Great Lakes Clothing: 7 Essentials for a Memorable Lakeside Vacation

by John Amato

The Great Lakes are one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular masterpieces.

Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario are—in that order—the USA’s five largest lakes by surface area. They’re also the largest group of freshwater lakes on the planet.

The Great Lakes help define the American Midwest—its climate, its economy, and its culture. Access to these geologic marvels is part of what makes life in this part of the world so special.

If you’re lucky enough to be spending some time this summer kayaking through Harbour Yak or hiking at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, you need to look the part.

At Jupmode, we provide apparel and gift items for people who live in or love to visit the great American Midwest. These include a full collection dedicated to Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and the Great Lakes region.

Let’s put the spotlight on our favorite Great Lakes items that:

  • Celebrate the Great Lakes region
  • Make wonderful gifts
  • Are only available at Jupmode

1 - Great Lakes Embroidered Sweatshirt

light blue Great Lakes embroidered crewneck sweatshirt

The baby blue Great Lakes embroidered sweatshirt is warm and cozy—just like your favorite lakeside memories. 

This comfy sweatshirt is a unisex relaxed fit made from an 80/20 cotton/poly blend. The lettering is small and subtle, spelling “GREAT LAKES” in all caps across the chest. 

Here are a few more of our favorite Great Lakes-themed sweatshirts and hoodies.

gray and white “Great Lakes, Great Times” sweatshirt

“Great Lakes, Great Times” Sweatshirt

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sea-green script “Great Lakes, Great Times” sweatshirt

Script “Great Lakes, Great Times” Sweatshirt

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gray Lake Erie patch zip-up hoodie

Lake Erie Patch Zip-Up Hoodie

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”I got the Great Lakes sweatshirt as a gift and the recipient loved it! I have a ton of Jupmode items and they’re always the best!”
— Anonymous ★★★★★ Verified Jupmode Sweatshirt Buyer 

2 - Lake Days T-Shirt

light blue and white “Lake Days” t-shirt

Your toes are buried in the sand, the sunshine is sparkling on the sea, and you’re surrounded by your favorite people … who doesn’t love lake days?

This azure blue “Lake Days” tee is the color of a clear blue sky with big, white block lettering. 

Like most Jupmode tees, the material is a poly/cotton/rayon tri-blend. This shrink-proof combo creates shirts that are soft and comfy, but perfectly stretchy and breathable for active wear. 

3 - Lake Erie Corded Sweatshirt

Lake Erie corded cotton crewneck pullover sweatshirt

The Lake Erie crewneck pullover depicts a lakeside evening scenery in vintage-style artwork and lettering. The gorgeous sunset over a deep blue foamy sea artwork captures everything we love about Midwest summer nights. 

The corded crew style adds texture and warmth. This cozy and charming sweatshirt is sure to be your new favorite for boat rides and bonfires. 

”I love this crewneck & get so many compliments on it as well … The colors are my favorite though. They look amazing in person & the embroidery is a neat touch.”
— Natalie T., ★★★★★ Verified Jupmode Sweatshirt Buyer

4 - Great Lakes Pack-N-Go Windbreaker

dark blue Great Lakes pack-n-go windbreaker

Even in the middle of summer, evenings by the water can get pretty chilly. 

Of course, it wouldn’t be a week in the Midwest if you didn’t experience at least three seasons of weather in rapid succession. That’s why savvy Great Lakes visitors never leave home without a windbreaker. 

Jupmode’s pack-N-go Great Lakes windbreaker is just what you need for fending off icy breezes and flash downpours in the great outdoors. Made from 100% Softex polyester, this item is lightweight, breathable, plus wind- and water-resistant. 

This windbreaker features bungee cords at both the waist and hood for tightening up the fit. Additionally, the entire jacket packs into its own front pocket with a zipper closure for fast and tidy packing—perfect for camping trips and rugged hikes. 

perfect got camping trips

5 - The Great Lakes State - Michigan T-Shirt

gray “The Great Lakes State - Michigan” t-shirt

With all due respect to Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana, and the rest of the gang, Michigan is as Great Lakes as it gets. That’s why it’s the only state that bears “The Great Lakes State” as an unofficial nickname. 

