T-Shirts Buying Guide
Posted July 22, 2016

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST CUSTOM WHOLESALE T-SHIRTS

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T-Shirts are by far the most popular promotional item. Everyone owns a t-shirt and everyone wears them regularly, making it an important and crucial investment for your brand. It can be overwhelming trying to choose the t-shirt to best represent your organization, company, or school, which is why we put this guide together. Our t-shirt buying guide will help you consider which t-shirt fabrics and t-shirt fits necklines, and lengths will best match your audience, while also providing information on our popular imprint methods and price options

T-SHIRT FABRICS

The first step in finding the ideal t-shirt for your audience is choosing the right fabric. Different types of materials are better suited for certain occasions and activities. Below we describe our available t-shirt fabrics – cotton, polyester, and blends.

Cotton

Cotton is the king of all t-shirt fabrics! It’s soft, breathable, lightweight, and affordable, making it clear why it’s so widely used. Cotton t-shirts are great for buying in bulk due to their low price point, so consider cotton t-shirts for your next fundraising event, team activity, or corporate event when you need to purchase t-shirts for a wide audience. However, keep in mind that most cotton is more likely to shrink than a polyester or blended material.

Below are the five different types of cotton to consider before purchasing, each with their own distinct characteristics:

Ring-Spun Cotton:
Ring-Spun cotton is created by twisting and thinning the cotton strands. It is usually pricier but extremely durable, lasting a very long time.
Slub Cotton:
Slub cotton is woven, creating slight lumps and a unique texture. It’s airy and lightweight, making it great for summer events.
Organic Cotton:
Organic cotton is environmentally friendly since it is grown with minimal use of fertilizers and pesticides. This is great for an environmentally conscious audience, but it does come with a higher price tag.
Combed Cotton:
Combed cotton is a high quality cotton made with a higher thread count. It’s very strong and durable, but a bit pricier than other options.
Pima Cotton:
Pima cotton is made from very fine and thin cotton strands, creating an extremely comfortable and soft t-shirt that is resistant to stretching and fading.

Polyester

Polyester is a synthetic material, popular for its durability, resistance to stretching and shrinking, and it’s quick drying ability. Since polyester is a sturdy and strong material, it is recommended to wear polyester t-shirts for outdoor events, sporting activities, and in harsh climates. However, it isn’t as breathable as cotton or blended fabric.

Blends

Blended fabric takes advantage of both cotton and polyester, combining the best characteristics of each. Sometimes a third material, Rayon, is used as well. Blended t-shirts are lightweight and breathable, while also being wrinkle resistant and durable. Due the wide range of characteristics, t-shirts made of blended materials are the perfect combination of loungewear and performance wear.

MOISTURE WICKING T-SHIRTS

Moisture wicking is the optimal t-shirt material for exercising, hiking, or any type of active event. The moisture wicking material removes moisture from the skin, making it versatile for both cold and hot climate conditions. We carry short sleeve and long sleeve moisture wicking t-shirts, offered in both men’s and women’s sizes. Choose from different fits and a plethora of colors to find the moisture wicking t-shirt that best fits your audience.

T-SHIRT FITS, NECKLINES, AND SLEEVE LENGTHS

Before purchasing wholesale custom t-shirts, consider what fit, neckline, and sleeve length works best for your audience.

T-Shirt Fits

We carry four different t-shirt fits – fitted, relaxed fit, semi-fitted, and slim fit.

Fitted T-Shirts:
Fitted t-shirts provide a tighter fit that hugs the waist. Our fitted t-shirts are available for both men and women, and can be worn at the gym or with a pair of shorts for a casual day out.
Relaxed Fit T-Shirts:
Relaxed fit t-shirts are slightly baggier than a normal fit, providing comfort and stretch. They are offered in a variety of styles and colors.
Semi-Fitted T-Shirts:
Semi-fitted t-shirts are tighter than relaxed fit, but looser than our fitted tees. They offer more room and are breathable, but still provide some shape.
Slim Fit T-Shirts:
Slim fit t-shirts sit close on the body, creating a silhouette. These are mostly recommended for casual wear and not athletic activities.

