Star Wars Apparel Options for NZ Fans
Many of us want to express our love for Star Wars with what we wear, whether it’s your favourite character on a t-shirt, or a subtle tie at the office. Unfortunately, finding Star Wars t-shirts and apparel in local stores here in New Zealand can be a rare occurrence, and often the finds are in the children’s clothing sections only. It is a lot easier these days to seek what you want on-line, with several major companies now shipping to New Zealand. There’s variety to cover a huge array of favourite characters, and many companies are branching out from standard t-shirts to offer other apparel options like button-down shirts, dresses, leggings and socks. Here are some of the popular stores to check out that ship to New Zealand (shipping info approximate, based on examples at time of writing)…
We Love Fine carry a large range of mens and womens t-shirts, and recently have expanded their range to include button-down tops, tunic tops and shorts for women. Their cart system saves your purchases for approx 2 hours, letting you put items on hold while you consider your purchase, or want to add more to your cart without fear of someone else buying that last t-shirt you wanted. They also run occasional competitions for fan art submissions, with the winners being produced as t-shirts, letting fans have the chance to have their work on a piece of licensed gear. Approximate postage to NZ for 3 t-shirts = US$20.30.
StylinOnline are a staple store booth at many US conventions. This website has a massive array of Star Wars t-shirts for both men and women, as well as hoodies, and other apparel items like necklaces and wallets. A favourite of mine are their full-print shirts – with the image covering the whole front of the shirt and sleeves. Approximate postage to NZ for 3 t-shirts = US$26.00.
SuperHeroStuff currently stock a huge 622 Star Wars items. Their inventory carries many t-shirts for men and women, as well as a range of items such as caps, leggings, hoodies, boxer shorts, belts, board shorts, and many more. It is definitely a must visit for any fan looking to add some Star Wars to their wardrobe. Approximate postage to NZ for 3 t-shirts = US$15.22.
Also worth mentioning…
Think Geek. Stockists of many Star Wars items, they carry a range of t-shirts for both men and women, as well as a variety of apparel such as socks, belts, ties, earrings and bags. They are also stockists of selected Her Universe clothing items for women, letting fans in New Zealand order those items without need for a US mail forwarding service. They also have frequent sales, so sign up for email alerts if you shop there often.
Black Milk Clothing. This Australian company gained a lot of attention for their Artoo swimsuit, and later launched a full Star Wars collection. While this has recently been discontinued, they continue to stock basketball style tops that can be worn by both men and women, with 6 team styles to choose from, such as Imperial Troopers or Mos Eisley Villians. They offer free standard (airmail) shipping to New Zealand and their prices are in Australian dollars.
Again, as with buying collectibles on-line, ordering from overseas can still attract customs fees if ordering multiple and/or expensive items, so be sure to check WhatsMyDuty.org.nz before you buy if you’re not sure if your purchase total will hit the limit.
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