Although seen by some as the perfect subject to put you into a deep and relaxing sleep, history is one of my favorite subjects. I was the student that liked to look through the history textbooks to find interesting images from times long gone and research their historical significance. Even though I was looking at moment from long ago, it seemed as if I could relate these snapshots from the past to the present. Just as I did in my history nerd imagination, fashion also likes to take advantage of anachronisms and embrace trends from previous generations. I love how historical pieces can receive a modern twist. The best part is when that modern twist makes an ironic and even joking statement as in the case of graphic tees with emblems of the past.
We have all seen those graphic tees with funny images of presidents or other historical figures decked out in urban attire or paired with the latest slogans. From the Riot Society T-shirt of George Washington as the original gangster to the reinterpretation of Madonna and Child paintings, graphic tees make a statement to lighten the seriousness that surrounds these images. I found this Fashionisto who also embraced the ironic graphic tee trend. He paired his party-themed tee of the Founding Fathers with blue shorts and loafers. There is no better place to replicate this look than on a college campus where students love to make ironic statements and showcase their cleverness through such mediums as graphic tees. It’s important to pick a graphic tee that reflects your personality in order to highlight your own sense of wit. To make a graphic statement with the tee, add a solid pair of skinny jeans and a lightweight bomber jacket. Whether in class or at the dining hall, you will definitely have a piece to get the conversation started and the mood lightened.
Hint: It’s easy to just coast and make this a typically jeans and T-shirt affair but you can add some pizazz with a few minor accessories. Adding a pair of hipster chic reading glasses can enhance the wit of the tee while also hinting at the playful nature of the image. For fall, you can layer on the T-shirt a cardigan or jean jacket to give it a classic flair. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and let your personality shine through the clever choices in your outfit.