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How to choose the perfect t-shirt for summer

By: Diana Posted on: May 24, 2022

Summer is fast approaching and it is time to switch up your wardrobe, yet again. If you are not sure how to pick the best shirts for the season, this guide will help you out.

The point of a summer shirt is to keep you cool, relaxed, and of course, stylish. To find shirts that tick all the boxes, you need to look for three factors - fabric, fit, and color.

Let us start by taking a look at the basics of each method.


Best T-shirt Fabrics for Summer

Cotton

Cotton is often considered the perfect fabric choice for summer t-shirts. This natural fabric is typically lightweight, super soft on your skin, and satisfies all the requirements for comfortable summer clothing. Cotton also keeps your body cool and free from odors with its exceptional breathability and ability to absorb sweat.

Recommended Styles

BC3001 Bella + Canvas Jersey Short Sleeve Tee.


Bella + Canvas 3001 is a Unisex Short Sleeve Jersey Tee made from preshrunk superior combed and ring-spun cotton. Made with 4.2 oz. fabric this customer-favorite style has the flawless blend of softness, comfort, and fit for a summer tee.

Gildan 5000 Heavy Cotton T-Shirt

Gildan 5000  Heavy Cotton T-Shirt

TheGildan G500 t-shirt is as tried-and-true as they come. Made using 100% preshrunk cotton, this tee from Gildan Wholesale is taped shoulder-to-shoulder, has double-stitching throughout, and has a seamless rib at the neck.


Polyester/ Performance

These fabrics might not be as breathable as their cotton counterparts but that doesn't make them unfit for a summer wardrobe. Polyester shirts are made to pull perspiration away from your body and make it evaporate quickly. This feature can help you stay dry even if you tend to sweat excessively. On top of that, polyester is wrinkle-resistant and more durable than cotton, making it ideal for intense summer activities like running, hiking, and climbing.

Recommended Styles

Gildan 46000 Performance Core T-Shirt

Gildan 46000 Performance Core T-Shirt

Made from 100% filament polyester, the Gildan 46000 Performance Tee moisture-wicking performance tee will keep you dry and comfortable. Enjoy summer activities without fearing body odor thanks to the anti-microbial properties of this tee that will keep you fresh all day long. Pick your favorites from solid and heathered colors in men's, women's, and youth styles.

Sport-Tek K468 Dri-Mesh Short Sleeve T-Shirt.

Sport-Tek K468 Dri-Mesh Short Sleeve T-Shirt.

Sport-Tek K468 is a light-weight blank t-shirt from Sport-Tek that comes with Dri-Mesh double-layer construction for the fast release of heat & sweat and superior breathability that keeps you cool, dry and comfortable through any workout.

Cotton Polyester Blends

Poly-cotton blends are a great choice if you want the breathability of cotton and the moisture-wicking properties of polyester. They are fairly breathable like cotton and can pull moisture away from your skin like polyester. The blend is very gentle on the skin and yet will last for a long time. 


Recommended Styles

NL6610 Next Level CVC Crew

NL6610 Next Level CVC Crew

Made from a blend of 60% combed ringspun cotton and 40% polyester jersey, Next Level CVC NL6610 Crew is a comfortable lightweight choice that does not compromise its styles. You can find it in 26 great colors both in men’s and women’s styles.

Port & Company PC55 Core Blend Tee

Port & Company PC55 Core Blend Tee

Port & Company PC55 Core Blend Tee is made with up to 5% recycled polyester from plastic bottles. This Port & Company wholesale t-shirt is a reliable choice for comfort, softness, and durability.


What are the best colors for summer t-shirts?

The general consensus leans toward wearing lighter shades in summer. The lighter the shade, the less heat it absorbs and the more comfortable you can be. It is no surprise that a blank white T-shirt is a classic choice for the summer months. But that doesn't mean that you will be limited by color options for your beach days and other summer activities. Here are a few recommendations to add color to the sunny days.


Tie-dye T-Shirts

The bright colors and unexpected patterns of tie-dye are a fun way to add color to your summer days. Even people who steer clear of bright colors and bold prints are ready to give it a go as every tie-dyed shirt has a unique pattern that gives individuality to your style.

Recommended Styles

Port & Company PC147 Tie-Dye Tee

Port & Company PC147 Tie-Dye Tee

The fashionable Port & Company PC147 Tie-Dye Tee gives you a fun way to stand out from the crowd. Made from 100% cotton fabric, this vibrant shirt comes in about 20 colors and with a standard fit.

