Getting Your Size Breakdown Ready - Use Our T-shirt Printing Checklist Part 5

If you haven’t already, make sure to download the full T-shirt Printing Checklist here!

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’s rare that you have access to the shirt size of each person you’re ordering for. 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 - wrestlers probably skew XXL, cheerleaders probably will involve smaller sizes, for instance.


Standard T-Shirt Sizes Breakdown

How your order breaks down matters, to you and to us. Ideally, we’d like to know your size breakdown up front. It helps us convey accurate pricing to you when submitting for a quote. We have price breaks, so be open to adding a few shirts here and there. Odds are it will save you money! Make sure you research your options and know what’s available. Not every brand carries every style in every color and in every size.  Check your chosen brand and shirt style to see what sizes and colors are available. You can see colors immediately when you click on a product:

To see sizes, click on the “i” in the top right corner. Then, you’ll see the range of sizes available for that specific shirt.

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. So make sure your chosen shirt is actually available in the sizes you want before you put your T-shirt order together.

Be sure to keep in mind quantity minimums on varying screen sizes as well. Our standard screens require a minimum of 36 pieces whereas our all over screen require a minimum of 144 pieces.

We have found this percentage breakdown to be most common for clients 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%

So, here’s what we need to know: 

  • XS
  • SM
  • MD
  • LG
  • XL
  • XXL
  • TOTAL = ___

​Here’s an example using the above template:

  • 2 XS 
  • 15 SM 
  • 25 MD
  • 30 LG 
  • 15 XL
  • 5 XXL
  • ​TOTAL = 92 pieces 

(In this case, your Account Rep would mention adding 4 additional shirts to hit our next price break. This would bring the pricing down per shirt and save you money in the long run)

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. 

Welp, congratulations! That concludes that end of our 5 part blog series. You’re on your way to getting some amazing shirts printed! We hope this was helpful in planning out your order. We’re here to help guide you through the entire ordering process, so don’t be shy! If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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