A t-shirt has always been a wardrobe staple. T-shirts are a must-have for keeping cool during workouts, feeling comfortable at home and, of course, recently T-shirts have been making a fashion statement as well. Smart casual means wearing a premium t-shirt with a sports coat or even pairing one with a pointy suit; The epitome of street style is a plain white t-shirt for making sneakers and accessories shine. In short, everyone seems to be raising their t-shirt game. And so, we will consider what are the best t-shirt brands to sell your own designs and which styles work well!
If, decades ago, I told you that a t-shirt was about to become the ultimate wardrobe statement, you'd call me bonkers. The T-shirts were the rebels' uniform, representing everything they opposed: the white collar business world. But today, the role of a t-shirt has changed for good.
The best modern t-shirts are made from premium materials that keep you comfortable all day long, with flattering, on-trend fits and tags, pockets, rips and rips, you name it. If you want to feel like a million dollars, all you need is a high-quality t-shirt, a pair of perfect jeans, and some cool sneakers.
What are the best brands of t-shirts?
Bella + Canvas 3001 and Gildan 5000 are the print-on-demand staples. As a new merchant, you can't go wrong choosing these brands for your print on demand business. And speaking of that, I work with Printify, one of the most important players in the print on demand drop shipping game. And if there's anything we know here at Printify, it's t-shirts, because we sell thousands upon thousands of custom t-shirts every month.
Like I said, Bella + Canvas and Gildan are the most popular t-shirts in the world. In fact, 80% of the volume sold at Printify is made up of Bella + Canvas 3001 and Gildan 5000, as well as Gildan 18000.
Then there are other blank t-shirt providers, such as Next Level Apparel. It is smaller, but also a good quality premium t-shirt. Of course, I can't fail to mention my favorite, the Champion t-shirt, which exceeded all my expectations for custom t-shirts. You can read more about the Champion tee in my work buddy Riley article here. In short, I love having a personalized t-shirt with my artwork on it but still featuring the Champion logo on the sleeve, which stands for quality and comfort above all else.
Go green or come home
Printify is also notable for including sustainable items in the catalog. Phone cases, travel mugs and, yes, organic cotton t-shirts. I would especially like to highlight the Stanley Stella organic cotton shirts which are slowly but surely conquering our merchant online windows because there is hardly anything as trendy (and important!) As going green as much as possible. Stanley Stella's mission has always been to create high quality clothing in a more responsible and ethical way. They work hand in hand with their suppliers to source only the best materials, grown or produced in a way that does not harm people, animals or the environment. Their t-shirts are 100% GOTS certified organic cotton from India.
But now, let's take a closer look at the best-selling t-shirt, Bella + Canvas 3001.
Why is the 3001 model the best-selling t-shirt in the world?
If you are proud to own a Bella + Canvas 3001, you probably already know the answer to this question. But if you haven't, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. So here are 5 reasons why it's the number one t-shirt in the world:
First of all, it's the material. In 3001, they use a material called Airlume cotton. This is the highest quality combed and ring spun cotton you can get. Clean cotton, long staple fibers and an environmentally friendly dyeing process are what sets this cotton apart from other fabrics on the market.
The second thing is the fit. When shopping for a t-shirt, you always want to check the side seam, as side tees are the most flattering on the human body.
Range of colors
Originally, 3001 came in 95 different colors, which is an insane amount. With Printify, depending on the print provider you choose, you have a choice of 1 to 53 base colors. In my opinion, black, white, and five basic colors are more than enough, as customers can sometimes be overwhelmed when they see more than 24 different color options. So black, white, and gray, plus a few more neutral colors, should be enough.
Done: according to a study carried out in 2000, it makes more sense to offer fewer color options because customers are more likely to make a purchase when they are offered a limited number of choices.
Black and white, of course, are the dominant colors. It's a classic choice that will never go out of style. As for other neutral colors, what our printing partners and manufacturers stock the most are:
- Dark gray melange
- Athletic Heather
- Navy blue / navy heather
- Sport Gray / Gray
- Soft pink
These options work well with all demographics.
Made in the USA
If the above facts aren't enough to sway you, let me tell you this: the Bella + Canvas 3001 T-Shirt is made in Los Angeles, California. And for me, it's always a selling point to know that my clothes are made in the USA because that almost always means top-notch quality. So, 3001 are made in Los Angeles, including dyeing and cutting. They also have partners in Central America, who help them.
The 3001 is great for just about any decorating technique, but especially straight to the garment (DTG) as the tee surface is smooth. They also use high energy dyes, which are resistant to fading and won't fade even after many wash cycles. However, they do not stain our fabric too much, making solids and heather excellent candidates for discharge printing.
Here's an additional reason: the price. Depending on the print provider you choose, the 3001 starts from $ 6.76 (or even less, if you're a Printify Premium subscriber). The folks at Bella + Canvas call the 3001 their “catwalk shirt,” and I agree. This award allows you to experiment a lot and see what works and what doesn't.
Let's talk about Gildan 5000
Gildan shirts are known for their soft texture and comfort, which is why our customers have chosen Gildan as the second most popular t-shirt brand. The Gildan 5000 Heavyweight Cotton T-Shirt offers the classic cotton look and feel. It is casual but elegant and finds its place in almost any wardrobe. With the 5000 model you get a comfortable, breathable and printable shirt. The 5.3 ounces make it heavy enough to feel like high quality fabric while still being light enough to breathe and feel comfortable no matter what you do. The tear-off tag is also a nice added bonus to keep your neck from itching.
Gildan shirts are perfect for any weather and any activity, from summer heat to winter chills, from lounging to jogging in the park.
In the Printify catalog, Gildan shirts come in 5 to 49 colors, but the same rule as with Bella + Canvas applies: less is more. There is no need to overwhelm your customers with twenty shades of red and blue.
Much like Bella + Canvas 3001, Gildan 5000 is a relatively inexpensive shirt, starting at $ 6.80, which again allows you to experiment a lot, order a lot of samples to see if the final product meets or exceeds your expectations.
So who wins?
Between these two best-selling t-shirts, the winner in terms of quality is definitely the Bella + Canvas 3001. The 3001 is a super smooth cotton, and the weave of the fabric is a tighter knit that offers a more print surface. flat. This results in sharper lines and vivid prints. Of all of Printify's best-selling shirts, 3001 has the most luxurious and upscale feel.
The Gildan 5000, on the other hand, gets your money's worth. It is perfect for work clothes and promotional t-shirts. Because it's a looser weave and stiffer fiber, your print doesn't “pop” as much as with B + C 3001. I don't care about the darker print, in fact some of the t- group shirts that I have acquired over the years the Gildan 5000, and after each wash they get that nice vintage feel. If you are designing group t-shirts this is a fantastic option as the 5000 model allows you to create a higher profit margin and take advantage of the times when your group cannot turn as it is now.
When choosing which brand of t-shirt to add to your online store, it's worth thinking about your demographics, what artwork you plan to print, etc. Bella + Canvas 3001 will look good even under a suit, while Gildan 5000 will look better with jeans because it's a more casual style. That is why it is always important to sample your products before offering them to your customers. On each shirt, the design will look different, wash differently, wear and fit differently. But with the right artwork, the right technique for the specific blank t-shirt, you can create someone's wardrobe staple, even with the cheapest shirt on the market.
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