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Feminist Apparel – Blog and Review

by DeeHYA on March 2, 2015

Last year I decided to treat myself to a tee from amazing website Feminist Apparel whose designs are designed to raise awareness and create a stir about a range of feminist issues.

Some of the designs are designed with an element of shock value to get the message across. Last year there were some pretty viral videos of little girls dropping the f-bomb in the name of feminism reeling off some quite scary statistics about equal pay, domestic violence and sexual violence.

I particularly like this ‘Feminist as Fuck’ tee!

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As a survivor of sexual violence I find the poor conviction rate of rapists and the way in which victims are treated by the police, men and at times other women absolutely shocking. There should be a huge amount of education men and boys that a ‘No’ means no! I chose this ‘Don’t (get) Rape(d)’ tanks for myself, it’s eye-catching and gets the message over without being over complicated.

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I generally prefer a tank as I normally wear a long sleeved tee underneath to cover my bulky arms. The quality of this is spot on, and the print was good but to be honest I think with this design on the grey it might look quite cool if it faded a little.

I love that Feminist Apparel use an element of humour to get across their message, I think this is an important point of making their tees individual and memorable. I did a bit of a snarf when I saw this ‘Baby Got Books’ one :)

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The tees are $29.95 but I have to say I still get discount codes regularly, infact if you sign up to their newsletter now you can get 15% off. Shipping to the UK was ok too, it was about $12 which I think is reasonable.

Any feminist issue that you have encountered or have beef with you will be able to find a tee to convey this. It’s not just all for the ladies either, there are guys and kids t-shirts too!

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Post image for Vespertine Machine – T-shirts and Tanks Review!

Coming home from a long day of exhausting, sugary work at the bakery, I am worn out and craving something to brighten my day, and what happened? I hopelessly sway up to the front door, but, alas, my eyes light up when I saw Vespertine Machine peering back at me! Before I can even open the door, I am ripping open the mailer… excitedly pulling each piece out, one by one. Each product is wrapped in plastic, which is always a very nice, professional touch, but not only that, each bag is marked with a Vespertine logo sticker. After removing all the apparel, taking photos of the packaging, and admiring the tees and tanks, I then notice there’s more – the package also has a business card and stickers thrown in, and you know how much I like that stuff.

The first I want to show you is this cute tank – Midnight Mischief is it’s name and it’s designed by Mike Shea. This cute design features little raccoons having some mischievous fun, it just makes me smile. You can almost see the toilet paper as it is flying over and over the Police car and the eggs splattering on the side. This design makes me want to go out and cause some trouble (just kidding!) I know, I know, what is the print and fit like? Well it’s printed on a white American Apparel 100% Fine Jersey Cotton tank top. It is a longer length tank on me, which I am fond of, and fits me well, except in the chest area where it puckers at the straps of the tank (meaning a bustier girl may fit this tank a lot better!) The tank, since it is white, is a bit see through, but not enough to make me not want to wear it, but enough for me to notice. I also can’t forget to point out the print is very good: even, soft, not thick at all and that goes for all the other three pieces in this review as well.  Oh and another interesting add on, this being the Vespertine logo printed on the back of each tee. I love when brands add their logo to the tee somewhere that isn’t overpowering to the design… it was a pleasant surprise when I flipped each tee over, of course!

My next to review is a cropped tee titled The Social Network designed by Matthew Wade and, it’s hard to see in the photos, but it is printed on a crème colored blank, which is oh so appealing. The design is pretty stunning as well, it’s especially nice up close with it’s very thin lines and gorgeous mark making. The blank itself is another American Apparel 50/50, which means it’s very, very soft – soft and flows on the body and just feels really good. It fits loose, but it’s obviously meant to be over-sized and loose to accent the style and the art on the tee – giving it an indie feeling. I am not a huge fan of cropped tees on me, but I am a fan of the art on this one, so my only recommendation would be to offer this lovely design on a tee or tank for those of us not in favor of wearing cropped tops so willingly!

The next tee I want to present to you is one titled Medication Nation, designed, once again, by Mike Shea. As for the design, I really dig it. It’s simple, yet the pills sporadically placed to form a figure is quite intriguing, as well as the fade at the bottom of the figure – it’s somewhat eerie seeing the figure disappearing as your eyes move down the tee, and that is what attracts me. The very first thing I noticed was how soft the blank is – I knew it had to be a good one. I immediately checked the tag, and yes, a good one; it’s printed on a silver American Apparel 50/50, which is probably one of my favorite blanks to wear because of it’s softness and it just feels good all around. The fit is good, being a unisex size small, it fits me a little bigger than I am used to, having longer sleeves and longer length, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing it. (Though the funny thing is, my sister swiped this one from me she liked it so much – it fits her really well!)

Last of the review is another tank top, this one designed by Mikey Buchanan is titled Sleep When You’re Dead. I want to express how much I love this design; I love the message, the graphics, the blank color, the details – it all works really well together. The design not only features nice contrast in the design and an interesting typeface, but I also like how Vespertine Machine is placed below the design, which not only gives credit to the brand, but it also balances the art. This one is like the other tank, it’s printed on American Apparel 100% Fine Jersey, but this one is printed on a gray/silver blank, which compliments the design really well. Again, this tank fits me like the other tank – a good fit, but a little baggy near the top. I must mention, when I received this tank, it was a bit stained, possibly spent too long in the dryer at the printers. After contacting Vespertine, a new tank was sent out to me without any hardship or aggravation! Also, we’ve asked Vespertine Machine about the condition of the rest of the tanks and they have checked them and they don’t have the same problem, so nothing to worry about. I mean, we all know, accidents can happen! It’s the way they are dealt with that counts, and Vespertine was easy and professional.

