Since James Dean ruled the silver screen, the T-shirt has been the embodiment of effortless cool. This spring, designers have stepped up this humble staple’s image by introducing flashy, witty graphics on luxe cotton: the perfect expression of high/low chic.

Left to right: [WOMEN’S] iHotto iHotto Ban the Scrunchie tee, $26, (212) 633-6032,; Bee Tees orange and white Bee tee, $35,; CoExist tee, $48, (317) 313-4430 or; Michael Stars Starburst Flower Basic Cap Sleeve Band Crew tee, $57,; Clamdiggin hand-sewn gray Can of Worms tee, $90, available at Hejfina, (773) 772-0002, or; [MEN’S] Kadorable Chick tee, $35,; Yoko Devereaux Hawaii tee, $66, available at Alpha, (310) 855-0775, or; Billy Reid Antique Funk army-green tee, $28, available at Billy Reid, Dallas/Northpark Center, (214) 346-0010, or Billy Reid, Houston/Highland Village, (713) 552-0333; Urban Arts Surf Girl gray tee, $31,