You've been put in charge of ordering polo shirts for your group. How do you find the correct style with the right sizes? Most people know their T-shirt size but when it comes to polo shirts they may be uncertain.
If you need embroidered shirts for a large group its best to order samples in different sizes. When ordering for children you'll want a sample in every size but you don't necessarily need every size for adults. For example, samples for alternate sizes such as S, L and 2X will work for a group of women.
When choosing a polo style make sure you know how much shrinkage to expect. For example, a 100% cotton polo will shrink more than a cotton/polyester blend shirt. If you need a range of sizes that include larger sizes (greater than 2X) and tall sizes, tell your embroiderer so they can choose a style that meets your needs. Also, don't forget other desirable details such as a pocket or certain contrast trim color.
Its important to have a clear order form. Construct the form with "fill-in-the-blanks" so necessary information won't be left out. Your form should include:
Include an area for the person's printed name if names will be added to the shirts.
Keep the ordering process as simple as possible. If you decide to offer more than one shirt color, take into account whether your design will contrast well against the colors you've chosen. For example, if your logo consists of dark colors such as navy and forest green, it will look best on light colored shirts such as white, ivory, tan or light blue. Keep your order form simple and clear and your group will be happy with their custom embroidered polo shirts!
J. DeRosa, 4/13/09
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