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The Ultimate Guide to Wholesale T-Shirts

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July 23, 2019
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If you’re looking to buy cheap blank t-shirts in bulk at wholesale prices, then you’ve come to the absolute best guide on the web. Whether you’re looking to print on plain t shirts for your clothing brand, purchase blank apparel to customize, or never run out of that cheap plain t shirt that fits so well, this guide will get you squared away. There is an endless sea of brands to choose from who each has a multitude of different blank apparel that they offer. The way a t-shirt fits and feels when worn is a big deal to potential customers, not to mention if it will keep its quality after a few washes. This guide will help you sift through the wholesale t-shirt options and help get you on track with where to purchase, how to purchase, and what style of blank tee to purchase. This list is in no specific order, each of these brands I have personally used to print on for Dead in LA collections. 

Wholesale Blanks

Gildan Blank Tees

The first brand on the list is one that most people are familiar with, Gildan. Founded in 1984, Gildan employs over 42,000 people worldwide and has become a household name, especially when it comes to wholesale blank t-shirts. Brands such a Vlone, Anti Social Social Club, and Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo collection each “allegedly” use or have used Gildan blanks in the past. 

The two main styles of Gildan blanks that are most prominently used and ones that I myself have used are Style #G5000 and Style #G2000

Each of these styles is 100% preshrunk cotton with #G5000 having the lighter GSM (thickness/ weight of the fabric) at 5.3oz where #G2000 sits at 6oz. Each of these shirts is very easily printed upon and holds together the printed graphics quite well after multiple washes. Each style shows the price of $6 per shirt on the Gildan website, but if a wholesale account is used to buy the blank t-shirts in bulk the price per unit goes down as the quantity purchased goes up. 

In my experience with these Gildan blanks, which of these two styles is the better is completely up to you. The feel of the fabric and the fit of the shirt is different for each of them, but there is no clear winner between them. #G5000 has it’s tubular fit for minimal torque and #G2000 has a classic cut for a roomier fit. If Gildan is the brand you want to go with for purchasing your wholesale blanks then it would be in your best interest to test out both of these blank t-shirt styles. Feeling the fabric in between your fingers and trying the shirt on in the mirror is a great way to decipher which tee is the one you prefer more. 

American Apparel Wholesale T-Shirts

Next on the list for best wholesale blank t-shirts is a brand many are familiar with, American Apparel. Founded in 1989, American Apparel is an illustrious brand that has made a name for itself in the industry with sweatshop free manufacturing and unique advertising campaigns. Having actually been purchased by Gildan in 2017, American Apparel has relaunched online with a multitude of different blank t-shirt styles. Although they’re now owned by Gildan, AA offers a completely different selection of wholesale blanks than them. A notable streetwear brand that has used American Apparel blanks in the past is Supreme, actually having had a mishap occurred that proved as such.

When choosing which blanks to purchase from American Apparel, two styles stand out among the rest. The 2001W Fine Jersey T-Shirt and the 2011 Power Wash Crewneck. Off the bat, let’s talk about AA’s prices. Depending on the retailer you go through, American Apparel’s prices are much higher than that of other wholesale t-shirt manufacturers. This premium comes from their American made business model and the quality of the shirts that they produce. You can expect to pay anywhere from $7 to $15 per unit when going through AA. If you’re a streetwear brand looking to make a profit, these options might not be the best choice for your bottom line.

In regards to the quality of the shirts, the 2011 Power Wash Crewneck might be the best blank t-shirt I’ve ever printed on. The fit and feel of the fabric, the way it sits on your body, and the amount of washes without fading have really put this product above the rest for me. 

There are a couple of drawbacks with this style though. The first being the fact that it is a discontinued product that is slowly being erased from wholesale retailers inventory. This isn’t a huge problem because AA has revamped and restocked an updated version of this tee, but that’s what gets us to the next drawback of these blanks. This style has a stand alone price tag of $22 and buying in bulk doesn’t make it much better with prices able to get into the lower teens. For businesses, unless you’re selling at the high end of the market, these margins just don’t make sense. If you’re looking to print on these blank t shirts for personal use, then this option might make a lot of sense. It depends on your intended use. 

The 2001W Fine Jersey T-Shirt is a great alternative if American Apparel is the way you’re wanting to go. These blanks can be found on wholesale websites at around $3 per shirt depending on the quantity you purchase. The tee has a fabric blend of combed ring spun cotton and a light GSM resulting in a weight of 4.3oz, much less than the Power Wash tee and Gildan t-shirts. The fit of this shirt is pretty similar to that of the Power Wash tee, but the sleeves have a looser fit around the arms. 

Choosing between these American Apparel blank t-shirts really comes down to trying them both out yourself. Of the entire AA line these are the two that are most often recommended and the ones that I personally would recommend. Using your wholesale account you can easily purchase one of each in your desired size and try them on for comparison. Reading an online comparison will point you in the right direction, but to get really get a good understanding of which option is best for you requires having the physical product in hand.

Bella + Canvas Wholesale Blanks

Finally on the list of best plain t-shirts is Bella + Canvas. Located in Los Angeles, B + C also brings to market a great American made t-shirt. They tell a great story of how the brand came to be and the motivations behind creating it. As a result from a great product and marketing Bella + Canvas has been mentioned more and more by businesses and influencers alike. The product selection and quality is some of the best on the market. At the price point their products come, $4-10 depending on product and quantity ordered, it is a no brainer to order from them and test their product.

Bella + Canvas has a large variety of different wholesale blank t-shirts, but one product style that they offer tops them all. The blank I’m talking about is the 3001 Jersey Short Sleeve Tee, priced at around $5 depending on where you purchase from. This tee is my personal favorite and the one that I have used and will continue to use to print Dead in L.A. This shirt is a soft combed ring spun cotton that fits well and prints exceptionally. At 4.2oz this blank has a good weight to it that isn’t uncomfortable, but still has that really nice quality feel.

Bella + Canvas has a large variety of different wholesale blank t-shirts, but one product style that they offer tops them all. The blank I’m talking about is the 3001 Jersey Short Sleeve Tee, priced at around $5 depending on where you purchase from. This tee is my personal favorite and the one that I have used and will continue to use to print Dead in L.A. This shirt is a soft combed ring spun cotton that fits well and prints exceptionally. At 4.2oz this blank has a good weight to it that isn’t uncomfortable, but still has that really nice quality feel.

This wholesale t-shirt is one you must try if you’re looking to make a bulk purchase for your brand. Compared to the other blanks talked about in this guide, the 3001 Jersey Short Sleeve Tee might have the edge over all of them. Once again as I’ve said that’s up for you to decide when you hold them in your hands and try them on.

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