Everybody loves a t-shirt. They’re comfy, they’re stylish, and they can be totally individualized according to your style and preference. You can even put your own spin on a t-shirt that hasn’t been designed yet. If that’s more your bent, then have at it. So, get your scissors, bejeweled, tie-dye essentials, and read more about plastisol screen printing so you’ll be prepared.
What we love about t-shirts is their versatility in fashion. Hardly has a t-shirt been dismissed as too casual in recent years. We’re wearing them with suits, hello! But we’ve actually elevated the t-shirt to new levels in terms of design and even texture. Now we can get a t-shirt that’s softer than our pillowcases and sexier than some of our hottest dresses (depending on how they’re cut).
There is a t-shirt out there for everyone, and they’ve never been easier to get (or to make). So, how do we know what’s in store for us in the coming year? While 2020 is well underway, there are some t-shirt trends you might have already missed. Don’t worry about it, we’ve got you covered. Here are the super fun t-shirt trends for 2020.
Your t-shirt as works of art.
The artwork is so important when it comes to t-shirt production. After all, fashion is art. One trend that we love this year is the artwork on t-shirts. And this doesn’t mean just iconic art pieces that are being reproduced on t-shirts from high-end brands like Dolce & Gabbana, but artists are making their own t-shirts with their own artwork really stand out.
These artists can mainly be found in your local community. The internet gives us so many gifts on the regular, and one of those is the opportunity to buy from local markets and small businesses. Some of your favorite cartoonists and illustrators are producing t-shirts regularly, and you can buy directly from them literally right now. These designs are one of a kind and a bit exclusive, so if that’s your thing, then you’re in luck.
Who says that your t-shirt has to be that loud? T-shirts with more elegant and simple designs, mostly rendering nature themes, are a trend we see all over 2020. This is a great trend for the nature lover that you know, and you if you happen to be that nature lover. We also see this trend a lot with floral designs. This is a great feminine way to design the t-shirt and a great trend for spring and summer when the sun comes back out, and our energy is back up.
This trend works especially well with a neutral or pastel pant, as well as with a flowy skirt of the same color scheme. You’re bound to feel like a beautiful bouquet from top to bottom.
Have your t-shirt say it so that you don’t have to.
One of the best aspects of t-shirt design lies in its ability to help us say something that we don’t want to say out loud, while still getting our point across about some bold issues. With times of strife happening globally, both socially and politically, many people find it worthwhile to have their t-shirts do the work for them. We’ve seen many of these in relation to presidential candidates, social justice issues, body positivity, gender equality, and even in sarcastic ways of dealing with all of these things.
This a trend for the bold one in your friend group, or the person who is close to these social issues and is tired of talking about them, but will jump in if you ask about their t-shirt. If you’ve got something to say, now you can do it in more ways than one.
The nineties are back.
The nineties are back in all aspects of fashion, so we might as well celebrate it. Of course, the nineties nostalgia has made it to the t-shirts. This has come about for many reasons and is expressed in many ways, design-wise. T-shirts are nodding back to this era with renderings of some of our favorite 90’s TV casts, design templates, layouts, and fonts, and just as an ode to where we came from.
With a majority of the millennial generation having been born in the nineties, there’s definitely a reason they’re calling back to their roots in terms of design and sentimentality. The nineties probably seem like a simpler time in the age of the internet, the power of tech, and climate change. If we can put what we deem to be an aspect of those simpler times into our fashion choices, then, of course, we will. There are especially fun designs on the market that play with both the art direction of the nineties with the lingo of 2020.
Make it mini.
Not everything on your t-shirt has to be bright and loud. Plenty of consumers like to keep their t-shirts simple. T-shirt designers are taking care of these consumers with simple designs that include mini prints, mini script, and minimalistic design in general.
If you’re more interested in an understated message of understated design, then rest assured that those t-shirts are out there for you, and they’re coming in troves in 2020. The t-shirt was originally designed with simplicity in mind, so this is keeping that trend in mind and alive.
Typography is coming back with a little bit of customization on the t-shirt. This means that there is a trend moving towards handwritten typography, which has been a staple in the design world for quite some time, as well as general text design and repetition.
Whereas the trend of bold statements focuses less on the design aspect and more on the message, typography aims to highlight the actual design elements that are involved with typography.
Depending on how minimalistic you want your t-shirt or how loud, you’re guaranteed to find the right t-shirt for your needs and style. And if you can’t find something that screams you out of all these trends, then you can always make your own.