Getting a custom print order for women’s t-shirts can be super tricky. It seems that every brand has a different size scale, fit, and length. Every brand comes with a unique fit, so it definitely helps to have a good idea of what to expect when you place your order. Since most people are not t-shirt experts, the benefit of using a local printer really comes into play. Having someone in-house to describe the various fits of certain styles can be invaluable when deciding on which brand to order.


When you are looking to order custom t-shirts for women, one of the most helpful questions to ask yourself is, “Who is going to wear this shirt?” The demographic of the individuals you are outfitting is extremely important to keep in mind. Are they for a middle school band group or a mom’s running group or perhaps a group of professionals coming to a trade-show or conference? Get to know your demographic and how they already wear shirts, because knowing this will help a printer identify what sort of brand to recommend to you.

Another common case we see if that you have a lot of various-sized women in a group, and you want to make sure the small is small enough or the large is large enough. Sounds familiar?

Ask your printer to provide a sample, and if you have a size of concern, be sure to bring a sample of a shirt that you know fits so that there is a good, constant variable in which to compare. Sometimes it is necessary to mix brands to ensure everyone’s body shape is covered. There is nothing worse than spending time and money on designing and printing shirts, only to have the majority of the women feel too uncomfortable in it to put it on.

We often get the question, “Do the same fit rules apply for ordering tank tops as they do t-shirts?”

The answer, in short, is NOPE.

Some tanks are athletic, some are considered “flowy” tanks, and some are form-fitting. With athletic, you can assume it will run a little small since most athletic apparel is made for compression, but it’s also important to ask your printer to be sure. With flowy tanks, the size can run standard to a little large, so in this case, you can get by with ordering your normal size. However, if a tank has spandex or another stretchy material in the blend (activewear or not), it will probably run small so be sure to ask for guidance from your printer. No one likes getting a tank that doesn’t let you breathe. Consider how annoying it is to be constantly pulling a tank top away from your midsection because it is too tight. No fun!

Sometimes it is helpful to compare a women’s size chart to a unisex chart just to see how the sizes fall. Ultimately, the best practice is to be sure to give you and your printer plenty of time to discuss and possibly even order a sample or two prior to making your final selection. Get in touch with us and we’ll make sure you order just what the ladies want!