Depending on where you live, you’re probably preparing for some pretty cold weather. Here in Michigan, the leaves are almost done changing and there’s a familiar chill in the air. With a change in seasons comes a shift in your apparel decorating business. It’s not too late to stock up and start decorating blank apparel and accessories that’ll keep your customers feeling warm and looking stylish.
We’ve put together some of our favorite blanks that are trending right now. Using your existing equipment, some of our most popular HTV, and a little creativity, you can create retail-inspired looks your customers will love.
Defeat cold weather with this quilted and insulted CornerStone® Duck Cloth Work Jacket. The outer shell is made from 100% cotton duck cloth, making decorating a breeze. From traditional left chest placements, to full back or pockets, there’s plenty of opportunities for customization.
Zip-up hoodies are one of the most popular types of sweaters for men, women, and even children. They’re so versatile and offer plenty of blank space perfect for small to large designs. Check out this bestseller, the BELLA+CANVAS ® Unisex Sponge Fleece Full-Zip Hoodie. Go beyond traditional placements and add a design to the hood where it lays flat against the back, or along the bottom rib-knit hem.
When decorating around pockets, seams, or zippers, you’ll want to make sure you have the right accessories. Make sure to purchase Heat Press Pads or Heat Press Pillows to elevate your printing area for accurate adhesion.
If you’ve recently changed to a “work from home” setting, or your kids are attending school virtually, chances are casual pants have become a staple in your wardrobe. These Sport-Tek® Youth Tricot Track Joggers have a tapered fit, featured an elastic waistband, and are 100% polyester. They’re the perfect throw-on garment for playing outside, gaming, learning, and lounging.
There’s plenty of blank space to decorate, but the most traditional placements would be vertical down the leg or on the front of the pants by the pocket. For the easiest way to decorate pant legs, invest in our Hotronix® Sleeve/Leg Platen.
Expert’s Material Pick: CAD-CUT® UltraWeed™ HTV is the go-to material for everyday projects and the easiest to weed.
Vests are always a great layering piece and this is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. This Port Authority ® Ladies Collective Insulated Vest features a 100% poly shell and plenty of space for unique decorating ideas. Get creative with placements to maximize your profit opportunity and set yourself apart from the competition.
It’s important take proper precautions when decorating heat-sensitive fabrics. Choose a material that applies at a lower temperature to reduce the risk of scorching.
To top off your cold weather look, grab a classic Sport-Tek ® Stripe Pom Pom Beanie. This fan favorite comes in a variety of colors to match sports teams, schools, and more!
The large, folded band is the perfect decorating location. To isolate your print location and get the perfect application every time, we recommend using a Hotronix® 4″ x 4″ Quick Change Platen.
Expert’s Material Pick: CAD-CUT® Flock II HTV
These are just a few wardrobe staples you can be offering to your customers. Go beyond the traditional T-shirt and sell a variety of blank apparel and accessories.
To see how easy it is to heat apply these and many other items, register for Kelly’s free webinar on November 23, Bundle Up with Our Cold Weather Blank Apparel.