The Best Summer T-shirts + Tank Tops — A 2018 Style + Color Guide

Best Summer T-Shirts + Tanks Tops 2018

This year’s go-to summer t-shirts and tank tops are colorful, lightweight, and flattering on all body types.  We’ve hand-picked our top five best summer t-shirts appropriate for any time of day and occasion. Style and popularity are always factors when narrowing our summer t-shirts and tanks, but in addition, this year’s list emphasizes the Pantone colors of summer 2018.

Pantones are recognized internationally as a proprietary color space used in a variety of industries, including fashion, fabrics, and screen printing. Pantone forecasters set the stage for the coming year’s trending fashion colors, especially New York Fashion Week! Incorporating these Pantones makes The Best Summer T-shirt + Tanks a perfect reference for your clothing company and wardrobe!

 

 

This summer’s trending colors are all about self-expression.  The best summer t-shirts, tanks tops, and colors reflect the season with a feeling of optimism and confidence!

Top 5 Summer T-Shirt + Tank Top Contenders

 

PANTONE: 17-3020 Spring Crocus

 

Best Summer Tank Match: Next Level Apparel 5030 ‘Shiraz’

The Next Level Apparel 5030 Women’s Festival Droptail Tee is the Summer t-shirt for women.  Made from 65% polyester/ 35% cotton, the 5030 is lightweight, airy, and opaque: the three sought-after qualities women search for in a summer tee.  The scoop neckline and the hi-low raw edge bottom hemline add a unique stylish flair. Comfortable and soft, this summer t-shirt is 3.5 oz. and made with 40 singles. The Women’s Festival summer t-shirt comes in six natural, yet eye-catching colors, like the feminine Shiraz. Look no further for the best summer t-shirt on the market for women.

 

PANTONE: 15-1520 Blooming Dahlia

Best Summer T-shirt Match: BELLA+CANVAS 3001 ‘Heather Sunset’

The Bella+Canvas 3001 Soft Cotton T-shirt is this season’s premium summer t-shirt. Made from 100% combed ring-spun knit cotton jersey (Heathers vary cotton/polyester content), Bella+Canvas 3001 is a modern unisex fitted tee. This favored summer t-shirt at 4.2oz and 30 singles, has the largest selection of colors offered in the t-shirt industry. The Heather Sunset and Heather Sunset Prism are very popular summer color choices, identical to the unique Blooming Dahlia Pantone. The Heather Sunsets are offered in other men’s and women’s styles by BELLA+CANVAS!

Also refer to Rust, Heather Maroon, and Heather Colombia Blue for popular Summer Pantone colors for 2018. The 3001 is consistently an all-year-round top seller at Blankstyle and a highly recommended summer t-shirt for apparel companies.  Ideal for screen printing and direct-to-garment printing, the BELLA+CANVAS 3001 is the recommended best summer t-shirt for 2018.

 

PANTONE: 16-5533 Arcadia

Best Match: Alternative Apparel 1010 Outsider Tee ‘Green’

The Alternative Apparel 1010 Outsider Tee makes our Best Summer T-shirts + Tanks list at number 3. The 1010 is a mid-weight tee at 5.0 oz, made up of 100% pre-shrunk cotton. This summer t-shirt comes in over ten bold colors perfect for this season. “Made for the ones who march to the beat of their own drum”, the Outsider tee has been ‘hand-treated with intentional imperfections for authenticity, softness and style’. This summer t-shirt is durable for screen printing and direct-to-garment printing.  Check out the Outsider tee in Green.  The 1010 no doubt is a stand-out on our Best Summer T-shirts + Tanks list!

 

PANTONE 16-4132 Little Boy Blue

Best Match: Comfort Wash GDH300 ‘Deep Forte Blue’

 

The Comfort Wash GDH300 is the men’s s best summer tank top. Made with 100% American grown ring spun cotton, this garment dyed tank is 5.5oz. The GDH300 has an incomparable no-shrink comfort, wash after wash. Our summer tank favorite comes in fourteen playful and vibrant colors perfect for this season! The Comfort Wash dyed tank has double-needle stitched sleeves, neck and bottom hem. This durable, high quality constructed tank was sure to make our Best Summer T-shirt + Tanks list at number 4!

