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How To Survive Student Life

Surviving student life can be a difficult task to master. There are so many things that come up that you never even thought you’d need to know. Surviving campus is hard enough as is, but then you have your home life to deal with as well. If you’re out of your childhood home, living it up in a res at uni, read on below to pick up a few tips on how to survive student life in New Zealand.

Learn The Basics

One of the biggest things you need to do for yourself is learn the basics of the kitchen. Find a few great tasting meals that are easy to whip up and master the art of them. Nutrition is incredibly important as a student. Healthy body really does mean healthy mind, therefore, keep yourself healthy and happy in all of the right ways.

Be Wise About Meals You Make

After learning your way around the kitchen, learn how to make a meal plan. Planning your meals for the week will help you stick to a budget and avoid eating through a week’s worth of groceries in one evening. Although it may sound like a chore, making a meal plan will actually help you out in the long run by making you more aware of what you’re eating and how much you are spending.

Learn How To Budget Effectively

As a student, living on a shoestring budget is a given. We’ve all been there, and all hoped for our parents to tell us that we’ve actually been secret millionaires the whole time and that they were just trying to teach us a valuable life lesson. However, the sad truth is we need to learn to budget wisely. Whatever income you earn needs to be budgeted to last you until your next payday. Getting a hold on your money and keeping track of where you’re spending it will help you make it through comfortably. Get your financial ducks in a row by learning to budget effectively.

Dress To The Nines Daily

Another great perk about being a student is that you now get to control your wardrobe. However, this can also be incredibly scary. You need to be able to look your best whilst not breaking the bank in the process. This is where Blank Tees comes in. we have a wide range of affordable clothing items perfect for any student to enjoy. Take a look through one of our many fashionable catalogues now and be sure to step out in style when returning to campus!


Tee Shirt 101: The Basics On Tee Shirt Construction

If you’re a particularly inquisitive type of individual, or have always wondered exactly how a tee shirt is constructed, then this blog is definitely for you! Today, the Blank Tees team will be putting it all out on the table for you, giving you the low down on tee shirt construction. Read on below to discover the differences in certain manufacturing processes and what the label actually means.

Cotton Construction

Yes, even the way your cotton is woven in various tee shirts differs. There are two versions of weaving used in the construction of cotton. These are known as; carded open ended and combed and ring spun.

Carded Open Ended Cotton

To create carded open ended cotton, raw cotton is placed into a carding machine, which in essence, does all the dirty work. Major impurities will be removed from the material and fibers of the strands are aligned. This is then placed into an open end spinning machine which churns out the yarn for your tee.

Combed and Ring Spun Cotton

Combed and ring spun cotton produces a more refined yarn at the end of the procedure. Essentially, the same process is followed as above. However, after being put through the carding process, the cotton is then combed to remove any finer impurities. Once this process is completed, it is then placed into a ring-spinning machine which produces a tighter, thinner yarn to knit into cotton material for tee shirts.

Carded Open Ended vs. Combed and Ring Spun Summary

  • Carded open end spun cotton is cheaper to produce than the combed ring spun alternative
  • Combed and ring spun cotton produces a more refined material to work with
  • Combed and ring spun cotton is softer than the carded option
  • Combed and ring spun cotton provides a better surface for print tees

Tee Shirt Construction

Often in the tee shirt realm, you will hear the phrases tubular and side seam being used. These refer to the way in which the tee shirt is constructed. Tubular refers to a process in which the sleeves of a shirt are woven in a circular motion, needing no seams to be created. The side seam refers to a sleeve which is made from a piece of already existing material, and sewn down the length of the arm. Although tubular construction may sound fancier, side seam shirts provide a better fit as they can be tailored.

Find The Perfect Tee Shirt For You

Blank Tees has a wide variety of tees available for all. We have carded open ended pieces, combed and ring spun creations, tubular tees and side seam shirts available. Be sure to look through our catalogue of items available and pick up the most fitting tee for you this winter!


How To Dress Up Your T-Shirt To The Nines

A t-shirt can say a lot about you as a person. It can tell people which band you enjoy, which races you have run, whether you have a sense of humour or what company you work for. In essence, the humble t-shirt says more about us than we’d care to think. As a student, living a lifestyle constantly surrounded by the demands of being campus chic can really be draining. Not only do you have to dress to impress, but also, figure out how to do so on the tips you managed to squeeze out of the tables you waited last night. Life on a shoe string budget sure ain’t easy! But fashion no longer needs to be difficult. Read on below to see how you can dress up a t-shirt to suit your style!

Just For The Ladies

As a girl, just rocking up to campus is a daily fashion show. Isn’t it great to know that Blank Tees can help you style your look? Stand out by grabbing a simple t-shirt that suits your style; colour and design wise, and get ready to rock the hallways of uni! All you will need is a high waist skirt and your favourite waist belt. Tuck in your tee, pull up that skirt and don the waist belt to create an ultra chic look in seconds.

If you’re keen on the more dressed down look, tucking in your t-shirt into your favourite pair of skinnys and completing your look with a cute set of pumps (or heels for a night out on the town) can really give that “finished” look to your outfit. Pair your shoes with a complimentary statement belt and you are good to go!

Guys Get Your Style On

For the gents, fashion is quite a catch 22. Some of you want to look the part without seeming like you actually care, whilst some of you just don’t care but need to wear something to avoid public indecency. Never the less, no matter your need, Blank Tees has you covered. For the nonchalant gent, try out the three quarter sleeve tee. This is perfect to pair up with your favourite jeans, beanie and All Stars, making you fashionable without you even realizing it.

If you want a little more edge, this can be achieved in a few simple steps. Grab a mono-tone tee (black, white or grey), throw over a lumber jack shirt buttoned half way, don your best jeans and finish it up with a pair of ankle boots. This is a great look for ultimate style. If you want to go that step further, take your t-shirt, throw on a blazer and pair of jeans and grab those ever trust all stars for a modern elegant look.

Make The T-Shirt Great Again

From its humble beginnings somewhere in 1913, the t-shirt has really come a long way. You now have the power to achieve a plethora of different styles from this one, diverse piece of clothing. Make the most of the t-shirt with the help of Blank tees. Check out our range from AS Colour and get styling today!