KATU Afternoon Live: Styling Graphic Tees

In today’s KATU Afternoon Live post, Hailey talks styling graphic tees beyond just jeans and a t-shirt, with outfit inspiration, styling tips, and wear to shop! - DivineMrsDiva.com #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #portland #psblogger #graphictees #eloquii #xoq #psootd #plussize #styleblogger #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #LaneBryant #lanestyle #Catherines #CatherinesStyle

My latest Afternoon Live segment was all about styling graphic tees beyond jeans and a t-shirt. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing jeans and a t-shirt and your comfiest sneakers, I hear from a lot of awesome ladies who feel stuck in a rut wearing only those things.  They want to shift their thinking and feel more stylish, but still remain comfortable and feel like themselves.

With that in mind, I wanted to provide some inspiration for different ways to wear those casual tees. Graphic tees are great for showing off what you love - be it a band, a television show or movie, a favorite quote, etc. - or displaying some other element of your personality.  And the best part is that these styles are versatile enough to mix with all the elements of your wardrobe!

In today's post, check out the video of my segment, see other examples of how I like to wear graphic tees and where I like to purchase them, and read my review for the above look.  Let's get started!





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Before we get started, I am 5'9", typically wear a 22/24, wear a 40B bra, a size 11 wide shoe, and my measurements are 52/49/58.



Featured Items:
  • Look #2
  • Look #6
    • New Kids On The Block Graphic Tee - Torrid
    • Striped Maxi Skirt - Kiyonna


How I've Worn Graphic Tees
Below are a few examples of how I've worn graphic tees here on the blog.  You can find links to each individual post underneath each photo.
  • Remember, you can pop a graphic tee or tank over a dress or with a skirt, but make sure the proportions are right.  Knot it, belt it, or tuck it in if you have to.  And if the shirt is too long for your body shape to begin with, hem it! (I have to hem a lot of mine.)
  • Look beyond regular jeans to ones with color, embroidery, or distressing.  Get extra comfy by pairing your tee with joggers, or dress it up with some great trousers.
  • Add a jacket, cardigan, vest, or layer another shirt on top to add color and/or texture.  Layering a printed shirt with similar colors and tones makes it look like you put more thought into your outfit.  And these layering pieces will also help break up a busy print or all-over pattern.
  • There is nothing wrong or bad about wearing jeans and a t-shirt.  However, utilizing accessories does help to elevate your look.  Instead of sneakers, opt for a different kind of comfortable footwear.  Cute flats, sandals, boots, colorful options, and more fashionable sneakers can change an outfit.  
  • Add sparklier jewelry to dress up your casual ensemble.
  • Open your mind when you mix and match items in your wardrobe.  Think about the versatility of each item and new ways you can wear it.  Look at what prints have similar colors.  Try on items without judgement while you practice putting items together.
In today’s KATU Afternoon Live post, Hailey talks styling graphic tees beyond just jeans and a t-shirt, with outfit inspiration, styling tips, and wear to shop! - DivineMrsDiva.com #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #portland #psblogger #graphictees #psootd #plussize #styleblogger #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual
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In today’s KATU Afternoon Live post, Hailey talks styling graphic tees beyond just jeans and a t-shirt, with outfit inspiration, styling tips, and wear to shop! - DivineMrsDiva.com #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #portland #psblogger #graphictees #psootd #plussize #styleblogger #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual
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In today’s KATU Afternoon Live post, Hailey talks styling graphic tees beyond just jeans and a t-shirt, with outfit inspiration, styling tips, and wear to shop! - DivineMrsDiva.com #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #portland #psblogger #graphictees #psootd #plussize #styleblogger #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual
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In today’s KATU Afternoon Live post, Hailey talks styling graphic tees beyond just jeans and a t-shirt, with outfit inspiration, styling tips, and wear to shop! - DivineMrsDiva.com #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #portland #psblogger #graphictees #psootd #plussize #styleblogger #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual
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Favorite Places To Buy Graphic Tees:
  • Torrid - A great mix of bands, fandoms, television shows, movies, phrases, words, and graphics.  I generally buy a size 4 to fit my hips, but definitely have to hem the 4s because they are a bit long for me.
  • Lane Bryant - I wish they had longer sleeves and sizing isn't as consistent as Torrid, but they have had more options in graphic tees lately, along with more overall prints.
  • TeePublic - They carry all kinds of graphic tees and a variety of prints.  I first bought items from them when there were some charity tees I loved that were related to Outlander. They carry men's tee sizes up to 5X, and also have plus size women's tees up to a 26/28.
  • TeeTurtle- Super cute illustrated designs with adorable animals and a variety of fandoms.  They go up to a 3X, which is more of a fitted 22/24.
  • Check out even more places for graphic tees in my Everyday Cosplay post!