 

PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet

The District Clothing DM138L Ladies Perfect Tri-Blend Racerback Tank is the summer tank for women with a carefree style. Made with 4.5 oz triblend jersey and 32 singles, this summer tank top is the epitome of comfort with confidence.  The lightweight fabric is perfect for easy days and tough workouts. The DM138L has a tear away tag for easy relabeling and rebranding.  The scalloped hem 50 poly/25 ringspun cotton/25 rayon make this the summer tank top for 2018 and number 5 on our list of Best Summer T-Shirts and Tanks!

 

 

Heavy Cotton T-Shirts: Call it a Comeback

Heavy Cotton T-ShirtsHeavy Cotton T-Shirts are making a comeback! The rise of streetwear is pushing the look of today’s tee to longer lengths and wider, boxier sleeves. Classic styles like pocket shirts and pigment dye are on the rise–and designers are playing with new hemlines like drop tail hems, rounded hems and high-low asymmetry. Keep reading to shop these cutting edge wholesale trends!

Heavy Cotton T-Shirts

Chomp Brand Tees Printed on a Full Cut T-Shirt. Click to Shop

Heavy Cotton T-Shirts

American Apparel Box Hammer Tee. Click to Shop

American Apparel Box Hammer Tee

With the nineties back in style, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing a swing back towards the more traditional full cut Heavy Cotton T-Shirts that reigned supreme before all the slim fit blended tees that now saturate the wholesale market. But the future of the box tee is a little more refined than the cheap tees printers used to print. Rather than a scratchy, thick shirt, we now have several options for nicer quality tees made with soft ring-spun combed cotton—giving the look and feel of luxury. Shop the NEW American Apparel Box Hammer Tee HJ402.

Heavy Cotton T-Shirts

Costalamel Fall 2016 Line Features Long Tees. Click to Shop

Heavy Cotton T-Shirts

BELLA+CANVAS Urban Tee–Available in 3 Colors. Click to Shop

BELLA+CANVAS 3006

Drop tail and high-low tees have been gaining momentum for the past few seasons because they offer an exaggerated emphasis on the length of the shirt. The New long t-shirt from industry favorite BELLA+CANVAS proves that designers can still get true retail quality at affordable prices. This long tee features a rounded drop tail hem and a slender fit—creating more of a long rectangular shape. Available in three classic colors and a nice mid weight 4.2oz jersey for a comfortable wear. Shop the BELLA+CANVAS 3006 Urban Tee.

Heavy Cotton T-Shirts

Cotton Heritage Drop Tail Crewneck Tee. Click to Shop

Cotton Heritage Drop Tail Heavy Cotton T-Shirts

This drop tail crewneck tee by Cotton Heritage is quickly becoming a crowd favorite. With a long body, full sleeves and a rounded high-low hemline, this shirt offers the oversized look with premium combed ring-spun cotton. These Heavy Cotton T-Shirts with exaggerated length are becoming a streetwear staple–so don’t miss out! The 4.3oz jersey is made with 100% cotton for the solid colors (heather colors feature a cotton blend). Shop the Cotton Heritage MC1050.

 

 

Heavy Cotton T-Shirts

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Heavy Cotton T-Shirts

Alternative Apparel Pigment Dyed Distressed Vintage Tee. Click to Shop

Alternative Apparel Distressed Pigment Dyed T-shirt

Hello Pigment Dye! Everyone remembers this 90’s favorite. From dad hats to crewneck pullovers, the pigment dye technique is back in full force. Distressed edges and holes are also becoming a popular styling choice in men’s and particularly women’s tees. The Alternative Apparel Distressed Vintage Ladies Tee offers the best of both worlds. This destroyed tee will take your vintage designs to a whole new level!  Shop the Alternative Apparel Distressed Pigment Dyed Shirt.

