T-shirts and designer t-shirts come in a wide array of different colours, styles and designs. But sometimes when you go shopping you have a specific look in mind and you might not be able to find a t-shirt that matches what you’re looking for. There is a solution to this problem, you can customise a t-shirt.
The first thing to do is to find a t-shirt to customise. This could be a t-shirt which you already own and feel needs a new lease of life or a t-shirt you have bought specifically as a customisation project.
Although you are likely to have an idea of what you want to achieve in mind, it’s best to produce a plan before you start, after all this is what top designers do when producing designer t-shirts. This can be a simple drawing of what elements you want to incorporate into your t-shirt and where certain elements should go. You don’t have to be good at art or be an illustrator to produce this – a simple sketch will suffice.
There are a number of different ways you can customise your t-shirt. The first is through fabric paint. You can use fabric paint to add slogans, patterns or pictures of your choice to the t-shirt. These are available in a wide range of colours from simple black through to vibrant colours or more subtle shades depending on your preference. They can be used straight out of the tube or can be mixed to create a unique colour. It’s best to use a paint brush when applying fabric paint as it will allow a more even covering. Once painted, it can be set by either putting in through the wash or ironing it depending on the instructions on the paint.
There are a number of embellishments which can be added to your t-shirt:
· Ribbons can add a twee, feminine look to your t-shirt and can be used in stripes along the seams, around the hem and neckline or tied into bows.
· Feathers can add a chic boho style to your t-shirt. Haberdashery stores sell a variety of different coloured features and using contrasting colours can often give a unique look to your t-shirt.
· Sequins can be used to add sparkle to any t-shirt. Again they come in a variety of different colours depending on your choice. For longevity, sequins should be sewn onto the t-shirt to reduce the chance of them falling off.
· Glitter can also provide added sparkle and will need to be glued onto your t-shirt. However glitter will not last very long and will probably be lost during the washing process.
· Buttons can be added to your t-shirt even though they won’t fasten anything. Using oversized buttons will give a retro feel to the t-shirt.
· Studs can make a customised t-shirt look like a designer t-shirt. These can be bought from haberdashery stores and will need to be glued onto your t-shirt.
· Chains can be used to give a modern look to your t-shirt. You can choose thin or thick chains for completely different looks and these will need to be sewn onto the t-shirt.
Customising a t-shirt can be very time consuming and difficult if you’re not creative or imaginative. There are a number of designer brands who are renowned for producing embellished t-shirts and among them are Duck and Cover t shirts from the brand duck and cover clothing who may just have the look you’re hoping to achieve.
Buying a fantastic looking pair of designer jeans is all well and good but to create the ideal outfit, the skill is in the accessories you choose in to finish it off. Accessories are often thought of as a feminine item but accessories can be incorporated into menswear through the use of bracelet bands, belts and watches. This article give you hints and tips in which accessories to choose to pull your designer jean look together.
If you’ve bought a pair of embellished jeans, such as those in the range from Duck and Cover jeans, you’ll want to wear minimal accessories, if any at all. Embellished denim jeans are styled to draw the eye to the detailing. It is therefore not necessary to wear any accessories at all. However if you want to wear accessories, choose ones that complement the embellishments. For example if your denim jeans feature stud detailing in a copper look, choose accessories in the same copper colour such as copper studs on a simple black leather bracelet band. This will help to create a comprehensive look. The ideal choice of belt to team with embellished jeans is a simple leather one in either brown or black depending on the rest of your look, with a small buckle. It’s best to avoid having any embellishments on your belt or buckle when wearing embellished jeans.
If you have opted for a slim fitting drainpipe style of designer jeans, they will be slimming so you need to choose slim, low profile accessories to go with them. When choosing a belt, opt for a much thinner one that you would normally, up to half the belt loop size. This will add to the overall slim appearance. If wearing a watch, look for a small face and thin wrist strap to tie the look together.
When wearing flared jeans, you can get away with much larger accessories as these will balance the look of the jeans. When choosing a belt, look for a wide profile with an oversized buckle to balance the wide legs of your designer jeans. You can also wear a watch with a wider strap and large dial. Often flared denim jeans are quite simple in their style so depending on what other fashion garments you are wearing with them, you may be able to team with vivid, bold blocks of colour for your accessories. In today’s fashion arena, accessories in bright oranges and turquoises are very popular to jazz up an outfit.
Straight leg jeans typically look great teamed with anything but if you’re trying to achieve a sporty look, look for an elastic belt in a multi-coloured or patterned look. For example horizontal stripes are very in trend at the moment so teaming a pair of straight legged jeans with a belt incorporating colours from the rest of your outfit will certainly bring the look together. For a 1980s vibe, wear with a matching wrist band for a truly relaxed look.
Don’t you find it really irritating when you see someone wearing an amazing pair of jeans, when you never seem to find a pair that truly suit your style? Well the key to looking fantastic in jeans is to choose the correct styling for your body shape and age.
The first thing to look at is the cut of the waist. In today’s designer denim industry, there are three main options: standard waist, high waist and hipster. The standard waist is quite straightforward, and is typical of the styling you would find on designer denim items such as Duck and Cover jeans. These generally have a waistband that ends just below the navel. High waist jeans tend to have a waistband that finishes just above the navel. The hipster style of designer denim jeans however, have a waistband that ends well below the navel and on the hips, hence the name.
In order to choose the best style of waist for your body type, you need to consider your height. Generally high leg denim jeans make your legs look longer so are ideal for shorter people. To carry off the designer denim hipster style of jeans, you have to be well proportioned and of a slim build as often, flesh can be seen above the jeans and before your t-shirt or jumper starts. Standard leg jeans however, look good on any body shape so are a must for any wardrobe.
The next style aspect you have to consider when choosing designer denim jeans is the cut of the legs. There are a number of different options. One leg option that is currently in trend is the drainpipe leg. This style of jeans are very tight fitting and cling to the contours of the body. They tend to finish abruptly at the ankle but look great on those with slim figures. The ‘skinny fit’ is very similar in styling to the drainpipe leg.
The boot cut jean, such as those in the duck and cover jeans collection, is designed to loosely follow the contours of the legs but flares out slightly towards the bottom enabling them to be worn over ankle boots. This is a fairly modern style. Another style of leg on designer denim jeans are flares. These were extremely popular in the 70s and have made a fashion comeback in recent years. They tend to flare out from the knee.
The leg style again depends on your body shape with slimmer people being able to carry off skinny fit and drainpipe jeans better than heavier builds. Flares tend to look good on those with tall frames whilst boot cut styling looks good on virtually anyone.