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Sublimation Style: Love It or Hate It?

Some choice examples of the sublimation style clothing available at

Tattoo art gets transferred onto edgy tees and tops for a faded print look called sublimation. Would YOU wear it? Reminds me too much of Ed Hardy which just ain't my style, so it's a "nay" for this conservative dresser.

Sublimation style: Love it or hate it?

I HATE this look... but I definitely would not include the Urban Outfitters tees into the same category. They are, in my opinion, a lot classier than that awful creased-white "mistakes" of missing pattern.
#1 Jess on 2009-06-23 11:41 (Reply)
Totally agree with you about excluding the UO tees from this category. And I couldn't have said it better myself about the white spaces looking like "mistakes."
#1.1 Stazh on 2009-06-23 12:34 (Reply)
I actually have one that's cute, I was just admiring it the other day. As you know, I hate Ed Hardy so I can't stand this trend to it's full-degree, but the one I have (very similar to the Arden B one, though it's F21) is subtle and more like a pastel watercolour to me. Here's da link: Pic of shirt
#2 Wanderlusting (Homepage) on 2009-06-23 11:57 (Reply)
Ack, here's the link (wont let me insert it) :-P
#3 Wanderlusting (Homepage) on 2009-06-23 11:58 (Reply)
Sorry, my blogging platform doesn't allow hyperlinks in the comments. But I took a look at your outfit, and that top is pretty cute! I like the cut and colors. Guess you can make anything work if you know how to work it ;-)
#3.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-06-23 13:37 (Reply)
I don't ever like to completely write off a certain style because I tend to find some designer or label that can interpret that style into something I adore. However, I have yet to find a single sublimation piece that looks anything but cheap and tacky. It makes me cringe when I see women wear this trend.
#4 Stazh on 2009-06-23 12:31 (Reply)
I learned a new word today - had no idea this style was called "sublimation." Well, I have a sublimation dress and I love it! Casual summer dresses are the best for Tucson weather. Sublimation comes in different styles and I don't like all the styles that are out there, but I don't think there's anything wrong or tacky with it in general; just depends on the occasion. I actually don't see a whole lot of sublimation dresses around on campus, but I get lots of compliments on my sublimation dress when I wear it!!
#5 Hilary on 2009-06-23 12:45 (Reply)
TACKY! I understand the rocker/distressed look, but this just looks like trash. Not cute!
#6 DiscountDiva (Homepage) on 2009-06-23 13:18 (Reply)
Its okay, I'd try a DIY or if I can get it on SALE. I'll def rock it!
#7 Anne (Homepage) on 2009-06-23 13:36 (Reply)
Depending on the pattern and how colorful it can be, I think generally this style is tacky. Although recently I bought a dress in this style but it was more tamed. It's a maxi with flowers and stripe parts isn't so defined as the ones shown above.

Haven't worn it yet, hoping to wear it to the beach in a few weeks.
#8 TFoM (Homepage) on 2009-06-23 15:57 (Reply)
I'm not really feeling this, but then again, it probably ain't for my demographic. LOL
#9 budget chic on 2009-06-23 16:07 (Reply)
Nay! I too, am not into the "Ed Hardy" style, or "sublimation". Although, some might confuse this pattern with the popular tye dyish pattern showing up on some maxis, as seen on Lauren Conrad and Paris Hilton.. that done right can be cute. This, however is a pass for me..
#10 Nora on 2009-06-23 16:43 (Reply)
I think it’s interesting! It’s personally not my thing so I’m going with "nay", BUT I do have clients running around in this vibe and they look GREAT. Quite nice if you have a boho element to your style. You are hardly a conservative dresser Dianna!
#11 angie (Homepage) on 2009-06-23 17:03 (Reply)
Gross major! These are just all wrong in so many ways. They look super tacky, cheap and tasteless. What a mess!
#12 Peaches on 2009-06-23 18:39 (Reply)
For the record, I usually don't like tattoo designs on clothing (I loathe that Ed Hardy rubbish). However, a few of those items in the Shopstyle box look like perfectly good Custo tops (which is a brand/style that I love). Regrettably, said tops are ruined by those patternless stripes/creases...but if the stripes/creases weren't there, the tops might be doable.

In sum, 'no' to the creases, 'yes' to some of the patterns, sans creases. :-)
#13 Kristin on 2009-06-23 19:25 (Reply)
My 53 year old mom has one of these shirts...
I think it's a nay for me. Both myself and my 36 year old sis were wondering what was up with that shirt.
#14 Chrissy on 2009-06-23 20:57 (Reply)
I don't mind the colorful printing but what I don't like are the creases/stripes. I think it cheapens the look.
#15 Beth B,. on 2009-06-24 10:05 (Reply)
I don't mind the patterns so much as those stupid white creases.
#16 Moni (Homepage) on 2009-06-24 15:33 (Reply)
Ew ew EWWWWW!!
#17 MizzJ (Homepage) on 2009-06-25 02:04 (Reply)
I've seen this on some ladies, and just think it looks old and tattered (not descriptions I want my clothing to inspire).
#18 Ana (Homepage) on 2009-06-26 11:43 (Reply)
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