T-Shirt Design Trend - Tropical Nostalgia

November 20, 2015


There is a moody undercurrent to this nostalgic tropical T-Shirt print theme. Inspiration is drawn from dark dense jungle scenes, exotic foliage and mid century tourist beaches triggering memories of tropical island getaways of the past.

Oversized placement prints create a fresh statement depicting scenes of nostalgic beach holidays. All over patterns are formed of foliage camos, dark rainforest scenes or reworked kitch Hawaiian shirt patterns. Prints vary from photographic, hand painted to vintage illustrations. For the younger markets a sense of fun is added with bananas, pineapples and tourist postcards.

The imagery is of the expected tropical florals, palms, banana leaves and tropical destinations, but the color palette is muted and less saturated. Dark hues of green and blue reminiscent of a rainforest set the base tones, while brights in faded hot orange, coral, pink and sunset yellows add punchy highlights to keep the look exotic.

KEY GRAPHIC DETAILS: sunset skies, sea textures, grain effects for an authentic aged look, palm and banana leaves, fresh tropical florals, vintage Hawaiian shirt patterns, retro typography, hand written typography, vintage pinups, luscious dark jungle landscapes, faded and sun-bleached finish’s, exotic fruits, vintage souvenir prints.


Tropical Foliage



Reworked Traditional Hawaiian 


Iconic Pineapple Placements and Pattern


Vintage Tourist Postcards and Advertising

Vintage Pattern Repeats

(All images are sourced from DownloadT-ShirtDesigns and Pinterest)

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