Graphic tees have long been a staple in almost everyone’s closets as far back as we can remember. The beauty of having a comfy graphic T-shirt on hand is that there’s no forethought that goes into throwing it on and going wherever you need to go. It’s a relatively inexpensive way of adding a touch of your personality to anything. As a walking conversation piece, graphic tees can dress up or dress down any type of outfit — and show off your unique vibe.
Band T-shirts still remain my favorites to wear. In fact, I still have the T-shirt from my very first concert back in the 6th grade — It’s one of my most treasured possessions. These days, graphic tees have been re-imagined as a fashion staple, and past graphic styles of your favorite musicians have been popping up at stores like Free People, Amazon, Urban Outfitters and H&M, to name a few.
I may not have attended that Motley Crue concert in 1986, but I can still find a tee that would say otherwise. Although they can’t replace the experience you missed out on, an updated concert T-shirt can make you feel like you were there.
From band throwbacks to pop culture faves, these graphic tees show off your personality and add an extra oomph to your outfit.
Music Graphic Tees
1. New Kids On The Block Graphic Tank Top
Walmart is not a store to overlook for cute graphic tees. And if you’re a fan of New Kids On The Block, this graphic tank top isn’t one to miss this summer. It’s made of soft, breathable fabric with colorful block letters on the front. I’m not totally sure whether it comes tied up in front, but either way, it’s a cute option to add to your collection.
Price: $14.29 (reg. $31.23) at Walmart
2. Joan Jett Graphic Tee
If you’re looking for a particular graphic tee style or trend, Forever 21 more than likely has you covered. The trendy retailer has a variety of lengths, washes and genres to choose from. My daughter has this one and it’s one of her favorites.
Price: $24.99 at Forever 21
3. Fender ’70s Guitar Graphic T-shirt
Target never fails and this colorful Fender Guitar graphic tee is an example of that. Its slim, lightweight fit makes it the perfect length to pair with denim shorts or jeans. This T-shirt is available in inclusive sizes and a gray option.
4. Led Zeppelin Oversized Boyfriend Graphic Tee
Abercrombie & Fitch has undergone something of a reinvention and with that a whole lineup of sans-moose graphic tees. This new oversized Led Zeppelin band shirt features a vintage look and boyfriend fit. For a laid-back touch to any outfit, dress it up with a mini skirt or tied up over a dress — or pair it with a leather statement piece for a little bit of classic rock ‘n’ roll.
Price: $40 at Abercrombie & Fitch
5. The Spice Girls Graphic T-shirt Dress
The T-shirt dress is without a doubt one of my favorite graphic tee looks, and Urban Outfitters has one of the better selections to choose from. To say this Spice Girls dress is anything less than obsession-worthy is a crime.
Price: $45 at Urban Outfitters
6. The Beatles Graphic Baby Tee
This simple, statement-cropped baby tee has a fitted shape. The retro-style letters are filled in with a ’60s floral design. It’s made from 20% regenerated cotton so you can feel good about your purchase helping the environment.
Price: $19.99 on Cotton On
7. Sex Pistols Graphic T-shirt
Either you love the Sex Pistol’s music or you absolutely hate it — there’s no in between. Either way, this oversized T-shirt doesn’t come with the same obnoxious beat you’ll find in their songs. While I don’t love their music, I can’t deny I really like sporting my Sex Pistols tees.
Price: $17.99 at H&M
8. Queen Graphic T-shirt
As one of my favorite bands, this vintage-inspired Queen graphics T-shirt will quickly become one of your favorites. It’s officially licensed and features a classic silhouette with a subtly faded graphic.
Price: $18.99 at Old Navy
Pop Culture Graphic Tees
9. ‘The Goonies’ Graphic Boyfriend T-shirt
“Goonies never say die!” Recapture one of the best movies of all time with “The Goonies” graphic T-shirt. Its relaxed fit and breezy cotton fabric make it perfect for summer days or nights. Want a more “oversized” look? Then check out the men’s graphic tees.
Price: $12.99 at Target
10. Kodak Spin Crop Graphic Tee
Capturing vintage scenes has become a resurrected trend in graphic tees, and Aerie has plenty to choose from. This crop graphic tee looks cute paired with pretty much anything, plus the vintage wash makes them feel and look as if you were actually there.
11. Care Bears Graphic T-shirt Dress
You can’t go wrong with a graphic T-shirt from Urban Outfitters. And if you remember the Care Bears, then you’ll want to snatch up this oversized tee dress. Wear it by itself as a dress or throw on a pair of denim shorts for a laid-back vibe.
Price: $39 at Urban Outfitters
12. The Powerpuff Girls Graphic Tee
Even though the animated TV show aired in the late ’90s, the Powerpuff Girls have been adored by multiple generations of kids and eventually, teens and young adults. So, of course, this cropped ringer T-shirt with a graphic Powerpuff Girls print is already a staple in our closets. It has a boxy fit that pairs perfectly with a pair of high-waisted denim.
Price: $19.99 at Cotton On
13. Beverly Hills 90210 Dylan Graphic T-shirt
Not sure about you, but I’ve always loved the bad boy. And of course, Dylan McKay is the ultimate bad boy with a heart of gold. This officially licensed 90210 T-shirt features the ever-adorable Dylan on the front with his recognizable come-hither stare. XOXO
Price: $28 at PacSun
14. MTV Pastel Beach Graphic Tee
If you want your MTV, you can get it with this “Spring Break 99” graphic T-shirt. The officially licensed tee is prewashed so it won’t shrink, which is the worst when you buy a new T-shirt. So, get your MTV any time — night or day.
Price: $21.99 at Tilly’s
15. Coors Beer Graphic T-shirt
Whether you like beer or not, this graphic Coors T-shirt is too cute to pass up. It has a brightly colored graphic on the front, super soft fabric, and is totes shareable with your SO.
Price: $18.99 at Old Navy