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We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you Ian Michael Crumm, our resident men's fashion expert, here to share style pointers and tips for tackling the latest trends in menswear. Straighten those neckerchiefs—Ian is on the go!

Dear men who don't want to look like a human billboard,

As companies try to expand their influence, many turn to logo tees and other obnoxiously branded apparel for customer recognition. You might have worn an infamous Abercrombie t-shirt in your lifetime—a fashion act I deem human billboarding. Instead of wearing a company's name across your chest or a pattern made out of a companies logo, look for brands that incorporate fun slogans and graphics into their tees.

Dance You F*ck Tee, $26 by 611

First, let's take a look at some slogans. Consider a tee from 611 Clothing, a locally-designed line from Philly DJ Nigel Richards. Slogans like Dance You F*ck and Problem Solved really make a—ahem—statement. Not styles I typically wear—I see these shirts on fun-loving men who enjoy DJs' playlists at clubs.

Tee, $60 at Diesel

For the men who'd prefer a more subdued slogan, take a gander at RAGS & Thread 's best-selling Get Some Every Day tee ($34). Diesel sells a shirt ($60) that reads, "What A Relief." Another comical option that won't offend your mom!

Dylan Embroidered Tee, $39.50 at Lucky Brand

Now, bring on the graphics. While we're still shopping at Diesel, pick up this blue and metallic graphic tee ($78) at their Walnut Steet store or in their new location at the KOP mall. More graphic looks are available at stores like Zara (I like the back graphic on the Embroidered Tee, $29.90) and Lucky Brand (check out the Dylan Embroidered Tee, $39.50).">Me-Wow Mix Tank Top, $28 at Urban Outfitters

Now, bring on tank tops. If you've been working out all winter, you probably want to show off your figure. Tanks tops are suitable for casual spring/summer looks, but let's leave the drop-side tops for the beach. If you're an avid cat lover, here is an animal loving tank ($28) from Urban Outfitters just for you! This simple tank with stripes ($20), also from Urban Outfitters, is more reserved and comes in three colors! For simple, solid-colored tanks, I've had luck at surplus stores like T.J.Maxx and Marshalls, where you can stock up on multiple colors at low costs.

Have a favorite store or spring top you'd like to share? Tell me in the comments, and let me know what spring accessories you'd like to read about in my next post.

Urban Outfitters

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