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These Are The T-Shirts You Need Straight From The Runway

It's time to rethink the plain white tee.

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We love fashion week for its OTT runway glamour: larger-than-life prints, unconventional cuts, sequins and ruffles galore. However, despite the avant-garde and costume-inspired experimentation that designers favor, we've also been seeing our favorite everyday, throw-it-on-and-go piece popping up in recent collections. The humble t-shirt has become a fixture for many a stylish runway loo, and unlike its more intriguing, high-fashion peers, it's more accessible and can be easily incorporated into your wardrobe for a casual designer touch.

From thoughtful slogan tees to funky, eye-catching graphic prints, designers have showed us how the right t-shirt can pull together (or even act as the centerpiece) for a cool yet studied ensemble. Donatella Versace's collection  in memory of her brother, the late Gianni Versace, took us back through the archives of the house during his time there and featured some unforgettable prints including baroque undersea motifs and poptastic homages to Vogue covers. Off the runway, each distinctive theme has been condensed into a collection of tribute t-shirts

Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri has embraced the statement tee in her past few collections, making a splash in the industry by sending the instantly iconic "We Should All Be Feminists" design down the runway for her debut collection last September, and caused a stir again this season with her striped "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" long-sleeve top. Meanwhile, Nicolas Ghesquière surprised us all again with his collection for Louis Vuitton, styling a t-shirt emblazoned with a Stranger Things poster over a peasant-style blouse for a rock-inspired twist on a medieval silhouette. Not to mention the badass finale of Topshop Unique, when all of the models took their final turn on the runway in a customized graphic top styled with staple denim pieces. But we have to admit that we're most excited to get our hands on one of Moschino's cute-as-a-button My Little Pony tees to contrast with tough-chick leathers. 

1) Dior (image: Businessoffashion.com) 2) Topshop Unique (image: Wwd.com) 3) Moschino (image: Vogue.com)

So what styling tips can we take away from the greats for our own tees, haphazardly stuffed in our closets? Evidently, the t-shirt-and-denim combo is a tried-and-true classic, but you can elevate it with an interesting two-toned statement jean or by rocking our favorite suit, the Canadian tuxedo – and don't forget a newsboy hat if you want to give the look that Françoise Hardy je ne sais quoi. 

Make your designer top the centerpiece for an on-point outfit: pair it with a mini-skirt and a sparkly ankle boot for a nonchalant look that's both casual and high-fashion. Never underestimate the layering possibilities of an oversized cut, whether it's over a billowy-sleeved blouse à la Louis Vuitton or peaking out from under a velvet slip dress. A designer t-shirt can elevate any outfit beyond the ordinary, which is ironic, because that's exactly what most t-shirts are. 

Shop our selection of high-fashion-worthy tees straight out of (and inspired by) the runway:
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Versace Vogue Print Tribute T-Shirt - $750
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Moschino My Little Pony T-Shirt - $250
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Gucci Logo Print Tee - $550
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Prabal Gurung Girls Just Want To Have Fundamental Rights - $195
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Moschino My Little Pony Print Oversized Shirt - $250
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Versace Manifesto T-Shirt - $875
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Versace Signature Print Top - $595
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Comme Des Garçons Play lateral heart print T-shirt - $120
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Moschino My Little Pony Crop Top - $350
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Boohoo Plus We Should All Be Feminists T-Shirt - $19
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Hot Topic Stranger Things Logo Shirt Plus Size - $29
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Topshop Amour Slogan T-Shirt - $30
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ASOS CURVE T-Shirt with I am Woman Print - $19
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Gucci Loved embroidered t-shirt - $1,069
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Urban Outfitters Paramore Hayley Tee - $28
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River Island Plus White Female Future Necklace T Shirt - $60
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Premme Babes Crop T-Shirt - $35
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Topshop Logo T-Shirt by Calvin Klein - $58
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Alice & You Raise Hell Punk Rocker Tee - $38
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Topshop 'Je'Maime' Embroidered Stripe T-Shirt by Tee & Cake - $40
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Premme Literal Mess Pocket Tee - $55
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Topshop PETITE Stripe 'Voila' Motif T-Shirt - $28
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River Island Plus White Charmant Print Boyfriend T shirt - $40
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Hot Top Stranger Things Poster Art Girls T-Shirt Plus Size - $29
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Urban Outfitters Cash Money Baller Blockin Tee - $20
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Urban Outfitters Future State Embroidered Hand Tee - $34
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Forever 21 Plus Size Wonder Woman Tee - $15
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Urban Outfitters Gnarly Bouquet Short Sleeve Tee - $27
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