Get The Vintage Look & Feel

That warm, fuzzy feeling triggered by nostalgic apparel just never gets old! Seeing your favorite childhood cartoon, action hero, musical act or even retro-styled graphics reminiscent of the gone but not forgotten times of your past always manages to light your eyes up. For me, there’s just something about the fashion of the 80s and 90s that is just timeless.

It’s an added bonus when vintage is actually done right. Just looking vintage isn’t enough when it comes to apparel. Both the look and feel have to be authentic. We’ve taken a ride back to the future for the best apparel blanks and printing methods for achieving fresh prints worthy of a throne in Bel Air, and have your brand new products looking like they’re straight out of a time capsule.

Recommended Blanks

Keeper Vintage Jersey Crew T-Shirt

Alternative Apparel’s Keeper Vintage Jersey Crew T-Shirt is a butter-soft 50/50 cotton and polyester blend tee that you’ll never get tired of wearing. The smoothness of this blank makes it perfect for achieving that broken-in vintage feel in your tees.

Details

  • 50% Cotton, 50% Polyester
  • 4.4-ounce
  • Bound Collar & stitching on sleeve and hem
  • Tear-away tag
  • Sizes XS-3XL

Available in a range of 15 colors. Opt for the lighter varieties like maize or southern orange for Camp Anawanna vibes or go with one of the heather options like vintage coal or vintage navy as an ode to Bayside High.

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Eco-Jersey Football T-Shirt

The Eco-Jersey Football T-Shirt from Alternative Apparel is one of the few sports jersey style blanks on the market. The fabric quality and stitching details on this tee give it a premium feel, making it a step above your average athletic wear.

Details

  • 50% Polyester, 38% Cotton, 12% Rayon Eco-Jersey
  • 4.4 oz
  • Contrast Sleeve Striping
  • Athletic Inspired Center Front & Back Seam
  • Sizes XS-3XL

Available in 7 colors. Some of which let you relive the 1980 NFC Championship in all its glory.

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Ringer Crew T-Shirt

Alstyle Apparel’s ringer t-shirt looks and feels just like that souvenir t-shirt you’ve still got tucked in the back of your closet from your epic family road trip of ’95 that you promised yourself you’d pass down to your kid one day. Medium weight and durable, with solid ringer collar and cuffs.

Details

  • 100% cotton jersey
  • 6 oz
  • Contrasting set-on rib collar and sleeve cuffs with double-needle stitching
  • Double needle bottom hem
  • Sizes S-3XL

Available in 7 colors. Almost every t-shirt graphic designed between 1970 and 1990 is available on a white and red ringer tee. You just can’t go wrong with that color combo.

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Printing Methods

Water Based Ink + Discharge Print

Characteristics

Water-based inks produce graphic prints with a soft-to-the-hand feel. They work best on lightly colored blanks and give you that infused with the fabric look that is common in vintage t-shirts. Water-based inks are ideal for light-weight t-shirt blanks, as heavier, plastisol inks tend to really weigh these down.

When printing with water based ink on dark colors, printing is achieved by applying chemical agents on the garment and adding heat for a chemical reaction. The result is a bleached, natural color brought out of the garment by wiping out all color in the areas applied, and filling them with inks.

Best With

Alternative Vintage Tee, Alternative Football Tee

Direct to Garment Print

Characteristics

Direct to garment (or DTG) printing is flexible in more ways than one, as you can produce as little as a single piece at a time or go big with a bulk order. On top of that, the print result you get varies based on your t-shirt blank color, so there are tons of possibilities in the finished product you can achieve.

DTG is one of the best printing methods when it comes to anything photographic or highly colorful too– that means your glorious gradients and sepia toned photo graphics will look their best. Combined with clever design, it also works great for the cracked and peeled look of the truly vintage t-shirt you’ve had for decades.

Best With

Alternative Football Tee

Glitter Ink / Foil

Characteristics

Get that funkadelic 70’s look with a glitter printing effect. Glitter printing adds some sparkle to plastisol inks to give your design a sheen worthy of a disco dance floor spotlight. Combine with other printing effects for a subtle enhancement, or make your graphics pop in full glitter.

Best With

Alstyle Ringer Crew Tee

Taking It Way Back

Give your next collection a touch of vintage flair with these recommended blanks and printing methods and make your childhood self proud. Capture the essence of the good ol’ days, strike up nostalgic conversation with peers, and give your customers the warm and fuzzy feeling of reliving some of the most exciting decades in history.