1923 Main Street: Disney Travel Style Podcast

Shopping for clothes online? Chances are you will encounter many of the same base t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies across various clothing companies and sellers. Gildan. Comfort Colors. Bella + Canvas.
 
So how do you choose one over the other?

Discover the Differences: A Detailed Comparison of How to Choose Between these Popular T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, and Hoodies
 
When it comes to choosing the perfect blank apparel for print on demand (POD) clothing, there are several factors to consider. From print quality to the fabric composition, to wearability and more, each shirt has different features that cater to different preferences and needs. 
 
The Differences Between Popular Print-on-Demand Shirts 
 
Women's T-Shirts
 
Two of the most popular women's t-shirts that we use are the Bella + Canva 6400 and the Gildan 880. Both are excellent quality shirts, but they are not exactly the same.
 
Bella + Canvas 6400: Known for its lightweight soft feel and flattering fit, the Bella + Canvas 6400 is crafted from 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton. It has a very lightweight fabric that makes it ideal for warmer weather (like hot Florida days) or for layering under coats or jackets. Plus, the Bella + Canvas 6400 uses a premium quality fabric, which helps with vibrant print results for graphic tees (and for comfort).
 
Gildan 880: The Gildan 880 offers a more relaxed fit and is a quality shirt made from 100% cotton. It's slightly heavier than the Bella + Canvas 6400. This means that it is generally a more durable product for heavy wear and offers a more structured silhouette due to the extra weight. The Gildan 880 is a great and practical choice for everyday wear.
 
Bottom Line, Women's T-Shirts: Consider the fit and fabric preference. If you prioritize softness and a fitted look, opt for Bella + Canvas 6400. For those seeking a slightly more budget-friendly option with a relaxed fit, Gildan 880 is one to consider.
 
Unisex T-Shirts
 
We use a lot of unisex t-shirts at 1923 Main Street and there are a few main products that we view as excellent options. Here are the differences between them.
 
Bella + Canvas 3001: This is a very popular shirt that is well known for its fit and soft feel. Similar to the 6400 model above, the Bella + Canvas 3001 is made from 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton. It comes in a variety of color options, giving it good versatility and style. Once again, the benefit of the Bella + Canvas 3001 lies in its lightweight fabric, perfect for all-day comfort and vibrant print results.
 
Gildan 64000: Made from 100% preshrunk cotton, the Gildan 64000 is the epitome of durability and a classic fit. It's slightly heavier than the Bella + Canvas 3001, providing a structured look and wear. The benefit of the Gildan 64000 is its classic t-shirt weight, coupled with affordability and wide range of available colors.
 
Comfort Colors 1717: Made from 100% ringspun cotton, the Comfort Colors 1717 is another very popular t-shirt. It offers a relaxed fit and garment-dyed softness. The Comfort Colors 1717 is known for its lived-in feel and vintage look. This t-shirt is a great combination of ultimate comfort and a unique aesthetic. The benefit of the Comfort Colors 1717 lies in its distinct style and cozy wear, making it a favorite among those seeking a laid-back vibe for their prints. However, it comes at a price of costing slightly more than the other options here.
 
Bottom Line, Unisex T-Shirts: All of these are great shirts and you can't go wrong with any of them. When faced with a choice, consider your style preference, the fit and your intended use. If you a relaxed fit and vintage appeal are more important, the Comfort Colors 1717 is worth considering. For a classic fit and budget-friendly option, Gildan 64000 is a reliable choice, while Bella + Canvas 3001 offers a trendy "retail" fit and softer feel.
 
Unisex Hoodies
 
There are two main hoodies that are used quite often. We love them both (and so will you), but they do have their differences.
 
Cotton Heritage M2580: The Cotton Heritage M2580 hoodie is a premium hoodie that's made from a blend of cotton and polyester, offering warmth and comfort. Its fleece interior adds cozy insulation, making it perfect for cooler weather. The benefit of this hoodie lies in its premium fabric blend, ensuring durability and cozy wear.
 
