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Custom Ink’s Top Products and Trends of 2023

It’s already 2023, and as we continue to adapt to a changing world, we’re also adapting to changing trends and new custom products! The world is starting to feel more settled into its “new normal,” and we’ve got what you need to look stylish and feel comfortable through it all. From trending styles like “workleisure” and sustainability to quilted pullovers and bucket hats, our experts put together the top trends and products for 2023!    

Top Trend of the Year: “Workleisure”

Many of us began working from home in 2020, which changed nearly every aspect of how we work and that includes how we dress. It’s tempting to work in your sweats all day (not that we can judge), and it can feel strange to wear, say, a full pantsuit or even just a suit jacket when you’re at home. But sometimes you might still need to go to the office. Fortunately, we now have “workleisure” to help us look great both while working from home and at the office. Rest assured, we have some ideas for how to work some leisure into your workday.   

Keep it Classic: Custom Hoodies

The OGIO Grit Full Zip Fleece Jacket has a unique and rugged texture, embossed lining, and understated details. Any design or logo will look elevated on this custom jacket.

Custom hoodies are an excellent addition to any work-from-home outfit. They’re such a versatile style, and they’re sure to keep you cozy from winter to spring and beyond. Check out American Giant USA-Made Hoodies and the OGIO Grit Full Zip Fleece Jacket. Add your custom logo design, and you’ll have something to treat your whole group!  

Work it Out: Under Armour Command Performance Quarter Zip Sweatshirt 

This gray and white Under Armour Command Performance Quarter Zip Sweatshirt is an excellent choice for custom activewear. It looks professional while wicking away moisture, making it easy to wear at the office or the gym.

These Under Armour sweatshirts are another great transitional style that you can take from the home office to the gym and anywhere in between! They’re also wind- and water-resistant, making them even more versatile. 

Top it Off: Roots Beanies

The Roots Park Trail Pom Pom Beanie is super cozy and looks great with any cold-weather outfit, especially in this dark red / quarry color.

Custom hats and beanies make for an easy way to stay warm and promote your brand. Choose from the classic knit beanie that looks fantastic with custom embroidery or the pom-pom beanie for a whiff of whimsy!  

Pack it Up: Osprey Backpacks

The Osprey Daylite Plus 15" Computer Backpack in Black will take your team anywhere—from the office to the gym, on a day hike, and beyond!

Custom backpacks are a necessity for a hybrid workstyle. Working from the office and home can be a breeze with the right gear to hold all of your essentials, and our selection of Osprey backpacks have 20L capacity and a 15” laptop pocket. 

Top Style Picks 

Keep your crew comfortable and stylish in 2023 with these products and brands! 

Color of the Year: Magenta

Magenta is the Color of the Year in 2023! Feel confident that you're on-trend with this Bella + Canvas Women's Jersey T-shirt in Heather Magenta.

The fiery, vibrant, and empowering tone of magenta is projected to be the trendiest color of 2023. We carry an array of custom products that come in this eye-catching color to keep your group on-trend and on-brand. Check out tote bags, t-shirts, pens, keychains, and even can coolers

T-shirt of the Year: Hanes Perfect-T Tri-Blend Short Sleeve T-shirt

Our T-shirt of the Year is the Hanes Perfect-T Tri-Blend Short Sleeve T-shirt, pictured here in Pale Violet Heather.

Our selection for T-shirt of the Year comes in a variety of colors and is made with soft tri-blend material. It’s available in both women’s and unisex styles and is made with UV protection, so your crew will be ready for wherever the day takes you!  

Softest T-shirt: Alternative Apparel Modal Tri-Blend T-shirts

Our Softest T-shirt of the Year is the Alternative Apparel Modal Tri-Blend T-shirt, pictured here in Heritage Royal. The modal material of this custom t-shirt is super comfy and eco-friendly!

The softest t-shirt of the year is also eco-friendly. Made from soft modal, USA-grown cotton, and recycled polyester, the Alternative Apparel Modal Tri-Blend T-shirt is a great fit for any group or gathering. 