Thanks to you, Vespertine Machine for giving me the opportunity to review your products (I’m wearing Sleep When You’re Dead, right this second!) And of course, thanks to all of the HYA readers out there!

Keep up with Vespertine Machine: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr

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Post image for “Perception T” at Neoclassics – on T-shirt, Tank, and Raglan!

Mmm, what a gorgeous design over at Neoclassics; Perception T is printed on a variety of different style tops – tee, raglan, and tank. The design is described, “Inspired by Rorschach blots, the Perception T-shirt features jellyfish, butterflies, snakes and swans. Carefully composed, these animals take the form of a stylized face when viewed from afar.”

Want it? Buy it at Neoclassics – tees and tank: $30 and raglans: $36
Keep up with Neoclassics: Twitter, Facebook, Blog

P.S. That cutie at the top was crowned Miss Hollywood just last weekend, congratulations to her!

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Post image for Ekozania: Where Art and Style Collide – T-shirt and Tank Review!

Ekozania arrived on my doorstep, two tees and a tank to be exact, and of course I was more than happy to review such a generous package of samples. First of all, they all came individually wrapped in plastic, so they felt nice and new as I opened up each tee. Another fine touch was the stickers holding the plastic packaging together with Ekozania’s logo, as well as shirt size clearly printed. Printing your logo places that are memorable is a good touch in my opinion. Once the package was opened, I was greeted by a number of stickers, as well as a personal note to me, and if you know me, you know these personal touches are the way to get on my good side!

I couldn’t wait any longer, and tried on this first tee titled, Purple Bird. It’s an image that’s made simply by the use of the the word “Ekozania” over and over to form a bird. It didn’t strike me as something I would want to wear (at first), until I actually put the tee on and I felt quite good in it. The fit is nice and tight, but not too tight. I think I am mainly attracted to it’s fitted look and v-neck which makes it very feminine and sometimes I do want to feel more feminine while wearing tees – it’s the best of both worlds.

Next the tank top, Wake. Build. DESTROY. Repeat, is a lovely tank that I wear very often (and it’s pictured on me at the very top of the review, don’t I look happy?) It is a nice fit and with it’s metallic text, it adds an element that appeals to me. Plus I am a sucker for tanks, especially since I live near the beach – they’re perfect for those hot, summer days; perfect and cute. Like I said, I love the fit and it’s still in great condition even after a couple washes, but the print is a little inconsistent in places, yet nothing I would be upset about – if anything, it adds to the design.

The last of Ekozania’s samples to review is this white tee titled, Sunglasses, with it’s focus being a pair of simple sunglasses, hence the name obviously. I like the simple silhouette of the sunglasses, but all in all this tee does not captivate me like the other two do. I think it’s a bit too simple for my tastes. Also I usually fit in a small tee quite nicely, but this one is a bit too tight for my liking (as you can tell by my messy hair, it was a struggle putting it on!) Also being as it is a white tee and tight, it’s obviously a bit see-through as well, so keep that in mind. I do love the discrete placement of “Ekozania” on the arm of the sunglasses, nice touch there!

One thing I would have liked to have seen with this brand is a tag; either a hanging logo tag, a custom printed tag or sewn on tag, something to make Ekozania stand out amongst the others. It also adds a bit of personality to the branding and adds a professional touch to the brand, in my opinion. I think I have said this every single review – the tiny details make a brand unforgettable to me.

Overall, I do find myself liking and wearing the tank and the Purple Bird tee quite a lot, so thanks for the opportunity to review your products, Ekozania!

Keep in touch with Ekozania: Shop, Facebook, Twitter

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Post image for New “Lumberjack” T-shirt design at Denada!

Denada (designs by Andreas Krapf, obviously one of my favorites) is now offering their new Lumberjack design on tees, tanks, and batwing style tops – great stuff!

Keep up with Denada: Facebook, Shop

 

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charlie sheen t-shirt




I am really, really surprised that they have gone ahead with a Charlie Sheen t-shirt design now, I thought that meme died a long time ago, and by a long time I mean a couple of months, but in internet time that is years. Otherwise a solid release from Joker Apparel.

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Pretty much only posting this because of the great photo.

Costiness=€30 Buy it at Monsieur Steve

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dance party massacre summer 2010 line

There’s a lot of cool stuff going on in the latest line from Dance Party Massacre, it “was inspired by a more retro era of 50s black and white movies, biker gangs, and the mean streets of the city while still maintaining an influence of horror and fun.” I think that they’ve done well with that inspiration, those are all really ripe subject areas to make some sweet shirts and they’ve pulled it off producing some really wearable tees in pleasing colourways.

Use the coupon code HIDEYOURARMS to get 10% off your order, sa-weet!

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Amanon by FeelDude

by Andy on October 2, 2009

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Available from FeelDude

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Joe of Fantastic Bonanza! fame may well have semi-retired from blogging, but clearly he’s still as obsessed with clothing as I am, because he pointed me in the direction of this very interesting piece. I’m still not totally sold on the idea of a hoodie and a blazer making sweet-love and producing hybrid offspring, but it doesn’t mean I’m not intrigued by the idea.

This example of the breed certainly annoys me a lot less than others I’ve seen, it looks really high quality, and if you think that you can pull it off then it might be worth your $265 of hard-earned cash.

Costiness=$265 Buy it at Etsy

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