Tips To Help You Perfect Your Team’s Custom Hoodies!

Brook Morris
February 7, 2022

ARES is here to help your team with high-quality custom hoodies with these custom apparel expert tips!

Custom Hoodies

Custom hoodies are important for every athletic team, school and business, and they just so happen to be most useful during the winter, spring and fall months when the majority of the country undergoes cold weather. Hoodies truly have been a worldwide fashion phenomenon in recent years, and all of us at ARES Sportswear fully understand why these cozy apparel items are a must-have for so many of our clients.

We have a rather large selection of custom hoodies that you can view in the above link, and we understand how it can sometimes be difficult to narrow down your best options when you have so many seemingly great choices to choose from. So what we’ve done is compile this list of expert tips from our custom apparel and design specialists to help you perfect your next order of custom hoodies, so here’s what you need to keep in mind for your next hoodie order!

Hoodie Styles: Zip-Up vs Pullover Hoodies

The two main hoodie style options you’ll have to choose from are zip-ups and pullovers. As you can probably imagine, the main distinction between these hoodies is how exactly you put them on. Another distinction generally comes in the types of pockets that are provided, with pullover hoodies generally having one large pocket and zip-ups featuring two smaller ones.

There are also other types of hoodies out there that you’ll potentially like more as compared to these two styles, but these are the two most common styles. So one of the first distinctions you should make when developing your next hoodie order is understanding which of these two major options you like the most!

Custom Hoodie Fabrics

Hoodies are made from all sorts of different fabric blends just like t-shirts, and this includes classic materials like cotton and polyester. Many athletic-based, moisture-wicking performance hoodies will be made almost entirely of polyester and other synthetic materials, and tri-blends also are becoming increasingly popular amongst athletic programs as well.

Understanding the general usage of your hoodies will be a major underlying factor to keep in mind while you’re figuring out what fabric you should choose. Are your hoodies for athletes to wear during training sessions and warm-ups, or are they more for casual purposes and staying as warm as possible? No matter what the general intended usage will be, understanding hoodie fabric is crucial when perfecting your next order!

Different Hoodie Brands

It should come as no surprise to anyone that there just so happens to be a large selection of different athletic apparel brands out there that provide high-quality hoodies. Just about every apparel brand has a line of hoodies, and we understand how difficult it can seem to understand the more intricate differences between hoodie brands!

This is one of the reasons why we divide our hoodies into distinct categories, including:

  • Soft hoodies
  • Spirit hoodies
  • Basic hoodies
  • Dry-fit hoodies
  • Industrial hoodies
  • High-visibility hoodies
  • And much more!

Every brand is going to provide their own unique set of pros and cons when it comes to their hoodie products, and this is one of the many important reasons why it’s important to ask our industry specialists as many questions as possible while you’re trying to figure out which brands work best for you and your team!

Custom Printing On Your Team’s Hoodies

Hoodies undoubtedly are very versatile when it comes to potential print locations and customization methods, but you’ll of course have many options to keep in mind during this stage of the ordering process. Some hoodies like zip-up hoodies will have printing restrictions and preferred areas based upon the overall design of the garment.

Screen printing is one of the most common printing methods that people utilize because it’s a durable, classic method that’s also generally affordable for everyone’s budget.

Direct-to-garment printing (DTG) is another popular printing option for custom hoodies, particularly when you’re looking for a full range of colors. Although the colors may not be quite as vibrant as screen printing, it’s generally more affordable to go the DTG route when you’re looking to keep your design as affordable as possible while also utilizing many different colors.

Heat transfer is another popular printing method that supports full-color designs and even odd printing locations on your hoodies. One thing to keep in mind with this print method is that it’ll decrease the garment’s overall breathability due to the fact that there will be a thin plastic coating on the fabric’s surface.

Dye-sublimation is a printing method that works best when you’re thinking about developing an “all-over print”. This method is generally pretty similar to a heat transfer, except for the fact that it utilizes a chemical reaction that creates a solidified bond to the hoodie’s fibers.

Embroidery is a very classy printing method that’s also very popular amongst athletic programs of all types. Embroidery is always well-liked amongst hoodie specialists, coaches and athletes for its high-quality aesthetics and durability.

The Fit (Or Cut) Of Your New Hoodies

Another important factor to keep in mind for your next custom hoodie order is the overall fit of the hoodie, because today’s hoodie industry now features “fashion fits” that entail side seams and more streamlined appearances as compared to the traditional, boxy hoodie designs we’re all generally accustomed to.

These days you can also get Euro fits, slim fits, retail fits and fitted hoodies, which all generally refer to different fashionable trends that have developed throughout the apparel industry in recent years.

This is why it’s so important to carefully examine product descriptions while you’re narrowing down your favorite options, because a hoodie will more than likely be a standard fit unless stated otherwise.

Reach Out To The Design Experts At ARES Sportswear For More Expert Tips About Perfecting Your Team’s Next Custom Hoodies!

ARES Sportswear has been an industry leader for nearly 30 years, so we’ve seen just how far custom hoodies have trended in the fashion industry. Our team of custom apparel experts is always here to support you as you’re browsing through our vast selection of different hoodies, and we’re always here to answer your questions and help you better support you and your team’s unique needs.

Reach out to us online today to get in touch with the ARES team and learn more about how we can help you with your next order of custom hoodies!