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Try Out A New Kind Of Statement T-Shirt This Spring

A picture is worth a thousand words.

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Even before the global political situation got… messy, slogan tees have been at the forefront of t-shirt design. From the cute to the outrageous and everything in-between, it seems that there’s a top for every random thought or poignant statement you might want to make. But there’s a new style on its way, and it has so much more to say – a thousand words, in fact.

During FW17 Fashion Week we saw a handful of elegant illustrated pieces on the runways of Victoria Beckham and Shrimps in the form of sweaters and coats – and what better way to translate the style into a warm-weather design than with a t-shirt? We’ve already begun to see tops with similarly dainty drawings appear in the spring collections of some of our favorite stores.  

We’re big fans of the ultra-simple styles that look almost like they’ve been drawn straight onto the fabric with a marker, but we have been tempted by the embroidered designs that add an element of color and texture, too. Any one of them would pair perfectly with some well-worn denim, a pair of sneakers and a colorful mini bag to make for a casual weekend look. 

On the surface they might seem like harmless doodles, but independent illustrators-turned-designers like Valfré manage to pack a punch into their cotton canvasses, with clever visuals making strong statements about social equality. But, if wearing your heart on your sleeve (or, in this case, chest) isn’t your thing, there is no shortage of perfectly pleasing floral designs that are just in time for spring – or you could pick up a portrait of your favorite celeb from Dear Dana.

Check out our selection of 19 illustrated tees that say it all: 
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Monki Cropped Tee - €8
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Valfre Plantas Baby Tee - $42
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Mango Striped Cotton T-Shirt - $20
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Dear Dana Frida T Shirt - $60
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5/19
Boohoo Plus Becca Foil Palm Tree Oversize Tee - £12
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Zara Embroidered T-Shirt - $23
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Mango Printed Cotton T Shirt - $10
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Valfre Reptilliant Tee - $42
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Front Row Shop Black Airplane T-Shirt - $23
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10/19
Additionelle L&L Printed T Shirt with Crew Neck - $36
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11/19
Dear Dana Obama T Shirt - $60
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Boohoo Plus Erin Embroidered V Neck Tee - £14
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Valfre It's Lit Baby Tee - $42
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Monki Embroidered Tee - €15
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Zara Corset T Shirt - $20
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Olympia Le Tan Illustration Print T Shirt - $151
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Mango Embossed Design T-Shirt - $30
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Zara Embroidered Flower T Shirt - $20
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Paloma Wool Souvenir - €35
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