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How to combine T-shirts for an effortless elegance


tshirt with blazerPair it with a new jacket or accessory

This one is an old trick, but there is a reason why people still recommend it — it works. It will give life to your old garments and it is also a great way to dress up or dress down an outfit without much effort. This is also a fun way to define your personal style and customize a garment that may otherwise look like something everyone else owns.

Don’t be afraid of textures

Imagine a room where every piece of furniture is made out of the same material. Literally, the same material. Not a nice image, now is it? It might work for a Stanley Kubrick movie, but in a real life situation it would probably be better to mix it up. The same thing goes for outfits.

Embrace colors

Combining colors can be a nightmare of Anna Wintour proportions, but there’s no need to panic. Follow this simple rule and everything will go smoother. Divide colors into two categories: Base or neutral colors and bold rainbow tones.

  • Base or neutral colors are black, greys, browns, shades of beige, white and blue.
  • Bold or rainbow colors are, to put it simply, all of the tones that didn’t make it into the first category. They might not suit everyone’s style or taste.

‘The best colour in the world is the one that looks good on you.’

t-shirtColor Theory

Complementary colors don’t tend to go well together because they vibrate, while analogous colors create harmonious palettes. You could learn the theory, but luckily you don’t have to, nowadays we have tools like Adobe Color which were really created for designers, but can be used by mere mortals to figure out different combinations that work. It’s really easy to use and if you don’t want to create your own, you can always check out the ones created by other users.

Look for Inspiration

Sometimes it looks like the black hole that will lead you into the underworld of crafts, recipes and kittens, but with the right keywords, ‘outfit ideas’ for example, you may find a couple of helpful tips. You can also try consulting websites like Who What Wear and explore.

Final words

If you ever find yourself stressed over the whole thing, just remember that fashion is supposed to be fun! Don’t take it too seriously.


About Erik Mickelson

Erik Mickelson is the author of Northwest Custom Apparel's blogs. Erik has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 1996 after graduating from Washington State University and is the founder of the Apparel Graphic Academy. Trained by the custom graphic apparel industry's best, Mark Venit, Erik brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Embroidery Adventure blog. As they say, 'Experience is the best teacher.' We are proud to have Erik as part of our team!

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