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Talk to the Shirt

As a t-shirt fan, I’m often a walking ad for my beer, music, or cereal preferences. Sure, wearing my preferences on my sleeve/shirt can lead to thumbs up on the train from similarly minded beer, music, or cereal fans, but I can’t help but feel I’m limiting my communication potential here. Instead of pimping out the prime real estate across my chest and back to advertise my preferences, I should be using that acreage to get people talking and laughing, pointing and nodding. I should use my space to raise awareness—or better yet—raise eyebrows. Here are a few of my favorite ways to talk with a capital T:

Be Honest

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I’m tired of pretending to be someone I’m not just so that people will like me. Honesty is new to me, but heck here goes: Yes people, I know Jesus loves me, but I just want to be friends. Okay, warming up here ... I judge you when you use poor grammar. Really, I do. While I’m at it—football is gay. Wow, that feels great!

Be Wise

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This Miss South Carolina t-shirt with the infamous “I personally believe that U.S. Americans” speech printed on a beauty queen sash is a reminder to us all that it is unwise to feed the models.

Be Political

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Not only do you get a say in who gets to be president, you get to shove your political beliefs in other people’s faces too. Voting is too subtle—let the world know which politician’s got your back (and chest too!).


Be Half Naked

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It’s so much work to coordinate a whole outfit every morning, so why not streamline the dressing process by eliminating one item of clothing, per this “With a shirt like this who needs pants?” shirt. Chanel herself said you should always take one thing off before you leave the house—skip a step and don’t put your pants on in the first place.

Be Prepared

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You carry food, water, a flashlight, and an N95 mask in your fanny pack, but do you really know what you’ll do in an emergency situation? Best to spell it out on your chest …

Be Social

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Gen Y is wary of old folks trying to “friend” them in their social space, especially if they’re tragically un-hip wannabes. Forget pinging or poking, just show Gen Y that you’re plugged in by wearing these social tees. They’re old media and old school cool.

Be Creative

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These write on and wipe off shirts are perfect for non-committal types whose message changes from day to day, or even hour to hour. Wear the fill-in-the-blanks tee under a suit to the office with an “I’m in ur male-dominated environment breaking your stereotypes” message, and leave the bubble shirt blank at the bar and hand out your magic marker for phone numbers!

3. Be Employed

    

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Why pimp Jesus, Guinness, or Tide when you can pimp yourself? Choose from eight slogans for the front like “I Heart Job Offers,” “I’m Ready for My Interview,” and “My Resume Is on the Back of This Shirt,” and then upload your resume to the back. Great way to put your shirt to work.

Ah, so much to say, so little wardrobe changes …

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