Not to be a hater or anything–okay, I’m going to be a total hater–but I think that graphic tees are really hit or miss…mostly miss. Like anyone else, I have some graphic tees that I absolutely adore, shirts with cute little slogans on it that I love getting compliments on.
But some graphic tees are better than others on that front. There’s a difference between a graphic tee that makes you think or professes a bold statement, and one that just says “TACOS” on it in big letters. It’s the latter kind that is infiltrating every clothing store lately, and it’s getting ridiculous.
Listen, I like tacos. I’m a Californian, it’s in my blood. But you’d be hard pressed to get me to actually wear a top that says, like, “TACO BABE” on it. And yet, it’s impossible to go to a store and not see a perfectly good t-shirt ruined by these ridiculous little slogans that are at best slightly immature and at worst incredibly corny. It’s like it’s impossible to buy a plain black t-shirt anymore unless it says something like, “CUTIE” or “HOT MERMAID” or something. Ugh, no thanks. One of the worst perpetrators of this trend comes from retail giant Forever 21, and it’s starting to drive people nuts.
Want more proof of how out-of-control this trend is? Check out these 17 ridiculous graphic tees that you can actually buy at Forever 21. No offense in advance if you’re actually like tops that say “” on them…but we’re reserving the right to throw a little side eye at Forever 21 for doing the absolute most.
1. Feminist Graphic Distressed Tee
Hell yeah. Nothing says fighting oppression and defying patriarchal standards like a shirt with a bunch of holes in it.
2. Girl Power Graphic Tee
This looks random enough when it is partially obscured, but when you look closely…
…It’s even worse. Who are these girls? What does “you make me happy” have to do with girl power? What the hell lis going on here? I hate this LOL.
3. Slay Girl Slayyyy Graphic Tee
This shirt would have almost been cool in, like, 2014. But now it just feels like something your mom would say after you get a good grade on your math test because she thinks it’s really hip.
4. Double Tap Graphic Tee
An eagle with the words “double tap” above it. Like, double tap if you love eagles? Double tap if you love America? Either way, this is so tacky I can’t handle it.
5. Proud Bleach Splatter Tee
When is somebody going to have to break it to these girls that nobody gives a damn if you wear a messy bun and sweatpants? You aren’t oppressed.
6. Hot Sauce Graphic Ringer Tee
Like, okay? I guess?
7. Distressed Punk Graphic Tee
Pretty sure people who identify as punk wouldn’t wear a shirt that says punk on it. But aight, Forever 21.
8. Pnk Graphic Distressed Tee
For those days when you want to make sure everyone knows that your pink shirt is a pink shirt.
9. The Future Is Woman Graphic Tee
Hey, so let’s talk about how this “The Future Is Woman” top is a shameless rip off of those “The Future Is Female” tops sold by Otherwild, which are based off of a design from 1972.
Forever 21 scams looks all the time. SMDH.
10. It’s Taco Time Graphic Tee
IDK what’s worse: The vintage illustration on this ugly tie-dyed top? The weird mix-matched font? Why…does this exist?
11. American Graphic Lace Dress
American didn’t tour in 1997. In fact, American isn’t even a band. This is a fake band tee with some lace slapped on it so that it can maybe pass as the length of a mini dress. Why would you wear a band top for a band that doesn’t exist? Come on.
12. Reue En Rose Graphic Sweatshirt
They tried to get fancy with some French, but as far as I know this phrase doesn’t really mean anything. You’re literally wearing nonsense if you cop this top.
13. No Thank You Cropped Sweatshirt
This top is having a damn identity crisis. Does it want to be a sweatshirt or a lace top? A deep v-neck t-shirt? PLEASE, WHAT DOES IT WANT TO BE? The cute lil’ rose doesn’t make up for this ridiculous design.
14. Boyfriend Graphic Top
This might have been more clever if it was on an actual t-shirt instead of a sweatshirt. But okay.
15. Sorry Not Sorry Sweatshirt
I just…nobody cares, sis.
16. Cute But Crazy Graphic Tee
This top says “Cute but crazy inside.” Cue eye roll. Variations of this phrase have been plastered on t-shirts for decades, but can we please retire it already? Making mental illness into some wacky quirk that somehow counters being cute is absurd anyway.
17. Mermaid Squad Tee
Okay, the actual design of this shirt is just bad, but also? Enough with the mermaid stuff. You’re not a mermaid. You’ll never be a mermaid. You are not part of a squad of mermaids. Liking the beach doesn’t make you a mermaid. Move on.
What do you think of tops like this? Yay or nay? Tell us in the comments!