Novelty tops continue to be a favorite during the warmer months on Asian street style blogs. I’ve seen everything from childhood favorites like Mickey Mouse to pop art explosions, but ultimately I like reading the cool, edgy phrases that turn up on shirts. Sometimes people prefer to let their clothes do the talking, and it’s quite fun to browse through a variety of designs and typography. It does appear that simple sans-serif fonts printed against plain backgrounds are favored this season, mimicking the style of quote posts we see all over social media platforms.
Despite what Alexander Wang’s spring/summer 2014 collection would suggest, message tees aren’t a new trend; in fact they’ve been around for decades (Frankie Says Relax, anyone?), but they are constantly being reinvented as mainstream pop and political culture is ever-changing.
Check out some of the novelty tops that caught my eye.
Sporting a message that can be interpreted in multiple ways will keep people thinking.
Start the day off by sharing some positive notes.
You, me, Oui! A play on words and sounds can be fun expressions.
Want to add some written expressions into your style rotation? Check out these three contemporary designer finds.
— STORY BY MIN A. LEE
Feature image courtesy of stalman.com.