Missions On Wheels, Inc. Uses Custom T-Shirts To Identify Volunteers During Disasters

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Each week LogoSportswear selects a recipient for their LogoGiveBack™ program that exemplifies the great work of charitable organizations throughout the United States. The $250 donation allows the organization to purchase customized apparel needed to support their efforts.

This week’s recipient, Mission On Wheels, Inc. provides self-contained, trailer-based equipment such as cargo, shower, rest trailers and generators to support disaster relief and recovery efforts throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri. They work directly with disaster survivors as well as provide support to emergency service workers like police, fire, National Guard, etc.

They’ll be using their donation to purchase custom t-shirts that allow for easy identification of their volunteers during disaster deployment. The t-shirts will let victims as well as other emergency personnel know that they are part of Mission On Wheels, Inc. and are there to help. It’s important during critical events like this that volunteers and emergency crews can be easily spotted and recognizable at the scene.

High Visibility Safety Apparel

Often high visibility (bright colored) safety apparel is worn which provides an added level of protection to those helping out especially when working in dangerous environments. Several different types of custom safety wear can be worn such as: safety vests, t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, jackets all available in fluorescent colors like bright orange and yellow (many products also meet ANSI regulations) with options for reflective film or tape for added protection. Safety gear can be customized with your organizations logo, name, volunteer name or any other design you’d like. It can all be done in a few easy steps using our online designer where you can upload an existing logo or artwork or choose from free templates that we provide.

Safety and identification is key in making any disaster relief effort as safe as possible to all those involved.

Learn more about what Mission On Wheels, Inc. is all about by visiting their website at: http://missionsonwheels.org/. You can also make an online donation to help this worthy cause continue its efforts.

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About the LogoGiveBack™ Program:
Since 2010 LogoSportswear has been recognizing the work of non-profits and charities by contributing to their causes through our LogoGiveBack™ program. It’s a way to help support those organizations who are helping those in need every day. Each week, a winner is selected from the applicants whom have submitted their story and they receive a $250 gift certificate towards custom products they could use for the organization’s needs, fundraisers or those in need.

  • Non-profit and charity groups submit their story about their organization and how they could utilize the donation.
  • Every week LogoSportswear reviews and selects a LogoGiveBack recipient.
  • The organization receives a $250 store credit to be used to purchase any products on the LogoSportswear.com website.
  • The recipient is promoted on our LogoGiveBack’s page and a customized blog post (like this one!) to help raise awareness for the charity and the good that they are doing every day.

Note: Images used in this blog are not from Mission On Wheels, Inc.

Dress Shirt Fabric Types: What Do They Mean

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There are several different types of fabrics that dress shirts are comprised of. Below are definitions of some of our most popular.

Broadcloth: A close plain-weave fabric made of cotton, rayon or a blend of cotton or rayon with polyester.

Denim: A cotton or blended fabric with right or left hand twill construction. The wrap is usually dyed blue with a white filing.

Nailhead Woven: Consists of a solid background and color with little pinheads’ (or small nailheads) of fabric spaced at regular (and very small) intervals. The effect of this pattern is that the background color tends to overshadow the nailhead pattern.

Oxford: A fine, lightweight woven cotton or cotton-blend fabric with a 2 x 1 basket weave variation. This is typically used for dress shirts.

Poplin: A medium to heavyweight unbalanced plain weave. It is a spun yarn fabric that is usually piece dyed. It’s made by weaving one weft (vertical) yarn over and under each wrap (horizontal) yarn, alternating each row. The filling cylindrical. Two or three times as many warp as weft per inch.

What Are The Most Popular Dress Shirt Patterns For 2014?

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Traditional solid colored dress shirts still have their place in most people’s closets, but there are also many other patterns to choose from to help update your wardrobe. Whether you are wearing it on its own with a pair of khakis or as a part of a suit, patterned custom embroidered dress shirts can look fantastic. Now is the time to learn a bit more about available patterns so you can find the one that fits your style best.

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Gingham pattern usually comes in a checkered patterned that combines white with another color. The pattern is formed by vertical and horizontal stripes that cross on a white background to form even square checks.

