Having compiled quite a bit of t-shirt data, we looked at all of our orders to figure out the average percentages of each t-shirt size ordered, giving you an educated launching point when getting your t-shirt size breakdown together.
Standard T-Shirt Sizes Breakdown
In an ideal world, you’d know exactly what size each shirt needed to be. But that’s not usually the case. Whether it’s for a team or club, an event or for sale, it is rare that you have access to the shirt size of each person you are ordering for needs. Instead, you’ll probably have to guess based on past orders, data from your industry and rule of thumb.
Most Common Sizes by Percentage Ordered
You’ll see that medium and large are the clear standouts followed by small and extra large. Sizes are going to vary based on all kinds of factors. If you're ordering for a team, wrestlers probably skew towards the larger end of the spectrum, while cheerleaders probably will involve smaller sizes. So if you know your audience might be an outlier like that, feel free to adjust accordingly. Here are the
Common T-shirt Size Breakdown By Percentage
We have found this percentage breakdown to be most common for customers ordering at Real Thread:
- XXS 0.09%
- XS 2.14%
- SM 19.56%
- MD 28.36%
- LG 27.16%
- XL 16.16%
- 2XL 5.19%
- 3XL 1.15%
- 4 XL 0.19%
Plugging in a quantity of 100 shirts to this t-shirt size breakdown by percentage formula would yield these results:
- 3 XS
- 20 SM
- 28 MD
- 28 LG
- 16 XL
- 5 XXL
- TOTAL = 100 pieces
Make sure to include a size breakdown for each shirt style you are choosing to use as well as each design you’re wanting to get printed.
Setting Up Your T-Shirt Size Breakdown
Once you've chosen a product from the product list on our website, you'll walk through the customization process where you can choose a product color, upload your artwork and add other details like number number of ink colors, design name and whether you'll be adding any additional services (i.e. tag printing).
From there, you'll "add to order" which will take you to an order page which outlines the price breakdown. Here you'll find the size breakdown fields where you can enter all of the shirt sizes you'll need. We did add a common size breakdown for you if you're looking for a place to start, but easily adjust the sizes according to your needs.
A note: Sizes 2XL and up are slightly more expensive than other sizes. Not every brand carries every style in every color and size, so make check the shirt style you'd like to use to see what's available.
To see size availability on each product, look under the 'details' section on the customization page:
Fabric: 4.3 oz, 100% Cotton
Tag Style: Tearaway
Delivery Options: Standard, Rush, Lightning
It’s important to check in advance, because some shirts have far wider ranges of sizes than others. Not everything comes in XS and not everything comes in 4XL. Make sure the shirt you'd like to use is available in the sizes you need before you put your t-shirt order together.
Quantities & Price Breaks
Keep minimum quantities and price breaks in mind! By adding additional shirts to your size breakdown, you might be able to save money by hitting our price breaks.
For example, our t-shirt minimum is 20 shirts. If you are ordering shirts for 34 people at your company, your Account Manager would likely recommend you bump your order up to 36 shirts. That’s when a new price break kicks in and you’d actually end up paying less for 36 shirts than you would have for 34!
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Figuring out your t-shirt size breakdown can be a pain, but using our data-backed size breakdown chart, you should be able to nail your size breakdown every time!