T-Shirt Necklines

We carry eight different t-shirt neckline options – crewneck, v-neck, deep v-neck, henley, hooded, off shoulder, ringer, and scoop neck. The most popular, classic t-shirt neckline is the crewneck t-shirt featuring a round neckline that can be worn with layers if desired. Another popular option is our v-neck t-shirt featuring a stylish v neckline shape that is available in a multitude of colors.

If you’re searching for a shirt featuring a collar neckline, we carry custom dress shirts and personalized polo options as well.

T-Shirt Sleeve Lengths

We carry three different t-shirt sleeve lengths – ¾ sleeve, long sleeve, and short sleeve.

¾ Sleeve T-Shirts:
Our ¾ sleeve length t-shirts give off that casual, everyday look. Many are available in the Raglan style, featuring colored sleeves.
Long Sleeve T-Shirts:
Consider long sleeve t-shirts if you plan on creating your custom t-shirts for the colder months. We carry our long sleeve t-shirts in both relaxed and slim fit, some even available in moisture wicking.
Short Sleeve T-Shirts:
Our custom short sleeve t-shirts are the most popular and affordable sleeve length option. They are available in all materials and fits, as well as a large variety of colors. We even carry a pocket style tee for a unique look!

IMPRINT METHODS

  • Silk-Screen

    Screen Printing

    Screen printing is cost-effective, durable, and great if a large imprinting size is needed. Colors and designs will print clear and crisp since the ink is applied directly through a tiny mesh onto the shirt! Consider screen printing as an imprint method for bulk orders or if you have bright or solid color logos.

  • Heat Transfer

    Heat Transfer

    Heat transfer works by fusing the artwork into the shirt, resulting in high quality prints. This is somewhat similar to an iron-on transfer. Heat transfer works well for simple logos and designs.

  • Embroidery

    Embroidery

    Embroidery is when the image or logo is translated into a design using thread, creating a textured look and feel. This works best with solid color logos, but doesn’t work as well with displaying fine detail and small text. Keep in mind that Embroidery is on the heavy side for t-shirts, so it is recommended to embroider a heavyweight tee.

  • Dye Sublimation

    Dye Sublimation

    Dye sublimation can only be used on polyester materials and is done by printing a special ink onto the transfer paper, applying that paper to a substrate and then applying heat and pressure to the material. This results in a soft print and works best on a large imprint area and light colored fabrics.

  • Laser Engraving

    Laser Engraving

    For laser engraving, a laser printer is used to melt the surface of the fabric, creating a durable and long-lasting imprint that cannot be removed. Note that this is only available for specific materials.

  • Deboss

    Deboss

    Debossing is a process where a metal die of your design is created and pressed into the shirt. Although colorless, this leaves a 3-dimensional unique look. Note that this is only available for specific materials.

  • Direct to Garment Printing

    Direct to Garment Printing

    Direct to garment printing uses inkjet technology and digitally transfers the design on the shirt, which creates a soft feel on all t-shirts. It works best on 100% cotton material and is great for full color logos.

  • Puff Printing/ HXD Printing

    Puff Printing/ HXD Printing

    Puff printing gives a 3D feel to your design, since the puff additive in the ink will expand once heat is applied. This gives a unique look and feel to your shirts. However, it doesn’t work well for designs with small details.

PRICE OPTIONS

We understand that you have a budget for your personalized t-shirts, and we’re here to help you get the best your for buck. We offer a wide variety of price options for our t-shirts, making it easy for you to find a t-shirt that fits within your budget!

Most Affordable T-Shirts:
If you’re on a tight budget, we carry many cost-effective t-shirts, available in a variety of materials, sizes, colors, and fits.
Quality T-Shirts:
We have a large selection of higher quality t-shirts with special features that will allow you to still stay within your budget. Choose from moisture wicking, tagless, organic options, and more!
Best Designer T-Shirts:
If you’re searching for t-shirts of the highest quality, top brands, and softest feel, our best t-shirt selection is the way to go!

We want to help you find the perfect t-shirt for the perfect price, so if you have any questions, call our team at 800-554-0127 between 9AM and 8PM ET on Monday through Friday.

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