 

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Tattersall is a checkered pattern that is created by alternating colors that are repeated both horizontally and vertically. The stripes that create the pattern often come in two different colors and are usually darker than the background color.

 

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The striped pattern is made wholly of vertical lines in either one or two colors. Depending on the width between the stripes, this may cause the shirt to appear solid from far away.

 

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The windowpane pattern is made of thin vertical and horizontal lines that cross to create a very wide checkered plaid pattern that resembles a windowpane. This is normally found on a white shirt with different colored lines.

 

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The houndstooth pattern makes a checkered design of normally white and black using a jagged, pointed shape (similar to a hound’s tooth). This pattern was made famous by Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, but has become a fashionable.

 

It’s easy to update your look for your company, staff or your individual wardrobe. You can choose to customize any of our dress shirts by uploading your company logo or adding your employee name in our online designer. Then let us create a professional look with our top of the line embroidery process.  Don’t need them personalized? You can also buy any of our dress shirts without decoration. Click here to start shopping our entire collection of custom embroidered dress shirts and update your wardrobe with new patterns, styles and colors!

How Will Custom Stain Resistant Clothing Save Your Business Money?

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Stain Resistant can be used to mean a lot of different things, so we wanted to clear up any questions you may have when shopping for your next dress shirt and other stain resistant apparel. Whether you are shopping for men or ladies, custom stain resistant clothing is always a great option, especially if you work in an industry that deals with food or drink service.

Stain resistant dress shirts and polos are some of the most common types of clothing that come with this great feature. Modern stain resistant dress shirts allow you to simply wipe off any material that is spilled on the shirt without leaving a lasting stain. This means things like coffee, juice or soda can be wiped off; and once dry, will show no signs of a stain being there. This is fantastic for wait staff, hosts and bartenders that have to keep their look professional for an entire shift.

You may be wondering what the difference between stain resistant clothing and all other clothing feels or looks like. What makes stain resistant is a very thin coating that keeps the stain from settling into the fabric and thus staining it. This coating makes it easy to wipe the food or liquid right off. Because the coating this so thin, you will never notice a difference while wearing or washing your clothing.

When you are looking for the perfect dress shirt or polo to customize your restaurant or company’s logo, think of the additional protection and extra life you’ll get with stain resistant shirts. Think of the money your business can save over the years when you don’t have to buy new uniforms and clothing every time they become stained!

Get started by picking your shirt, uploading your logo or design into our free Online Designer and we will take care of the rest. Be sure to match them up with our stain resistant pants and shorts for a complete outfit that will keep you neat and professional at all times.

Start shopping our entire line of custom stain resistant clothing for your entire staff or company today and receive quantity discounts!

How Does Buying Custom Wrinkle Resistant Dress Shirts Save You Time?

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When shopping for custom embroidered dress shirts, you will undoubtedly see the term “wrinkle resistant” attached to many different styles of shirts. There have always been a few misconceptions when it comes to wrinkle resistant dress shirts and we are here to clear those up.

Modern wrinkle resistant dress shirts are great looking and even perform better than their older variations. In the past, wrinkle resistant shirts would save you time ironing after every wash, but still need to be ironed once in a while, but today wrinkle resistant shirts can be pulled directly from the dryer and worn without worry. On top of not having to be ironed, modern wrinkle resistant shirts can be worn all day without showing signs of creases.

Wrinkle Resistant dress shirts also come in a wide variety of different fabrics. It is true that in the past, many were made of polyester or other synthetic fabrics, but modern wrinkle resistant shirts can be made of cotton, cotton-poly blend, or even classic oxford.  This means that when you purchase wrinkle-resistant dress shirts, they will look just as natural as your traditional cotton dress shirts.

When you are looking for the perfect dress shirt to customize your company’s logo or personal monogram, think of the added convenience and time saved you’ll get with wrinkle resistant dress shirts. Get started by picking your shirt, uploading your logo or design into our free Online Designer and we will take care of the rest.

How to Upgrade Your Big & Tall Style – Style Tips for Larger Men

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Being a large man no longer means you cannot be well dressed in proper fitting clothes. Many men think that wearing baggy or oversized clothes will help them conceal their body’s form, but poor fitting clothes actually bring attention to the areas they are trying to hide.  With these tips, we hope to help big and tall guys feel comfortable buying clothes that look as good as they feel. Proper fitting custom big & tall clothing is important to obtaining the perfect look.