In today’s KATU Afternoon Live post, Hailey talks styling graphic tees beyond just jeans and a t-shirt, with outfit inspiration, styling tips, and wear to shop! - DivineMrsDiva.com #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #portland #psblogger #graphictees #eloquii #xoq #psootd #plussize #styleblogger #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #LaneBryant #lanestyle #Catherines #CatherinesStyle

One of the looks I featured in the segment was one I've wanted to put together for a while now.  I finally had a chance to get some photos done and, of course, this was a perfect opportunity to showcase this look.

I bought this Girl With Curves tee (from the collection collab with Tanesha Awasthi) from Lane Bryant a little while ago.  I'm wearing a 26/28 and am really glad I sized up.  While the more open neckline is kind of meant to be worn a bit off to one side, I find that it doesn't necessarily sit that way on the body without some fuss.  I don't mind it sitting normally across my chest, but the more open neckline does tend to poof out a little in the middle when worn regularly.  (Also, remember, I have a smaller bust than what is expected of a plus size woman.)  Still, it is a cute and comfy tee.  This was really the only thing out of the collection, aside form the jeans, that was more practical to my life and spoke to my style.

I paired the tee with my plaid Eloquii midi skirt.  You have seen this skirt before on the blog here.  It is a long midi, so I always have to wear it above my natural waistline to make the proportions work for my body.  But this does allow for the shirt to be tucked and bloused out over the waistband of the skirt. I could also just as easily tie a knot in the tee to keep the same proportions.  Pop on a jacket, vest, or cardigan to layer and BOOM!  You've got yourself a cute outfit.

In today’s KATU Afternoon Live post, Hailey talks styling graphic tees beyond just jeans and a t-shirt, with outfit inspiration, styling tips, and wear to shop! - DivineMrsDiva.com #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #portland #psblogger #graphictees #eloquii #xoq #psootd #plussize #styleblogger #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #LaneBryant #lanestyle #Catherines #CatherinesStyle
In today’s KATU Afternoon Live post, Hailey talks styling graphic tees beyond just jeans and a t-shirt, with outfit inspiration, styling tips, and wear to shop! - DivineMrsDiva.com #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #portland #psblogger #graphictees #eloquii #xoq #psootd #plussize #styleblogger #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #LaneBryant #lanestyle #Catherines #CatherinesStyle

Accessories are a huge key into dressing up a graphic tee outfit.  I chose my wedge booties for a cooler, edgier look.  A knit moto jacket and small clutch with studded details continue the "cool girl" vibe and keep things really easy.  For reviews of the jacket and shoes, head on over to my Catherines post.

In today’s KATU Afternoon Live post, Hailey talks styling graphic tees beyond just jeans and a t-shirt, with outfit inspiration, styling tips, and wear to shop! - DivineMrsDiva.com #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #portland #psblogger #graphictees #eloquii #xoq #psootd #plussize #styleblogger #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #LaneBryant #lanestyle #Catherines #CatherinesStyle
In today’s KATU Afternoon Live post, Hailey talks styling graphic tees beyond just jeans and a t-shirt, with outfit inspiration, styling tips, and wear to shop! - DivineMrsDiva.com #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #portland #psblogger #graphictees #eloquii #xoq #psootd #plussize #styleblogger #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #LaneBryant #lanestyle #Catherines #CatherinesStyle
Girl With Curves Graphic Tee - Lane Bryant
Pleated Houndstooth Skirt - Eloquii  (similar, similar, similar)
Curvy Collection Moto Jacket - c/o Catherines
Good Soles Wedge Bootie - c/o Catherines


What is your absolute favorite graphic tee to wear? (Mine is my New Kids On The Block tee from Torrid.)  How do you prefer to style your graphic tees?


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