20+ Best Custom Retro T-Shirt Designs

The retro trend shows no sign of abating. Far from it: every day it’s expanding to include more and more eras. If you’re interested in creating your very own retro T-shirt designs, Placeit can help you with its awesome collection of T-shirt design ideas. What’s more, Placeit has a simple-to-use T-shirt design maker that will help you create your own T-shirt design online quickly and easily.

The Placeit custom T-shirt design maker helps you design your own retro T-shirts in no time at all. Let me show you how.

Use the drop-down menu to select all retro T-shirts.

Navigate to Placeits T-Shirt Design Maker Page

Review the T-shirt design ideas available and choose one you like.

Select A Retro T Shirt Design

When you find a design you like, click on it and the T-shirt design maker will open up. Starting on the right of the T-shirt design maker, add your text and/or change your font and its colour.

Starting With the Controls On The Right

Using the controls on the left of the T-shirt design maker, change the background colour of your T-shirt design to match the proposed colour of your T-shirt, swap out the original graphic if you like for any other you prefer, and select any of the colourful bars that appeal to you.

Move to the Controls on the Left

If you get stuck or need new ideas, check out the set of presets found under every design for more options.

The Presets Offer More Design Ideas

And that’s how you create your own custom T-shirt design online. Now you can download your design and send it off to your T-shirt printer.

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Now that you understand how to use the Placeit T-shirt design maker, let’s take a look at the best retro T-shirt design ideas found at Placeit.

If the 1950s aesthetic is your thing, then you’ll love this template that offers a wonderful selection of 1950s images you can choose from to create T-shirt designs that are unique and eye-catching.

The 1970s. Corduroy, hot pants, A-line skirts, feminism, disco, and more. Get your 70s groove on with this retro T-shirt template that offers all sorts of iconic imagery from the 70s. Create your own T-shirt design using the power of the Placeit T-shirt design maker.

One of the best T-shirt designs representing the roaring 20s. Use this design to recreate the flavour of the 20s with its speakeasies, jazz, liquor, flappers, post-war opulence, wealth, and extravagance.

Capture the 1990s X-files vibe with this retro T-shirt design featuring an alien mask unzipped to show a cat on the inside. If this graphic doesn’t quite work for you, there are a whole range of graphics you can explore that might.

Tap into the 1980s Game Boy era by using the T-shirt design maker to create a T-shirt design that captures this particular craze. If the colours of the template are just a bit too hot for you, don’t worry—just about every aspect of this template can be customised to reflect your taste and preference.

Sci-fi and UFO fans will love this cool design with its flying saucers and cow being beamed up. For added effect, the design incorporates the eight-bit graphic look in the font, but of course you can replace this with any of several fonts on offer when you add your text.

For fans of the eight-bit graphics look, there’s also this 8-Bit Dinosaur T-Shirt Design Template. Use it to give your retro T-shirt design a vintage computer graphics look. Add your own text, colours, and icons, and create a T-shirt design that is uniquely yours.

Another blast from the past, this time from the 1980s. If this is your preferred era, use this template to create your retro T-shirt design online. After you’ve added your text and changed your fonts and their colour, have a play with the many graphics and background effects. It’ll be hard to decide on just one combination.

This template takes its inspiration from the 1980s Pac-Man craze. The graphic used here is the ghost, but you can switch it out for other characters in eight-bit style, and customise the rest of the template by changing up the colours, font, text, etc.

No one could forget the 1990s floppy disks, right? That is unless you weren’t even born yet. This retro T-shirt design is easy to customise using the T-shirt design maker. Change the text, fonts, colours, and graphics to create the T-shirt design you want.

Pastel colours are part of the retro aesthetic, and applied to these ever-popular noodles, they create a perfect retro T-shirt design that you can customise with your own text. If the noodles aren’t quite the right graphic, don’t worry—there are tons of others you can select from to create the T-shirt design that’s right for you.

Get ready for Halloween with this retro T-shirt design featuring Count Dracula on a skateboard. And if you’re more into witches, werewolves, Frankenstein or some other deviant, then check out the plethora of graphics available and pick your poison.

If finding love were as easy as dialing a number or creating a custom T-shirt design with the T-shirt design maker at Placeit, life would be peaches.

More T-shirt design ideas for horror lovers. This one combines horror with sci-fi in a number of truly wonderful graphics that reference Hollywood classics like Alien, ET, and The Matrix.

Another one for the 8-bit computer graphics lovers. This retro T-shirt design can be customised in a number of ways to create the custom T-shirt design of your dreams.

Get fruity with this template celebrating the beauty of fruit. Select a background colour that complements your fruit choice, and then select a frame that works for your aesthetic. Next, select a font and add your text, and your custom T-shirt design is ready to download.

Celebrate Valentine’s or the Lonely Hearts Club with this vintage T-shirt design. What’s cool about this template is that it references a variety of eras, so check out the graphics and choose the one you like best.

If travel is your thing and you want to celebrate your favourite city or your very own home town, this retro T-shirt design is an excellent choice. Check out the wide range of graphics of various iconic landmarks around the world, and choose the one that rocks your boat.

Reducing our dependence on plastic and cleaning up our oceans has become a matter of urgency, so why not add your voice to the mix with this retro T-shirt design featuring a range of sea creatures swimming in a plastic bag. Graphics include whales, turtles, crabs, jellyfish, and more.

Looking for a retro T-shirt design you can customise to support women’s rights? This would be it. With its cool colour palette and playful graphics and fonts, you can create a range of awesome custom T-shirt designs to suit every taste.

Get your retro groove on with this fab custom T-shirt design celebrating plants. Each graphic offered is even more beautiful than the next, so you’re going to have a hard time deciding on just one.

A play on the aloof nature of cats, this retro T-shirt design offers a number of gorgeous drawings of cats which you can customise as little or as much as you like to create some super cool T-shirts.

Looking for the best T-shirt design with a retro twist, for a campaign to support women’s rights? This custom T-shirt design is an excellent choice. It offers loads of beautiful graphics so that you can customise as much or as little as you like.

The 1980s in fluorescent. This is a gorgeous, eye-catching template to create a T-shirt design with retro flair. After you’ve added your text and changed your fonts and their colour, experiment with the many graphics and background effects, and you’re ready to download.


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