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S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 1 12 Consideration: "As far as decorating a pigment-dyed gar- ment, the best rule to keep in mind is to make the print match the look of the fabric. This can be achieved with water-based ink or a based-out plastisol ink," says Peters. Rib knit: Knit fabric made up of rows of knitted loops, which look like vertical lines. This knit has a considerable stretch to it while also retaining its shape. Fun Fact: It's most commonly used on the collars, cuffs, and trims of garments. Ring-spun cotton: Cotton that is created by twisting and spinning fibers of yarn around a spindle, which outputs a finer, tighter, and longer length yarn compared to carded or combed. Slub: A slub T-shirt is one made from slub yarn, which is twisted and spun irregularly to create lumps in the yarn. These irregularities in the thread create an enhanced knitted fabric and can give the appearance of a burnout T. Tri-blend: Tri-blend Ts are ones that feature a combination of three different materials. An example would be 50/37/13 poly/ cotton/rayon. The mixtures result in texture, stretch, and softness that varies depending on the ratio of materials. Yarn-dyed: A process where the yarns of the T-shirt are dyed ahead of the knitting process. Fun Fact: "This helps to create different effects on the com- pleted garment such as stripes or heather effects," says Davis. T-Shirt Odds & Ends Tubular: A seamless T-shirt construction where the fabric forms a complete circle without any side seams. How to style a graphic T Here are three simple styling rules to pair the perfectly printed graphic T with the right ensemble. Tuck it: "The iconic T-shirt has been ele- vated to fashion status. It is being styled with a tailored suit or blazer and worn to the office as often as it is worn casually with jeans or shorts," says Vicki Ostrom, SanMar. Whether you go for either the full or partial French tuck, dress it up with a blazer, trousers, or even a patterned skirt, or dress it down with a pair of jeans or a denim jacket. Accessorize it: The graphic T is the "new standard in American fashion," according to Milissa Clark, Lane Seven Apparel. "Take it from day to night by pairing it with the right accessories to "kick up the look." Don't limit it: No matter if it's the office, brunch, or a business meeting, a graphic T can have its place in any scenario. "Depending on the graphic used, there's no limit on the styling. It's a personal choice," says Summer Scott-Samuel, Gildan. Graphic T-shirts can be worn both casually and formally. (Image courtesy Gildan) The pigment-dye process is often used on 100% cotton Ts and results in a vintage look. (Image courtesy US Blanks)

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