Introducing: Standard & Premium Brand Options
I'm introducing new options for apparel - Standard and Premium Brands.
You will start to see options for Standard and Premium. What's the difference and how to choose between standard and premium options? Read on!
*Standard Options Info*
Standard brands include Gildan, Fruit of the Loom, Hanes, etc.
- Generally, made of a cotton/boly blend
- Matching drawcords
- Kangaroo style pouch pocket
- Cuffs at wrists & waist
- Unisex sizing
- Baggier fit
- Generally offers sizes Small - 4X
Gildan, Fruit of the Loom, and other "standard" brands are extremely popular for businesses small and large because of the deep discounts offered for buying in bulk. They are generally well-stocked at retail and wholesale locations, easy to apply designs, and are very consistent sizing & fabrics.
The upside - affordability, comfort, and you might know exactly what size you need because chances are you already have these brands in your closet.
The downside - longevity & very unisex sizing (not many options for a slimmer, sometimes more fashionable, fit).
*Premium Options Info*
Premium brands include Bella + Canvas, Independent Trading, Next Level, and others.
- Often times 100% cotton, or more cotton than poly blend
- Matching or contrasting drawcords
- Slimmer pouch pockets
- Cuffs and/or raw seams for arms & waist
- Unisex or specific men's/women's sizing
- "Retail" (ie. slimmer) fit
- Small details like metal tips at the ends of drawcords, stitching style, and more
- Colors & prints like camo, distressed washes, and more.
- Generally offers sizing XS - 2X
Bella + Canvas, Independent Trading, and other "premium" brands are just as popular, but more expensive and not as widely available, making them sometimes hard to find and/or out of stock for periods of time. These brands are also consistent, but, the "fit" of a hoodie can vary. These brands often value "Made in America" and sustainable sourcing/employment practices.
The upside - quite a bit softer, snugger, more fashionable sizing & fabrics.
The downside - cost & sometimes out of stock (especially during the pandemic!).
I can get behind both Standard and Premium options - I own several of each and wear them for different occasions. Chillin' on a Sunday night, writing a blog post? Standard black hoodie w/rosegold skyline for me. Goin' to the office and want to be comfortable but still look like I care? Premium crewneck w/skull it is.
Deciding can be tough - both Standard & Premium options are well-liked across genders & ages. The few extra dollars for Premium options, in my opinion, are well worth it, since they will last longer through wash after wash.
Just a gentle reminder - I recommend air drying your Greetings by Jenny apparel after a 10 minute fluff in the dryer.