This week’s blog post is a guest post, by ShirtSpace, who covers the difference between tubular and side-seamed tees. ShirtSpace is an online retailer of blank apparel for adults and kids… so we trust their knowledge about T-shirts! Keep reading for more info.

For a seemingly simple garment, t-shirts are available in an extremely wide range of styles and brands. As such, finding the perfect t-shirt is no easy task! But, with a general understanding regarding the two basic ways t-shirts are constructed, you’re well on your way to finding a tee that fits well, feels good, and looks great.   

The two distinct methods of t-shirt construction that dominate the blank apparel industry are seam-side and tubular. Here’s what you need to know about both.

Side-Seam T-shirts: Classic Construction and Flattering Shape

As the name suggests, side-seam t-shirts have seams sewn down each side of the shirt. These are typically what you’ll find in a retail setting and are a wardrobe staple for most.

Available in many styles including tailored and trendy, loose and boxy, and athletic too, side-seam t-shirts provide a more structured look than their tubular tee counterparts. They are undoubtedly more figure-flattering for men, women, and children alike.

While the method of construction makes side-seam tees more expensive to manufacture the wholesale apparel industry has seen a major shift in consumer preference to side-seam t-shirts despite the cost being more expensive. Consumers are by and large looking for fashion-forward t-shirts that would be found in a retail setting.

Tubular T-shirts: Less Fashionable, Less Expensive

Tubular t-shirts are constructed without the use of side seams. They require less sewing, are generally created using a single piece of cloth, and are less expensive to manufacture.

While it costs less to manufacture tubular tees, they are not as fashionable or figure-flattering as side-seams t-shirts. Given that the human body is not one big tube, these tees lack structure and style. But, if fashion is not a factor and cost is the bottom line, tubular tees are a great way to stock up on cheap t-shirts.

Color, brand, cut, and style are all important considerations when choosing a t-shirt. But, understanding the difference between side-seam and tubular shirts is the best place to start. This basic knowledge will help you narrow down your choices and find the perfect tee you’ve been looking for.