This summer is expected to be dishing out a blend of bold trends. We’ve combed through the looks to separate the tried-and-true, from the styles that have overstayed their welcome.

SUMMER TRENDS TO TRY

Palettes and Patterns inspired by the ‘80s and ‘90s

The ‘80s and ‘90s have made their way back, with graphics moving away from ultra-flat designs to more abstract and dimensional in the past year. For example, geometric designs and bold typography have become extremely popular. As far as color scheme, you’ll find a lot of soft pastels and bold pops of color.

Graphic Tees

As the most popular design segment in the global custom t-shirt printing market, you can count on graphic tees to be found everywhere this summer. The market is only continuing to expand—thanks to the rise of double exposure designs, logo tees, band tees and Instagrammable slogans.

Pro Tip: Some great t-shirts for screen printing graphic tees include the American Apparel Triblend Tank, Bella + Canvas Long Body Tee and the Next Level Women’s Triblend Racerback Tank.

Soft, Lightweight Fabrics

No one wants a heavy garment that traps the heat in warmer seasons. Fabrics play a huge role in keeping us cool all summer long. Soft, lightweight and breathable fabrics like cotton, rayon, linen or blends are the perfect choice to remain fashionable without sacrificing comfort.

Pro Tip: Don’t just check the cut or style when looking to make a bulk apparel order, take time to research the fabric and feel.

Stripes

Varsity stripes, horizontal stripes, vertical stripes—they’re all in-style and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Some might even say stripes are the new black. Finding garments that incorporate stripes into their style and contrasting them with an embroidered design can add a lot of flair.

SUMMER TRENDS TO KISS GOODBYE

Super Deep V-Neck Tees

You know the tees we’re referencing. A common stylist tip is that the bottom of the ‘V’ should not go past your armpit. To combat the grueling summer heat, find regular v-necks made with cotton, linen or a tri-blend.

Cold Shoulder Tops

It’s time to give cold shoulder tops the cold shoulder. This style has already had one foot out the door for many women, but this summer it’s time to officially say goodbye. Bold cuts with sheer fabric have started to make their way on the scene instead, and are expected to be popular in the next year.

Heavy Fabrics

Heavy fabrics like wool, nylon and acrylic, can sometimes be miserable in hot and humid weather. Often these types of fabrics will trap the heat, making them less breathable. Unless you enjoy sweating all the time, lighter, more breathable fabrics are the way to go!

Plaid Print

With so many emerging prints and styles this summer, plaid has taken a back seat. Eager to fill the space, checkered designs have been surfacing as a popular option instead.

 

Have you already started implementing some of these trends at your business? Is there something that you’d like to add (on either list!)? Let us know in the comments!

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