As you’ve probably heard, our bread and butter here at BELLA+CANVAS are super soft and lightweight garments that are a dream to print on. But with that said, we are very aware that there’s a market out there looking for heavier weight tees. We have two styles in particular that are great for this part of the industry – our Men’s Long Body Urban Tee (style 3006) and our recently launched Men’s Heavyweight Street Tee (style 3010) in the Fast Fashion collection. In this post, we’ll break down details of both styles, as well as discuss streetwear apparel artwork trends and the best printing technique to pair pair with those designs.
Streetwear Apparel Garment Styles
Our Long Body Tee features side seams, a longer body and a rounded drop-tail bottom hem. It’s both in line with the streetwear fashion trends, but it’s also a unique, statement-making basic garment. We launched this style a couple of years ago and the response has been pretty amazing. It comes in both our premium 100% combed and ring-spun cotton as well as Heather CVC fabrication.
We were really excited to add our Heavyweight Street Tee to our Fast Fashion collection. As the name implies, this tee weighs in at 5.7 oz. It’s still constructed with our 100% combed and ring-spun cotton, so it has the softness and high quality printing you’d expect from any BELLA+CANVAS product, just with that heavier feel. Details of the tee include dropped shoulders and a more relaxed silhouette. And, in addition to our white, dark grey and black colors, this fashion-forward T-shirt also comes in a soft pink that fits right into the streetwear trend.
Streetwear Apparel Design Trends
We teamed up with YouTuber and designer Charley Pangus to have him create two designs that represent what’s trending in the streetwear apparel industry. His key feedback was that streetwear art is raw and anything goes. His two designs incorporated photography and bold-faced fonts. He processed the images in such a way that gave them a gritty, realistic vibe. You can learn more about the designs in our video with Charley below.
Streetwear Apparel Printing Style
In the video below, we also worked with our friends at Deluxe Screen Printing. While they often like to pair water based inks with BELLA+CANVAS garments, since it keeps that light integrity on our soft tees, there’s another trend happening in the streetwear industry. The heavier weight tees are the perfect candidate for pairing with plastisol ink. The plastisol ink gives a little more depth and complements that thicker feel. It’s also a great ink to use with photography images, since it hold detail so well, especially when doing halftone prints. Plastisol is also a much more user-friendly ink, since it doesn’t dry up and it’s really cost-effective ink to choose for your garments, especially if you’re doing a one or two-color print.