The graphic t-shirts that were formerly a fashion trend are here to stay. To wear these statement pieces without coming across as kitschy, cluttered, or adolescent, stick with tees in the black and white color palette. Modern, yet classic, and eternally en vogue, black and white always works. Pair these B&W tops with wide-leg pants and slides, or work them with distressed jeans and sandals.

Here are 10 of my favorites.

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  1. BE YOU TIFUL. $72, The only sleeveless tee in this bunch comes from the Dutch label Zoe Karssen, with the command: “Be You Tiful.”
  2. KARL. $125, The instantly recognizable silhouette of Lagerfeld is front-and-center on this boyfriend-fit cotton tee.
  3. L’HABIT NE FAIT PAS LE MOINE. $85, This jersey-knit midnight-blue t-shirt from Clare Vivier is inscribed with “L’habit ne fait pas le moine.” The translation? “Clothes don’t make the man.”
  4. MIUCCIA. $85, There will be no question of what team you’re on when you’re wearing this sporty style. ’49 is Mrs. Prada’s year of birth.
  5. YES, NO, OR MAYBE? $50, The quirky handwriting of Brooklyn-based illustrator Hugo Guinness makes this loose-fitting white linen t-shirt a conversation piece.
  6. McQ. $160, Cropped, with dolman sleeves, Alexander McQueen’s version of the graphic tee is black with bold white lettering, for an edgier look.
  7. #SELFIE. $40, Whether or not you’re a fan of this form of self-expression, this tee is a sign of the times.
  8. I’M LIMITED EDITION. $33, Cap sleeves and a flattering scoop neckline aren’t the only things that stand out about this top.
  9. QR CODE. $23, The scannable QR code on this cropped cotton t-shirt takes you right to the British retailer’s site.
  10. POODLE BALLOON ANIMAL. $135, The London-based fashion brand known for its modern silhouettes and vibrant color does the graphic tee without words–just a velvet silhouette of Koons-ian poodle balloon animal.

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Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Editor helping intelligent women unlock their style and own it, à la: decorating, fashion, beauty, and beyond.