Why Choose Organic Cotton Clothing?

“Organic” is not just a flippant product label that means “healthy.” It’s actually a very specific label that means the product has been grown without the aid of pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals. In the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and other countries, products must meet specific national requirements in order to be labelled as “organic.” Why choose organically-grown cotton for your clothing? There are plenty of great reasons.

One of the primary benefits of organic cotton clothing is that it is gentler and safer for your skin due to the lack of pesticide residue. If you have sensitive skin, organic cotton can provide immense relief from itchy, rash-producing fabrics, including many non-organic types of cotton. Soft, clean cotton fabrics are also far less likely to trigger allergic reactions during handling and wearing. Chemical-free cotton is very popular for baby clothes and blankets because of its gentle texture.

Of course, choosing organic cotton also promotes more environmentally friendly production practises worldwide. In 2003, more than 55 million pounds of pesticides were sprayed on cotton crops across the globe – not to mention the use of insecticides and fertilizers. When you make the conscious decision to purchase apparel made from organic cotton, you’re financially supporting farmers and producers who do not fill their land with chemicals.

All organically-raised crops – cotton or otherwise – are subject to the natural processes of the land. This means that pests will take their share of the crop, but it also means that the soil does not become polluted with harsh chemicals. In fact, natural strains of cotton have a tough time standing up to repeated chemical use, which is why non-organic farmers usually use genetically modified strains. GMO plants can change the environment of the soil, which often causes production companies to develop more and more altered strains of seed.

If you want soft, gentle, totally natural fabric used for your clothing, then organic cotton is for you! Think of the healthy soils the cotton will leave behind as your own personal donation to the cause.

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Top Colours and Materials to Wear This Summer

Colour blocking is big this season, but which shades should you wear? You might also be curious about which types of fabrics you should put on to stay in fashion. Of course, you can always opt for your favourite colours and materials no matter what kind of outfit you end up wearing. But if you can’t make up your mind and really want to be on trend this year, the following colours and materials are the best ones to wear.

Red, White and Blue Are in This Season

You don’t have to wear all three colours at once. In fact, you probably shouldn’t unless you want to end up looking like an American flag. Plus, it’s encouraged to wear one shade from head to toe this year. Just pick the one that most flatters you. The men on the runways this season are rocking white suits, while the women are pairing white slip dresses with tailored jackets in the same colour. Of course, white T-shirts are classics and look good with just about anything.

If you prefer to wear blue, you really can’t go wrong with any of the many shades. Royal blue happens to be a favourite this summer, but cobalt and azure are also popular. If red is more your thing, you have just as many options. One of the most well-liked colors is cherry red–but you should choose something based on what looks good with your skin tone and the rest of your clothing. For example, if you have beige, caramel or brown skin, a shade of red with hints of orange in it should work well. If you are fair skinned, choose a cool red with a hint of plum instead.

Frills, Pleats and Sheer Fabric Are Recommended Choices for Summer

The material your clothing is made of is just about as important as the colour it incorporates. This summer, for instance, sheer fabrics are in, which is great news when you need to cool off. Both men and women have been seen wearing sheer clothing. Wearing a sheer jacket over a T-shirt or tank top is a good place to start, as is tossing a sheer dress or coverup over a bathing suit on holiday.

When you need to choose a skirt or dress that will please the fashion police, go with frills or pleats. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to find such materials when browsing apparel in most of the shops this summer. If you want to be really trendy, choose a shirt dress that has pleats or frills, maybe with a belt around the waist, since this look is in lately. Pair it with sporty sneakers for an even more fashionable result. Of course, men can take advantage of this fashion trend, too, since pleated trousers and shirts are easy to find.

If you’re not really comfortable wearing any of these colours or materials, but you want to look stylish, you can always let your accessories represent the trends. For example, if red is not exactly your best colour, just add a red scarf or bag to your outfit. The same advice applies if you’re not brave enough to step out in sheer clothing this summer.

You can get a look at a wide variety of clothing that’s in fashion now by checking out our clothing catalogue, so start shopping today!

 References:

 http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/05/30/mens-fashion-2014_n_5419564.html

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/7/47/103447/Life–Style/Style/Six-fashion-staples-dominating-the-summer–catwalk.aspx

http://www.mydaily.co.uk/2014/06/10/shop-all-white-summer-2014s-biggest-fashion-trend/

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Back-to-School Basics to Buy the Kids

As the summer comes to an end and the fall season begins, you might be thinking about doing some back-to-school shopping for the kids. If you are on a tight budget, you will need to just pick up the basics for now. Get an idea of what kind of apparel you should buy before your kids return to school for the year.

