Trend Talks: Le Graphic Tee

posted on: 2.13.2014

Le Graphic Tee

Let me preface this rant by stating that I would wear each and everyone one of these t-shirts. Now that that is out of the way, $240 for a Markus Lupfer Sequined Lip Tee, really?! I organized these shirts so that model size roughly reflected the clothing cost, bigger model = more expensive shirt. As you can see the majority of graphic shirts that tickled my fancy fell in the $40-$60 range, which if you ask me is still a bit high when production cost cannot exceed $10. This also might be the very reason I do not own a single graphic text t-shirt aside from a particularly nostalgic drawer full of old sorority shirts. This phenomena got me thinking, what is the allure of an over priced t-shirt with a forced ironic phrase? I mean, "Très Bien"? Swap that pretty french language to gumpy english and you get "Very Well." Um... what? Or the Zoe Karssen Bat Tee, sure it's cool, but equally excruciatingly trendy. However, recall my disclaimer. If my good senses tell me these shirts are over priced and quite often silly in content, why would I still wear them?

The answer is surprisingly simple, because they look good. Not because "Hey!" in bold letters makes a statement or that I consider myself a "M.U.S.E" (with or without periods), but because these designers found a way to take a plain old undershirt and transform it into something interesting by way of simple letters and printed images. Quite genius if you ask me. Do I think anyone of these shirts are worthy of $200 extracted from my modest bank account? No. But do I see myself dropping $35 for a french phrase on a yummy heather grey cap sleeve top? Quite possibly. :)

PS: Since I enjoy these Polyvore posts so much I think I will bundle them into a series dubbed "Trend Talks," makes sense right? Click the numbers to see my earlier posts. 1. 2. 3. 4.  


  1. This totally reminds me of that plain white t-shirt Kanye West was selling for $400 (or something like that). I don't think I will ever pay over $50 for a t-shirt (maybe $75 if I really really really love it)


  2. Yep, we are definitely meant to be friends. Love my graphic tees! I can't believe how expensive these can be sometimes.
    xo TJ

  3. I love your blog! Let's follow each other on GFC and bloglovin?