T shirts suit any occasion. If it’s a party, then a jazzy t shirt does the trick. If it’s a meeting with friends, a trendy tee with humorous content is just what you need. If it’s a Friday dressing, then a collared, dark colored t shirt will have just the right semi formal look to kick start the weekend.
Then there’s a day at the beach, a weekend vacation, a dinner at a friend/relative’s house, a trip to the doctor, a movie – the list is endless. If you have a nice collection of t shirts, you have nothing to worry about. T shirt designs cater to every event, occasion or mood of the wearer.
The lowly inner garment of the 19th century is today the most important piece of clothing in any individual’s wardrobe, be it male or female, young or old. It has kept pace with the changing times. It has given expression to many social and political causes. Today it is the best and most visible form of personal expression and advertising.
More than just a Design
T shirt designs convey a lot more than just aesthetics and creativity. There is a lot of technology input behind that snazzy looking tee.
It started getting innovative in the 1950’s when Disney characters began appearing on t shirts. The growth of pop culture in the following decade saw companies being set up to specifically produce designs reflecting them on t shirts. Political situations also started finding expression in t shirts. For e.g. T shirts with Che Guevara’s face gained a lot of popularity.
Commercially, screen printing is the most common form of T shirt design. With the invention of Plastisol in the late 1950’s (a durable ink which can print a higher range of colors), screen printing allows for more variety in designs and flexibility for the designers.
A t shirt design can also entail the use of embroidery, hand painting, appliqué, dye sublimation transfers, impressing, embossing or ironing and heat transfers. With e-tailing is gaining a strong customer base in the garment space, it’s easy to design your own t shirt and have it delivered to your door step in no time.
With digital printing technology, artists can create the image or the slogan in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw and send it to the online company which will then transfer this image to the t shirt using DTG and ship it to you. So far we have only talked about the creativity in content and images on a t shirt. What about the t shirt itself?
Today there are numerous variations to the original t shirt design. What began as a white/off white, round neck cotton garment with sleeves has re-invented itself so many times, and it bears little resemblance to the original looks. Besides being available in a range of colors, you can choose from polo necks, V necks, scooped necks and boat necks. T shirts nowadays can be body hugging or knee length or tank tops or cropped t shirts or layered t shirts. They can also be sleeveless or full sleeved. They can be paired with pants, skirts or shorts.
Thus, the sheer versatility of this garment keeps it from going out of fashion.