Sizing is personal & hard to describe, but it does matter – so here goes – Lets take you behind the spreadsheets and spec sheets to give you the real low down on Gildan Mens T-shirt sizing.
So the good news is Gildan make their garments in factories that they actually own – this is a big help with consistent sizing (and colour) as the staff, management and customer are all working together. The same shirt is made by the same people; again and again and again…to the tune of over 7 billion shirts!
Whilst Gildan have an inch tolerance built into their T-shirt spec sheets, it is rare to see anything like that deviation.
Gildan = The most consistent T-shirt manufacturer we have ever known*
*PAG was established in 1969 and always at the premium end of the market, this is high & genuine praise from us.
Classic Fit vs Euro Fit, well, it is complicated!
*Active fit sits in between and is only relevant for the performance garments.
A quick glance at the above spec sheets would make you think that the shirts are the same spec, same fit, that you would be the same size. Take a second look and pay attention to the sleeve length measurement, that does not only relate to the sleeve length but also the real life, 3D, chest measurement. The narrower shoulder of the euro fit, pulls up the shirt and makes it more clingy…or figure hugging.
Gildan’s 2017 Catalogue has the below photo, including Classic, Active & Euro fit. Classic and Euro are the same chest measurement , armpit to armpit, but the Euro fit has a narrow armhole, shorter shoulder & sleeve, making a tighter fit.
Take a look at the “To Fit” size table below is another way to explain the difference – and possibly the simplest.
Note – The bigger the size the more difference between the shirts. This is accurate. The “to Fit” sizes above and the images below of Small to XL T-shirts agree.
Light Blue shirts are the Classic Fit, Heavy T-shirt. The Orange are the Eurofit, Softstyle T-shirt.The shoulders and arms are quite different in every size from medium up, but the flat chest is identical, across all sizes.
Broad guidance that we sometimes offer is to consider the age of your customer. If they are teenagers, they will probably be more comfortable in the SoftStyle shirt. Once people get into their thirties or forties, that shirt may start to be a bit clingy and the Ultra-T or Heavy-T are often preferred.
Obviously age is not the only consideration (This would be reversed for a Hip-hop Convention Vs a Triathlon) but age is a good starting point.
Gildan’s roots and reputation are very much North American. So it is understandable that the majority of their Mens/Unisex T-shirts and Polos would perhaps be the Classic american box cut – but wait – prepare to be amazed!
Only 4 of the 22 Unisex T-shirt & Polo Shirt styles are Classic fit!*
*Based on the European product range for 2017 (USA products are available as special order from PAG)
Gildan = More Euro Fit Styles for Europe!
Take a look!
Disclaimer PAG was established in 1969. We distribute clothing and therefore do have a little bias – but we also have a lot of experience, a reputation for honesty and product knowledge. We hope the honest knowledge bit comes over strongly and always try to keep our bias in check!