October 4, 2011 AT 11:11 am

Most common sizes for shirts

Pt 101658

Ladyada asked Google+ for some resources about what t-shirt sizes are most popular (we are going to stock some types of shirts soon). Here is a handy link!

The chart above is a general percentage to help you determine how many shirts in each size you need when buying in bulk. To calculate quantities in size, simply multiply the number of T-shirts you want to distribute by the percentage in the chart for each size.

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  1. I used to work at a skateboard shop where the Life’s a Beach vendor would sell us printed Tees by the dozen. I still remember his 1,3,5,3 config for S,M,L,XL.

    “…and you want this style in the 1,3,5,3?” Yes!

  2. Well, that chart explains why I have a hard time finding T-shirts that fit properly. (Men’s M)

    Is it possible to sell shirts through a company that can make them on demand or in small quantities, so that you don’t end up with nothing but boxes of L & XL most of the time?

  3. I am absolutely honored to be in the bottom 3% of men’s sizes. Now could someone please make more because my size ‘S’ seems almost always sold out.

  4. My size isn’t even listed 🙂

  5. It should be noted that there are those of us who are, shall we say, larger than that? I personally tend to go for the XXXL when possible, because I find that the XXL tends not to fit after washing. Any chance of doing on-demand for the outlier sizes? They’d obviously cost more, but at least they’d be available.

  6. not very accurate…
    Why is small/xs ALWAYS sold out and there’s always a huge pile left over of mediums, L, XL? This is true for just about every clothing store out there.

    That’s the main reason why I shop at express.

  7. Some stores only stock Small, Medium and Large and they forget to buy anything for people that are 3X (3 Large)because I buy for other people. It is hard to wear something and to leave out your friends because they don’t have your friend’s size.

    Small, Medium and Large also leave out children. I’m sure my son would wear an Adafruit shirt if it came in size 7 for children but Small, Medium and Large would be too big for him.

    Science Fair comes around once a year at his school and I was thinking of helping him do a project with microcontrollers. Maybe I’ll do it next year.

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