T-Shirt Design Trends for 2021

tshirt design trends

When you think of the world of high fashion, you rarely think of t-shirts. It would not seem that something as simple as a t-shirt would have a trend. However, in reality, there are fashion shows for t-shirts and sportswear just like there are for ball gowns and business suits. If you are in the T-shirt sales business, it is a good idea to keep yourself apprised of the latest trends.

A Return to Basics

Very simple t-shirt designs will make a return in the year 2021. One-liners such as the famed, “I’m With Stupid” tee of the 1970s are likely to make a return. Long platitudes that one has to spend a long time reading may be on their way out. If you are determined to make an inspirational shirt, you may want to use a single word such as believe, trust, hope, or love. This gives the wearer the feeling that they are making everyone’s day a little better. 

Farwell to 2020

2020 has been one of the most unpopular years in history. It began with the death of a beloved athlete and ended with 1.8 million people dying from COVID-19, Millions unemployed, and many families not knowing where their next meal was coming from. 

Americans are an optimistic bunch and many of our countrymen believe the year 2021 will be better. A vaccine put the first strain of the Coronavirus has been created and it is slowly but surely being distributed to people.

T-shirts that express disdain for 2020 and a sanguine outlook for the year to come should be big sellers. T-shirts showing 20/20 as a dumpster fire, or with a Yelp rating of 1 star are some of the most popular designs this year. If want to start an online t-shirt business. You can get started here with a 20/20 themed shirt. 

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60s Pop Art

If you have noticed that the lettering on the t-shirts you design online is always just a little bit off, you may want to try a pop-art design. The style features circles and squares with misaligned lettering. It is easy to design and it catches people’s eyes because it is hard to read. It is also called off register. 

Wordless Pop Culture References

Sometimes an image says more than you could ever express with a clever line or a profound saying. The celebrities of today have become our new archetypes. Ironic images of celebrities are trending these days. Popular designs include an Image of Kanye West kissing himself and one of Alice in Wonderland wearing multiple tattoos. Yet another, features Marylyn Monroe brandishing machine guns.

Political Statements

Expressing one’s political outrage on a t-shirt will never go out of style. 2020 has been a year that has seen a great deal of controversy. Whether you are a conservative or a liberal you should be able to think of a sentiment that will resonate with like-minded people. 

If you come up with a funny idea for a shirt, you really can’t go wrong. There are t-shirt companies that let you design and sell your own shirt. The garments are printed and shipped out on-demand, that way you can try your fabulous design with no risk whatsoever.

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