Trending in 2016: Neutrals

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:

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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:

neon khaki dress

Day glow not your thing? These MyWear® designs make neutral look anything but boring:

neutral 2016 trend

And here are some other pieces currently available in the MyWearStore:

khaki custom clothingAs you can see, making trends work for you and your own personal style is easy with MyWear®!

This Just In: MyWearStore Spring Arrivals

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!

Tanks

Spring forward with ultra-soft tanks in poppy colors and designs!

spring graphic tanks
Artist-designed tank tops in Bright Playful, Block Party, Decalcomaniac , & Rio Copacabana

Dresses

Dress up for spring in an array of silhouettes and artist-designed prints.

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Dresses in Neon Khaki, Unicorn Blues, Fun and Fuchsia, & Aquaplex

Men’s Tees

Far out prints in comfy cotton!

 

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Men’s T-shirts in Bowie, Laser Lights, Bogomil Variation 7, & Clouds

Backpacks

Unique, bright backpacks that are stylish, comfortable to carry, and perfect for everyday use.

design your own backpack
Backpacks in Abstract Mirror, Beautiful Abstract, A Splash of Color, & Rio de Janeiro Wave

Totes

Carry all your necessities in a one-of-a-kind, artist-designed tote.

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Totes in Second To None, Coeur, The Heart Knows, & Traditional MotifFeeling extra creative? Design your own

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!

MyWear® 101: Create Clothing & Accessories On-Demand

MYWEAR CUSTOM MADE design your own clothing custom clothing site

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.

So, how do you get started?

  1. Register for your free account at LaunchMyWear.com
  2. Create and customize your own branded e-storefront: (your brand name).mywearstore.com
  3. Upload your art and design products without restrictions on MyWear®’s 3D model.
  4. Publish to make your design immediately available for purchase.
  5. After your first sale, link your Stripe account.
  6. You relax while we take care of manufacturing, shipping, and customer service!

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Now, we’ll do a quick crash course on our 3D model:

  1. 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.

how to use mywear upload art on mywear

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.

mywear products fit n flare dress product selection

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.

design your own dress custom size dress design your own clothes

myear artwork tab4. 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.

launchmywear color tab5. 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.

site to design your own clothes, design your own clothing online

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.

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Happy designing!

2016 Fashion Trends That Will Take You from Spring to Fall

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:

90s

Then, Spring/Summer 2016

90s 2016 trend
From left to right: Rag & Bone, Isabel Marant, Marques Almeida, Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein

Now, Pre-Fall 2016

90s style 2016 fashion trends pre-fall 2016
From left to right: Maison Margiela, Rochas, Stella McCartney, Christian Dior, Alexander Wang

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.

70s

Then, Spring/Summer 2016

70s trend in 2016
From left to right: Rebecca Minkoff, Rodarte, Coach, Gucci, Mara Hoffman

Now, Pre-Fall 2016

70s style 2016 fashion trends, pre-fall 2016
Veronique Branquinho, Sonia Rykiel, Burberry, Valentino, Pal & Joe

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.

Dark Romance

Then, Spring/Summer 2016

Dark Romance 2016 Trend updated
From left to right: Gucci, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Erdem, Rodarte, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

Now, Pre-Fall 2016

Dark romance 2016 trends, 2016 fashion trends, pre-fall 2016
Fendi, Valentino, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli, Elie Saab, Philosophy, Zuhair Murad

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.

Shoulders

Then, Spring/Summer 2016

shoulder 2016 trend
From left to right: Proenza Schouler, Christian Dior, Simone Rocha, Celine, Jason Wu

Now, Pre-Fall 2016

Shoulders trend, 2016 trends, 2016 fashion trends
Opening Ceremony, J.W.Anderson, Ellery, Valentino, J.W.Anderson

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.

Stripes

Then, Spring/Summer 2016

Stripes 2016 Fashion Trends
From left to right: Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Dior shows

Now, Pre-Fall 2016

Stripes, 2016 fashion trends
Missoni, Moschino, Gucci, Carolina Herrera, Altuzarra

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.

Bridesmaids’ Dress Design Made Easy – Make Your Own with MyWear

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.

peach coral bridesmaid dresses custom sizing plus size bridesmiad dresses

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®!

differnt shades of peach braidesmaid dresses

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.

peach bridesmiad dresses custom color

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®.

MyWear My Way: Lupita Nyong’o’s SAG Awards Head Turner

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.

sad awards lupita-nyong look for less

Lupita SAG awards look for lessI 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!

Elie Saab Lupita tunic and fit n flare

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!

MyWear My Way: Nicole Richie’s Bevy of Blossoms & Stripes

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.

nicole richie flower stripe dress

Because the real deal is out of the question, as this is probably thousands of dollars, I made my own interpretation via LaunchMyWear!

nicole richie affordable outfit stripes floral

I started by creating a stripe pattern in Photoshop:

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Next, I found floral patterns to work off, adding flowers by copying and pasting layers in Photoshop. I made a second layer of the design and flipped horizontally to create a floral peter pan collar:

peonoies floral peter pan collarFinally, I uploaded the files to LaunchMyWear and applied the floral print to the collar and the stripes to the skirt and hemline only. I kept the top bright white.

launchmywear how to use make dress custom dressAfter publishing my dress, it’s ready for purchase. Not only for myself, but anyone who wants to buy or customize their own on MyWearStore.com! Now, please, Spring… hurry up!

The Ultimate Souvenir: Create Apparel from Vacation Photos with MyWear®

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.

Taiwanese flowersAs 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!”.

wall Taiwan launchmywear design

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.

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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.

taiwan wall

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!

launchmywear tanktop designs

LaunchMyWear How-To: Create a Tribal Print

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!

photoshop paint tribal print how to

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.

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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.

2 polylasso prefill

Once you’ve created a shape, fill it in with the desired color.

3 pollylasso post fill tribal print how to

Add an additional color, if desired.

4 fill in second color

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.

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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.

6 keep going

Continue creating a design using your Polygonal Lasso Tool and filling it with the Paint Bucket tool, adding additional colors as you go.

7. tribal coming along

From here, it is really just a matter of creating, copying, and pasting, and adding to your design.

copy and paste tribal print

Here’s my final pattern:

pattern tribal

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.

8 painting tribal print

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.

Final red tribal print for blog

LaunchMyWear How-to: Create a Print from a Photograph

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!

cat bearded dragon print

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!

Cat and bearded dragon
Awww

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.

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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.

copy and paste layer in photoshop
Double the Andre, double the fun!

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.

softerning with stamp tool
This is getting weird.

hue saturation5. 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.

vibrant andre

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.

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You can also use the pen tool, located on your toolbar to the left, to trace your photo and create an outline.

andre pen tool adobe illustrator how to

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.

paint bucket background

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.

Canvas size photoshop how to

9. Keep going until you develop the desired size and look.

keep going canvas size

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!

shandre cat and bearded dragon lizard scarf

Have fun! And, as always, tweet you designs or questions @LaunchMyWear.

cat bearded dragon print