Heavy Cotton T-Shirts

Stussy’s Fall 2016 Line Features Many Pigment Dyed Tees. Click to Shop Printable Pigment Dyed Tees

Heavy Cotton T-Shirts

Pigment Dyed Pocket Tee by Authentic Pigment. Click to Shop

Authentic Pigment Heavy Cotton T-Shirts

Pigment dyeing is a special process where 100% cotton items are garment-dyed with a mix of raw pigment and binding solution. The resulting effect is the color shows many years of wear and washing. The color continues to fade over time! Authentic Pigment is a popular line focusing solely on pigment dyed t-shirts. With over 20 styles for men and women, their products range from messenger bags to hoodies, ladies’ racerback tanks to raglans.  Their AP201 Heavy Cotton T-Shirt features a pocket and comes in 10 striking earth tones. Shop the Authentic Pigment Pocket T-shirt.

 

Heavy Cotton T-Shirts

Designs by Mathiole Printed on a Full Cut Tee. Photos Courtesy of DesignByHumans. Click to Shop all Designs

Heavy Cotton T-Shirts

Delta Apparel 19100 Surf Tee. Click to Shop

Delta Apparel Surfer Tee

The Delta Surfer Tee is no rookie. These popular 5.5oz Heavy Cotton T-Shirts offer the softness of ring-spun cotton and a classic full cut body. With a tear away tag, this is a no-brainer choice for those looking for a solid, no-frills option at an unbeatable price. But don’t let the price tag fool you—this shirt blows brands like Gildan and Tultex out of the water in terms of quality and softness! Shop the 19100 Delta Apparel Surfer Tee.

 

 

 

 

Heavy Cotton T-Shirts

BELLA+CANVAS 3006 Urban Tee. Click to Shop

Heavy Cotton T-Shirts

2016 Summer 2 Collection by Publish Features Exaggerated Sleeves and Long Body Tees. Click to Shop

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Custom Dad Hats: a Guide to Wholesale

Custom Dad Hats

Hello nostalgia! The 90’s come alive with one of this year’s biggest trends—the once-dorky now painfully awesome, Dad Hat! From home room to the runway, this throwback style made a huge comeback in 2016. And we know why: Custom embroidery is cheap! Everyone’s getting in on the action—want to grab your piece of the pie? Keep reading to get started on your custom Dad Hats!

Custom Dad Hats

What is a Dad Hat?

Who knew dads had so much style? These adjustable baseball caps generally come with 5 or 6 panels, a curved bill, a button on top and an adjustable strap in the back. The key to the “Dad Hat” look is an unstructured baseball cap with a low profile—making this the ultimate casual option in a time when headwear is becoming more and more sumptuous. We have an array cheap Dad Hats on sale in many different colors and styles—all ready for embroidery! The Anvil 146 and the Yupoong dad hat 6245CM are some of the best basic options.

Custom Dad Hats

Custom Dad Hats

Adams LP101 Optimum Washed Dad Hat complete with a leather strap and brass buckle

Bulk Dad Hats

Blank Dad Hats are the perfect canvas for your brand’s logo or quirky designs. And with so many wholesale dad hats to choose from, it’s easy to find the perfect fit. Often made with 100% cotton twill, some are brushed or sueded for a textured finish. Many vintage dad hats have been washed to create a weathered look. Straps usually come in self fabric but some styles like the Adams LP101 offer leather straps and brass buckles for a more polished look. More variations also available with organic cotton, two-tone colors, sandwich bills and even distressed Dad Hats!

Custom Dad Hats

Distressed Dad Hats are very popular! Shop the District DT600 Distressed Dad Hat

Custom Embroidery

Embroidering a batch of custom dadhats is easy, relatively cheap and most of all, FUN! From sarcastic quotes to your favorite food—the sky’s the limit. When it comes to pricing, you’ll generally pay per square inch of surface area. So if you don’t have a lot of money to work with, choose a design you can easily scale down or go with some simple text.

