When that brightly colored graphic tee catches your eye, you may think about how great you’ll look in it — but you probably won’t think about the message written across the chest. Everyone else will, though. Wearing a quirky tee may set you apart, but not always in a good way. Here are five things your t-shirt says about you.
1. I’m unique. (Or not.)
Oh, the irony. If you have a t-shirt that says any variation of the “Keep Calm and ____” phrase, just throw it out. Far too often, people buy t-shirts because they’re ironic and end up making themselves look like the most unoriginal person on the planet.
2. I’m afraid.
Many people will wear t-shirts that make light of their deepest fears in order to mask them, but all it really does is reveal what they’re most afraid of. The “Cool story babe” t-shirts represent a fear of socializing and human interaction, but they’re also extremely good at preventing it from happening. After all, no one wants to talk to someone wearing a shirt like that. The same can be said for any of the sarcastic t-shirts that people wear.
3. I want to fit in.
If you wear a t-shirt that seems to hit every trend on the head, you may be trying way too hard. This is particularly common with the “Bob Marley” or “Cannabis” t-shirts that 16 year old boys like to wear; they aren’t funny or original. They’re just sad. Don’t be a 16 year-old boy in the way you dress or the way you think.
4. I’m cool.
Hey, it’s not all bad. Wearing a band t-shirt can actually set you apart a bit, provided it’s a legitimate musical group and not some autotuned nonsense. The Ramones, Led Zeppelin, or other well-known, well-loved groups can spark conversation. Combine that t-shirt with a beard and a pair of hipster glasses and you’re in good company.
5. I have discerning taste.
There is a time and a place for t-shirts, fortunately. Knowing when and where makes all the difference. For men looking to make an impression, adding a t-shirt as part of a layer of clothing (or during the summer, as just a t-shirt) shows they have a sense of fashion. It’s probably best to avoid graphic tees and stick to a single color, however.
What a person wears can say a lot about them. Make sure your clothes are only saying good things, and not that you’re an overgrown child who hasn’t figured out the rules of etiquette.