If you have been following this blog for any length of time then you know of my fondness for novelty t-shirts from Threadless. Generally I shy away from slogans which quickly become outdated or are corny and lean more towards shirts with a hidden message within an image, or at least messages with character that reflect some aspect of my personality:
Let Go by Lim Heng Swee ($20)
Ok, sometimes they just lean toward the cute side:
Three Plus…One by Giulia Cucija ($20)
And sometimes I just like zombies:
Zombies by John Warren MacDougall ($20)
For the most part I think novelty shirts are not anytime-you-wanna-wear-it shirts unless you are a student. If you are a grown woman I think you should be more selective when you wear them and how often otherwise you just look lazy — a stereotype unfortunately that has plagued novelty t-shirts for decades. Here is my list of places you can safely (and I encourage) you to wear novelty tees like the ones featured here (in no particular order):
- The Doctors Office
- Grocery Shopping
- Bike Riding
- To the Gym
- Hanging Out at Home
- House parties
- Pool Side
- Line Dancing
Novelty tees are great for layering so do not be afraid to wear them with a khaki or denim jacket, jeans, skirts, dress pants etc.
One of my favorite things about novelty t-shirts is they are excellent conversation pieces — if someone finds your shirt interesting they will comment on it — huge ice breaker. For example, I once wore a Threadless tee to a new neurologist appointment and she recognized it as a Threadless tee. It was a great warm up to the pressing conversation to come.
Give some thought to the novelty tees you choose then wear them with pride.
* Get your novelty tees from Threadless