What Are the Differences Between T-Shirt Styles?

There’s much more to a t-shirt than just short sleeves and a crew neck. When shoppers are on the hunt for their next favorite tee, they’re considering a myriad of factors, from the price tag and material to how the shirt complements their physique. It’s crucial, then, to cater to a wide audience by offering a diverse selection of t-shirt styles. At Artist Shops, we provide a range of 11 unique tees, each bringing something distinct to the table. Plus, our recent apparel update makes your shop more inclusive to different body types and preferences with more sizes and colors to choose from. Dive into this refreshed t-shirt guide to learn the differences between t-shirt styles and effectively showcase them to your followers.

Be sure to peruse our FAQ for more detailed insights on each style. Also, keep in mind, we’re continuously enhancing our apparel offerings with new styles and products, so don’t miss out on the latest updates.

TL;DR Quick T-Shirt Guide

Short on time but eager to understand what’s available for your Artist Shop? Here’s a rapid rundown of each t-shirt style available, giving you a glimpse into their unique features. Discover what makes each style stand out and click through to the detailed descriptions to better inform your customers.

  • Regular: The most popular style at Artist Shops, beloved for its softness, comfort, and modern, form-fitting look.
  • Fitted: Tailored to the feminine form, this basic tee offers a sleek look that’s both flattering and versatile.
  • Extra Soft: Prioritizes comfort with its lightweight jersey material, offering a super-soft touch and a relaxed fit perfect for the warm weather.
  • Classic: A sturdy tee with a boxier fit, this style holds its structure better than any other shirt, and is available in up to 5XL.
  • Triblend: Its softness is unparalleled, thanks to a unique blend of cotton, polyester, and rayon.
  • Premium: This midweight t-shirt offers a much smoother, silkier feel and more structured fit than the Regular Tee.
  • Ringer: Features retro styling with contrasting neck and sleeve bands for a touch of vintage.
  • Performance: Designed for activity, it’s equipped with moisture-wicking fabric and an antimicrobial finish.
  • Champion®: Combines the iconic Champion® logo with a stylish, structured fit for the athleisure aficionado.
  • Vintage Wash: Made from American–grown cotton, this midweight tee is garment-dyed for a retro look and feel.
  • Cut & Sew: Allows for bold, all-over art prints, available in Regular or French Terry for a more vintage vibe.

The Regular T-Shirt

Why your customers want it: This basic t-shirt is the top-selling style across all Artist Shops, blending affordability with a modern, form-fitting silhouette. This combination makes it a staple for everyday wear and great for bulk purchases and gift shopping.

  • Lightweight and form-fitting
  • 100% combed ringspun cotton (heathers contain 10%–65% polyester)
  • Sizing: Men’s/Unisex – S–5XL

The Fitted T-Shirt

Why your customers want it: Mirroring the characteristics of our Regular T-Shirts, these tees are designed with a more feminine cut that accentuates curves while maintaining the comfort and softness that customers love.

  • Lightweight and form-fitting
  • Feminine cut to highlight the silhouette
  • 100% combed ringspun cotton (heathers contain 10%–65% polyester)
  • Sizing: Women’s – S–3XL

The Extra Soft T-Shirt

Why your customers want it: This style is the most lightweight t-shirt available and has a relaxed fit for those who prefer a little space in their clothes. It’s the perfect summertime shirt for when you’re trying to stay cool and comfy.

  • Super soft and lightweight
  • Relaxed fit for comfort
  • 100% Airlume combed, ringspun cotton (heathers contain 1%–48% polyester)
  • Sizing: Men’s – S–3XL | Women’s – S–2XL

PRO TIP: When promoting women’s sizes, tell customers to size down if they want a more fitted look.

The Classic T-Shirt

Why your customers want it: With heavier weight material and a boxier fit, this t-shirt holds its structure more than any other style, which is great for layering. It also features unisex sizing up to 5XL, making your shop more size-inclusive.

