If you want to add bulk wholesale hoodies to your brand’s offerings, you can choose many different kinds. They are available in several materials, including fleece, cotton, triblends, and more.
You also have a variety of styles to choose from, including pullover brown hoodies and colorful zip-ups.It can be challenging to decide among all of the different styles, as well as to select from the various suppliers.
At BELLA+CANVAS, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the best choice when it comes to purchasing wholesale hoodies for your brand. Here are some key factors to consider before making your decision.
Pullovers vs. Zip-ups
One of the first things you will want to consider before purchasing wholesale hoodies is the fit and style that you want for your store. Pullover and zip-up hoodies are both very popular, and are sometimes preferred for different occasions. Pullover hoodies are loved for their casual everyday feel and often stand on their own as a statement to any outfit.
Zip-up hoodies, on the other hand, are easier to take on and off. They are also great for layering with outfits when you want to show a t-shirt or other garment underneath, while leaving the zip open. You may want to offer both pullover and zip-up hoodies to your customers to give them variety for different looks and occasions.
You can choose different wholesale hoodies for different seasons, occasions, or personalization — especially when it comes to the materials used to make them.
- Jersey Cotton: If you are shopping for hoodies for the summer season, you will likely want to opt for a more lightweight, breathable material, like 100% jersey cotton.
- Fleece: Fleece hoodies are perfect for keeping warm during the cooler months of fall and winter.
- Tri-blends: Tri-blends — made with a delicate blend of cotton, polyester, and rayon — are great for in-between seasons, or any time spent outdoors.
Any Customization: Printing, Embroidery, Etc.
If you want to print on your hoodies with custom graphics, imagery, or wording, 100% cotton is hands-down the best material. However, it is still possible to print on a fabric blend, like fleece or tri-blends.
At BELLA+CANVAS, our fleece acts more like a natural fiber than a synthetic one, which makes it a great candidate for direct-to-garment (DTG) and screen printing. With DTG printing, we recommend using a pretreat, adjusting the saturation level, and using a white underbase to ensure that the design turns out the way you envisioned.
Whereas with screen print, we suggest using a poly ink and/or poly blocker to help create vibrant print designs. Thicker fabrics typically work best for embroidery designs. This makes our fleece hoodies a top candidate for all of your custom wholesale embroidery.
Quality is a top indicator of how long a hoodie will last. It will also determine the softness of the hoodie.
You want to look for a brand that uses premium materials, as that can affect the feel of the garment and its longevity. One good sign of top materials is the kind of cotton that is used.
For example, C.O.E. (carded open end) cotton is stiff, itchy, and uncomfortable. While it may be cheaper, you will immediately notice a significant difference in the quality.
Combed cotton, on the other hand, has many of the impurities removed. This means it is much more comfortable on the skin and will wear better over time. Even better is the BELLA+CANVAS signature Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton. This cotton exclusive to us is 25% cleaner than other options — making it that much softer and more durable.
It is also good to consider the methods used to make the hoodies. Search for a wholesaler that ensures that their hoodies are made with care.
Companies that produce garments as quickly as they can, without paying proper attention to quality, will have clothes with uneven hems, loose threads, and other signs of poor production. Your customers will definitely notice the difference between a hoodie made with care and attention to detail, versus one that wasn’t.
Color choice is another factor to consider before purchasing wholesale hoodies. Some wholesalers may only have a few options, while others — like BELLA+CANVAS — offer hundreds of options across different styles, such as our popular brown hoodies in bulk. Make sure that the wholesaler you choose to work with has enough color options to suit your brand’s needs.
The method of dyeing used on the fabric can also affect how it wears over time. Traditional dyeing is the most popular method of dyeing clothes. The material is dyed before it is cut and sewn into garments.
Garment dyeing is another method used, where the clothes are cut, sewn, and then dyed. While this gives clothes a vintage look, the dye can unevenly fade with wear. Additionally, if not done properly, the color can transfer to other clothes being washed with the dyed garment. Ultimately, traditional dyeing is the superior method.
Price is another important consideration when shopping for wholesale hoodies. While it can be tempting to choose the cheapest option available, it is much better to select a quality hoodie that gives you the best value.
Most customers will happily pay more for a quality product. Choosing a cheaper option can cost you much more in the long run with returns, exchanges, and lost profit from disappointed customers who will not re-purchase your products. Choose to invest in quality products from the start. Ultimately, you’ll have more profits from satisfied customers and repeat purchases, that you can re-invest into your business.
Another consideration when shopping for wholesale hoodies is whether there are product minimums. Some wholesale suppliers require you to purchase entire cases of each size and style. This also limits the size options that you are able to offer to your customers.
Instead, search for a supplier like Bella + Canvas, that has no minimums on domestic orders. This way, you can order the exact sizes, styles, colors, and quantities that you need — and none of what you don’t.
Choosing the Best Wholesale Hoodies for Your Brand
It can be overwhelming searching through the many different brands and kinds of hoodies available. It doesn’t have to be, though. Knowing what factors you should consider when shopping for wholesale hoodies can make the process much easier. This can also ensure that you choose premium quality options that you and your customers will adore.
Whether you are searching for one specific color, or a mix of 20 different colors in pullover and full-zip styles, BELLA+CANVAS has you covered. Check out our full selection of hoodies and other styles on our site and find something to love!