Perfect the Fit

If the clothes you are wearing are ill-fitting, whether they are too big or too small, you run the risk of looking sloppy. On bigger guys, the effect is multiplied because it can bring unwanted attention to areas of your body or give an overall impression that you do not care about how you present yourself.

Before buying new clothes, it is always recommended to measure yourself. This is because every brand is slightly different when it comes to their sizing and not knowing exactly how long your arms are or how big your chest is can cause you to buy something that won’t fit right. Every piece of apparel on our site has a size chart supplied by the manufacturer that will let you know exactly how big the shirt or jacket you are interested in is. If you are taller than 6’2”, make sure you look for taller sizes, normally displayed with a “T” at the end. Sizes like “XLT” or “2XLT” will have longer arms and longer torso to accommodate your height.

Keep It Simple

Dress simple. It’s as easy as that. Solid colors and classic styles make it easy to build a wardrobe that will look great for any occasion. This goes for casual items like t-shirts and polos all the way to office necessities like button down dress shirts and jackets. Keep patterns to a minimum. Thin stripes are fine, but avoid horizontal lines or busy graphics. Although dark colors also help you appear slimmer and should be staples in your closet, don’t be afraid of bright, bold colors especially when it comes to dress shirts and polos. A splash of color keeps your wardrobe fresh and trendy. See what colors are trending in 2014 that are available in big and tall sizes.
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Lightweight Fabrics

Thick, heavy materials are notorious for adding extra, unwanted bulk to your clothes. This also means your body temperature will rise causing you to sweat and/or become uncomfortable.

This is where lightweight materials like broadcloth become very important. Broadcloth dress shirts are significantly lighter weight then pinpoint or twill dress shirts and also leave you with a crisp, smoother appearance. Oxford dress shirts are also considered lightweight. Oxford dress shirts start off a bit rougher to the touch than broadcloth, but become softer over time.

Spread Collars

Material isn’t the only factor that is important when it comes to finding the right shirt for your body type. Spread collars on dress shirts allow you to wear a much larger knot when you are wearing a tie, but the extra width also helps your face appear more proportional to the rest of your body.

Spread collars can also be dressed down on Fridays or during the weekends. Keep the top button undone and combine it with a v-neck sweater or cardigan.

Add A Jacket

I know this may not seem like a tip during the winter, but during the spring and fall, adding a jacket can really upgrade your look. A light, dark colored jacket can add extra shape to your look and give your body more defined lines. Soft shell jackets are perfect for the spring and fall due to their outstanding thinness to warmth ratio. Looking for a more rugged look? Try a work jacket from brands like Carhartt or Dickies. Both companies offer big and tall sizes in most of their jackets and many styles come in darker colors.

With so many options available to you and even more coming in the future, adding style to a big and tall wardrobe has never been easier. Make sure to follow these small tips to help you look great and stay comfortable.

Not sure if you need a big, tall or big and tall size? Read how to figure it out and what the differences are in our blog post titled, “What’s The Difference Between Big, Tall, and Big & Tall Clothing?

What Colors Are Trending for Big &Tall Sizes in 2014?

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It wasn’t long ago that choosing a big and tall size meant that you could only pick from two or three different colors. For most custom apparel this meant you were relegated to white, black and a shade of blue. While this worked for some people, it left many others hoping for more colorful options. We are here to announce the wait is over!

As custom big and tall clothing is becoming more popular, brands are designing more and more apparel in these new sizes and are trying to offer the same lineup that they do in their traditional sizes. This means not cutting corners of quality, fit or color. And this doesn’t mean just t-shirts; this applies to dress shirts, polos, jackets, sweats, workwear and more. No matter what style of apparel you adhere to, you will be able to find the right size in any color you need.

These new splashes of color make it easier to stay both comfortable and stylish. Because darker colors were once the only choices for bigger men, it was harder to dress for the seasons. Now with a full palette of colors available, you can wear the pastel blues and greens in spring, bright yellows and reds during the summer and more muted maroon and oranges during the fall. All of these color choices help bring a traditional suit, blazer or khakis to a more updated style.

