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Getting Started with Apparel

Everything you need to know about apparel

If you're just starting out in the apparel business, the extensive collection of brands and garment styles may seem a little bit overwhelming. This guide will serve as an attempt to help break down these selections for you.

T-Shirts

100% Cotton

These are your basic and most common types of shirts. If you're new to the industry this would be a safe place to start and get your feet wet. They are affordable and yield great print results. One thing to note is that even though they are usually pre shrunk, 100% cotton shirts are still known to shrink a little after washing. This would also be the best option for novelty tees, business promotions, team shirts, etc.

Styles Printful offers that are 100% cotton:
· Gildan

Gildan

Gildan

100% Ringspun Cotton

These garments are thinner and softer than your regular 100% cotton tees and, because of their manufacturing process, are more durable as well. This is our most popular garment types among clothing brands. They have a higher-end feel and do not shrink as much as your average 100% cotton shirt. If budget isn't an issue and you’re a clothing brand, we would strongly recommend this route.

Styles Printful offers that are 100% ringspun cotton:
· American Apparel
· Anvil
· Alternative
· Bella + Canvas

American Apparel

American Apparel

Anvil

Anvil

Alternative

Alternative

Bella + Canvas

Bella + Canvas

Other Things to Consider

Beyond these two options, selections can be broken down even further with organic varieties as well as garment weights.

· American Apparel
   - 2001ORG / 2102ORG
   - 2105ORG
   - 2456ORG
   - 2201ORG
   - 4001ORG
· Alternative 6021
· Anvil 420

While choosing an organic option will be based solely on personal preference, garment weights can be broken down.

Garment weights are usually reflected by their durability. The heavier the garment the more durable, while the lighter the softer. Keep in mind that because ringspun cotton shirts are manufactured to be more durable and lighter than regular cotton shirts, a lighter 4.3 oz ringspun cotton shirt will usually be more durable than a heavier 6 oz cotton shirt.

American Apparel

American Apparel 2102ORG

Alternative 6021

Alternative 6021

Anvil 420

Anvil 420

Bottom Line

When it's all said and done, your garment choice really comes down to some basic factors:
· Who’s your audience
· What’s your budget
· Personal preference

Battle of the brands

Here is an ever more in depth comparison between brands and styles.

Gildan 64000 Softstyle shirts are our most affordable, softest feel cotton shirt. They are loose-fitting and produce good quality printing results. Up from that are your Gildan Heavy Cotton shirts and Gildan Ultra Cotton shirts. The difference between the three are your weights:

· Gildan Softstyle = 4.5 oz
· Gildan Heavy Cotton = 5.5 oz
· Gildan Ultra Cotton = 6.1 oz

Keep in mind, the heavier the weight the thicker the garment will feel, with the heavier garments being more durable than the lighter garments.

Our Gildan 2000 Ultra Cotton shirts are also offered in the widest selections of sizes, ranging from Small to 5XL.

Gildan 64000 Softstyle

Gildan 64000 Softstyle

Gildan 2000 Ultra Cotton

Gildan 2000 Ultra Cotton

American Apparel 2001 (men) / 2102 (women) shirts are our most popular garments. These are 100% ringspun cotton, making them lighter and softer, yet as durable as the heavier weighted shirts. They are also slimmer-fitting than any of our other selections. One key reason why so many of our clients decide to go with this brand is because they are made here in the U.S. in 100% sweatshop-free factories. American Apparel garments also produce some of our best printing results.

American Apparel 2001

American Apparel 2001

American Apparel 2102

American Apparel 2102

Our other popular Anvil varieties includes the Anvil 980 Lightweight Tee.

· Anvil 980 Lightweight Tee
   - 4.5 oz
   - 100% ringspun cotton

Anvil 980 Lightweight Fashion T-Shirt

Anvil 980 Lightweight Fashion T-Shirt

The Anvil 980 is our most popular shirt with clients who opt for rebranding. This shirt comes with tear away tags that make it possible for inside label printing. Many clients who began with American Apparel 2001 shirts have switched to the Anvil 980 shirts to take advantage of our rebranding option.

Another great option for rebranding is the Alternative Apparel 1070 (men) / 1072 (women) shirts. These shirts come in second in popularity amongst Printful merchants. They cost slightly more than your Anvil selections but are our highest quality rebranding option, which are also the most comparable to American Apparel. The torsos on these shirts do tend to run longer than other brands.

Alternative Apparel 1070

Alternative Apparel 1070

Alternative Apaprel 1072

Alternative Apparel 1072

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