Picking the Perfect T-Shirt Blank

Picking the perfect blank for your t-shirt business is an extremely important decision. With so many different options for t-shirt blanks out there, choosing the one to best fit your brand can be an intimidating and difficult decision. Some of the aspects to consider are fabric quality, t-shirt fit, sizing and available colors. Below I will describe each of these things and how they apply to several of the most popular t-shirt blanks.

Alstyle t-shirt blanks

Quality:

Alstyle provides a fairly thick quality t-shirt from many of the reviews I have read. Although from what I have heard, they some of their blank models are actually quite soft. They have a wide variety to choose from including 22 types of basic style blanks. The most popular blank models are the 1901 Adult Short Sleeve Tee, 5301 Men’s Fine Jersey Fitted Tee and 1701 Ringspun Tee. The 1901 is a very basic t shirt blank that is 5.5 oz and 100% preshrunk cotton. The 5301 is more of a fashion style t-shirt that is 4.3 oz and 100% combed preshrunk cotton. The 1701 is a softer version of their basic t-shirt which is 5.5 oz and 100% ringspun preshrunk cotton.

Fit:

The 1701 and 1901 models have a pretty average fit to them. They are a good option for brands looking to market toward consumers who aren’t too picky on fit. The 5301 has a slimmer fit than their other blanks. This model is a fashion t-shirt and is suitable for brands that want a slimmer fit and more trendy style blank.

Sizing:

Alstyle has a pretty wide range of sizes available for all of their blanks. Most of the sizes range from small to double or triple XL. Their shirts are made with preshrunk cotton so that is always one thing to consider. One disadvantage that I spotted was that none of their adult size blanks have an extra small option.

Colors:

The available colors for Alstyle blanks are fairly average. Some models offer a wider range of colors than others, but they tend to stay on the dark side. They will cover all of the basics such as black, white and gray without a problem. They do however have some unusual color choices such as mustard and banana that might be appealing to some brands.

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Alternative Apparel t-shirt blanks

Quality:

Alternative Apparel has been building a reputation as some of the softest blanks around. They offer the widest variety of blanks, outerwear, pants and accessories of all of the brands mentioned in this article. In their men’s blank t-shirts alone they offer 44 different models and styles. The most popular blanks that you find brands using are the AA1070 Basic Crew and the AA05 Crew Tee. Both models are 100% cotton jersey t-shirts that are very lightweight. The AA1070 would be my choice because it has tear away tags and a slightly larger color selection. Although some of their tees feel very thin, they are the softest and smoothest blanks around.

Fit:

The fit of Alternative Apparel blanks can be a little bit misleading at first. When I am looking for new blank samples, I compare the sizes to American Apparel 2001 t-shirts because I know how their size fits me. Alternative Apparel’s size charts have extremely similar dimensions to the American Apparel numbers. I have tried on a few different Alternative Apparel models and this certainly was not the case. The Alternative Apparel shits fit very small and I found myself exchanging them for a larger size. I am a medium in American Apparel and I find a large Alternative Apparel shirt to be a little bit short and snug. In the end though, it all depends on what you prefer for your brand and yourself. One thing that I love about Alternative Apparel blanks are that the sleeves are very form fitting and don’t wing out as much as other blanks.

Sizing:

Alternative Apparel has a nice selection of sizes ranging from small to triple XL. Depending on how you prefer your t-shirts to fit, you may want to consider ordering a size up. These blanks are not made with preshrunk cotton and Alternative Apparel recommends that you wash your blanks in cold water to reduce shrinking.

Colors:

The AA1070 blank comes with 25 different color options for you to choose from. This is an extremely large amount of colors which is definitely a positive. Alternative Apparel does offer additional color options but many of them are available only on specific style blanks. One thing that I noticed when browsing their color selection was plenty of earth tone and neutral themes.

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American Apparel t-shirt blanks

Quality:

American Apparel blanks are known for their exceptional quality. They have just the right amount of thickness that is also extremely soft and comfortable. Although expensive, their blanks have become the go to t-shirt for a majority of independent fashion brands. Their most popular models are the 2001 and the TR401. The 2001 is a fine jersey 100% cotton blank with a slim fit. The TR401is their Tri-Blend blank which is made up of 50% polyester, 25% cotton and 25% rayon. The TR401 is a softer blank but it is thinner than the 2001 and also has less stretch.

Fit:

The fit of American Apparel has to be my favorite out of all the blanks in this article. There is a good amount of length in their blanks which is one thing that I love. Many of their models have a slim fit so that is one thing to always consider. The fit of the Tri-Blend model is a little bit smaller than the 2001. I find myself wearing a size larger than my normal size of medium. Again, it all depends on how you prefer your t-shirts to fit. The Tri-Blend blank can sometimes feel a little snug and doesn’t offer much stretch.

Sizing:

American Apparel offers a very large range of size for their unisex tees. Most models are available in sizes XXS to 3XL. It is always best to check out the specific sizing charts for each blank model and decide which size if best for you. Models that are not 100% cotton tend to be on the smaller side and may require a size up.

Colors:

The American Apparel 2001 offers the widest range of colors that you will find anywhere. Currently there are 47 different color options and they are adding new ones constantly. The Tri-Blend t-shirt only comes in 8 different colors since it is made up of a mixture of materials. So if you are going with American Apparel, chances are they will have a model style that comes in your desired color.

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Anvil t-shirt blanks

Quality:

The only Anvil blank that I have personally dealt with is the 980 model. The 980 is a slimmer, fashion fit model tee. Many people consider the 980 to be the closest alternative to the popular American Apparel 2001. In my opinion, the 980 is a very underrated model in the t-shirt industry. I say this mainly because it is thicker than and just as soft as the 2001 but for a cheaper price. I used the 980 for my first initial Vicious History release and I was extremely satisfied. It is a pre-shrunk 4.5oz 100% combed ring spun cotton t-shirt that also features a tear away label.

Fit:

The fit of this t-shirt is also very similar to the 2001 except for a few small differences. The 980 is a little bit shorter in length compared to the 2001 and various other blanks. The thick material provides for a surprisingly soft and comfortable fit. The only downfall that I noticed is that the sleeves tend to wing out a couple of inches although this is different for every body type.

Sizing:

The 980 comes in a wide variety of sizes ranging from small to 3XL. They even offer 4XL size tees in certain colors. Since the 980 is made with preshrunk cotton, make sure to order true to size as these shirts will not shrink much.

Colors:

The 980 is available in 20 different colors to choose from. They are available in 4XL in white, chocolate, navy, black and heather gray. The available colors are pretty basic and you won’t find many unusual or exotic options.

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