Yuppies, minimalists, and safari-enthusiasts rejoice: Khaki is backi! This season’s neutral has a little something for everyone and makes the perfect accompaniment to slip dresses, athleisure, and flares… No matter your personal style, khaki has your back!
But, don’t just take our word for it, check out all these celebrities and street style stars working the trend recently:
This is the perfect time to try out your own unique version of this trend. With MyWear®, you can create your own one-of-a-kind piece that you won’t find anywhere (or on anyone) else!
Check out this MyWear® dress in a funky neon khaki design, for instance:
Day glow not your thing? These MyWear® designs make neutral look anything but boring:
And here are some other pieces currently available in the MyWearStore:
As you can see, making trends work for you and your own personal style is easy with MyWear®!
MyWear®‘s team of independent artists is growing quickly, and with it so is our lineup of products. Here’s a look at what’s new in the MyWearStore!
Spring forward with ultra-soft tanks in poppy colors and designs!
Dress up for spring in an array of silhouettes and artist-designed prints.
Far out prints in comfy cotton!
Unique, bright backpacks that are stylish, comfortable to carry, and perfect for everyday use.
Carry all your necessities in a one-of-a-kind, artist-designed tote.
This only skims the surface of MyWearStore’s vast product lineup, so head on over to see what’s new in travel bags, baseball tees, scarves, and much more! Feeling extra creative? Try designing your own clothing or accessories!
For those of you not in the loop yet, MyWear® is a new on-demand eCommerce and manufacturing platform for artists and designers that gives you the ability to launch your own line of clothing and accessories for free.
The integrated platform provides you with everything you need to start selling your own merchandise: design tools, a branded e-store, pattern generation, supply chain, production, and free shipping & delivery to over 10 countries. We’re also the only platform to move beyond the heat-pressed T-shirt, offering apparel in a variety of knits and woven fabrics and advanced silhouettes, like custom dresses, jackets, and even chinos.
Publish to make your design immediately available for purchase.
After your first sale, link your Stripe account.
You relax while we take care of manufacturing, shipping, and customer service!
Now, we’ll do a quick crash course on our 3D model:
To design on the 3D model, first, you’ll want to upload your artwork. Art can for this can be created in a number of ways including Photoshop, Microsoft Paint, Adobe Illustrator, a photograph, or a picture of something you’ve drawn/painted. We recommend uploading 300 pixel/inch resolution, so your artwork is large and high-res enough to cover your design in full.
2. Hover your mouse over the art you uploaded and select “Design your own”. This will take you to a menu of products to choose from.
3. Now, we get to the fun stuff! When your design first appears on your product, in some cases it will show as a rectangle, one that most likely doesn’t fit the entire piece. There’s an Auto Fit button which will automatically fill the entire product.
4. Or, in order to get your print to cover your product entirely, you’ll want to use the plus sign to scale the art to the whole piece. To make the print smaller, use the minus option. Use the arrows to align it further to the left or right, or higher or lower. The small center button will make your arrows move in smaller increments. If you’re planning on using more than one artwork on your piece, you can use the additional artwork tabs to do so.
5. To apply color, select the area of your product you’d like to fill and turn artwork off in the color tab, if needed. Choose the color you’d like to apply to the selected section.
6. When finished, double check to make sure art is covering the entire piece and save design in bottom right corner.
Now your design is up and available for purchase on your MyWear® store! Share your newly designed piece with family, friends, and your social media audience! When an order is placed, we’ll manufacture and ship it, and credit your dues to your account.
It still feels a little crazy to cover Pre-Fall collections at a time when the weather is just now warming up and NYFW’s Fall/Winter collections are just around the corner. I guess the excitement of fast-approaching spring hasn’t even entirely worn off for me, which is why I thought I’d take a look back at the Spring/Summer shows of this year and forward to 2016’s Pre-Fall Collections. There have been quite a few trends that are sticking around, and these are the ones we’ll focus on: Trends with the staying power to get you through the year and get the most bang for your buck! MyWear designers, take note of what customers will be looking for this year, too:
Then, Spring/Summer 2016
Now, Pre-Fall 2016
Animal prints and slip dresses are here to stay for a while, so slip into something more comfortable and, when the weather cools down again, top it off with a leopard print coat for a Kate Moss-approved ensemble.
Then, Spring/Summer 2016
Now, Pre-Fall 2016
Sherling coats, platform boots, & flared denim – The fashion industry will not stop until they’ve converted everyone from skinny jeans. Look to Gucci’s S/S & Pre-Fall 2016 collections and Pal & Joe Pre-Fall ’16 for some seriously 70s eye candy.
Then, Spring/Summer 2016
Now, Pre-Fall 2016
This one stood out as the most obvious. Perhaps it comes from the 90’s and 70’s mashup that’s proved to be so popular in fashion right now, but there were soooo many dark, lacy frocks in feminine silhouettes. Something tells me this one’s here to stay for a while, so stock up on moody, ethereal maxis with confidence.
Then, Spring/Summer 2016
Now, Pre-Fall 2016
Shoulders continue to inspire designers in 2016. Be it puffy, pointy, boxy, or embellished, this is another trend that’s not going anywhere in 2016.
