Grown up ways to wear graphic tees

Hi everyone, I’m just starting to post here (only a few posts in the past long ago). I wanted to get ideas on how to wear graphic tees in a more grown up way than the typical tee with jeans route which looks too juvenile on me now at 60. Here is my attempt to do this with a boucle jacket, utility pants and combat boots with lilac pink bag and earrings for a touch of Spring color.  What do you think? Any other ideas welcome.  

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  • Stagiaire Fash replied 2 years ago

    This is great!!

    Slim Cat wears graphic tees often and well. Brooklyn has the same one I’m wearing here; her wiw is worth looking up. Her recent tie-dye experiments are great too, if they fit in this rubric for you.

  • Bijou replied 2 years ago

    Lana this is gorgeous and looks far more fashion forward that a tee and jeans combination.

    Have you checked out the posts by Brooklyn, she wears her patterned and graphic tees with asymmetrical skirts to great effect?

  • Lana replied 2 years ago

    Bijou and Stagiaire, I will take a look, thank you so much!

  • Eliza replied 2 years ago

    Beautiful look, Lana. I love to see graphic tee outfits that are for grown ups. Those colors are working for you.

  • unfrumped replied 2 years ago

    This looks great!
    I have had the same issue— waffling between “ just say no” re: any sort of graphic T vs trying new stylings.
    Here, the soft colors that appear in T and other items helps, I think.
    For my own attempts I also think if I’m wearing any kind of specific graphic, it’s important for it to be very personal or relevant—so that I’d have a story, whether it’s an event, a trip, a hobby, or whatever. And then, the T needs to fit well and feel good, so I’ll choose it to wear.

  • merwoman replied 2 years ago

    Smashing! Love how the colours in your tee and jacket are reflected in your hair, specs and brows. You’ve got some great suggestions here, maybe also experiment with oversized shirt?

  • kellygirl replied 2 years ago

    Ooh, gorgeous and fun! You’re off to a great start! I’ll be watching this thread for ideas but you nailed it!

  • Angie replied 2 years ago


    The silver greys in the outfit are gorgeous with your hair! Incredible book ending. The lilac bag that picks up the print colour in the tee adds a pretty touch :)

  • Mary Beth (formerly LBD) replied 2 years ago

    I love this look so much!  You look cool, hip, and absolutely gorgeous!

  • Inge replied 2 years ago

    I love your outfit, Lana. Sophisticated with the jacket. A bit of edge with the boots and pants. Spring colour with the fun bag and earrings!

    A few more ideas:

    1. A fun skirt (with or without a jacket)

    2. Suit or just (dressy) trousers (any silhouette and material that speaks to you, really)

  • slim cat replied 2 years ago

    Gorgeous - in love with it!
    Lilac is great color to add into black, white and grey mix !
    I do wear my graphic tees everyday with everything and happy to see more ways to do so ;-) .
    Great links @Inge!

  • Lana replied 2 years ago

    Wow Inge thank you so much for those links.  I will be adding many of them to my Pinterest board:

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Slim Cat is Queen Graphic Tee, so be sure to look at her WIWs too. 

  • Ginkgo replied 2 years ago

    I love this and am taking notes!  Must have that jacket...

  • Inge replied 2 years ago

    Thanks, slim cat (you are indeed our Queen Graphic Tee!!).

    You're so welcome, Lana! Love your pinboard. I forgot to include this one, but saw you'd already collected it anyway:-)

    I thought the idea of layering the tee over an elbow-length dress was interesting.

    Have fun experimenting!

  • Cee replied 2 years ago

    Rocking, Lana and Fash :D

  • rachylou replied 2 years ago

    I think you have found the secret… adding grown-up elements with shoes or jacket or bag. I feel one might get away with a hoodie if it were cashmere…

  • Lana replied 2 years ago

    Funny you mention that Rachylou, I would love to find a cashmere hoodie and this is the time of year to find one for a good price. 

    Thanks so much everyone!  

  • JAileen replied 2 years ago

    You look great in your outfit! 

    Your hair is gorgeous, too.

  • CarolS replied 2 years ago

    That strikes me as a fabulous and totally age-appropriate way to wear a graphic tee! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jaime replied 2 years ago

    You wore this beautifully! I don't usually wear graphic tees out of the house, but if I did, I would use this for inspiration.

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Oooh I love this! I love a good graphic tee (and at 60+ I still wear them with jeans, and out of the house) so this is right up my alley. Love the bookending with the boots and jacket. 

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 2 years ago

    This is a gorgeous look, with sophistication. I think this graphic tee is artful, too, not as casual or cheeky as some (like a slogan tee). So even with a more casual topper, it would still lean toward elegant more than playful, to my eye.

  • Sal replied 2 years ago

    Another great outfit.  I don't wear many tees but I think elevating at least one or two other items is the key to making them more sophisticated or grown up.

    Blazers, tailored jackets, skirts, leather shoes - all things that help.

    You have nailed it!!

  • Star replied 2 years ago

    You nailed it!  Definitely grown-up.  Inspirational too.  YLF!

  • Lana replied 2 years ago

    I definitely need to give Angie credit because I was inspired by the Creative Spring Tweed post and didn’t figure out how to link a forum post to the original blog post!

  • Stagiaire Fash replied 2 years ago

    Linking Angie’s posts only work before you post your thread—no way to go back and add it. But for next time, here’s how to do it: click on the yellow bar at the end of her post that says something like “talk about this in the forum”. Your thread will have a light grey bar linking to her blog. Beware though—even veterans who’ve been here for years sometimes don’t see those and might ask what you’re referring to if you say “this post”. The grey is that unobtrusive. It might help to add in the date of the blog post in what you write.

  • Lana replied 2 years ago

    Thanks I finally figured it out, but it was too late for this post. Newbie!

  • RobinF replied 2 years ago

    Great outfit! I love the jacket with the tee, perfect juxtaposition!

    I haven't been a tee wearer in the past but lately have added a few that I need to also figure out. I'll have to study Inga's links. 

  • Style Fan replied 2 years ago

    Fabulous, Lana!  I love the colour combination.  Graphic tees are a classic.

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