Every T-shirt has a story. Whether it’s that one precious tee from the merch counter of your favorite band’s tour, a cheesy couple shirt, or maybe that one unwanted pullover from your parents that maybe would’ve been cool if you were in grade school. But now that you’re old enough to dress yourself, it’s probably a good time to let your clothes tell your story.
Statement shirts have been around for quite a while. Designer Katherine Hamnett popularized the style in the ‘80s by printing messages on cotton tees that commented on the current political and social climate, giving birth to the statement shirt we know today.
But times change. Today, these shirts are more than just the words emblazoned on them. As #millennial and Internet Age as it sounds, something like a logo tee can be a statement in itself: looking to the future, recognizing roots, subversion, celebrating youth.
Statement tees have always been about saying something, but they don’t always have to shout — they can be cool and quiet, too. It can be as subtle as a single word, a year, a logo. It doesn’t have to take a big declaration or wearing your heart on your sleeve to let people know who you are — sometimes all it takes is a shirt.