Then, Spring/Summer 2016
Now, Pre-Fall 2016
This classic never really goes out of style, but in 2016 designers appear to be especially fond of them.
As you can see, there’s a lot of overlap and a little something for everyone in 2016. So, stay true to your own style and feel inspired by these designs, not constricted! Ultimately, designing and wearing things that you love are more important than following a trend that most likely won’t be around in two years.
Custom bridesmaids dresses continue to gain popularity, but they’re missing something in my opinion… true customizability! There are many brands that offer a few different silhouettes in limited choices of fabric or color, but, aside from that, there’s only so far you can go. Trying to find a style that all of your bridesmaids will agree on is exhausting. And trying to find the exact shade to match your accent color, or print to coordinate with the groomsmen’s ties, is down right overwhelming. Add in the staggering task of finding something that’s offered in a variety of sizes and you have a huge headache and are quickly charting Bridezilla anxiety levels.
I too experienced this during my wedding. One of my Bridesmaids didn’t really agree on a dress and when they all finally did agree, it wasn’t available in the right sizes. This is after months of trying to find a shade of “peach” that wasn’t actually orange or hot pink (apparently, the color peach is surprisingly subjective). Ultimately, I chose to have my bridesmaids wear different tones of peach and coral in different styles and fabric, although my preference at the time would have been different shades in the same dress style and fabric. Ultimately, it just wasn’t an option at the time.
I regret nothing, but for brides facing the daunting task of finding the perfect bridesmaid dresses, might I point you in the direction of MyWear®!
In just a few minutes I made four bridesmaid dresses, same silhouette and fabric, different shades of peach and coral, all available in custom sizing for every body type. Wow, this would have saved me time during wedding planning!
Or, for those of you who want to match the dresses to the exact color of your bouquet, or just really love a specific shade, we got you covered too! MyWear can make dresses in a variety of silhouettes and fabrics in any color of the rainbow you desire.
It also doesn’t hurt that these dresses are half the price of a standard bridesmaid gown. MyWear® is a great solution for all you brides trying to find the right dress for each person in your bridal party. Breath easy and get to the fun stuff (cake tasting!) with MyWear®.
It’s no surprise that Lupita Lyong stunned at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild on Sunday. The floor length Elie Saab gown was just the right amount romantic, moody, and modern… a sure fire way to land on everyone’s best dressed list for the evening.
I fell in love with this print and knew immediately that I wanted to make an affordable MyWear version. But, upon some internet investigation, found the real kicker: Lupita loved it so much, she wore the same print in the fit’ n flare version to an after party!
In a day and age when After Party means “costume change!” and an opportunity to wear a second showstopper, arriving in the same exact print takes real dedication.
Lupita’s loyalty to this Ellie Saab Pre-Fall 2015 stunner tells me that this style is going to be EVERYWHERE. I had already predicted we’d be seeing moody, romantic pieces and stripes this next year, but having a fashion icon like Lupita confirm it x2 makes me want to scream, “I told you so!!!” from the hilltops (<yeah, I have some issues to work through).
I created a soft, almost pixilated-looking floral print in Photoshop and then added black stripes. Voilà; Lupita’s look for less… or rather looks!
You can use MyWear® to recreate lots of celebrity looks for a tiny fraction of the cost. Or, you can unleash your creativity and create the pieces you’d like to wear on the red carpet. As always, tweet us your designs at @LunchMyWear!
Spring is just around the corner and, if you’re anything like me, you’re busy lobbying and bribing all the groundhogs out there with bark and apples in the hope we can get this show on the road! Late January seems to set off an internal alarm in most of us that says we’ve officially had it with winter and are ready to embrace warm weather… and the fun, poppy fashion that goes along with it! When I came across this stunner Nicole Richie wore on a red carpet I knew I needed it in my life. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate spring than with a combination of delicate blossoms and bright, sporty stripes.
I’m currently writing this on my phone, somewhere between Taichung and Taoyaun. I tagged along on my husband’s business trip to Taiwan this week, and as I ride the high speed rail back to the airport, and on the way back to my home in Oregon, I can’t help but feel nostalgic already.
Taiwan was beautiful, with vivid tastes and sounds, and a culture rich in tradition. It would be difficult to communicate the feelings that come about when stepping into one of the striking temples filled with ornate statues and the scent of incense. Similarly hard to capture is the sensation of walking up the steps of an old Taiwanese mansion and feeling the warm breeze as you hold a railing that’s been touched by countless people before you, dating back to before the industrial revolution.
I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to showcase just how personal you can make a LaunchMyWear piece. Not only are you given the opportunity to personalize your fabric or customize your size, you’re able to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece from experiences, just as you want to remember them.
As I mentioned, I was really taken with the temples and an old mansion we visited Lu Kang. The architectural details and fabrics were so beautiful, and so different than anything I see regularly in the States. I would point at a gorgeous hand-carved wood plank or embroidered sash and exclaim to my husband, “If we were independently wealthy, I’d want to do this in our house!” or “I WISH they still made fabric like that!”.
