The graphic t-shirt can be the hardest purchase for a grown man. The selection out there ranges from product placement (Drink Coke!) to softcore porn (Boobs!). It’s a dangerous territory with all the advertising, booze affiliation, and female forms covering most t-shirts sold to men. Whenever I bring up a graphic t-shirt with my clients, I can see the fear or hesitation on their faces immediately. It is a well-earned fear. Graphic t-shirts typically suck.
Best Graphic Tees For Men, aka Graphic T-Shirts That Aren’t Dumb
When I am shopping for a male client in a physical store, I can never find more than one or two graphic t-shirts that don’t have all the aforementioned nonsense. Online shopping is the only way I can find plentiful graphic tees that are actually interesting, flattering, and suitable for an adult. And since online shopping is how we all shop now, this works out.
As I mentioned, a dumb graphic t-shirt tends to promote booze, outrageous brands, and half-naked women. I am also not a fan of all those skulls. As my clients already know, these types of graphics can make you look unsuccessful in life, personally and professionally. These immature t-shirts are so prevalent, many of my older clients don’t even realize an alternative exists. When I reveal that inoffensive graphic t-shirts do in fact exist, it’s like telling my clients black licorice is delicious. My clients trust me implicitly, but some of them give me a look like, “We’ll see.” Yes, you will! Just scroll down.
Best Graphic T-Shirt Brands
As I said above, online shopping is the way to go to find the best graphic tees for men. I’ve shared the best graphic tees I’ve found below, but in case you’re wanting to do any of your own browsing, these are some of my go-to brands and stores for cool graphic tees that are flattering and suitable for adults.
You’re Not Too Old For A Graphic T-Shirt
The other issue I run into when discussing graphic t-shirts with my male clients is the “too old” defense. They ask me, “Am I too old to wear a graphic t-shirt?” As long as there isn’t a childish graphic on your t-shirt, no, you are not too old to wear one. It’s not about age, it’s about the occasion. Should a 40-year-old man wear a graphic t-shirt to a nice restaurant? No. Neither should a 16-year-old boy. Can a 40-year-old man wear a graphic t-shirt to go axe-throwing? Absolutely. You can wear one to the gym, running errands, the beach, and lunch at casual venues. Your casual wardrobe will benefit from some fresh graphics. So at what age should you stop wearing graphic tees? Never! As long as you find the right ones…
Flag & Anthem Surfer Burnout Tee
Banana Republic Graphic T-Shirt (Rich Earth)
Old Navy Soft-Washed Graphic T-Shirt for Men
Banana Republic Camera Drawing Graphic T-Shirt
Sol Angeles Noir Waves Logo Graphic Tee
Lucky Brand USA Flag Graphic Tee
This tee is available at Nordstrom, Zappos, Lucky Brand, Amazon, and Dillard’s.
Banana Republic Graphic T-Shirt (Frosted Caramel)
Tentree Vintage Sunset T-Shirt
This tee is available at Tentree, Buckle, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
prAna Men’s Tree Hugger Journeyman Graphic Tee
Prana Wolf Pack Journeyman Tee
Marine Layer Sport Performance Sun Graphic Tee
Banana Republic Globe Graphic T-Shirt
San Diego Seed Company Straight Outta Compost T-Shirts
Best Graphic Tees For Men From Years Past
I originally wrote this post years ago and update it regularly due to its popularity. I’ve left these photos below for nostalgic purposes. Whenever I update older posts, I love to hold on to a collection of images as a bit of a time capsule so we can watch how our style evolves.
Banana Republic Bike Sketch Eco T-Shirt
REI Co-op Multi Print T-Shirt
Banana Republic Elephant Logo Eco T-Shirt
Banana Republic Lighthouse Eco T-Shirt
Banana Republic Moon Sea Eco T-Shirt
Patagonia Live Simply Home Organic Cotton Graphic Tee
This t-shirt is available at Nordstrom and REI.
J.Crew Sailboat graphic tee
J.Crew “Rock lobster” tee
Banana Republic Sound Apparatus Graphic T-Shirt
Lucky Brand Gambling Skull Tee
tentree Vintage Sunset 3.25 Long Sleeve
Lucky Brand Guinness Tee
1901 Surf Wave Graphic Tee
Madewell Cactus Moon Graphic Allday Crewneck Tee
Linksoul LS798 The Local
tentree Nomad Short Sleeve Tee
This t-shirt is available at Zappos and Backcountry.