Michigan borders four of the five Great Lakes and has coastline for days—more than 3,000 miles of lakeside shorelines. 

If you’re a Great Lakes enthusiast and a Michigander, this Great Lakes State - Michigan tee is the perfect match for your next lakeside weekend. 

”Great company, great shirts… I live in Michigan and I buy the ones that mean something to me ... Thanks Jupmode!”
— Vickie, ★★★★★ Verified Jupmode T-Shirt Buyer

6 - So Great! Lakes Shirt

 blue “So Great” Great Lakes t-shirt

This retro “So Great” Great Lakes t-shirt is straight out of the 80s.

The skating rink arcade vibes are strong with this one. Neon colors and funky cursive highlight a map of the region, bringing some wicked vintage style to a super comfy tri-blend tee. 

7 - Great Lakes, Great Times Tank Top

light blue “Great Lakes, Great Times” tank top

No summer vacation suitcase is fully packed without at least one tank top. Preferably, one with a stylish fit and featuring some clever region-specific wordplay. 

For summer days by the lake, we present the “Great Lakes, Great Times” tank top. It’s baby blue, fitted for athletic use, and made for good times by the water. 

”Great lakes, great times. Love the fit and style. Plus, it’s so comfy.”
— Anonymous, ★★★★★ Verified Jupmode Tank Top Buyer 

We love this theme, so we’re putting it on everything. We even made a Great Lakes, Great Dog bandana so your pup can look handsome on lake days. 

Check out a few more offerings below.

light blue “Great Lakes, Great Times” t-shirt

“Great Lakes, Great Times” T-Shirt

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dark blue “Great Lakes, Great Times” baseball cap

“Great Lakes, Great Times” Hat

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blue “Great Lakes, Great Times” drink koozie

“Great Lakes, Great Times” Drink Koozie

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”We used this while camping in Lake Erie and it kept our beer cold and got lots of great comments from other campers. Definitely recommended!”
— Andrew T., ★★★★★ Verified Jupmode Drink Koozie Buyer 

Where to Find Great Lakes Vacation Apparel and Gifts

blue and white “Do Great Things” youth t-shirt

Searching for Great Lakes clothing? We’ve got what you need. 

At Jupmode, we’re all about the Great Lakes, along with the culture, the people, and our favorite places in the American Midwest. 

Along with our Great Lakes gear, we offer the following special apparel and gift collections:

  • Midwesterner 
  • Michigan
  • Ohio 
  • Bowling Green State University
  • The University of Toledo
  • Toledo City Pride

Shop online or stop by one of our two brick-and-mortar stores in Toledo, Ohio. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the Jupmode blog for more Midwestern apparel buying guides. For answers to a few of our most frequently asked questions, see below or visit our full FAQ page. 

How quickly do Jupmode items ship?

Jupmode shipping is through the United States Postal Service (USPS). Shipped items normally arrive within 7–10 days of order placement. Shipping is free for all orders over $75.

Does Jupmode have retail stores?

Jupmode has two retail stores in Toledo Ohio at these addresses:

Jupmode Adams Street
(419) 318-2029
2022 Adams Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604 (click here for directions)
(Mon–Fri 11 am–6 pm, Saturday 11 am–4 pm)

Jupmode Cricket West
(419) 573-2666
3142 Markway Road
Toledo, Ohio 43606 (click here for directions)
(Tues–Sat 11 am–6 pm, Sunday 10 am–4 pm)

Does Jupmode offer custom printing? 

Jupmode offers custom screen printing and embroidery. We do some of our best work in direct partnership with local Midwestern schools, businesses, and non-profit groups. 

Learn more about custom orders here

Does Jupmode apparel shrink in the wash? 

Most of our t-shirts are made with a polyester, cotton, and rayon tri-blend. This combination experiences minimal shrinkage, if any. 

We also use a 50/50 poly/cotton blend for some garments. This blend is also mostly shrink-proof. 

Additionally, we pre-shrink our sweatshirts and sweatpants. Therefore, the potential for post-purchase shrinkage is quite low. However, minor shrinking may occur if you use high heat to dry certain cotton or fleece garments. For cotton and fleece items, we recommend hang-drying or tumble drying with low heat. 

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