Choosing the Right Hoodie for Customization – Everything You Need to Know

Choosing the Right Hoodie for Customization – Everything You Need to Know

To choose the right customized hoodie, consider the type of hoodie, type of fabric, size of the hoodie, and different printing methods.

Choosing the Right Hoodie for Customization - Everything You Need to Know

Customizing your wardrobe is a very popular trend these days. We can see all kinds of customized t-shirts, jackets, and shoes on social media platforms. It is a great way to make your wardrobe cooler, show your creativity, and amaze your friends.

Hoodies never go out of style, and customized hoodies with great designs are even better. However, not all types of hoodies are suitable for customized designs. If you don’t know much about it, do not worry. In this article, we will talk about choosing the right hoodies for customizing.

How to Choose the Right Hoodie?

1. Choose the Right Type

There are various types of hoodies, but the two main types are pullover hoodies and full-zip hoodies.

While choosing, you must keep in mind which style goes with your body type and personality. Here is some information about both types of hoodies to help you understand better.

Full-zip hoodie

Full-zip hoodies are much more fashionable and flexible than half-zip hoodies. The main benefit of these hoodies is the zipper. You can simply pull it down when the temperature is too hot outside.

However, they are a bit tricky to customize because the zipper might get in the way of your design.

Pullover hoodie

Pullover hoodies are best to keep your body warm, but if you feel hot, you will have to take them off. These are also easy to customize. Since there are no zippers in the way, you will have a much larger canvas to work with.

This is why most customized pullover hoodies have large designs or patterns. They have similar patterns to sweatshirts. You can check out these ladies’ monogram sweatshirts to get a better idea.

2. Types of Hoodie Fabrics

Fabrics play a vital role when it comes to the durability of your hoodie and the design printed on it. The prints and the colors will last longer on high-quality fabrics. It also will not cause any type of itching or irritation on your skin.

Hoodies mainly come in the following types of fabrics:


Cotton is the most preferred fabric due to its absorbency, lightweight, and ease of use. Even during strenuous activity, this fabric helps keep the body dry.

A cotton hoodie can also keep you relaxed if you are working for a long time. This type of hoodie is mostly worn for sports. You can style cotton hoodies in any season, but they are mostly suitable for Spring.


Nylon is a shiny synthetic fabric and ideal for special occasions or events. These hoodies are appropriate for mostly nighttime occasions. These hoodies are also great for rainy days as water doesn’t easily enter nylon hoodies.


Fleece hoodies are an excellent choice for the Winter. Fleece is a combination of cotton and wool. It has a soft and fluffy texture. These hoodies are ideal for campers and hikers.

The amazing benefit of using this fabric is it does not easily fade or absorb any stain and looks clean. By blending fleece with other different fabrics, you can make it more durable.

3. The Size of the Hoodie

After the type and fabric, let’s have a look at how to choose the proper hoodie size.

The size of your hoodie should match the size of your t-shirt in general, but there are some exceptions. There could be differences in brand, style, fit, and style between men’s and women’s apparel. If you want your hoodie to be tailored to your specifications, the size will vary.

You must either an oversized one or one that offers the same fitting as a normal t-shirt.

If you want a perfect-sized hoodie, do the following:

  • To measure the length, lay your t-shirt flat on a plain surface, take out a measuring tape, and measure from the back neckline to the bottom of the hem.
  • For the width, take your measuring tape and start from 1 inch below the armhole. Measure across the chest from one arm to the other.
  • For the sleeve length, lay your garment face down and measure from the outer edge of the neck to the outer edge of the sleeve.

4. Softness of the Fabric

This is the most important thing while choosing a hoodie. The softest fabric on the market is cotton.

According to research, when cotton is combed and ringspun, the impurities are combed out of the cotton, and it is tightly woven to make it as smooth as possible. It also becomes stronger.

Print Methods to Choose From

Before we talk about the printing methods, try to keep in mind that if you keep your design simple, it will look better.

Now let’s have a look at the different printing methods.

1. Screen printing

It is considered the safest choice for hoodie printing in most cases.

This technique is vivid, long-lasting, and very popular. Dark fabrics and nearly any type of fabric can be printed through this method.

However, this is expensive since you will have to pay per color. It is especially expensive if you are only printing a few hoodies.

2. Direct to Garment

DTG or direct to garment is perfect for a small batch. They are also good when you want full-color prints.

However, the color will not be as vibrant as screen printing, but you can easily do a full print. The fabric should be cotton for best results, and if you want the print to last a long time, do not use strong detergents.

3. Heat transfer

You can create some nice shiny foil print with heat transfer. People usually use this when they cannot use screen printing or DTG. The shiny foil is a thin plastic coating that reduces the breathability of the fabric and will start to crack if you wash it too hard.

4. Embroidery

Embroidery is the preferred method for the cleanest prints. Embroideries can be bulky, which is why they have to be kept simple and small. Most retail brands use it on the left chest. But a few small designs on the wrist can be creative.

Final Thoughts

Custom hoodies are fun to design and wear. But you have to be picky when choosing the right hoodie. If you consider the things we mentioned above, you should be able to get the right fabric, size, and type of hoodie for customization.

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About The Author


Danielle Holke is a long-time knitter, first taught by her beloved grandmother as a young girl growing up in Canada. In 2008 she launched KnitHacker, a lively blog and knitting community which has since grown to be a popular presence in contemporary knitting culture, reaching more than a million readers each year. As a marketing professional, Danielle advises and works with a motley squad of artists, yarn bombers, film makers, pattern designers, yarn companies and more. Learn more about her latest book, Knits & Pieces: A Knitting Miscellany.

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