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When browsing through the catalog, you might feel overwhelmed with all of the different t-shirt options available. This article aims to help you differentiate between the types of fabric.


Cotton shirts are made from natural fibers and are great for all skin types. They are soft, lightweight, and comfortable to wear all day long. They generally are the most cost-effective of all fabrics, but they can be prone to shrinkage or wrinkling. Ringspun cotton is made from twisting and thinning the cotton strands, so it produces a softer feel and stronger weave than regular cotton.

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Polyester is a strong, synthetic material that holds its shape to resist stretching and wrinkles (no ironing!). It's a popular choice for athletic wear because it’s quick drying, moisture-wicking, and helps keeps you cool.

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Poly-cotton blend

Polyester and cotton combine to create a fabric that has the light feel of cotton with the wrinkle resistance of polyester. It is softer and lighter than 100% cotton, and also less susceptible to wrinkles or shrinking. Blending the fabrics increases the strength, decreases the weight, and adds to the overall softness. Blends offer a mid-range price point with a high-end feel.

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Constructed from cotton, polyester, and rayon, tri-blends provide a super soft, worn-in feel and are very lightweight. They are great for everyday wear and drape nicely. Polyester retains its shape and elasticity, cotton lends comfort and durability, and rayon creates a unique texture. Because of the multiple fabrics, the colors tend to have a slight color heathering, or vintage look. With that comfort comes a price - tri-blends generally are the most expensive of all t-shirt options.

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Still not sure what shirt to use?

Ask our merchandise team if you have any questions or would like to receive blank samples to help in your decision making.
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