Fashion: Suits me down to a tee

By Rosie Dawson-Hewes

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Rock your individuality - wear a graphic T-shirt with an uber-cool graphic print.

Frenchy tee, $119.99, Moochi.
Frenchy tee, $119.99, Moochi.

Mosty New Zealanders aren't known for getting dressed up. In fact, many of us tend to dress down at almost every occasion - we wear jeans to weddings, shorts to work and jandals at every opportunity. For so many Kiwi men and women, weekend uniforms consists of jeans, a T-shirt and a pair of Converse.

Skull knit back top, $99, Max.
Skull knit back top, $99, Max.

Many labels hire graphic designers to create prints for their tees each season or, like Adrian Hailwood, they are trained graphic designers so have a natural knack for creating graphic prints with impact. Brands such as Nom*d and Jimmy D are known for their dark sense of humour, translated into great prints.

Nelson-based brand Kingdom of Klah creates characters that not only seem to have walked straight out of a Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) book, but have their own back story explained on their website. They also all come with a story card and a royal wax seal to prove they are official (stamped by Sir Cecil Slipperfoot, Ambassador of Klah).

Garage printed V-neck tee, $15, The Warehouse.
Garage printed V-neck tee, $15, The Warehouse.


If cool characters or dark wit aren't your vibe, there's a lot to be said for classic band T-shirts.

Paired with worn-in denim and a leather jacket, it's the ultimate rock'n'roll look.

But the best tees are obviously those you've owned since you were a teen, in that perfect shade of faded black.

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