Children of all ages are visual beings. They get excited from colours, patterns, lights and anything else that stimulates their senses. This is why you will often find children’s clothing containing these very things. When you take your child to the store, the fun and colourful clothing hanging on the racks will get their attention, which will then get your attention. Clothing designers, manufacturers and retailers know this, which is how they earn your business.
So when it comes to your children’s wardrobes, there are probably very visually appealing pieces in their collection. One of the most popular of those pieces is the graphic tee. Both functional and fashionable, the graphic tee is a wardrobe staple for children. Even many adults rock a graphic tee sometimes. The graphic tee can be worn in any season, when paired with the right pieces. The most common time for wearing a graphic tee is in warmer weather.
Need a few ideas on how to style your child’s graphic tee? Here are some tips for boys and girls.
There are lots of fun graphic tees for boys. Because of their wide range of interests, you’ll find graphic tees with animals, sports teams, abstract designs and more. Your little guy can express his personality by wearing a graphic tee that says something about him and his interests. If he loves music, a graphic tee with a guitar on it would be great. If he’s all about nature, maybe a graphic tee with leaves or another outdoor design would interest him. Your boy can have tons of fun picking out graphic tees for his wardrobe. John Lewis has a fabulous selection of graphic tees to choose from.
So what do you pair a graphic tee with? For boys, during those warmer months, you just need a stylish pair of shorts. You want to keep the focus of his outfit on the graphic tee, so choose shorts that don’t take away from that. Basic denim is a neutral that works with any print, or you can find a pair of shorts with coordinating colours that has a different pattern (stripes or plaid, for example). The key is not to pick a pair of shorts that will stand out too much. Top off the look with some comfortable sandals.
The selection of graphic tees for girls is usually not quite as ecclectic as it is for boys. What you’ll find is lots of pink, hearts, flowers and other typical girlie prints. Girls graphic tees don’t stray too far from the girl lifestyle. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It means you’re bound to find a graphic tee print that your girl can relate to- and she’ll love it! For older girls, you can probably find prints that are more artsy, like abstract designs or tees with musicians/people on them. Something trending right now is city names, like New York or Paris, written on tees. If your girl likes to travel or has an interest in world affairs, a graphic tee with a city name on it might be perfect for her.
One thing girls have that boys don’t is a larger selection of pieces to pair with their graphic tees. For the girl who likes a more sporty look, a pair of casual, comfortable athletic style shorts works well. Girls who prefer to dress more feminine can pair their graphic tee with a fun skirt. Matching sandals or printed flats are great options for footwear, depending on the outfit. Check out what is available from Seed, which usually has stylish, reasonably priced shoes for girls.
If you can find affordable graphic tees in designs that your child likes, you should consider stocking up. The graphic tee is a versatile piece of clothing that they can mix and match many times over, and they’ll love wearing it. Girls will especially like experimenting with other pieces in their closet to see which look they like best for wearing their graphic tee.
And of course boys, like many of their dads, often wear their clothes for several days before washing them, no matter how dirty or full of holes they get. If you get your guy more than one graphic tee that he loves wearing, he might be inclined to change out of that dirty shirt more often!
Whether your children are toddlers or teenagers, they should have at least one graphic tee in their closet. If they do, you probably won’t ever hear them say that they “have nothing to wear.”