Where to buy psychedelic shirts in the UK?
May 16, 2009 11:17 AM   Subscribe

Does anyone know where I can purchase shirts (as in, not-tshirt-shirts) with psychedelic patterns on in the UK? Real-life or online is fine.

The closest I can find in mainstream outlets are shirts with repeating patterns; I'd hardly call them psychedelic though. What I'm looking for are some trippy, colourful (though this is optional) proper shirts. Thanks in advance, I know you'll do me proud.

A secondary question: are there any connotations of wearing such shirts a hip and happening 20-year-old such as myself should know about?
posted by jhighmore to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (8 answers total)
Secondary answer: Only that you will no longer be a hip and happening 20-year-old.
posted by Loto at 11:25 AM on May 16, 2009 [2 favorites]

Do you have pictures of anything that has caught your eye? Your question is a little vague so far. Would a Thomas Pink paisley fit the bill, or are you looking for more than that?
posted by rhizome at 11:29 AM on May 16, 2009

Response by poster: Loto: Hah! I also just realised that I will need one for a themed party, so maybe I could use that as my legitimate excuse.

rhizome: I have a shirt similar to that, and that one is definitely on the right track. This is sort of what I'm thinking of, albeit maybe more fractal and less patterned. Also, it being well under £99 would be a massive plus point.
posted by jhighmore at 11:38 AM on May 16, 2009

I take it back. That shirt is awesome. You might have good luck with a thrift shop or vintage clothing store, they are more likely to have something like that than the average modern store.
posted by Loto at 11:42 AM on May 16, 2009

Couple here may fit the bill, pricey though.
posted by fire&wings at 11:46 AM on May 16, 2009

Here's a thought, but it may be a slightly difficult solution or more than you want to pay in the end: Find a dressmaker (possibly a fashion student looking to make some extra money) and have the shirts custom-made. There are a lot of cotton prints out there, mostly designed for quilting, which gives you a lot more options (some may be a little heavy/stiff for shirts, though).

However, if you want something right now, this wouldn't work. And good dressmakers usually aren't too cheap.

(My mom was a dressmaker for a long time.)
posted by darksong at 11:59 AM on May 16, 2009

The search term you're looking for is "disco shirt."
posted by limeonaire at 12:08 PM on May 16, 2009

That is not a disco shirt unless the phrase has acquired new meaning in the last 30 years. My sense is that the OP is looking for more of a Jimi Hendrix style paisley. My suggestion/technique would be to scan Google Images for patterns that appeal, and finding the right store that way.
posted by rhizome at 12:45 PM on May 16, 2009 [1 favorite]

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