Before we get started, I'd like to make one small suggestion. Buy some of your graphic tees in your size and some a size up to create different fun looks. Now, on to the strategies.
The Structure Strategy
The graphic tee is made for comfort. The loose, usually cotton material lends itself to a less put together casual look. Pair your tee with a blazer or moto jacket to add a bit of structure. You will instantly go from laid back to dressed up in the matter of seconds.
The Accessory Strategy
If you want to add a bit of glam and drama to your look, pair your graphic tee with a good statement necklace. A little bling always adds a bit of drama to a look. Accessorizing doesn't have to stop at jewelry. Shoes and hair are included too! Try this little fun formula to go from day to night in a graphic tee.
Day look = Graphic tee + skinny jeans + converse + top knot, sunnies, statement necklace, blush, pink lips
Night look = Graphic tee + boyfriend jeans + pumps + top knot + statement necklace + oversized bag + red lips
The Layer Strategy
I think one of the biggest style misconceptions is that laid back has to look frumpy. I happen to think that laid back style can actually look very put together without tons of effort. An easy way to pull this off is by layering. Layering can be achieved by pairing your graphic tee with an open button up shirt, scarf, or a cardigan.
Tip: If you're going to wear a button up shirt to layer with your graphic tee you have 3 options.
Option 1: Graphic tee with button up shirt layered on top worn open
Option 2: Graphic tee with button up shirt layered on top worn open with sleeves rolled up
Option 3: Buttoned up shirt with graphic tee layered on top and collar exposed.
I hope these strategies will help you begin to build a few easy go-to Spring looks. To help, I created this free closet planner for you to create and plan your outfits for the week.