Often seen as a representation of which university you went to, university hoodies are staple pieces in most university students’ wardrobe. On campus, a hoodie serves as a great outfit option to keep you warm and cosy in cold lecture halls and libraries. Meanwhile, after you graduate, a hoodie can become a sentimental keepsake that brings you back to your university days. Some even have multiple hoodies for different clubs, societies or events that they joined in campus. To customise a unique hoodie for your uni, sports team or society, there are a few key aspects to consider. Let’s dive into them one by one!
How Much Is The Budget?
First things first, let’s get the boring yet most important part of this process out of the way. How much budget do you have for your customised university hoodies? The easiest way to start is getting your seniors’ opinion on how much they spent on similar projects during the past semesters. To set a realistic budget, it’s best for you to approach at least three different hoodie printing services to get a quotation from them. A general rule of thumb is the more colour or illustrations you need on your hoodie, the more expensive it would be.
What Design To Choose?
By design here, we don’t mean the illustration that you are planning to place on your hoodies—but don’t worry, we’ll get to that in the later part of this guide. We are talking about whether you prefer your hoodie to be a pullover or to come with zips in front, as well as whether you would like your hoodies to have front pockets. To decide, discuss with your teammates, and put the purpose of the hoodie, the place where you guys will wear it the most often, as well as the preference of the majority of the team members into consideration.
What Colour To Pick?
If you are designing a hoodie for your society or clubs, it’s best to pick a colour that is in your society’s logo to make the whole image of your society look more cohesive and neat. Plus, it helps people to recognise and remember your society better as they can easily associate it with certain colours. One suggestion here is to keep the colours to a more neutral and muted tone for a more comfortable look. For instance, if you are looking to have a green hoodie, instead of using bright green as the main colour of your hoodie, choose a muted or army green that is visually more soothing and comfortable.
What Fabric To Choose?
The fabric for hoodies are generally thicker than t-shirts to keep the wearer warm. A popular type of fabric for hoodies would be fleece, with a fabric composition of 50% polyester and 50% cotton. Not only this kind of fabric offers great comfort, it is also extra durable as it helps the colour to hold up well over time. In terms of fabric care, fleece hoodies are easy to take care of as they are less prone to wrinkling. The fabric composition also makes it an ideal choice for sports activities due to its moisture-wicking properties.
How To Design The Illustrations?
For a start, decide where you want to place your logo, as well as a certain tagline or event name if applicable. You can then move on to adding other illustrations based on your preference. Some popular illustrations used for university hoodies include badges, banners, stamps, and certain font types that are often associated with universities or sports teams. In terms of placement, the left side, right side or middle of the chest area, or top area of the back are great choices. If you are looking for a more minimalist look, simply cut down on your illustrations or make each illustration smaller. To further personalise your hoodies, you can consider having each individual’s names on the hoodie. Although this definitely will increase the effort needed during designing as well as the cost of printing.
How Many Pieces To Print?
Apart from the design, the quantity that you decide to print your hoodies will also affect your cost. Now, to figure out just how many pieces of hoodies you need, start by counting how many members you have in your group. But wait! That’s not the final number you should go with. Consider printing extra as back up, as gifts for your lecturers or guests during club events, or you could even print extra pieces and sell them as merchandise to side income for your club! To manage your cost during printing, look for printing services that offer bundle deals, which often give you a lower price per hoodie when you print a certain large number of hoodies in one go.
What Size To Print?
Your hoodies should come in a few different sizes to fit your members with different body sizes and height comfortably. Avoid deciding on the size based on your own estimation, which would result in non-fitting hoodies that could eventually go to waste. It’s the safest for you to first decide on a printing service, get a detailed sizing chart from the service, and let your team members decide the best size for themselves. Remember to clarify whether the sizing chart units are centimeters or inches to avoid confusion!
How To Choose The Right Hoodie Printing Service?
By now, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of the decisions on designing a fashionable and comfortable hoodie is best made when you’ve already identified a trusted hoodie printing service which can give you practical advice. So how do you choose the right hoodie printing service? As you are working with a limited budget, go for a Singapore hoodies printing service that offers professional consultation with transparent pricing. Also, it’s best to choose a service that offers a wide variety of colours, fabric, and designs so that you’ll have plenty of options to experiment with. It’s even better if the service is able to provide you a free design review or mock-up before any order confirmation to ensure the printing accuracy.
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