Big & Tall Color Options

Trying to design custom uniforms for your business or restaurant? Now you can find the colors to match your business’ branding for everyone on your staff.  Polos and knit shirts are the most popular style when it comes to designing staff uniforms and in certain styles you will have up to 28 different color options in big and tall sizes. With this type of selection, it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. Are you looking for something a little more casual that’s perfect for the golf course or a relaxing weekend?  Nike Golf has multiple styles of golf polos that come in many colors that can be worn all year round.

Now that you know that color is no option for big & tall customers; you can start shopping. Start with our wide selection of sportswear, casual and corporate Custom Big & Tall Clothing offered in a variety of style choices and start designing the perfect apparel for your needs. Pick a product and launch our online designer where you can upload a company logo, employee name or select from one of our free design templates to help you create exactly what you need. If you don’t need to personalize your clothing, all of our big & tall products can also be bought without decoration.

Not sure if you or your employees need a big, tall or big and tall size? Read how to figure it out and what the differences are in our blog post titled, “What’s The Difference Between Big, Tall, and Big & Tall Clothing?

What’s The Difference Between Big, Tall, and Big & Tall Clothing?

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What’s The Difference Between Big, Tall, and Big & Tall Clothing?

How your clothes fit is very important and some will argue that no one knows this better than those who rely on big and tall or plus size apparel. There are only a few things worse than having to settle on poor fitting clothes due to the size you wear. But what if you didn’t know if you were considered big, tall or big and tall? We hope to clear up some misconceptions and shine some much needed light on the concept of Big & Tall Clothing.

Let’s start off with the distinct difference between “big” and “tall” sizes when it comes to finding the right clothes. A “big” man has larger measurements though the neck, shoulders and chest. A “tall” man is normally 6’2” or taller and has longer arms and torso. Now this isn’t set in stone, but these basic classifications can help you determine whether or not you are considered to be “big” or “tall.”

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Big & Tall Workwear

For big guys, finding clothes that fit has always been a struggle but this year many brands have been expanding their larger sizes to accommodate the expanding customer base that are demanding the same apparel options as their smaller counterparts. This means companies are moving their bigger sizes from just t-shirts to options like polos, dress shirts, jackets and more. This means that your entire wardrobe can be overhauled in a size that fits properly without making compromises. Larger men can also be assured that they aren’t choosing fit over quality. All “big” sizes are made with the same material and high-quality construction as any other item on the market.

Tall

Tall guys have a whole different list of issues when it comes to shopping for the right clothes. Finding shirts that fall properly below their waist and have sleeves that reach their wrists is normally high on their priority lists, but often fall back on wearing shirts untucked and rolling their sleeves up to hide the fact they aren’t long enough. This makes looking professional very difficult and that’s where tall sizes come into play. Most “tall” sizes add a few extra inches to the torso and sleeves, meaning they will fit properly even if you are well above six feet.

Big & Tall

What if you are one of the many people who are considered to “big” and “tall” by these measurements? That’s no problem. There are many types of apparel that comes in “big” sizes like 3XL that are also “tall.” Look for sizes that are MT up to 5XLT to make sure your clothing is going to fit perfectly. These items will have the extra room in the body, as well as the extra length in the torso and sleeves to make sure it fits right everywhere.

How To Shop For Your New Wardrobe

Now that you know the differences between big, tall and big & tall; you can start shopping. Start by selecting from our wide variety of sportswear, casual and corporate Custom Big & Tall Clothing offered in many styles and color choices.  Yes, we said color choices! We know for year’s custom big and tall clothing was available only in a few standard colors, but today there’s so much more to choose from. Read about the new trending 2014 color options now available in our blog post titled, “What Colors Are Trending for Big &Tall Sizes in 2014?

To start customizing the perfect apparel for your needs just choose a product and launch our online designer where you can upload a company logo, employee name or select from one of our free design templates to help you create exactly what you need. If you don’t need to personalize your clothing, all of our big & tall products can also be bought blank without decoration.

