As thanksgiving approaches, it’s time to reflect on what we are thankful for this year. Number one, let’s all give thanks for being on this very earth today. Let’s give thanks for the existence of the t-shirt. Can you imagine a week without wearing one? And a huge thank you to all the on-demand print shops that require no minimums and make it possible for indie labels to create their own tees. Finally, let’s take a look at 3 t-shirt trends that brought smiles to our faces and put holes in our wallets.
1. Celebrity Charity T-Shirts
This year we noticed a high volume of celebrities creating t-shirts for charitable causes. Thanks to sites like Booster, TeeSpring and Represent creating and donating was made easy. Stars like Beyonce used her celebrity platform to raise awareness about the state of pediatric care in Haiti. All proceeds from her BeyGood t-shirt campaign went to the Saint Damien Hospital in Tabarre Haiti.
2. Innovative Tech T-Shirts
Design legends and newcomers created functional, high quality and innovative t-shirt products this year. The development of the fibers, to the multiple uses of the product was thoroughly considered. Ralph Lauren’s PoloTech is a high-end take on the workout t-shirt that every gym rat needs. Threadsmiths Cavalier Tee proved that it could resist water and dirt through its tried and true hydrophobic nanotechnology. These products go beyond the standard tee.
The Cavalier Tee by Threadsmiths
3. Meme T-Shirts
Meme T-shirts give everyone an opportunity to be a t-shirt designer. No matter how bad a meme t-shirt looks, it still works because anyone that’s up on pop culture gets the joke. The Meek vs Drake Beef and Kanye for President memes were among the top this year. Drake and Meek Mills beef quickly turned comical when Drake performed at the OVO Fest wearing a “Free Meek Mill” t-shirt. Within the next day, fans and t-shirt vendors created their own tees to join in on the fun.
These t-shirt trends are just too good to imagine a world without them. I wonder what 2016 has in store.