Gildan 18500: Also made from a cotton and polyester blend, the Gildan 18500 hoodie offers a roomy fit and soft feel. Its air-jet spun yarn ensures minimal pilling, maintaining a smooth surface for printing. The benefit here is its affordability without compromising on quality. It has a more structured feel to it and feels less like a sweater.
 
Bottom Line, Unisex Hoodies: These are both great hoodies. Price may be a consideration, as the Cotton Heritage comes with more of a premium price tag. Beyond that, consider the climate and desired level of warmth. If you need a hoodie for colder weather or outdoor activities, opt for Cotton Heritage M2580. For a truly versatile and budget-friendly option, the Gildan 18500 is a very popular hoodie and a solid can't-go-wrong choice.
 
Unisex Sweatshirts
 
Similar to hoodies, there are two main sweatshirts that we use and that are found at a large number of clothing companies.
 
Cotton Heritage M2480: This cotton and polyester blend sweatshirt offers comfort and durability. Its ribbed cuffs and waistband provide a snug fit, while the fleece interior keeps you warm. The benefit lies in its premium fabric blend and construction, ensuring long-lasting wear.
 
Gildan 18000: Made from a blend of cotton and polyester, the Gildan 18000 sweatshirt features air-jet spun yarn for a softer feel and reduced pilling. It has a very classic sweatshirt fit and it is slightly more affordable, making it a popular choice for everyday wear. Its main benefits are versatility and a budget-friendly price point.
 
Bottom Line, Unisex Sweatshirts: Consider the level of warmth that you want and the how you will wear it. If you need a sweatshirt for outdoor activities or cooler weather, the Cotton Heritage M2480 is a good choice. For a more structured sweatshirt feel, coupled with a classic sweatshirt style and more budget-friendly price-point, the Gildan 18000 is a great pick.

You Really Can't Go Wrong with Any of These Shirts
 
You can't go wrong with any of the products covered here. We use them all and they are all very reliable items from top quality companies. They key is to know their slight differences and which type of product you prefer.
 
So if faced with the option of choosing between different blank apparel options, consider factors such as fabric composition, fit, print quality and intended use. By understanding the unique features and benefits of each shirt, you can make an informed decision based on their preferences and needs.
 
Thankfully here at 1923 Main Street, we do most of the decision-making for you! When creating a new product, we consider the design, intended use and the graphic or stitching in order to pick the optimal item for each new product. So yo can be confident that a lot of thought has gone into why a specific shirt is printed on a specific model.

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Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic

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Creators & Guests

Host
Amelia Belobradic
Amelia Belobradic is co-host of 1923 Main Street: The Disney Travel News Podcast.
Host
Mike Belobradic
Mike Belobradic is the creator and co-host of the Disney Travel News Podcast at 1923MainStreet.com and a longtime expert on Disney travel.

What is 1923 Main Street: Disney Travel Style Podcast?

1923 Main Street® is an award-winning* Disney travel podcast hosted by Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic. This is your source for the latest Disney travel style news, tips and advice.

Join Mike and Amelia for fun-filled informative discussions as they share the latest Disney travel style news every week. Get the latest style news for travel to Disney destinations, including Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club (including Disney Aulani in Hawaii and Disney's Vero Beach Resort in Florida), Disneyland Paris and more.

In each episode, Mike and Amelia discuss everything Disney inspired style, from what to pack for your Disney vacation, what to wear in the parks, styling your wardrobe for Disney special events and more. Mike has over 50 years and 100+ weeks of onsite Disney travel experience, while Amelia brings a younger perspective to the table with 14+ years and nearly 40 weeks of onsite Disney travel experiences at the age of 16. Mike Belobradic is the founder of 1923 Main Street, a casual clothing line #InspiredByTheMagic of Disney and beyond.

*1923 Main Street: The Disney Travel Podcast won the Canadian Podcast Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Series in 2022 and has been nominated for Best Podcast Awards at the People's Choice Podcast Awards and the Canadian Podcast Awards.