Message T-shirts are what Vogue calls an “outspoken trend.” Whether you are into fashion or all out loath it, T-shirts are a wardrobe staple, and there is no age limit to wearing fun, often whimsical, apparel.
Vivienne Westwood, the 77-year-old designer instrumental in making punk mainstream, has been wearing slogan T-shirts since the 1970s. Never one to feel invisible, she uses emblazoned tees to speak her mind. You can do the same. Want to make a political statement? Love llamas? Do you live for coffee or Caturday? There’s a tee for that.
Whether you opt for a high-end designer or DIY Etsy for message t-shirts, consider the following before you publicize thoughts across your chest.
Prepare to Show Off
You have something to say, and a knack for speaking your mind with very little filter. That’s the beauty of aging, right? Revel in selecting message T-shirts that can be fun, bold, or even reflective of social and cultural change (we’re talking to you, “Me Too” tops). Wear yours with pride and be ready to field questions. There’s no need to overthink it.
Be Your Own Boss
We at The Fine Line believe there are no rules with fashion. Wear what makes you happy. We’ve long been a fan of designer Fanny Karst’s collaboration with blogger Ari Seth Cohen: Their “Old Is the New Black” tees are epic. We’re now admiring their more recent “Not Dead Yet” shirt (pictured above). “Older people generally have a better sense of humor,” Karst says.
Wear on Repeat
At any (and every!) age, fashion should reflect who you are and make you feel good. Well-worn message tees are relaxing and comfortable, even if you don’t need them to give you a voice.
Some of our faves currently in rotation: