Last week, we posted about what’s trending in the world of printed tees. Because we are a screen printing company, its no surprise we see design trends come and go each year. This season, we’re seeing more variety in shirt styles than ever before.

This summer T-shirts are versatile and trendy. More and more of our clients have started to veer away from plain T-shirts and have begun to gravitate toward new fabrics, colors, and cuts. So today we’re sharing some of the most popular shirt styles of the season.

One thing’s for sure. Throwback styles are everywhere. We’re seeing 50’s oversized shirts tucked in, 70’s color pops and 90’s relaxed fits and grunge themes. Crop tops, loose fitting tees and slouchy styles are all the rage. Shirts which can easily transition from day to night and accessorized for any occasion. For example, a slouchy tank goes perfect with shorts during the day, and all you have to do before dinner is knot the tank and swap your shorts out for a maxi skirt!

Foil printed tees are another trend to look out for this summer. This style is popping up here and there, and we’re thinking the look will catch on quickly. The shiny bright colors add flash to cheeky phrases and brand names.

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For those of you who enjoy throwback styles, you’ll love this next one. Ringer tees are back in a big way, and they still look as cool as they did when your camp counselor wore them.

For men, a classic tee with a washed vintage look is a great casual look for daytime. 

 We want to hear from you! If you have a style trend to report or just want to share some looks you love, leave a comment below!

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We may not be the style experts at fashion week, but we like to think we know the world of T-shirts pretty well. After 10 or 15 years in the industry, you get pretty good at spotting trends and knowing what to expect in the upcoming months.

For example, one thing we’re seeing this year is a big rise in the popularity of T-shirts. Tees are no longer just for lounge and casual wear. Wearing a T-shirt to work or out to dinner is very much in style, as long as it’s done correctly of course. Tees paired with slacks or pencil skirts make for a great business casual vibe.

This summer, printed tees are trending in a big way. First things first, if you haven’t yet noticed, the 90’s are back. Except this time with a 70’s twist. This means the loose fitting tops and casual style of the 90’s, but with the pops of color we all know and love from the 70’s. Think geometric patterns, think psychedelic colors and prints. These are all going to be super hot for summer 2016.

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Another trend we expect to stay hot this summer; food. Something about this time of year makes people want to wear shirts featuring food. Expect to see printed fruits, desserts, and other edibles all summer long. This trend isn’t going anywhere.

 

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As for graphic tees, it’s all about flowy, bold, free style fonts. Brush hand-lettering, cursive and loopy fonts are in style in a big way. This means sassy and inspirational quote tees are here to stay as well.

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These are just a few trends you can expect to see this summer in the printed tee world. To learn about the shirt styles trending this summer, stay tuned! Our next post will show you the right styles, fabrics, and colors you need to fill your summer wardrobe.

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In the decorated apparel industry, creating wearable art is our passion. We love to experiment with new colors and designs to create an image as unique as the client behind it. Just like the designers at fashion week, we pay attention to new patterns, colors and style trends.

Season after season, we look to Pantone Fashion Color Report for a glimpse into the colors of next season. The report is published by Pantone for the fashion industry twice a year, and features a comprehensive overview of fashion designers’ use of colors in their upcoming collections.

Today we’ve matched up each of Pantone’s top 10 colors for spring with some of our favorite shirts and sweatshirts for screen printing. When you’re looking for the best shirts for your events this spring, let this be your guide!

Pantone’s Top 10
Rose Quartz

American Apparel’s fine jersey short sleeve tee in ash grey apricot is a perfect match for Pantone’s Rose Quartz, 2016’s most popular color.


Peach Echo

This Comfort Colors pocket tee is a great match for Pantone’s peach echo. This color is bold, bright, and suits both men and women.


serenity

Serenity is a fitting name for this color blue, and we think this Comfort Colors sweatshirt is perfect for a serene afternoon on the couch.


SNORKEL BLUE

A deep blue like this one definitely reminds us of the ocean. Unfortunately, the weather does not. Until then, we’ll settle for this cozy zip-up sweatshirt by Alternative Apparel.


BUTTERCUP

We can’t help but feel the sunshine when we look at Pantone’s buttercup. This Champion sweatshirt in bright yellow is perfect for a spring mood in winter weather.


LIMPET SHELL

Limpet Shell is a twist on the traditional mint green we’ve seen the last few years. The blue hue is very calming, and LAT Apparel appropriately named this t-shirt color “chill.”


LILAC GRAY

Comfort Colors’ “wisteria” is a close match to Pantone’s lilac gray. We expect to see quite a bit of this gender neutral color this spring.


