When we make designs for customers, one of the first items we discuss with our clients is what shirt they are considering. Is the item going to be worn everyday, what cut do they want, cotton, polyester, poly/cotton,and do they want a sweatshirt, jacket, or other outerwear? All of these questions present a different opportunity for us to provide answers and the best product we can for our clients.
The cut of a shirt is very important to the customer and how they feel when wearing the garment. A “regular” t-shirt is in fact a unisex tee. This garment is an entry level shirt and is appropriate for clubs, teams, one-off designs, and the like. This tee is generally 100% cotton and the most common tee we sell. Gildan makes two excellent unisex tees that we definitely recommend to our customers and sell more than any other brand. Between the Gildan Ultracotton and the Gildan Heavycotton, there are over 50 colors and sizes range from youth extra small all the way to adult 5XL! The extensive selection of colors and sizes make this tee exceptionally popular!
Beyond the unisex tee, the ranges of cut and fabric can vary greatly. Ladies, plenty of options are available for you in slimmer cuts, lighter fabrics, and a variety of neck styles. The typical “ladies cut” is a silhouette shape that is not so boxy like the unisex tee and provides a more flattering fit for women. After the cut, the neck style is probably the next variant to consider. V-neck and scoop neck provide comfortable and enhanced style.
For both unisex tees and ladies tees (and outerwear, sport styles, and sweatshirts), fabric is the final variable. The biggest advancement in fabrics is polyester. Gone are the days of the uncomfortable and hot polyester reminiscent of the 1980’s. Polyester technology is so advanced that polyester shirts are light, cool, and very popular not just for athletes, but for anyone. Polyester shirts provide a piece of clothing that doesn’t fade or shrink and adds another option to everyone’s closet.
Renewable and recycled fabrics are still on the rise and as technology continues to improve, so will these choices. Polyester and cotton combinations do provide a suitable alternative in the meantime.
When deciding what garment you would like, be sure to consider these options. Still not sure, ask us!