  • Relaxed, boxier fit
  • Thicker material for more structure
  • Ideal for layering
  • 100% combed cotton (heathers contain 10%–65% polyester)
  • Sizing: Men’s/Unisex – S–5XL

The Triblend T-Shirt

Why your customers want it: This style’s three-fabric blend provides a broken-in softness and a dappled, vintage look to match its fitted silhouette. It doesn’t get any softer than a Triblend.

  • Classic broken-in softness (versus the lightweight jersey feel of the Extra Soft T-Shirt)
  • 50% polyester, 25% combed ring-spun cotton, 25% rayon
  • Sizing: Men’s – S–2XL | Women’s – S–2XL

The Premium T-Shirt

Why your customers want it: For those seeking a higher quality tee, this style offers a smoother, more luxurious feel. Its midweight material provides a slightly more structured fit than a Regular T-Shirt. Plus, thanks to a longer printing process, graphics look super crisp on this t-shirt style.

  • Midweight for a more structured fit
  • Strong, durable material
  • Women’s tee has a scoop neckline and curved tails
  • Super smooth feel
  • 100% combed cotton (heathers contain 15% polyester)
  • Sizing: Men’s – S–3XL | Women’s – XS–XL

The Ringer T-Shirt

Why your customers want it: Its contrasting neck and sleeve bands give it a retro look reminiscent of ‘70s fashion. The tee’s jersey-knit blend is soft and moisture-wicking to ensure all-day comfort.

  • Classic fit and retro look
  • 3/4″ contrasting neck and sleeve bands
  • Jersey knit blend
  • Moisture-wicking properties
  • 50% cotton, 50% polyester
  • Sizing: Men’s/Unisex – S–2XL

The Performance T-Shirt

Why your customers want it: It helps keep the wearer cool and comfortable during rigorous physical activity. Its polyester microfiber material wicks away sweat, helps block harmful ultraviolet rays, and has an antimicrobial finish to fight odors. This style’s relaxed fit also won’t restrict movement, making it an essential for any activewear collection.

  • Relaxed fit for comfortable movement
  • 100% polyester microfiber
  • Moisture-wicking properties
  • Antimicrobial finish
  • Rated for 50+ Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF)
  • Sizing: Men’s/Unisex – S–3XL

The Champion® T-Shirt

Why your customers want it: Champion® is widely known for being a leader in athletic apparel and streetwear, particularly in the ‘90s. This t-shirt style features the iconic Champion® logo patch on the left sleeve, giving it a stylish flair that’ll attract fans of the athleisure look.

  • Trendy athleisure style
  • Iconic Champion® logo patch on the left sleeve
  • Midweight for a more structured fit
  • Soft jersey material
  • 100% ringspun cotton (heathers are 10%–40% polyester)
  • Sizing: Men’s Unisex – S–3XL

The Vintage Wash T-Shirt

Why your customers want it: It looks and feels vintage, but it’s brand new. It’s made of cotton sourced from American farms and has a more structured fit. This is another style option for those who appreciate a throwback aesthetic.

  • Garment-dyed for a vintage look and feel
  • Midweight for a more structured fit
  • 100% ringspun cotton sourced from American farms
  • Sizing: Men’s/Unisex – S–3XL

The Cut & Sew T-Shirt

Why your customers want it: For those who prefer a flashier look, the Cut & Sew T-Shirt enables all-over print patterns and oversized graphics that cover the entire garment. Its spun polyester material has a unique feel and makes prints look super vivid. If customers don’t like the polyester feel, there’s also a French Terry version of this style (the colors have a more faded, vintage look).

  • Regular style:
    • 100% spun polyester
    •  Super vivid colors and prints
  • French Terry style:
    • 85% premium polyester, 10% rayon, 5% spandex
    • Faded, vintage look
  • Sizing: Unisex – XS–4XL

To truly get a feel for the differences between t-shirt styles, nothing compares to holding the actual products. We encourage you to order samples of your tees at the base cost with free shipping to experience each unique style firsthand! This will help you communicate to your customers what makes each of these styles special.

This post is an updated version of our original T-Shirt Guide, and features some copy written by Carlyn Hill. The feature image of this post is also an iteration of the original post’s main illustration by Katie Lukes.

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