Custom Dad Hats

Unlike with screen printing, the amount of colors in your logo doesn’t necessarily affect the price! Which means you don’t have to feel held back during the designing process just to meet your budget. Go crazy and embroider that rainbow peace sign! Or pay a tribute to your Nintendo 64! Looking for a price quote on custom Dad Hats? Click here to get started!

Custom Dad Hats

Embroider almost anywhere!

 

SHOP ALL WHOLESALE DAD HATS

 

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Blank Hoodie Templates for Screen Printing

Earlier this month we gave you 6 Must-Have Blank T Shirt Templates. Now we’ve got the same easy-to-use files for zip-up and pullover Blank Hoodie Templates!

Blank Hoodie Templates American Apparel F497

Using templates to create your mock ups is great for showing what your finished products will look like. All you have to do is download the file, place your vectored designs and edit the color of the hoodie. You can even add a background to customize your presentation! Create your mock-ups using Illustrator, Photoshop or a similar editing program.

There are many benefits to taking the time to do this. Having a printout of your products in a look book or line sheet allows you to shop your designs around to wholesale buyers. You can even use these templates as a substitute for product shots or model images on your e-store! Show off your designs to customers and start bringing in orders—all before you actually print!

Vector Blank Hoodie Templates

Blank Hoodie Templates American Apparel F497

Spec’d Illustrator Template Pack

DOWNLOAD SPEC PACK (3443 downloads)

Spec Pack Details:

-Includes a free AI file for 1) classic unisex zip up hoodie spec’d to the American Apparel F497 2) classic pullover hooded sweatshirt spec’d to the American Apparel F498

-Edit file in Illustrator or save as a PDF to edit in other programs

-Change the t-shirt color & add your designs

-Ideal for look books, line sheets & catalogs

-Offers a technical view of your product

-Must Have Adobe Illustrator

Realistic Blank Hoodie Templates

Blank Hoodie Templates Independent Trading Co AFX400

Realistic PNG Pack

DOWNLOAD PNG PACK.zip (1232 downloads)

PNG Pack Details:

-Includes free front & back PNG images for1) classic zip-up hoodie Independent Trading Company AFX90UNZ 2) classic hooded pullover sweatshirt Independent Trading Company AFX400

-Edit file in various programs

-Easy to use for beginners

-Change t-shirt color, add your designs & add a background

-Ideal for product images, promotional material, look books, line sheets & catalogs

-Offers a more realistic view without specs

Blank Hoodie Templates Bella+Canvas 3939

Design Tool

If you’re looking to get a quote for screen printing but want to see your mock up before you pay, visit our Design Tool! Here you can choose your garments, upload your artwork and start designing. Feel free to toy around with colors and styles until you’ve got it right. You can even get 10% off your order when you check out through the design tool!

 

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Blank T Shirt Templates 6 Must-Haves

Blank T Shirt Templates must have vector packs!

2001 imageso, you’ve got your t-shirts ready to sell on your website but you’re missing one important thing–the product shots and mock-ups. Stop right there! Well rounded images are the number one way to sell your products online because shoppers really depend on the pictures. Cutting corners will only hurt you. Using Blank T Shirt Templates to create free mock-ups of your designs is the first step to start selling your products!

Maybe you’re waiting on the printed shirts to arrive. Maybe your screen printer drop ships to all your customers and you never actually have any tees on hand. Either way, using a t-shirt template is a great way to get a head start on selling. Simply place your vectored design onto the template and edit the t-shirt to match your colors! You can even add a custom background!

Once you’ve designed your mock-ups, put them together in a look book or line sheet to showcase your tees to potential wholesale buyers. Or post them to your website and start pulling in those orders—all before you print your first run!