Sweatshirt of the Year: Carhartt Midweight Hoodies

The Carhartt Midweight Zip-Hoodie is a surefire way to stay in style in 2023.

Carhartt is known for its durability and premium quality while also making people look good, which is why it’s Sweatshirt of the Year. We offer many styles of Carhartt sweatshirts, including pullover hoodies and zip hoodies, and custom embroidery in addition to screen printing. Carhartt is an especially popular pick for custom uniforms and custom workwear. 

Brand of the Year: Nike

Custom hats from premium brands like the Nike Swoosh Legacy Performance Hat in white have that WOW factor.

Nike is a brand that consistently offers high quality and many styles to round out your wardrobe. Nike is also a great choice for your group’s “workleisure” attire, and you can’t go wrong with gifting your team with custom Nike gear with your logo. Check out the Nike Dri-FIT Micro Pique Performance Polo 2.0, Nike Swoosh Legacy Performance Hat, and Nike Club Fleece Pullover Hoodie.

Breakout Brand of the Year: TravisMathew

The TravisMathew Oceanside Solid Performance Polo in Blue Nights is iconic and beach-inspired.

TravisMathew apparel may be a favorite among golfers, but this stylish brand will have you looking great no matter the occasion. Adding your company logo or custom design to products like TravisMathew Oceanside Solid Performance Polos, TravisMathew Hats, and TravisMathew Newport Fleece Jackets. Everyone in your group will look great whether on the course or at the office.  

Breakout Products of the Year

Bucket and Booney Hats

The Sportsman Bio-Washed Bucket Hat in Red is both nostalgic and comfortable!

Bucket hats have made a strong comeback in 2022, and there’s no sign of them going away any time soon! Keep your crew looking trendy all year in the Sportsman Bio-Washed Bucket Hat or The Game Ultralight Booney Hat. Add your custom design using embroidery for a polished look.  

Bluetooth and Wireless

The morphie Qi Certified 10W Wireless Charging Pad will keep your employees powered up wherever they are!

We’re expanding our product offerings every day, and bluetooth and wireless products are becoming one of our most popular. Screen printing isn’t limited to only t-shirts! Custom bluetooth and wireless products, like the mophie Qi Certified 10W Wireless Charging Pad and the Woven Fabric Bluetooth Speaker, are also items your group can always use. Skullcandy Jib True Wireless Earbuds would be a great gift for remote employees as well. 

Staff Picks

Inkers love custom apparel, so we had to share our favorites for the upcoming year! 

Paragon Activewear Collection 

Paragon Barbados UPF 50 Long Sleeve Performance Shirt in this ombre Aqua Blue/Light Lime color is sure to protect and impress!

Paragon Activewear offers excellent price points with added benefits like UPF 50, moisture-wicking material as well as ombre and camo options. The long sleeve options are great picks for transitioning between seasons and the performance polos give a polished, professional look.   

Thor Insulated Drinkware Collection

This 22 oz. Thor Copper Vacuum Insulated Tumbler in White can keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours or hot for 6 hours.

The Thor Insulated Drinkware Collection boasts five-star product ratings, high-quality materials at a wallet-friendly price, and even eco-friendly options. These water bottles and tumblers look great with custom laser engraving for an elevated and sleek look.  

Quilted Pullover Perfection

The Marine Layer Women's Corbet Quilted Snap Pullover in Heather Grey/Charcoal provides super soft comfort all day long.

Pullovers with a quilted look are trending and for good reason. They’re a great layer for transitioning between seasons while also looking trendy and smart-looking. Two of our high-quality brands offer products in this style: Marine Layer and Stormtech. Your custom design on these hoodies and sweatshirts could be something new and different for the whole team! 

Best Bags

Custom backpacks and totes are excellent choices for spreading brand awareness because they’re practical, and people take them everywhere. Check out our favorites. 

Conference Totes

A gray Essential Zip Convention Tote Bag filled with essential items.

Add your custom logo design to these totes for your next conference. The Recycled Cotton Convention Tote Bag is a wonderful eco-friendly option not only because it’s made from recycled cotton but also because a purchase of these totes also donates 1% to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet. The Essential Zip Convention Tote Bag will hold all of your belongings at the conference and every day hereafter! The size of this tote allows for a larger design, so your logo is sure to be seen. 