There’s no need to have to shop on multiple sites to get apparel to fit everyone in your office, on your team or for your event. Choose from big, tall, big & tall or standard sizes in a wide array of styles and colors. We offer quantity discounts on all of our products so you can save money and time when you need to order for your entire company, team or event. Place your order directly online or call our helpful sales consultants who can help you with any questions you might have when placing a large order.

 

Get To Know: Soft Shell Jackets

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Soft Shell Jackets

The temperatures are starting to drop and that means our attentions are moving from t-shirts and sweatshirts and on to jackets. This means finding the right combination of style, warmth and versatility. The best way to get the most use out of a single jacket is to find the perfect soft shell jacket.

Soft shell jackets started becoming popular in the past 3 to 4 years when brands like Patagonia and Eddie Bauer started designing jackets that were just as warm as their traditional down jackets, but not nearly as heavy or bulky. This was perfect for those who need to keep themselves protected from the cold, but wanted something that they could wear all the time without having to take off their jacket to sit down at a restaurant or coffeeshop to be comfortable.

Soft shell jackets utilize a few great materials to maximize the way they trap internal heat while blocking out the cold weather to keep you comfy even in the worst conditions. The shell, or outside of the jacket, are made of wind and water resistant polyester that is tightly woven to deliver a perfect fit while maintaining breathability. The interior of most soft shell jackets are a designed with a soft fleece-like material that is thin enough to accommodate extra layers like sweatshirts, but warm enough to be comfortable without extra layering. Add on a strong zipper and the option of a hood and this jacket becomes your go to all-season jacket. From spring rains to winter snow, a soft shell jacket can get the job done.
Ladies Soft Shell Jacket
With soft shell jackets being so popular, it didn’t take long for brands to offer specific ladies versions of their jackets. Ladies have the benefits of a more feminine cut, shorter arms and body and a wide range of colors geared towards women.

Soft shell jackets offer many features that aren’t available in many other styles that you won’t believe you lived without. Many jackets offer venting or mesh breathability in the under arms to keep you cool if your body temperatures starts to rise while hiking or biking. Insulated zippered pockets allow you to keep your valuables safe from any moisture and your hands warm when you need a bit of extra protection. For high comfort levels, stretchy fabrics allow the jacket to fit like a glove, letting you forget you are wearing a jacket at all. Add in soft fleece lining and this jacket may get more wear time than your favorite t-shirt!

Now that you are an expert in soft shell jackets, take a few minutes to find the perfect soft shell jacket for your needs. Whether you are looking to buy for your entire company or just yourself, the right soft shell jacket is waiting for you. Choose from top brand names like: Eddie Bauer, Patagonia, Columbia, Callaway, Devon & Jones and more. We make it easy for you to co-brand your corporate jackets with these top name brands when you upload your own logo or artwork into our online designer and create a custom jacket that all your employees will love to wear. Designing your new jacket is easy and can be done in just a few minutes. If you decide you don’t want a customized jacket, many of our jackets can be bought without decoration – the choice is yours. Now is the time to stay warm and stay comfortable.

Click here to start shopping our customizable soft shell jackets today! 

10 Ways to Stay Stress-Free During the Holidays

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Holiday shopping doesn't need to be stressful.

1:    Shop early and avoid last minute shoppers. Why deal with the crowds?

2:    Get a good night’s rest. Staying refreshed keeps you focused and lets you get more accomplished.

3:    Make room for your new purchases. Donate or dispose of things you no longer use or need.

4:    Plan ahead.  Review gift buying guides and create a list of gifts to buy for everyone on your list to save time.
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5:    Make sure to take a break. Don’t overdo it. A 20 minute coffee break helps you calm down and regain your wits.

6:    Shop online and avoid the crowds. There is nothing worse than trying to find a parking spot and trudging through the mall with thousands of people, just to find that what you need isn’t available in store.

7:    Set a realistic budget.  Determine ahead of time what you spend and stick to it.

8:    Forget being perfect. The gift wrap may tear and the pie might get a bit burnt, but during the holidays, it is the thought that counts.

9:  Make a list. Where would we be without a good list? Make sure everything is checked off…or at least check it twice.

10:    Treat yourself —don’t forget about you. Make sure that you reward your hard work. We recommend a cozy blanket, Christmas movie and a nice strong cup of eggnog. (Click on the link for a great eggnog recipe video)

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