Vector Blank T Shirt Templates

Blank T Shirt Templates

Spec’d Illustrator Template Pack

DOWNLOAD SPEC-PACK.zip (1563 downloads)

Spec Pack Details:

-Includes a free AI file for 1) classic men’s crewneck tee spec’d to the American Apparel 2001 2) classic women’s crewneck tee spec’d to the Next Level 3300L and 3) classic youth crewneck tee spec’d to the Gildan G500B 4) blank polo template spec’d to the Ogio OG122

-Edit file in Illustrator or save as a PDF to edit in other programs

-Change the t-shirt color & layer your designs onto the file

-Ideal for look books, line sheets & catalogs

-Offers a technical view of your product

-Must Have Adobe Illustrator

Realistic Blank T Shirt Templates

Blank T Shirt Templates Anvil 779

Realistic PNG Pack

DOWNLOAD PNG PACK.zip (1189 downloads)

PNG Pack Details:

-Includes free font & back PNG images for 1) classic men’s crewneck tee Anvil 779 2) classic women’s crewneck tee BELLA+CANVAS 6004

-Edit file in various programs

-Change t-shirt color, layer your designs & add a background

-Ideal for product images, promotional material, look books, line sheets & catalogs

-Offers a more realistic depiction without measurements

Design Tool

Create your own Blank T Shirt Templates in the Design Tool Next Level 3900

For those of you looking for a screen print price quote but want to see the mock up first, visit our Design Tool! There we’ve got dozens of styles and designs to choose from and you can even upload your own artwork to get a realistic view of how your designs will look. Spend some time toying around with your ideas, then get your price quote when you’re ready. You can even get a 10% discount for checking out through the design tool!

 

Stay tuned for our next blog–Free Blank Hoodie Templates for Starting Your Clothing Line!

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Creating Your Own Custom Printed T Shirt Labels

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When it comes to creating your own clothing line, finding the right type of tag can be a long process. Adding a personalized printed label on the inside neck of your tees is the hottest trend in retail, and luckily it’s a cheap alternative to sewn in tags, woven labels and hang tags! There are many reasons why creating your own custom printed tagless label can be the perfect option for your apparel brand. Removing the original manufacturer tags and replacing them with your own one color print design is an awesome way to really show up the competition and make your t-shirts look as professional as possible.

Why should I print my t-shirt labels instead of using sewn in woven tags?

Branding your garments will show customers that your line is the real deal, while also providing a more comfortable wear. We’ve all been there—when you’re wearing a new t-shirt for the first time, and next thing you know that itchy, scratchy tag is totally throwing off your whole day! That’s 9f44673e7247ec23f66890a8847e50a9never the impression you want to make. With a printed label, your customers won’t ever have to fussand fight. And with a bigger surface area than standard woven tags, you’ll have more freedom to really use the label as branding opportunity. Printed labels offer more room for artistic design that will have a presence on the garment—catching the eye of shoppers and leaving an impression about the identity of your brand. Custom garment labels also help to keep your t shirt line cohesive across different items, styles and colors. There’s no better way to legitimize your line and keep up with big brand names than to order your own custom screen printed labels!

What do I need to include on my garment labels?

Okay, so where do you start? The first thing you’ll want to include in your label is the legally-mandated information regarding country of origin, fabric content, care instructions and size of the blank shirts you’re using. In the US, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that this information be included on all clothing before it is sold. Because of this, the shirts that you choose will already have a tag which will need to be removed. Visit the FTC website if you’d like to learn more about these labeling requirements! When choosing your t-shirts, you’ll need to make sure that the shirts have either sewn in tags or a tear-away tag—not a printed or heat-sealed label. In order to print your label, we’ll need a clean surface!

tag resigdueHow do you remove the existing garment tags?

Removing the manufacturer tags is no problem for us—we offer this service at no additional cost! Tees that feature tear-away or “paper” tags are the best option for achieving the cleanest finish, since these were created especially for this purpose. Brands like Next Level, Delta Apparel, Anvil and Tultex offer various tees with this kind of label—making removal quick and clean.