T-Shirts

This is among the most common type of apparel parents buy. That’s because kids t-shirts have so many uses. The plain kind can be perfect for layering, and since they are inexpensive, they make great play clothes. You can choose between thin single jersey t-shirts and heavier double layer options, depending on the weather and the purpose of the shirt.

You can stick to plain white t-shirts or choose a few different colours for the clothing your kids will wear. Of course, you can also take advantage of the popularity of graphic design for t-shirts and get some fashionable prints your child will love. For instance, you can get his or her favourite cartoon character printed on a shirt, or have his or her name embroidered onto it. Your options for customising t-shirts are pretty much endless.

Sportswear

Whether your kids are part of a sport after school or just have an exercise class, they will need clothing that is comfortable for them to move around in. For example, look for shirts made of polyester, spandex or similar materials with fabric that wicks away moisture. When it’s cold out, you should browse shops for long-sleeved shirts that can easily fit underneath larger t-shirts and jerseys.

Track pants are perfect for outdoor activities, since they are easy to move in and are even considered windproof. Any shorts you buy your kids for sports should have an elastic waistband with a drawcord tucked inside, along with mesh inserts. As you shop for sports apparel, look for extra features that are nice, like pockets or reflective materials.

Outerwear

Of course, part of your job as a parent is making sure your child has the right clothes for the weather so he or she can stay warm and dry. Luckily, there are plenty of types of apparel that can help with this task without sacrificing fashion. For those windy, rainy days, make sure you buy at least one windproof, waterproof jacket. You can even buy matching trousers made of the same material if you’d like. Hoodies are perfect for when the weather doesn’t call for rain, but it might still be cold. When it’s going to be very cold out, a cozy fleece jacket should suffice. Don’t forget to buy matching hats, earmuffs and scarves when the weather calls for such warm apparel.

You can buy all of these outerwear clothing options plain and in basic colours, or you can choose to get them customised for your child. The latter is best if he or she will likely be using the clothing for a few years and does not want to lose it at school, since having his or her name or favourite characters on the apparel can keep it from getting mixed up with the other kids’ outerwear.

If you are ready to start shopping for clothes for your child, check out our extensive Childrens wear section today!

References:

http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=1296

http://www.familytime.com/showarticle.aspx?articleid=294

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Tricks for Getting Great Promotional T-Shirts

Whether you need to order dozens of t-shirts for promotional giveaways or just want a few that feature your business name and logo, you’ll want quality. There is no point in giving away t-shirts that do not look good or fit right, since no one will end up wearing them. That’s why you should pay attention to these pointers on getting the perfect promotional t-shirts made.

Consider the Brand

When it comes to t-shirts, brand is just as important as with any other type of clothing. Of course, you might not pay much attention to the brand of shirts you just wear around the house. Maybe they all feel the same to you. However, if you do happen to have a favourite t-shirt, take note of the brand.

It might be Fruit of the Loom, Gildan, Continental, or some other major manufacturer of t-shirts. If so, it should be easy to get promotional apparel made in the brand of your choice. If you are still not sure which brand you like best, head to your local clothing shop and try on t-shirts made by a few of the more popular companies. Then order the brand of shirt that feels most comfortable.

Decide on the Material

Another way to pick a shirt you and other people will love to wear is to focus on finding material that is comfortable but still durable. You should first know the difference between the main options. Heavyweight t-shirts are known for lasting a long time, but they are not exactly form fitting. They also might be warmer than lightweight t-shirts since the material is a little heavier. By contrast, lightweight t-shirts can keep people a little cooler due to the thinner material, but they are not as durable as thicker shirts.

Of course, there are other options aside from these main materials. For example, fashionable t-shirts tend to be even softer and more form fitting than lightweight shirts, while organic clothing is available for those interested in environmentally-friendly apparel. The choice is yours, so just consider what kind of material you and other people would want to wear when it comes to promotional clothing.

Once you have some idea of the brand and material you want, it’s time to order the number of custom printed t-shirts you need for promotional purposes!

References:

http://toddshelton.com/blog/t-shirts/t-shirt-weight

http://www.wikihow.com/Choose-the-Right-Promotional-T-Shirt

http://www.pistoncloud.com/2013/06/create-a-legendary-promotional-shirt/

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3 Ways to Wear Hoodies

Hoodies are known for being super comfortable and casual. But with this type of clothing, you don’t just have to throw it on, pair it with sweat pants, and hope no one pays much attention to your “just rolled out of bed” look. Instead, you can actually stay in style without having to get rid of your collection of hoodies. Here’s how.

