I didn’t set out to write this post. But as I was looking for additional graphic tees to share with you, my dear readers, I encountered so many negative, snarky and just unladylike t-shirt options, that I felt my blood pressure go up a bit. Know what I mean? I love wearing graphic tees. I think they’re fun, interesting and a very modern way to add a little life and levity to your outfit. But, as with everything, there are limits. So let’s talk about how to wear a graphic tee…like a lady.
I’ve already worn this pretty vintage cotton beach rose t-shirt from J.Crew in two other posts and probably a few daily outfits. You can see it here with a kimono and here with a white cotton and linen blend blazer. Both are very casual but elevated looks. I think today’s look is equally sharp but still comfortably casual for lunch with friends or Saturday brunch with your honey.
I enjoy wearing graphic tees like this beach rose t-shirt because it’s a fun way to express a little personality and add a modern edge to your outfit at the same time. And graphic t-shirts are definitely continuing to trend in 2021.
In fact, I generally share an outfit or two with a graphic tee most every season. They’re equally fun to pair with blazers or bomber jackets, dusters or denim jackets. So I think packing a graphic tee or two in your vacation suitcase is a smart move. You can easily wear one as a beach cover-up with denim shorts or out to dinner with your white jeans, as I’ve done here.
But there’s a fine line we don’t want to cross with graphic tees. These days I’m seeing so many t-shirts that say things I actually might chuckle at upon first glance, but blush at a beat later. And ladies, if we’ve lost our ability to blush over snarky, rude, crass or suggestive sayings or graphics, we might better contemplate that a bit. Let’s not wear these t-shirts, okay? Honestly, I think that probably goes without saying, considering my dear readers. I’m sure we can all agree on this point.
But just as disturbing to me are the t-shirts that, hmm, how do I put this? They have a bite to them. You know? They seem to be meant to put the reader “in their place,” so to speak. Or sometimes they’re just plain arrogant. And honestly, if I’m not careful, I can fall for these biting graphic tees. They say things that I actually feel sometimes. But that’s the thing. They put in print across a woman’s chest a fleeting feeling or temporary thought that I nor any other lady should be wearing throughout the day.
Yes, the truth is I have thoughts that are snarky and arrogant and self-centered and judgmental. But those are thoughts that I need to take captive and examine their root, not flaunt for all the world and call it fashion. Those are feelings I need to work through and push past, not wear proudly.
Look, I don’t mean to be the t-shirt police. But more than I want my readers to buy pretty clothes and wear pulled together outfits, I want us ladies 50+ to know that we are still influential women with purpose. If we believe that then we need to remember that the clothing we wear does indeed send a message, whether that message is scripted across our tees or not. So let’s be careful about the messages we’re sending.
I’ll get off my soapbox now to finish this post up on a lighter note. I’ve rounded up some graphic tees that do indeed lift the spirits and provide a fresh alternative to a solid or simple pattern. You’ll find the shopping widget below full of them. Yes, you absolutely can wear graphic tees that actually say something. But let’s choose those that encourage and inspire rather than bite.
And I hope the outfit I’ve shared with you here provides a little style inspiration for how to wear a graphic t-shirt like a lady. Everything I’m wearing fits true to size and also works with great versatility in my wardrobe. That’s why you keep seeing many of these pieces over and over.
Thank you so much for dropping in for a little style inspiration. I honestly hope I’ve also inspired us all to think a little about the messages we are communicating to those around us each day. We have power, dear friend. Let’s use it wisely.
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Appearances matter. God even reveals His character through His creation. He created a beautiful world full of harmony and life, order and predictability so that we could know that He, the Creator, is also a God who is good, faithful, powerful and loving. God’s world communicates His nature and ways through all of its nuances.
In the same way, our appearance, our tone of voice, our actions and our demeanor tell the world around us how we live and who we are. They also communicate, in many ways, how we view this world. Whether we mean to or not, we are communicating our worldview daily through the little things. We show whether we have a biblical worldview or a worldly worldview. To have a biblical worldview simply means that we see the world the way God does.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. ~ Romans 1:20