By Emily Williams
We’re always told that fashion should make a statement. Nothing does that more literally than the graphic-driven clothing and accessories that have won over the young fashion community.
Here are some of my favorite new collections that make verbage look vogue.
According to designer and blogger Jac Vanek’s Instagram bio, she makes things that “speak to your sassy soul.” Jac started out as one of the first influential lifestyle and fashion bloggers. Her first product, rubber wristbands with cheeky phrases, gained popularity almost instantly and Vanek has since expanded her brand in an entire graphic-driven collection of knitwear, accessories and repurposed vintage clothing.
The pieces are meant to be conversation starters, wearable commentary about pop culture and society. The words range from whimsical to downright philosophical but, overall, all of the pieces are oozing with honesty.
According to the description for this collection, “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy food, and that’s kind of the same thing.” From the retailer Rad., there’s something oddly intriguing about these simplistic sweatshirts, tees and tanks. But why not declare your love for tacos on your top? Who wouldn’t want to strike up a conversation with a peanut butter lover? You’re sure to attract attention in these pieces – smiles, maybe some confusion but definitely appreciation from fellow foodies.
Burger and Friends
The self-described “sardonic shirtsmiths” at Burger and Friends design witty wearables that they say “will either induce random chicks to talk to you, or be a total conversation killer.” Beware: the phrases on this collection’s pieces range from cute to downright offensive, but you can be sure if you’re wearing Burger and Friends, you’re making a statement. This brand is strictly for the bold trendsetters who aren’t afraid of adding some shock value to their outfit.
Some mild examples are pictured below. Check out their website to find the shirts your grandma would be scandalized to know you’re wearing.
Also found on Rad., this brand merges two of my favorite things: rap music and classic art, making some of the smartest, sassiest clothing around. If you’re thinking that rap and Renior couldn’t possibly blend well together, just take a look at a few of the pieces from designers Gisella Velasco and Toni Potenciano’s line for proof that blurring the lines between high culture and pop culture is simply brilliant.
In an interview for the website Think Progress, Velasco described their reasoning behind the concept, “There’s this stereotype of the art world being so highbrow and inaccessible, but the rap lyrics bring it down to earth, and makewe try to it a little more humorous.” Velasco and Potenciano started the project on Tumblr before taking their idea to the fashion industry. Check out a project that helped inspire Fly Art, “Modern Vampires of Art History,” which pairs famous paintings with Vampire Weekend lyrics.
It turns out Kanye and Klimt had a lot more in common than we’d thought.
The official shop of the self-proclaimed “most awesome magazine in the world” has the same bad-girl aethestic as the publication itself. The magazine is said to be the reigning authority on fashion, beauty and pop culture for the “modern and intelligent young woman.” These pieces emanate the same self-confident, unapologetic vibe which NYLON celebrates in the women filling the magazine’s pages.
Caution: Wear only if you want people to know you’re a smart, globally conscious trendsetter.