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If the word "graphic tee" makes you think of bargain-bin diving at the mall for ill-fitting $5 shirts, you're not alone. It's hard for us to not associate the phrase with tacky logo tees, shoddy screenprints, and "graphics" that advertise the cheesiest event to ever take place in Faux City, U.S.A. Graphic tees for the first day of seventh grade? Totally fine. But, for your first date with your latest flame? Or your first big weekend trip this summer with your clique? Actually...a graphic tee works, too — but it's time for an update.
The modern graphic tee is cut generously, drapes seductively, and features illustrations chic enough to hang on your walls. Wear them tucked into structured skirts or loose over baggy trousers; the new graphic tee will make you look like a cover girl, not a mall rat. Click through for three sophisticated ways to wear them.