Wear It with Lots of Layers

Hoodies are perfect for layering, especially on days when you don’t know how cold or warm it’s going to get. So wear whatever you feel like wearing for the day, and then top it all off with a hoodie. Just make sure the hoodie you choose is made with thin material that’s not too thick so you don’t look bulky…unless that’s the look you’re going for!

Dress It Up

Hoodies don’t have to be strictly casual. You can add a little pizzazz and even a sense of fashion to this type of clothing by accessorising it. For example, you should wear some jewelry, a nice scarf, or dressy shoes if you want to look a little classy while still wearing your beloved hoodie. The result is the perfect look for a night out when it’s too cold to wear the typical dressy apparel.

Zip It Up or Zip It Down

Before you put together a whole outfit with your hoodie, try out a few different looks. In particular, check out how your hoodie looks with the zipper up compared to when the zipper is down. You might find that when you keep your hoodie unzipped, it contrasts with whatever shirt you are wearing, depending on how busy the graphic design on it is. In that case, zipping it up might be your best bet. On the other hand, you might discover that the clothes you are wearing under the hoodie complement it well, which means you should leave it unzipped. Just take a look in the mirror or ask your friends what they think if you’re not sure.

Want to customise one or more hoodies? Contact us to get a quote for the custom clothing you want!

References:

http://sovainmagazine.com/2013/09/27/4-ways-to-wear-a-hoodie-for-guys/

http://www.collegefashion.net/trends/3-stylish-ways-to-wear-your-hoodies-and-zip-ups/

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/currency/2013/12/the-power-of-the-hoodie-wearing-ceo.html

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Fashion Trends for Summer 2014

When you want to look your best but are not sure what to wear, it makes sense to turn to the fashion experts for clothing advice. And as usual, that advice changes from one season to another! If you’re having trouble keeping up with what’s cool when it comes to summer fashion, check out this list of what the fashionistas predict.

Bold Colours

This is pretty typical of summer fashion trends, but just in case you didn’t know, bold and bright colours are fashionable once again. Some of the most popular shades include lime green, bright yellow, and fuchsia, but you can just choose the colours that most stand out to you personally. No matter what you pick, it’s sure to be back in style next summer, too!

Colour Blocking

If you’re never sure which colours complement each other, make it easy and just stick to the same shade. Apparently, wearing one colour from head to toe is stylish this year! The best news is that the colour you pick doesn’t really matter – as long as it’s bold! – so you can feel free to choose your favourite shade and wear it with confidence.

Graphic Prints

If you like graphic design, you will be glad to know it’s in style this year. Of course, graphic prints have never really gone out of style per se, but they are now even cooler to wear. And if you can’t find a design you want to wear, you can get your own printed t-shirt made and get bonus points for originality when it comes to your sense of fashion.

Floral Prints

This summer, you can’t go wrong with floral prints for your clothing. This applies to men and women, and it’s certainly not limited to a particular flower. So pick your favourite bloom and find some clothing that can do it some justice, whether you plan on wearing a floral print t-shirt, dress, or pants!

When you browse our clothing catalogue, you will see a lot of these fashion trends, so feel free to take a look if you are in the mood to shop!

References:

http://www.mydaily.co.uk/2014/05/13/flattering-fashion-trends-summer-2014/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/experience/weekend/lifestyle/2014/04/11/10-best-summer-fashion-trends/7594963/

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/greater_houston/entertainment/kohl-s-summer-fashion-home-trend-report/article_29534873-2e97-59cf-8111-3e2239450028.html

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When To Get Custom Embroidery for Your Clothing

If you need some type of graphic design added to clothing, you might be wondering whether you need to request screen printing services or would be better off with embroidery. Though screen printing is incredibly popular and certainly has its advantages when it comes to customising t-shirts, embroidery is sometimes a better option. These are a few instances in which embroidery might be beneficial for you.

When You Need Durable Customised Clothing

Clothing that is embroidered with graphic design tends to last a long time. That’s because the embroidered image is known for looking nice and practically brand new for years, making it appear more expensive than it actually is. Plus, embroidery is considered great for heavier materials, such as polo shirts, workwear, and hoodies. So if you want an image added to clothing other than t-shirts, embroidery might be the way to go.

When You Need Lots of Colours

If your graphic design involves lots of colours, embroidery may be a better idea than other methods of customising clothing. For example, with screen printing, applying lots of colours can cost extra because of the work involved with setting up the equipment. But with embroidery, you won’t pay extra for having several shades in your graphic design. This is good to keep in mind the next time you need a colourful image printed on clothing!

