Graphics for Grown Ups

Ensembles That Showcase Delightful Graphic Tees

There’s no reason to ditch the things that made you happy as a kid. Summer should be all about fun in the sun. Graphic tees are a miraculous go-to for kids and adults, not only for the comfort that cotton a ords, but to let pops of your personality out for the world to see. The other neat thing about graphic tees is that they can act as loungewear, activewear or, if you dress them up a bit, as a feature for a casual evening ensemble. Whatever your youthful side beckons you to be, we have something for everybody with these supremely cool tees.

THE KID AT HEART

It’s a-me! Mario! Who doesn’t love Nintendo’s ubiquitous hero-plumber? Celebrate the adorable Italian’s colorful adventures with Urban Outfitters’ Mario Kart Tee. An exclusive to Urban’s men’s line, this heavyweight white cotton crew neck features nine of your favorite characters atop a set of wheels, including Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Donkey Kong. Pair this one with some of Abercrombie’s Rustin Cropped Athletic Slim Pants, which are available in five distinctive colors (light blue, burgundy, khaki, navy, and brown). An athletic skinny-fit chino with a roomy thigh and tapered ankle, it also has a built-in stretch which affords some flexible give.

Chuck Taylor’s white low-tops are exactly right to complete this look. An old-reliable, Converse sneaks are a guaranteed eye-pleaser as well as greatly satisfying for your feet. If you’re a little chilly, Banana Republic’s Supima® Cotton Full-Zip Sweater Hoodie is a cloud- soft cover-up that suits this look perfectly. The double zip allows for some added detail, while the cotton’s luxurious softness resists pilling and shrinkage. This is a hoodie that’s built to last.

 

THE CLASS CLOWN

Summer is the time to goof of so, let your freak flag fly with GAP’s Udon Even Know Tee. A relaxed, white crew-neck piece that features a line drawing of a bowl of… you guessed it…udon noodles. The lettering is in an Asian- inspired, hand-written font and pairs excellently with a blazer. Speaking of which, take a look at GAP’s Classic Stretch Blazer, which you can pick up in three distinct colors (Iconic Khaki, Tapestry Navy, and True Black). With a two-button closure, the hem sits at the lower hip and it’s slightly slimmed at the waist to subtly accentuate your shoulders.

Put this all together with a great pair of jeans, specifically the 513 Slim Straights from Levi’s – a sexy, versatile
fit that’s slim but not too constrictive. Levi’s are the gold standard for denim after all. This particular design bears all of that history and heralds everything that’s put the brand at the top of the totem pole: vintage comfort and exquisitely modern design.

 

THE MEGA FAN

For the sports enthusiast, salute your admiration with Mitchell & Ness’ Caricature Tees. Made from 100% cotton, the brand has several of your favorite players on offer, all done up in delightfully fun over- accentuated accuracy. Whether you’re on team Allen Iverson, Brett Favre, Chris Sabo, or Barry Larkin, Mitchell & Ness have all bases covered.

Counterbalance the vivaciousness of these tees by layering on Abercrombie’s Icon Cardigan in Heather Gray, Heather Blue, or Navy. A classic cardigan silhouette in a handsomely soft cotton, there’s some accentuated ribbing at the hem and cuffs. Because you’ll want to show o the graphics on your tee, be sure to keep the buttons undone!

 

THE COUNTRY KING

Yeehaw! If you’re more of a rustic country man, this look is for you. With a tip of the hat to country music, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have partnered with Lucky Brand to unveil a line of exclusively designed graphic tees for their 2017 Soul2Soul Tour. Drawing inspiration from Nashville print shop culture, this charcoal gray tee depicts the quiet solemnity of a Native American chief, complete with headdress and all.

If you’re going for the ranch persona, Ami by Alexandre Mattuisi’s denim jacket is a cut above the typical likes of a jean top layer that you might be used to finding. Lined with a red wool, simply turn the cuffs out or the collar up to give a bright ash of something extra to your look. The branded leather logo patch at the rear and zig-zag stitching on the front are also bits of detail you won’t find on typical denim jackets. Steve Madden’s Troopah Boots were an explosively well-selling design when the brand debuted them in their line for women, so they flipped the script and put out a men’s version that is just as stylish. A tough round-toe and a tall shaft that can be worn above your jeans or below, they are a sexy set of lace-up kicks that will draw compliments your way like you won’t believe.