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Back to School Trends for 2018

Posted By Kate Degen

After a fun and relaxing summer, kick off the school year in style! What’s in this year? Comfort, function, and premium brands. We’ve got tri-blend and jersey t-shirts, pack-and-go jackets, must-have totes, and favorites from Nike, Under Armour, and Champion—all perfect for creating an extra special look for your teaching staff, club, or team.

Once you find the perfect swag, we make it easy to customize in our design lab. There’s all kinds of exciting new designs from emojis to class year art. We’ve also added to our font lineup so you can pick the perfect distressed or hand lettering font for your class slogan, funny saying, or team name. There’s plenty of design templates for inspiration, and we even have mascot clipart to help you show your school pride! Check out some of our favorite trend pieces for this year:

Tri-Blend T-shirts

Why not “tri” out tri-blend? This combination of cotton, polyester, and rayon creates a luxurious and soft tee that you’ll want to live in. If super soft is your style, we’d recommend our new Threadfast Tri‑blend T‑shirt, which comes in seven vintage heather colors. For a sportier look, take a look at the Next Level Tri‑Blend Baseball Raglan. With 17 color combos to choose from, it’s easy to find a look for your team or fall tournament!

Super Soft Cotton Shirts

Gone are the days of breaking in a t-shirt to make it extra cozy. Now, it can be your favorite soft t-shirt right away! There’s lots of great cotton styles but we love the Hanes ComfortWash 100% Cotton Long Sleeve T‑shirt. Made with 100% American grown ringspun cotton (USA!) and a vintage look, you’ll feel like you’ve owned this t-shirt for years. Or you can go with a classic jersey tee like the Anvil Jersey T-shirt— made from pre-shrunk combed ringspun cotton jersey for a soft feel. It comes in just about every color under the rainbow and is perfect for small groups with no minimum needed.

Ringer T-shirts

Add some character to your look with ringer t-shirts! The contrasted colors will make your style pop, and it’s also perfect for your sports team or fan group. Our Bella + Canvas Ringer T-shirt comes in fun colors and is extra soft thanks to the ringspun cotton fabric. Or check out our Augusta Ringer T-shirt for any group size or budget. This lightweight tee comes in 22 color combinations and won’t break the bank!

Tie-Dye Shirts

If you really want to stand out at school, make a splash with custom tie-dye t-shirts—no getting dye all over yourself required. Gear up for your school spirit event or pride club in the Port & Company Tie‑Dye Long Sleeve T‑shirt. It comes in a bunch of awesome colors and, if we might add, would go perfectly with our Tie-Dye Drawstring Bag!

Pack-N-Go Anorak Jackets

Move over, varsity jacket, there’s a new kid in town! Your whole group will love the Charles River Pack‑N‑Go Hooded Packable Anorak. This wind & water resistant classic design has a front pocket and folds up so easily, too. It’s perfect for those fall days that start off chilly but warm up by the time school lets out. Liven up your Anorak look with the Charles River Classic Striped Hooded Packable Anorak. With a colorful stripe to add character (we love the navy and orange!), it’s perfect to show off your personal style on the go.

Pigment-Dyed Premium Totes

Sure, finding the perfect back to school backpack is important, but don’t forget about a tote! Totes are perfect for carrying your lunch, art supplies, or practice gear. Our teacher friends will love the extra long handles and large size of our Medium Midweight Pigment Dyed Canvas Tote. We love the nautical colors this canvas bag comes in—check out that crimson red!—how great your logo or school seal will look on the side? If you just can’t seem to give up a backpack, no sweat! This pigment-dyed style comes in a trendy Midweight Pigment Dyed Canvas Drawstring Bag, too!


Branded clothing is in again this fall, and we’ve got plenty of it. We have our existing classic pieces from brands like Nike and Under Armour, and we’ve added some new styles that’ll crush it in homeroom. Ladies in particular should get excited about our new Nike Ladies 100% Cotton T-shirt, which comes with a flattering scoop neck, and our new GAP Ladies Vintage Wash Crewneck Tee. Also new and perfect for fall is the Under Armour Tech Quarter Zip Shirt for men and ladies. These zip ups are sure to elevate your teaching staff’s style or excite your fall sports team.

Kate wants her work to impact the little but important moments in people’s lives—like birthdays, anniversaries, and family celebrations. She loves coming up with witty copy that might inspire someone to create an awesome t-shirt!

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