Points to Consider

When Choosing a T-Shirt

Type

What is the best blank t-shirt to use?

When it comes to blank t shirt brands, there are tons of options available. From the material, color, quality and intended use, you need to understand all aspects of the tees you select and how they affect your brand. There are many tough decisions to make when you are starting your own clothing company, however, don’t let this be one of them.

With a little guidance, you will better be able to determine the right tee for you. So, we wanted to take you through the considerations to make your life easier. Below are all the aspects you should consider when selecting the right t-shirt for your clothing company.

What is a Triblend?

A tri-blend tee consists of three materials – cotton, polyester and rayon. The blend is super soft (often softer than 100 percent cotton choices) and doesn’t trap heat between you and the tee, which makes them great to athletic shirts.

Print Method Recommendations:

Screenprinting
Direct to Garment Printing
Embroidery
Heat Transfer

100% Cotton T-Shirts

As you know, clothing items that say “100% cotton” on the label are highly popular because they are comfortable, breathable and last. They are perfect for hot temperatures and are easy for screen-printing.

With that being said, there are several options when it comes to your all cotton choices. For example, 100 percent ringspun shirts are softer, feel nicer when worn and graphics print better on these shirts.

T-ShirtGuys staff are happy to go over all of your options to help narrow down your selection(s).

Print Method Recommendations:

Screenprinting
Direct to Garment Printing
Heat Transfer
Embroidery

50/50 Dry Blend

Tees that are made up of half polyester and half cotton are referred to a 50/50 blend. The idea is to harness the benefits of both materials. The cotton provides a breathable comfort people love while the polyester gives clothing a tear-resistant quality. Additionally, 50/50 blends are usually cheaper and less expensive than all cotton options. Plus, they don’t shrink the same way that cotton clothing that has not been preshrunk do.

Print Method Recommendations:

Embroidery
Heat Transfer
Screen Printing

Softstyle Shirts

SoftStyle is a lighter 4.5 oz ring spun cotton and a more modern fitted shape. SoftStyle shirts are one of our most popular t-shirt styles — it’s the comfiest since it’s made of 100% ringspun cotton. What’s ring spun cotton, you ask? Well, ring spun cotton is smoother and longer yarn compared to open-end yarn. In addition, ring spun yarn goes through a spinning process that softens and straightens each fiber. Compared to regular cotton, ring-spun cotton t-shirts are smoother, stronger, but will also be more expensive.

Softstyle t-shirts are a great choice for those looking to start their own brand. The high density stitching makes it a great canvas for screen printing your design on.

Print Method Recommendations:

Direct to Garment
Heat Transfer
Screen Printing

Ultra Cotton Shirts

The Ultra Cotton t-shirt is a heavyweight 100% cotton preshrunk t-shirt at 6.0 oz. The Ultra Cotton t-shirt from Gildan is known as the essential t-shirt with a classic fit and perfectly weighted for everyday wear. Preshrunk, ring spun cotton means this shirt retains its softness and sizing wash after wash, which also maintains the integrity.

It is the optimal jersey knit shirt for screen printing and embroidery applications. Whether printing for your brand or embroidering for your business, Ultra Cotton’s heavyweight comes in as a heavyweight champion.

Print Method Recommendations:

Embroidery
Heat Transfer
Screen Printing

Performance Shirts

Performance shirts are smooth athletic-fitting tees with moisture-wicking technology to get the most out of workouts. They are made with 100% polyester jersey knit and has the features of anti-microbial properties and heat transfer label, making it the great tee for the hard-working, committed, or for the gym ready. Performance t-shirt has two simple goals — make it easier for everyday athletes to get the most of their workouts, and look good getting there. It’s the core essential to fuel your body for maximum performance!

Polyester has been printed on and embroidered since its invention. These tees are perfect shirts to add your team logo or your own design.

Print Method Recommendations:

Embroidery
Heat Transfer
Screen Printing