To make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck, it's important to know what to look out for when T-shirt shopping. According to Melissa Core of Dead Horse Designs, there are several factors in play.
For example, 100 percent cotton is standard and cheap, whereas if the T-shirt is made with bamboo or modal blends, the price of the shirt will go up.
If the company is making the T-shirt pattern themselves, this will cause the price to rise since it's a custom design and not mass-produced.
Making garments in the USA is more expensive than making garments overseas, due to our wages being higher.
Depending on how many units a company orders, the production value will impact the final result of the retail price. "The lower the units, the more expensive the shirt will be to produce," says Core. "The higher the units, the better the price breaks and margins."
If your tee has a snazzy design on the front, the number of colors in the design will impact the price to print them. "One color will be cheaper than say, three," says Code.
Even though they're pricier, look for tri-blend shirts: Tees that are spun using three different fabrics such as polyester/cotton/rayon. Why? They last longer, wash well and hold prints better.
Also, look for shirts that are already pre-shrunk, says Andreea Ayers, founder of Tees For Change. If there's a graphic on the front, make sure it's of high quality too — you don't want it to crack after one wash! While it can be tough to tell, here's a good rule of thumb: "If you can feel the print on the shirt as you run your fingers over it and it's a bit raised, it's usually not as durable as ink that's embedded more into the fabric," says Ayers.
If you're looking for a more budget-friendly tee, here's how to find a cheap tee that looks like a million bucks (you can also use these tips while sussing out the cheap tees masquerading as high-end):
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