How to Select A Shirt Type

Brad Oliver
How to Select A Shirt Type

Brad Oliver

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October 21, 2022

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Every type of tee has a place.

How to Select A Shirt Type

How to Select A Shirt Type

How to Select A Shirt Type

Picking a shirt brand and type can be overwhelming. There are hundreds of brands and thousands of styles to choose from. Every type of tee has a place. We generally use a few questions to guide people in selecting the right shirt for their order. 

Thicker or Thinner (heavy or light)

There is a long standing debate on which shirt feels more “quality”. This comes down to preference. We have seen people use a standard Gildan (or similar) cotton Tee and feel like that is exactly the feel that they are looking for. But then also someone that would use a thin soft tee that they love. 

We typically say if you are trying to appeal to a younger demographic, thicker and boxier fits are going to be their favorite. If you are appealing to a slightly older demographic, then go with a softer, thinner fabric. This is a major generalization, but it can help guide us in the right direction. 

Here are a few different tees we love:

Thicker:
- Comfort Colors 1717
- Los Angeles Apparel 
- Gildan 5000

Thinner:
- Bella Canvas 3001
- Next Level 6210
- Bella Canvas Triblend 

Cotton or Blend

People generally associate 100% cotton tees with rough textures. That’s not always the case. There are thousands of styles, but we usually group them into 3 categories. 


Cotton, 50/50 blends, triblends.

Cotton shirts are going to be a wide range of shirts from Gildan 5000 to Next Level 3600. They can be any range of thickness (weight). 50/50 Blends are typically 50% cotton and 50% polyester. These are softer to the touch and are usually lighter feeling Even more light and soft feeling are Triblends. They are made up of a blend of cotton, polyester and rayon. These will have an extremely soft light feeling to the touch

Price Point

Within all of the styles above, there are different price points to look at. Let’s take 100% cotton for example. 

Within these 3 tees, there are vastly different prices. 

- Comfort Colors 1717
- Los Angeles Apparel 
- Gildan 5000

Los Angeles Apparel is going to be the most expensive, Comfort Colors the middle and Gildan being the cheapest. 

If you are going for a thicker 100% cotton shirt, one of these would be our suggestion based on price point. This comes back to what the purpose and budget is. If they are going to be sold, we would suggest going with a higher price point, but if they are giveaways, then we may suggest to go with a lower price point to save money. 
Your reason for ordering apparel may be vastly different from another person’s. That’s why talking with us about your order can be helpful.