I love spring

Have you noticed the migrating birds have returned from their winter vacays down south? That’s when I know old man winter has left. None of this Wiarton Willie stuff for me, thanks. Show me Canada geese, red-winged blackbirds and tree swallows the real harbingers of spring, then I’ll believe that spring has really sprung… And it has in my neck of the woods.. They’re all back! Woo-hoo!

In honour of spring and to inspire you and help you change your headspace from stuffy long sleeves and layers to fun spring and summer freshness and coolness, here are some t-shirt designs that fit the bill – for the whole family.

To create custom t-shirts for kids, simply choose either Gildan 200B Kids Ultra Cotton or Hanes 5450 Tagless T-Shirt models. Both come in great colours, perfect for the wee-folks in your life!

Classic I heart spring

Classic I heart spring

Funky Flowers

Funky Flowers

Little Penguin

Little Penguin

Botanical

Botanical

Scarab = Rebirth

Scarab = Rebirth

Kiwi Monkey

Kiwi Monkey

Board and birds

Board and birds

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Bold graphics are back this spring

I still remember that Choose Life t-shirt George Michael wore in the video for Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. The size of the lettering on that t-shirt really set the tone for what the 80s were. Bright and loud! Well… bold graphics with a retro flair are back this spring. I’d even go so far as to say oversized t-shirts are back-ish (but please don’t start wearing your boyfriend’s t-shirts again… This is a BAD trend. Ladies: shoulder stitches have to line up with your shoulders otherwise you’ll look dumpy).

Retro vibe

Pair a bold graphic t-shirt from Wordans.com like the ones below (or, as always, use your own design) with black leggings, strappy wedges and a jacket for a super chic and simple spring outfit.

Wordans.com: Bold colours

Wordans.com: Star

Wordans.com: Luck

Wordans.com: Luck

Wordans.com: Tree

Wordans.com: Heart

Wordans.com: Heart

Source: ElleCanada.com

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Key wardrobe staple for spring 2010 fashion: The trench!

One of the key pieces seen all over the runways for Spring 2010 is the trench coat. Seen here paired with a pale graphic t, coordinated pants, aviator sunglasses and contrasting scarf tied around the neck. The classic wardrobe piece is back, but with an updated look.

Spring 2010 trends



Make this look your own with:

Alexandre McQueen tribute t

Alexandre McQueen tribute t


Soia & Kyo Spring 2010 trenches


D&G aviator sunglasses


Handmade silk scarf


William Rast snow white stretch 'Savoy' flare jeans

William Rast snow white stretch 'Savoy' flare jeans



What is your spring 2010 must-have piece for your wardrobe?

Source: ElleCanada.com

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Be authentic while supporting a cause that's near and dear to your heart

I support a lot of causes that reflect my own beliefs and personal values. I really love the idea of demonstrating my support by wearing a t-shirt where portions of the proceeds goes to that specific cause in question… But admittedly, I often don’t end up buying anything (therefore don’t make a donation) either because:

  • I don’t like the cut of the t-shirt
  • I can’t stand the design
  • I’m not entirely convinced of the percentage that’s actually given to the specific cause
  • The organization offers a ton of stuff, but no t-shirts
  • My size isn’t available
  • Or simply, everyone already has one (can I have my individuality please?)


On top of things, it’s been a little over two years now where I try to only purchase things that are made in Canada and as we all know, more often than not, t-shirts are foreign-made…

The few times where I did cave in, yes I felt great because I made a donation to a great cause, but I was disappointed because yet again, I found myself with a piece of clothing that I won’t ever wear. Has this ever happened to you?

Here’s a concrete example: The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Being a huge sports fan, encouraging the development of athletes, either on a junior or elite level is important to you. Unfortunately Hbc never revealed publicly how much exactly they were donating per t-shirt-sold to the athletes (and even if you did know, would it be enough for you anyway?) So what do you do?



Another example: Following the tragic earthquake in Haiti, you wanted to demonstrate you solidarity with this devastated country by supporting an organization who will help rebuild the country.  You find one non-profit group that does good work, but it doesn’t sell any t-shirts. You find a second NGO but the designs are quite boring, so you find a third group but they don’t have your size at the moment you are ready to purchase. What do you do?



How do you reconcile ethics and morals with your own artistic tastes, all the while maintaining your own identity? On the one hand, we want to support a cause and not cheat. And on the other, we want to stand out too but not at whatever cost… It complicates things a little, no?

But then I realized it doesn’t have to be complicated. I even found a very simple solution: Choose your cause, create your own t-shirt (or personalize an existing design) and then make a donation to the cause of your choice. Your contribution will be greater than that other group who donates “partial proceeds to…”. It really is as simple as that! This way, you have total control over what you wear, the brand of the t-shirt you are using, the country where it was made, the price you paid of it and how much your gesture actually contributes to the cause. You can even offer the t-shirts to your friends whilst doing your own fundraising campaign. Not bad, huh?

Here’s some great places for you to start, to find your cause:


You only have to do a couple of Google searches to find organizations and associations who are pretty much dependant on the public’s generosity. Go! Stay authentic and do some good – all at the same time. It is possible.

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No. I'm right!

I’m a sucker for clever advertising and I think that the Scotiabank “I’m Right” commercial is great! I think every man and woman in Canada can relate to the triumph and elation the guy in the ad felt when told by a third party, in front of his spouse, that he’s right. Not his wife. He is. So funny. Very effective marketing.

The design is increasing in popularity on Wordans.com. And the funny thing is, I’d say about as many men are getting one as women. Go battle of the sexes!

I'm Right - for ladies

I could just picture my boyfriend wearing one under another t-shirt one day and reveiling that “he’s right”… on one of those very rare times where he is actually right ;)

I'm Right - for men

Take advantage of the Saint Patrick’s Day sale to get 15% off your “I’m Right” t-shirt. Just enter the promotion code Irish when you check out.

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