Custom Printed Polo Shirts for your team
Custom Printed Polo shirts are a popular choice of garment and now the largest category of apparel besides t-shirts. Polo shirts are associated with more formal or sporty chic look compared to casual T-shirts. Today, there are thousands of polo shirt styles on the market and it can be very confusing as to which style of polo shirt is best for your needs. Just like T-shirts, Polos come in many varieties to choose and cost depends on the fabric type, the variation in cut, and most importantly the brand. Custom Printed Polos can be embroidered or silk-screen with your logo. This blog is designed to help you choose the right polo shirt for your project.
Choice of fabric
Polo shirts are now available in many different fabric options from cotton, polyester or Poly/Cotton blend or polyester microfiber.
Cotton Polo Shirts: Cotton is preferred as soft, breathable fabric. Cotton is a natural fibre, good for those who have allergies or find less absorbent fabrics a problem. Cotton is a good choice for those who prefer natural fabrics and comes in a variety of weights. Weather and activity can be factored into the choice and you also have a choice of organic cotton. Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides. American Apparel's 100% 2412 and PQ412 unisex organic polo shirts are excellent choices. Port & Company, Gildan, Hanes, and Jerzees are known for low end cotton shirts. KP150 from Port & Company is a good quality low end of Polo cotton shirt.
Polyester Polo Shirts: Polyester fibre is a synthetic fiber which is constructed of long-chain polymer of esters which are water and stain resistant, chemical resistant and return swiftly to their original shape when stretched or compressed. This produces a high strength fabric that resists warping, shrinking and creasing. In spite of these advantages, 100% synthetic polyester fabric lacks absorption, which can lead to odor. Polyester fibre shirts are a choice for those who are looking for a durable fabric. Core 365 (comes in men's and women's versions) is a good choice for Polyester Polo shirts.
Poly/Cotton Polo Shirts: Poly/Cotton fabrics combine the advantages of polyester and cotton to create a durable, crease-resistant fabric with good absorption qualities and requiring less laundering. Poly/Cotton polo shirts are the ideal choice for school uniforms or corporate polo shirts as they offer the optimum blend of comfort and blended cotton increase durability and stain resistance at a low price point. These are the most commonly found polo shirts on the market. If you are on a budget, Port Authority's K455, K500 or Gildan's G880 are excellent choice for low end poly-cotton. Harriton M265 is a mid-range & DG200 from Devon & Jones is an high end choice.
Performance Polo shirts made from polyester microfiber: In the golf apparel industry, polo shirts are often made from polyester microfiber a material designed to make the shirts lighter than other fabrics such as 100% cotton. Performance polos are made with athletes in mind. They offer odor reduction by adding silver to the material, or they come with UV protection. They are usually made from a lightweight synthetics or blends. Depending on the marketing budget of the company and the brand reputation, the price will vary. These shirts are really only meant to be worn on the golf course or when you exercise but not anywhere else. Harriton M355 is a low end and Nike Golf (Dri-FIT Micro Pique Polo 363807) is a high end choice.
Wear your Polo shirt fitted
Most mid to high end Polo shirts comes are designed differently for men and women. Unlike the casual T-shirts, Polo shirts are meant to be worn fitted. The cut and seams are designed differently for men and women. It is important that you review the size and design for the brand and order appropriate garments for your team. A well fitted polo shirt should have slim fitted sleeves that reach about halfway between the shoulder and the elbow. The neckline, while unbuttoned should reach just down to the chest area. Harriton M265, M265W and Devon & Jones (DG200 and DG200W are designed for proper fit.
Choose the right color
Most Polo shirts are solid one color, but some brands do make polo shirts with two or more colors. When selecting a polo shirt for a team or group, people tend to think about color and ignore the other aspects of the shirt. It is important to think how your logo will show on solid shirt versus the one with two or more colors. Also, the more different variations; single-colored polo shirts in black, brown, white and pale blue, are preferred by men so they can combine the polo shirt with a suit. The more striking colors such as green, yellow or red are worn with pleasure in sports or in leisure time.