The North Face Fall Line Backpack will be great for new employees working at home or the office or on site.

Adding a custom design to backpacks is a subtle but powerful way to show off your brands, causes, and events. The Timbuk2 Backpack Collection is an excellent choice for those seeking a sustainable brand since many of them are made from recycled materials. Timbuk2 also offers an array of features like spacious laptop pockets up to 17”, a water-repellant finish, ventilated back panel, and reflective tape. It’s easy to find the one for you!     

The North Face Fall Line Backpack is another fantastic pick for switching from the home to the office or the gym and, with a 28L capacity, will hold everything you need. More features include a reflective bike-light loop, internal organization, and a padded tablet sleeve. Premium quality for your premium employees, clients, and more! 

Top Sustainable Products

Sustainability continues to trend year after year, and 2023 is no exception. Fortunately, Custom Ink has a wide range of products that will meet the needs of every group and occasion. 


A powder blue MiiR Laser Engraved 12 oz. Vacuum Insulated Camper Mug with clear lid.

The Miir Collection is both stylish and functional. MiiR products have a sleek look and a high-quality feel, and the MiiR Thermo 3D™ Double Wall Vacuum Insulation Technology keeps drinks cold or hot without sweating or being hot to the touch. For those with teams and clients who like to give back, every MiiR product sold helps fund projects and nonprofit organizations whose work empowers communities while benefiting the health of their natural environments. Try laser engraving to take this drinkware to the next level! 

The Klean Kanteen Collection is another fantastic brand for the eco-friendly consumer. Klean Kanteen assesses environmental risks across the entire business and invests in sustainability interests of local and global communities. Choose from custom water bottles and tumblers

Outer Layers

The Econscious Organic/Recycled Hoodie in Charcoal is a great gift.

Sustainable layers from the Spyder Touring Eco Collection offer both coziness and peace of mind. These custom jackets and vests are made with recycled materials while being a warm but lightweight option. More excellent sustainable options are Econscious Organic/Recycled Hoodies. These custom hoodies offer the unique benefit of being made from both organic cotton and recycled polyester, so you can have the best of both worlds.


The RocketBook Core Director Spiral Notebook Set features synthetic paper, which allows you to write with the included pen and then magically wipe it clean after you've uploaded your notes to cloud using their RocketBook app.

The RocketBook Notebook Collection is great for those who still love to write in a notebook but hate to waste paper. The RocketBook Core Director Spiral Notebook Set contains synthetic, white-lined, college-ruled paper that allows you to write smoothly with the included Pilot Frixion pen, then magically wipe clean with a damp cloth to reuse again. All of the RocketBook notebooks are reusable and can be used with the RocketBook app to back up your notes for easy storing and sharing. RocketBook notebooks make excellent gifts for new hires and can be a pleasant surprise for your team on Employee Appreciation Day.  


The Adidas 100% Recycled Quarter Zip Performance Shirt in Powder Red Heather/Carbon is made from 100% recycled polyester—meaning you can feel good about your environmental impact.

Adidas stepped up their sustainability game by pledging to use recycled polyester wherever possible by 2024, so they’re a fantastic eco-friendly choice in 2023. We’re happy to offer Adidas 100% Recycled Quarter Zips for superior quality and sustainability. 

Sport-Tek also offers excellent sustainable performance wear with their Sport-Tek Re-Compete Recycled Performance Shirt. Made from moisture-wicking and odor-fighting 100% recycled polyester, this custom shirt will have you looking and feeling great.


With so many great custom products to choose from, we’re looking forward to all that 2023 has to offer! What will you and your group be wearing this year?

Stephanie Self loves to tell stories and expose new perspectives through writing. When she's not typing on a laptop or buried in a book, she loves watching horror movies and pro wrestling, playing video games, and snuggling with her cat, CleoCatra. Lest you should think she never sees the light of day, she also spends time practicing hot yoga, hiking, and traveling.

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