Knights don pocket-tee trend
Plaid, stripes, a galaxy print or some Hawaiian flowers.
Though the shirts may be simple, their pockets are not. This trend of plain shirts donning dazzling pockets can be seen scattered across UCF, as well as magazines and stores all over the U.S.
The pocket style has also spread from T-shirts to tanks, long sleeves, thermals and hoodies, which are all available at stores such as Urban Outfitters, Tilly's, PacSun, Vans and Serengetee.com among others.
Chisa Nelson, the store manager of Vans at Orlando's Fashion Square Mall, wasn't surprised when asked if the store had any pocket tees for sale.
"We always have at least six styles out and all the ones on display are pocket tees," Nelson said.
David Eisenhauer, a senior finance major, has been wearing pocket tees since his freshman year but didn't notice a trend until 2013.
Eisenhauer said his favorite retailer is Serengetee and he likes the pocket tees it makes because "the material they use is very comfortable, the styles they have are unique and because they donate a certain percentage of their profits to the third-world countries where they get their fabric inspiration from."
At Serengetee.com, a buyer may customize their shirt by choosing the style, color and pocket design. The various patterns on Serengetee.com are designed by artisans all over the globe, with 5 percent of proceeds going back to the region where the artisans are located.
Along with Serengetee, other popular brands, such as Urban Outfitters and PacSun, also carry pocket tees, tanks and long-sleeved shirts.
The trend isn't limited to men, however.
Cathy Romanowski, a senior marketing major, said she wears pocket tees at least once a week, namely of her own design and creation.
Romanowski said she noticed the trend a few months ago as a men's fashion trend, but thought they were cute and wanted to wear them, too. She attended a workshop downtown and now produces and designs her own tees, tanks and even dresses.
Romanowski noted that many trends come and go — saying that "middle schoolers have 10 million bracelets one day" as a trend and then the next month they have something different — but that men's fashion fads usually last longer.
For that to happen, she said, the trends need to be "sleek, slender and clean." And that's what the pocket tees are, but also adding in that "pop of color" needed for style, she said.