FIESTA

Fiesta is a fierce red/orange that we can’t live without, and this American Apparel tee makes a statement without sacrificing comfort.


ICED COFFEE

This soft neutral is a must-have in every closet, and Comfort Colors’ zip-up sweatshirt is a cozy option we love!


GREEN FLASH

Last but certainly not least, this bright green is exactly what we love about spring. Try it on with this Hanes long sleeve tee in lime.


Now that you’ve seen the top 10 colors for spring 2016, we want to know which is your favorite! Let us know by commenting below, and don’t forget to follow us here at Just Inkin’ Around and check us out on social media.

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Most of the time when you’re shopping for custom apparel, you have a general idea of what you’re looking for. Maybe you know you want a polo or a T-shirt, but many apparel decorators offer so many styles and brands it’s hard to choose. Normally, we recommend our clients come by and see product samples before making their decision, but we know there are still plenty of you out there wondering ‘which one is right for me?’

In our new series, Product Impressions, our team is on a mission to answer your questions by doing the sampling for you. Literally. For each Product Impressions post, we’re bringing you real reviews, one product at a time. Here’s how we do it:

Step 1: As a team, we select a product to focus on. (Example: V-neck tees)
Step 2: Each of us picks a few different styles, brands and colors to try out for ourselves.
Step 3: We wear them, wash them, and wear them again. Spending a significant amount of time in the garments and doing everyday activities allows us to really see how they move and fit throughout the day.
Step 4: Write. Down. EVERYTHING. Things we love, things we hate and things we’re indifferent about for each product.
Step 5: Compare notes and share what we’ve learned!

RAGLANS

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We chose to start this series off with raglan shirts when we realized that half of our team didn’t actually know what a raglan shirt was. When you think of a raglan, you probably picture a classic baseball shirt style with 3/4 length sleeves and two separate colors for the body and the sleeves. You would be right. Well, you would be half right. The term raglan actually refers to the construction of the sleeves. Raglan sleeves do not have a shoulder seam. Instead, the sleeves are one continuous piece of fabric going all the way up to the neck, and typically with a diagonal seam in front of the shoulder. Hoodies are an example of raglans, as are most athletic jerseys.

So once we all figured out what a raglan is, we ordered some samples. We chose a few different styles from these brands: American Apparel, Next Level Apparel, Sport Tek, Gildan and US Blanks.

American Apparel

American Apparel Raglan

Product: American Apparel Unisex Poly-Cotton Baseball Raglan Tee
Fit: True to size
Material: Very thin, which means the shirt is very soft but also can be somewhat see through if you select a white body.
Color options: Available in 25 color options, the most of all raglans reviewed in this post.
Any changes after washing?: No, this shirt does not shrink up or lose color in the wash.

NEXT LEVEL
Next Level Raglan 2

Product: Next Level Unisex Tri-Blend Raglan
Fit: True to size
Material: This raglan is a tri-blend, which means it’s super soft and comfortable all day long.
Color options: 17 color choices
Any changes after washing?: No, this shirt does not shrink up or lose color in the wash.

Terry Raw Edge Raglan-Next Level

Product: Next Level Terry Raw Edge 3/4 Sleeve Raglan
Fit: True to size, shirt is a little shorter than other raglans in length
Material: Thicker material, does not stretch in the sleeves or at the waist.
Color options: 18 color choices available. All solid colors, 4 neon options.
Any changes after washing?: No, this product did not lose shape or color after washing.

US Blanks

US Blanks Raglan

Product: US Blanks Tri-Blend Long Sleeve Raglan
Fit: True to size
Material: Thin. The bottom of the shirt rolled up significantly throughout the day.
Color options: 4 available color options
Any changes after washing?: Yes, this shirt shrunk after washing.

Sport-Tek 

Sport-Tek Raglan

Product: Sport-Tek Colorblock Raglan Jersey
Fit: A little larger than expected. More of an athletic fit.
Material: This shirt is more stiff than other shirts we reviewed. It’s more for athletic wear than for fashion wear.
Color options: 19 color options available.
Any changes after washing?: No changes after washing, still a bit stiff.

OUR TOP PICKS

Best for fashion: Next Level and American Apparel
Best for utility (sports, athletics): Sport-Tek

We hope our Product Impressions series will make it easy for you to find the perfect styles to fit your needs. If you have raglan questions we didn’t answer in this post, or if you’d like to suggest a product for us to review in the future, feel free to email us! We’re happy to talk tees with you. 🙂

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