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What Gildan Style is Best for Your Needs?

    Cailey G.    

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Apparel embellishers from all walks of life can agree that there are good shirts, and there are bad shirts for their type of work. Of all the brands, Gildan is a favorite for many because it’s a low-cost option that is still good consistent quality. Whether you’re buying shirts for your business or a hobby Gildan is a good reliable brand for shirt size and quality.

Gildan is true to size. You can use the Gildan size chart to find your best Gildan fit. They also have a wide selection of colors and style collections to fit your variety of needs.

If you’re looking for shirts to use for sublimation then their 100% polyester performance collection (like the G420 or the G460) will do great.

If you’re looking for shirts for embroidery then look no further than their heavyweight Ultra Cotton collection that is 6 oz. They also have Premium Cotton polos like the G828 or Heavy Blend hoodies like the G186.

But what about those of you who do direct to garment printing (DTG) or screen printing?

Well, the good news is there are plenty of 100% cotton or cotton blends to choose from. The bad news is each one is slightly different and you have to figure out which one you like best. We’ve created a breakdown of the top contenders for you and included customer reviews so you can make an informed decision.

The Top Gildan Styles Are:

  • Heavy Cotton (G500)
  • DryBlend shirts (G800)
  • Ultra Cotton shirt (G200)
  • And Soft Style shirts (G640)

Heavy Cotton

The Gildan Heavy Cotton Collection is a 100% cotton** shirt made of preshrunk jersey knit. Since it's not combed or ringspun cotton it's not as soft as other collections in Gildan but is still fairly soft as cotton goes. The Heavy Cotton t-shirt is preshrunk leading to less shrinkage that other 100% cotton shirts.

The feel of the Gildan Heavy tee is overall a softer feel than other cotton but still has a slight texture leaving a note of roughness on your hand.

It has a weight of 4.3 oz which is on the lighter side and it has a thinner feel to the shirt than the DryBlend or Ultra Cotton Collection. Even with its light feel you can’t see through the fabric and it has a sturdy feel to the shirt.

Another feature of the Heavy Cotton t-shirts is the tear-away label making it easier to print your own label or for added comfort for your end customer.

When our customers reviewed the G500 Heavy Cotton shirt they gave it an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. Customers like Robyn M said it was, “ a simple tee True to size and [they] don't shrink when washed” and Johanna said it was a “Great Quality long lasting shirts”. We also have the G500B for youth and the G500L and G500LV for women.

Feature Summary:

  • 100% Cotton**
  • 4.3 oz
  • Preshrunk jersey knit
  • Seamless double-needle 7/8" collar
  • Taped neck and shoulders
  • Tear away label
  • Double-needle sleeve & bottom hems
  • Quarter-turned to eliminate center crease

**Fiber content varies by color, see color list for exceptions

DryBlend

The Gildan DryBlend Collection is less soft than the SoftStyle shirt but softer than the Heavy Cotton Collection. It's a 50/50 cotton/polyester blend which lends itself to being softer than the average 100% cotton shirts. That being said, I would not rank it high on softness compared to the average cotton polyester blend.

The DryBlend is going to be the least prone to shrinking since it is 50% polyester which is less prone to shrinking, and the cotton is preshrunk to reduce shrinkage. The cotton used in the DryBlend is preshrunk jersey knit which reduces the risk of shrinkage and when combined with the 50% polyester which is inherently less prone to shrinking, the shirt is overall less likely to shrink.

It has a weight of 5.5 oz giving it a more durable/ sturdy feel and is not see through. That being said, it still feels light and like a thin shirt, rather than a bulky shirt. Even though it's on the heavier side, it still has a light feel.

It has a heat transfer label instead of a tear away label making it a little more complicated to remove the label, but not impossible.

People who’ve purchased the DryBlend G800 gave it an overall score of 4.8 out of 5 stars. Customers like Latasha said it’s a “Great shirt Love the fit and feel” and Briana said, “The t-shirts were soft well made true to size”. We also offer the G800B youth style companion.

