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What’s more graphic than black and white? Design by GRFXSHOP Eco-Tees, $28 at Spiritx (61 1/2 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 254-8949).

It might seem like the wrong time of year to break out the T-shirts, but actually these cotton tops (formerly undergarments) have (along with jeans) become part of the year-round American uniform. Layer them over long sleeves or under cardigans and jackets for four-season wearability. And with high art worthy of wall hangings as much as clothing, these tees also make great gifts.

• [left] It’s elemental: Fluffy clouds, sun rays and threaded needles on a sky-blue tee. Design by WeSC, $33 at Push Skate Shop (25 Patton Ave., Asheville, 225-5509).

• [right] Patron saint: Locally designed Virgin Mary print on an avocado-green tee. 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of this shirt go to charity. $22 at Virtue (58 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 254-4200).

• [left] The girly-tee re-imagined in orange-on-pink. Design by GRFXSHOP Eco-Tees, $28 at Spiritx.

• [right] This avian-theme design is the most popular seller at Virtue. 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of this shirt go to charity. $22.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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