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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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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Printed T-shirts are one of the few fashion trends that never go out of style. Custom shirts can make a statement, create awareness, and even unify a group of complete strangers. Over the years, we’ve printed T-shirts for every occasion imaginable and we’ve seen some really awesome ways to incorporate them into events. Today, we’re sharing 5 times for custom tees.

RETREATS

Whether you love them or hate them, most people have attended a retreat at least once. Some love the chance to get out of the office/classroom for a day while others would rather be working than socializing. We know that not everybody loves to bond over team-building exercises, but we also know this; nobody ever complains about the chance to wear a comfy T-shirt. Group retreat shirts serve as positive reminders of the team-building spirit long after the retreat is over. They’re also great advertising for your business or organization.

SHIRTS FOR A CAUSE

Shirts for a cause are some of our favorites to print. Whether your goal is to create awareness, support an organization, or raise funds, we’ve got you covered. Design your own shirts or ask us to create a design for you, we’re always happy to help!

SCHOOL GROUPS

Whenever you’re traveling with a group of students to competitions, games, trips, etc. it can be hard to stick together. Any teacher who has ever taken a class trip can tell you it’s a stressful experience for those in charge. One way to make this easier is with matching T-shirts.

When students are wearing group T-shirts, parents and teachers can easily spot them in a crowd and monitor them more effectively. This creates a safer environment for the students and peace of mind for those in charge of them. We suggest choosing a bold, solid colored shirt such as red, yellow, blue or green. These are easy to spot from a distance.

WEDDINGS

Weddings are all about making memories to last a lifetime and so are T-shirts! Bachelor and bachelorette parties are great events to make T-shirts for. Of course you can’t forget T-shirts for the bridesmaids to wear while they get ready! Create your own design or have us make one for you, either way, you can’t go shirtless to your wedding. 🙂

FAMILY REUNIONS

Family reunions are one of our favorite times for custom tees! Whether your reunion is big or small, shirts are a fun way to commemorate the day. Not to mention they can be seriously helpful when you’re trying to identify who amongst the crowd you’re actually related to, and who is simply a random person enjoying an afternoon in the park.

Other fun suggestions are to make “team” shirts for each branch of the family, print a funny picture of your family’s matriarch/patriarch, or use different color shirts for each branch of the family like our clients here:

Now that you’ve seen some of our favorite excuses to make custom T-shirts, we want to see yours! Send a picture of your favorite custom shirt to Hannah@csimpressions.com and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card! For more chances to win in our monthly social media contest, follow us!

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