Feature Summary:

  • 50/50 Cotton Polyester
  • 5.5 oz
  • Preshrunk jersey knit
  • Moisture-wicking properties
  • Seamless double-needle 7/8" collar
  • Taped neck and shoulders
  • Heat transfer label
  • Double-needle sleeve & bottom hems
  • Quarter-turned to eliminate center crease

**Fiber content varies by color, see color list for exceptions

Ultra Cotton

The Ultra Cotton shirt is 100% cotton** and is the least soft but is also the heaviest of all the styles with a weight of 6 oz. It isn’t see through and has a heavier feel. It's the favorite of many printers according to my source, Collin, from Goblin Skate. This is because it's a low cost, good quality shirt with a heavier weight which customers typically prefer. It’s also a preshrunk jersey knit so it’s less likely to shrink when washed.

They have a tear away* label on the Ultra Cotton Collection, like the Heavy Cotton shirts make it easier to relabel like the Heavy Cotton collection.

Of the shirts, the Ultra Cotton G200 has the lowest customer review with 4.3 stars out of 5. Customers like Travis say the, “Shirt fits great, color is true to what I ordered. All around a great buy.” and Dale says,”I love the safety colors in this shirt.”

We also have the G200B for youth, the G200L for women, and the G200T that is a Tall style.

Feature Summary:

  • 100% cotton
  • 6 oz
  • Preshrunk jersey knit
  • Seamless double-needle 7/8" collar
  • Taped neck and shoulders
  • Satin label (moving to tear away* label in 2017)
  • Double-needle sleeve & bottom hems
  • Quarter-turned to eliminate center crease

**Fiber content varies by color, see color list for exceptions

SoftStyle

The SoftStyle Collection is appropriately named since it's the softest of all the cotton/blend collections. This is not a surprise since it's the only 100% cotton** ringspun shirt. Ringspun cotton is a way to treat cotton that involves twisting the fiber to create a softer/thinner but stronger, tighter weave. It’s still not as soft as a tri-blend style shirt but as 100% cotton shirts go it is a soft shirt. The shirt is also a preshrunk jersey knit to reduce the shirt shrinkage. With the second lightest weight of 4.5 oz, it's a lightweight shirt but still has a quality feel and is not see through.

The SoftStyle also has a tear away label making it convenient for relabeling with your own brand.

The G640 SoftStyle has an overall customer review of 4.7 out of 5 stars. Customers like Joshua said the shirt is, “Very lightweight, Minimal Shrink, Great Fit,[and] Great price point.” and Linda said, “I have used this shirt for my printing business several times and I get a great end result.” it's a nice shirt and we offer both the G640 and the G640L for women.

Feature Summary:

  • 100% ringspun cotton
  • 4.5 oz
  • Preshrunk jersey knit
  • High stitch density for smoother printing surface
  • Seamless double-needle 3/4" collar
  • Taped neck and shoulders
  • Tear away label
  • Rolled forward shoulder
  • Double-needle sleeve & bottom hems
  • Quarter-turned to eliminate center crease

**Fiber content varies by color, see color list for exceptions

Conclusion

No matter the type of embellishment, whether it be screen printing, direct to garment (DTG), embroidery, or sublimation, Gildan has a great selection of shirts for your needs.

There are many factors to take into account when choosing the best Gildan t-shirt beyond your embellishment style though. Like:

  • Do you want 100% cotton or a blend?
  • Do you want a tear-away tag or a heat transfer label?
  • Do you want a variety of companion items or do you need the one fit?

Depending on how you answer the questions above you’ll find the perfect shirt for your needs.

If you’re ready to find the perfect shirt then take a look at our full selection of Gildan apparel.If you already know what your favorite style is then drop us a comment or write a product review.


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I want to use your brand of the shirts for a ladies clothing line. Can you please tell me which one would perfect for plus side ladies, I want one with little shrinkage and that's a little strech in them