Sewn-in tags like the kind American Apparel uses are also easy to remove—we simply snip off the tag as close to the seam as possible. Depending on the type of shirt, some tags are a little more difficult to remove entirely. Small amounts of left over material, referred to as “residue,” should be expected when looking closely, but generally shouldn’t be visible when the collar is lying flat.

How do I start designing my label?

Once we’ve got the tags removed we’re all set to print your tagless apparel labels! When designing, there are a few things to consider. In order to create the most light weight print with a barely-there feel, you’ll want to incorporate a lot of negative space into your design—meaning that you don’t want too many large, filled in spaces. Think outlines and light fonts. Remember: the 845326145_201more ink there is in your print, the more you will feel it!  Besides, you don’t want your label to distract from the rest of your shirt!

When it comes to printing dark colors onto light colored tees, it’s possible that your print may show through the back of the shirt a little bit, depending on the weight and fabric content. This is another one of those anomalies that is unfortunately unavoidable with screen printing. Generally speaking, using heavier weight tees and lighter colored ink will help to avoid this. Also, be advised that you’ll be able to feel the print a little more on darker colored shirts than you will on lighter colored shirts. This is because 2 layers of ink will be needed when printing onto dark fabric. If you have any concerns, speak with one of our representatives prior to ordering and we can go over t-shirt options!

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Next Level Apparel: The Best Bang for Your Buck

suededbannerKnown for their premium trendy blanks, Next Level Apparel is becoming more and more popular as an affordable, high-quality option for t-shirts and clothing. They continue to turn heads by providing consistent innovation and progressive designs, all in a unique and exciting color palette.

With fine ring-spun cotton making up a large portion of their product offering, quality polyester blends and the occasional splash of rayon or spandex provides for ideal color vibrancy, printability and stability. Next Level specializes in multi-dimensional fabrics, like heathered jersey, burnout, thermal, French terry, tri-blends and sueded jersey. Their 15 custom fabrics are specifically engineered to offer prime results for embellishing, as well as superior softness and stretch. t’s hard for consumers to find any areas where Next Level doesn’t beat out their competition!

One of the most popular tees is the Men’s 3600, which is perfect for anyone seeking a cheaper  alternative to American Apparel style 2001. It’s a 100% combed cotton jersey crewneck available in many unique colors, and offers almost zero shrinkage. Another note-worthy style is the Next Level 6210 unisex t-shirt. This shirt is a cotton-poly blend with a tear-away label. It has a low wholesale price and is perfect for relabeling because of it’s classic, contemporary design that pushes the standards for today’s printable tee. For ladies, their tanks are crowd favorites. The 6533 is a burnout and is one of their best sellers. Next Level’s poly/cotton burnout shirts are even printable!

YOUTH2Next Level apparel partakes in a continuing effort to revolutionize the standards of apparel manufacturing and outsourcing. All of their factories are WRAP certified (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production). The brand, and the practices that the company adheres to, are dedicated to ethical standards of conduct.

In addition to these products being child labor and sweatshop free, most Next Level garments discharge well with both water-based and discharge inks. They also provide tear-away tags and for an easily-rebranded product. Next Level acknowledges that embellishers are looking for a garment that will support and enrich the prestige of their brand. A garment that can roll with various types of dye processes. They are looking for innovative sourcing of quality yarns, and premium fabrics made of fine cotton and quality manufactured fibers.

CVCbannerThis brand continues to push boundaries and provide top-notch products at affordable pricing! Their continued growth and praise as an industry leader for fashionable blank clothing is a testament to the passion that they carry for their products, and the dedication they have to their customers.

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Introducing: DELTA APPAREL

About Delta Apparel

Established in 1903, Delta Apparel is a top quality competitor in creating blank t-shirts for normal wear and screen printing. Specializing in 100% cotton fabrics, Delta features an extensive color palette for youth and adults. Apart of their commitment to global sustainability, they also offer products that are made from recycled polyester.

We here at Blankstyle, are proud to introduce Delta Apparel into our family of products because of their great fabrics, stylish design, and dedication to quality.