Then, I realized: I work for the best custom clothing company ever. What am I doing? I can make a dress inspired by my trip… I can even make a shirt using the actual photos from Taiwan! So, that is exactly what I did! Using a process similarly to the one here, I was able to take the photos of stunning, priceless antiques and artifacts and turn them into the perfect custom pieces to remember my trip by!
First, I created a print using the flowers featured on one of the goddess’ robes in the temple. I updated it with a clean background.
For my second design, I used the tiles from the mansion to create a trim and extended the holes in the tiles upwards to create polka dots.
And there you have it! Two distinctly personal tank tops from my trip… without the hassle of stuffing souvenirs in my luggage, made possible with LaunchMyWear!
In this week’s MyWear® How-To, I’ll walk you through creating your own tribal print. To do this, you’ll need Photoshop and a little creativity. Easy peasy!
Start by using the rectangular marquee tool, located on your tool bar to your left, to create a couple of lines. Fill them in with the desired color using the paint bucket, also located in your tool bar.
Use the polygonal Lasso Tool to begin shaping out an angular design. To do this click corners and the polygonal lasso will connect them with lines. You’ll be using this tool a lot for this particular design, so I recommend playing around with it for a few moments to get a good feel for it.
Once you’ve created a shape, fill it in with the desired color.
Add an additional color, if desired.
Create more space for expanding your design by lengthening the canvas size. To do this, go to “Image” on the Menu Bar, then “Canvas Size”, and shift the anchor to one side. Enter a larger number in the Width box.
To repeat a design, use the rectangular marquee tool to select area you’d like to repeat. Copy and paste (Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V) and use cursor arrows to move the desired spot.
Continue creating a design using your Polygonal Lasso Tool and filling it with the Paint Bucket tool, adding additional colors as you go.
From here, it is really just a matter of creating, copying, and pasting, and adding to your design.
Here’s my final pattern:
From here, you can either save and upload to LaunchMyWear or you can add texture. To do this, Go to “Filter” on your Menu Bar and dropdown to select “Oil Paint”. Move around the dials and up the “shine” until you achieve desired effect.
Now you’ve created a one-of-a-kind tribal print ready to be uploaded to LaunchMyWear and turned into an awesome piece of clothing or accessory. Have fun and remember to tweet your designs to @LaunchMyWear.
This is the first installment of a weekly-running tutorial on different ways you can create art for your LaunchMyWear collection. In this one, we’ll explore how to make a print from a photograph!
Today’s tutorial will require Photoshop. Adobe Illustrator is also used for an additional step, but not necessary. Some basic knowledge of Photoshop would come in handy, but fear not if you’re a beginner. There are lots of free resources out there.
Because life if absurd and I’m obsessed with my pets, Andre and Shanté, they will be the source of my pattern today!
1. Open desired photo in Photoshop. Click on the quick selection tool, located to the left in your toolbar, and select the area you want to feature in your print. You can use the magic wand or lasso to select the area, as well.
2. Create a second blank document in Photoshop.
3. Copy and paste the selected area (ctrl-c, ctrl-v) and use the cursor to drag the layer to its own new Photoshop document.
4. Use the clone stamp tool or eraser to soften edges. To select the area you want to clone, hold down the alt key while clicking on desired area. Then, click again where you want to apply the cloned selection. If you’re new to this feature, take a few minutes to play around with it. It’s incredibly intuitive once you get the hang of it, but requires a little getting used to. In this case, I’m selecting the white background and applying it to the edges of Andre’s fur, to soften the appearance.
5. If you want a cartoon-y effect, I recommend turning up the saturation, which will help keep the photo from getting washed out during the process of making it look more illustrated later in AI. To add saturation, go to “Image” on your menu bar, then “Adjustments” in the dropdown. There, you’ll see an option for “Hue/Saturation”. Turn the saturation dial up and press ok. You can also turn up the exposure under “adjustments”, which I have done here.
6. To create the cartoon-y effect mentioned above, save your saturated document and open in Adobe Illustrator. Go to “Object” in the top menu bar and select “Artboards”, followed by “Fit to Artwork Bounds”, which will be necessary for saving/exporting the file later on. From here, you can click on your image and an “Image Trace” box should appear. Use this to change the preset to 16 colors.
You can also use the pen tool, located on your toolbar to the left, to trace your photo and create an outline.
7. Return to Photoshop after exporting your art from Adobe Illustrator (don’t forget to check the “Use Artboards” box when exporting!) . From here, create a background color with the paint bucket tool.
8. Enlarge your canvas size and copy and paste your photo repeatedly until you begin to create a print. Here, I added Shanté to the mix in the same way that I did with Andre earlier.
9. Keep going until you develop the desired size and look.
10. There you have it! After re-sizing to 20MB or less and saving, your artwork is ready to be uploaded to LaunchMyWear. You can also size it into a square and use the tile option when uploading to LaunchMyWear.com Your print is now on its way to being turned into an incredible one-of-a-kind item. You’re not going to find this scarf anywhere else, that’s for sure!
Have fun! And, as always, tweet you designs or questions @LaunchMyWear.