relied on graphic tees to add a bit of color to my outfits. Graphic tees add that little bit of interest (just like color or prints) but in a way that totally fits my style.

I’ve noticed lately that graphic tees, like jeans, seem to be going through a transition moment. Not only are the graphics themselves changing, but the overall shape of the graphic tee is changing as well.

Graphic Tee Trends For 2022

Since we’ve gotta switch things up a bit — our usual fitted graphic tee just isn’t cutting it anymore — I did a bit of graphic tee research. What IS on-trend?

— Sizing up or choosing an oversized tee

Boxy is better

— Less words, more pictures

— Go for thermals, sweatshirts + long sleeves

Classic brands are in

Sportswear brands are in

8 Ways To Wear The New Graphic Tee Styles

These new graphic tee styling ideas all strike the right balance of approachable but fresh. And while some of them include finding the right trousers to wear with your tees, others are easy…like sizing up or tucking in or just going for a long sleeve option.

These new graphic tee styling ideas strike are approachable + fresh. Some of 'em include finding the right pants to wear & others are easy...like sizing up or tucking in or opting for long sleeves.

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1. With Trousers, Tucked In

These new graphic tee styling ideas strike are approachable + fresh. Some of 'em include finding the right pants to wear & others are easy...like sizing up or tucking in or opting for long sleeves.

Polo Ralph Lauren Polo Bear

Yep, the bear is back! I forgot how cute it was. I love, love this tucked-in vibe with the all black look. It makes a cutesy tee really work. I just got a Polo Bear hoodie and adore it. I know it’s not for everyone, but I’m totally on-board with this trend return.


2. With Faux-Leather Pants (or Joggers)

These new graphic tee styling ideas strike are approachable + fresh. Some of 'em include finding the right pants to wear & others are easy...like sizing up or tucking in or opting for long sleeves.

Anine Bing Sweatshirt

If a sweatshirt look can be chic, this is it. I’m a sucker for faux leather pants anyways, but love how a graphic sweatshirt balances them out for daytime…but add heels and it’s a fun mix of sporty meets glam.


3. Oversized, With Trousers + Heels

These new graphic tee styling ideas strike are approachable + fresh. Some of 'em include finding the right pants to wear & others are easy...like sizing up or tucking in or opting for long sleeves.

Iron Maiden Tee

I swear anytime I see or hear “Iron Maiden” I have to quote Bill & Ted — but I digress…LOVE this styling of an oversized black tee so much. You could make it work with any black tee. This one would be cool, too. Just size up as that brand runs smaller. Or grab a band tee from your partner’s closet and pop on a little black heel. So cute.


4. Belted + Heeled Boots

These new graphic tee styling ideas strike are approachable + fresh. Some of 'em include finding the right pants to wear & others are easy...like sizing up or tucking in or opting for long sleeves.

Willie Nelson Tee

Love the warm shades, the big belt, the tucked in tee. It all works to really make a whole fabulous look instead of sticking with super casual for the tee.


5. Oversized + Layers

These new graphic tee styling ideas strike are approachable + fresh. Some of 'em include finding the right pants to wear & others are easy...like sizing up or tucking in or opting for long sleeves.

Free People Queen Tee

This is the one I have and love. It’s perfectly faded black and a soft tee. I styled it up here if you’d like to see it on me, but also I want to layer it over a button down and play with more styling. Love the neutral boots and plaid shirt here.


6. Boxy + Tucked In

These new graphic tee styling ideas strike are approachable + fresh. Some of 'em include finding the right pants to wear & others are easy...like sizing up or tucking in or opting for long sleeves.

Madeworn Rolling Stones Tee

This Rolling Stones tee is almost sold out, but I’m liking this Ramones option and this pale Stones tee. The sleeve length on this one makes it a little more flattering for that oversized boxy look, but not dowdy.


7. Long Sleeve Thermal + Slouchy Jeans

These new graphic tee styling ideas strike are approachable + fresh. Some of 'em include finding the right pants to wear & others are easy...like sizing up or tucking in or opting for long sleeves.

Free People Queen Thermal

So cozy and cute and love that we’re printing on thermals right now. I’ve been a fan of them forever for cute layering options. The V-neck cut in this makes it flattering, too. I’d style similarly with distressed jeans and white sneakers and throw my black moto jacket on top.


8. Oversized Long Sleeves + A Half-Tuck

These new graphic tee styling ideas strike are approachable + fresh. Some of 'em include finding the right pants to wear & others are easy...like sizing up or tucking in or opting for long sleeves.

Free People Queen of Hearts LS Tee

This tee is just super cute, perfectly oversized, and seeing as I live for the half-tuck, cute to see styled this way. You can easily roll or push the sleeves up too for a really intentional look when wearing some of these. It helps finish the look off much more than it seems like it would. I do the half-tuck with almost everything since I’m on the shorter side and want to lengthen my legs visually and show off my waistline. Here’s a more budget-friendly alternative, too, for a similar vibe.


Shop Graphic Tees

I have to say I’m digging this change-up in the graphic tee realm. Here are a few more options out there to choose from.

Stay tuned as I try to style some up in similar ways. As always, if you’ve seen a cute option, let us know in the comments!

xo,

L

Would love to have you follow me and my Southern-born, Pacific Northwest-residing self over on Instagram @laurajansenstyle for more rad fashion finds, kitchen dance parties, donut reviews and a side of taking things not too seriously — from Portland, OR.

This one’s for the Pinners…

These new graphic tee styling ideas strike are approachable + fresh. Some of 'em include finding the right pants to wear & others are easy...like sizing up or tucking in or opting for long sleeves.