Port & Company PC148 - Tiger Stripe Tie-Dye Tee.

Port & Company PC148  - Tiger Stripe Tie-Dye Tee.

Get ready to show your wild side with Port & Company PC148 which features a tiger stripe pattern. Starting with a prepared-for-dye blank ensures vibrant color and a standard fit.


Pastel colors

Pastel gives off a more relaxed appeal than bright colors. From lilac to mint green, from pale pink to Carolina blue, pastels offer plenty of popular choices for the season. They work great with a variety of palettes and give you a youthful yet sleek appearance.


Best t-shirt fits and styles for summer

Apart from color and fabric, the form and fit of a t-shirt can have an impact on how comfortable it keeps you amidst the scorching heat. Here are a few things to consider.

Neck shape

The best two types of shirt styles to consider in summer are the classic crewneck and the fashionable V-neck. The crewneck t-shirt is a timeless style that looks good no matter the occasion. The laid-back style of a blank v neck t-shirt is best suited for more informal settings. Although other differences are minimal, the deeper cut of v necks can offer a tad more breathability.

Recommended Crew Neck style

Gildan 2000 - Ultra Cotton 100% Cotton T-Shirt.

Gildan 2000 - Ultra Cotton  100% Cotton T-Shirt.

Weighing in at 6oz and offered in 62 unique colors, Gildan 2000 features double-needle stitching throughout, a seamless collar, and is taped shoulder to shoulder for added durability and comfort.

JERZEES 29M - Dri-Power Active 50/50 Cotton/Poly T-Shirt.

JERZEES 29M - Dri-Power  Active 50/50 Cotton/Poly T-Shirt.

The Jerzees 29M adult dri-power t-shirt offers sought-after durability and is a timeless classic. Made using 50% cotton and 50% polyester, this wholesale t-shirt is built to withstand everyday wear and tear.

Recommended V Neck style:

District DM1170L - Women's Perfect Weight V-Neck Tee.

District DM1170L - Women's Perfect Weight  V-Neck Tee.

Made from 100% combed ring-spun cotton, the 4.3-ounce District DM1170L t-shirt is the perfect v-neck tee for a polished look.

District DT135 Perfect Tr V-Neck Tee.

District DT135 Perfect Tr  V-Neck Tee.

With Shoulder to shoulder taping, 1X1 rib knit neck, and the comfort of 50/25/25 poly/combed ring spun cotton/rayon triblend, the District DT1350 t-shirt has the look of perfection.


Fit

Shirts with a relaxed fit are the most comfortable options for summer. Unlike tight shirts, they won’t cling to your skin when it gets sweaty and fit a bit more relaxed than normal.

Recommended styles

District DT8001 Re-Tee ™ V-Neck

District DT8001  Re-Tee ™ V-Neck

he affordable DT8001 Re-Tee is made from 100% reclaimed material. Soft, comfy, high-quality - doing good for the planet feels as good on the inside as it does on the outside.

Bella + Canvas BC6405 Women's Relaxed Jersey Short Sleeve V-Neck Tee.

>Bella + Canvas BC6405  Women's Relaxed Jersey Short Sleeve V-Neck Tee.

Tank tops

When you want to spice up your summer fashion,blank tank tops are a great alternative to regular blank T-shirts. They have a light, breathable, and non-restrictive design ideal for sunny days. Coming in a wide range of colors, styles, and fabric options, tank top shirts are popular among men, women, and kids alike.

Recommended styles

Gildan 2200 - Ultra Cotton Tank Top.

>Gildan 2200  - Ultra Cotton Tank Top.

Anvil 882L Ladies 100% Combed Ring-Spun Cotton Tank Top

>Anvil 882L Ladies 100% Combed Ring-Spun Cotton Tank Top

Conclusion

Your selection of summer shirts can have a huge impact on your comfort level. Hopefully, this blog post has helped you find a tee that keeps you cool and comfy without taking away from your style or fun.

Check out ShirtsBargain's wholesale t-shirt to find shirts that are best for you.


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Top Customer Comments

Richard
Jul 25, 2022
I love pastels for summer. The colors kind of fit the season’s mood imo.
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Joshua
Jul 20, 2022
Good article. I don’t think the neck style matters much though.
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