When You Don’t Need a Large Design or Small Text

When it comes to graphic design and embroidery, small designs tend to be best. It can be difficult and time consuming to embroider large designs into clothing, so you might want to stick to screen printing or other methods in that case. In addition, it can be hard for a needle and thread to maneuver well enough to produce small text, so large text is preferred when you get clothing embroidered. Finally, take note that some designs might need to be altered a bit because shading does not always show up well with thread.

If you have a design in mind and think embroidery might work for you, please request a quote for embroidery. If you are not sure which method would be best for your customised clothing order, we can help you make the right decision based on your needs.

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The Benefits of Screen Printing T-Shirts

When it comes to customised apparel, screen printing is among the most popular methods to use. In fact, even when you simply buy a t-shirt with a cool design at a shop, you can bet that screen printing was the technique used to get the desired effect. If you are thinking about ordering some t-shirts with an interesting graphic design, you should get to know the benefits of this method of customising clothing.

It’s Fast

If you need a lot of t-shirts — or even hats, jackets, bags, and other apparel — to be printed with a graphic design, screen printing is a good technique to use. This is because it often only takes one to two weeks to get the job done, even when you need hundreds of clothing items printed with the design you have in mind. Of course, you should still put in the order as soon as possible to ensure you get your printed items when you need them, but unlike some printing methods, you won’t have to wait long for the order to be completed.

It’s Affordable

When you need dozens of t-shirts with a particular graphic design printed on them, screen printing is among the most affordable options. And the more t-shirts you need printed, the less you will pay per shirt. This is because the screens and ink only need to be prepared once, and that’s a large part of what you’re paying for when you need t-shirts customised. In particular, if you need 50 or more t-shirts, screen printing is very cost effective.

It’s High Quality

When you get t-shirts or other clothing printed using this process, you get clear results. Whether you choose light or dark coloured t-shirts, and no matter what kind of graphic design you decide on, you can rest assured the image will be well-defined and the colours vibrant. Plus, the results of the screen printing process are known for being durable, which means the image won’t fade away with the first wash.

So if you need t-shirt printing services and are thinking about the screen printing process, contact us for a quote!

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Summer 2014 is soon approaching….

With the warm weather comes outdoor events & festivals.

Here at Indigo we’re preparing for a busy summer assisting our clients with their merchandising & garment requirements for a variety of important summer events. Not just t-shirts but a whole range of on trend options!

Here are some bright ideas for your next event this summer or for your street team.

College Hoodies

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Classic Totes

An essential for any event, tote bags come in a variety of sizes, colours and weights. With or without a gusset, we can find the right tote bag for you. Whether it be premium cotton, canvas or non-woven polypropylene, we can assist you to find the right tote bag for your budget & needs.

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Sun Care Kits

Promotional sun care kits, made in Britain, includes a protecting 50ml F25 Sun lotion, a soothing 50ml Aloe Vera after Sun lotion & moisturising 50ml hand & body lotion. All of which can be digitally

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Are you launching your own clothing label?

Your own brand

At Indigo Clothing, we often receive customer enquiries from individuals, bands and companies who are launching their own T-Shirt or clothing brands. This can range from enquiring about a small capsule collection of 50/100 garments to an extensive clothing brand with 1000s of garments being printed each month.

We are happy to support any start-up labels, big or small, and have a friendly customer service team who can lead you in the right direction. Our most popular print method for sampling and lower volume requirements is DTG or Direct to Garment Printing; this is an ideal option as unlike screen printing there are no set up costs which can be expensive for smaller print runs requiring detailed artwork designs.

DTG involves a large printer, similar to an inkjet desktop printer that allows us to print large photographic images on white or light coloured garments. This means that we are not limited to spot colours and can print gradients and an array of colours. There are no minimums for DTG printing and the quality of the print is all based on the resolution of the artwork. The higher the resolution, the better the print!

As with any new venture, you may wish to see a one off sample & mock-up of your design which we can arrange for you. We also have a variety of personalisation options for new clothing labels to add that extra touch, including relabeling & poly bagging. If you prefer pantone matched screen printing, our minimums for all colours of garments and screen print start as low as 20 units per design and our maximums are 100,000+ pcs.

With such an extensive range of trade suppliers, we can source trendy t-shirts, vest tops, hoodies or any other garment required. We can then re-label (minimum order qtys apply for this service) as your own and print with your designs. If this is of interest to you why not get in touch with our team for more advice and pricing.

Call by May 30th 2014 for our May / June special prices on orders of 100pcs + printed garments.
Indigo Clothing Ltd: Tel: 0207 3756470 / e-mail [email protected]

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