Is there a formula for buying embroidered shirts for a group?

This is another one of those questions we get asked fairly often. A buyer is charged with purchasing 150 logo embroidered shirts for a group. But there won’t be an opportunity to get individual sizes ahead of time. So it begs the question in the title of this article.

In general the answer is yes. There are some general percentages you can follow when purchasing shirts for a group.

There is another factor to take into consideration and that is the general nature of your group. In very broad terms take a look at your group to a feel for who they are and if any adjustments in the percentages might be necessary.

For example, if you are group is made up of young women mostly between the ages of 22 and 25 who might tend to get more small and medium sizes. Or if you are buying for men who work in the construction industry, you might get fewer mediums and more XL, 2XL and even 3XL sizes.

The nice thing about purchasing embroidered polo shirts for a group is that polo shirts are pretty forgiving. Most styles look good and many different body shapes and you don’t have to really worry about a sleeve length like you might for a button down shirt.

When purchasing shirts for a group like this, there should be no expectation that every shirt you will get will be exactly the right size for every member of your group. Therefore, it is always a good idea to purchase some extra shirts in each size just in case. You would hate to run out of mediums and have too many of size 2XL.

Buying for a larger group can be a challenge, but with this chart, it will get you close to what you should need without a great deal of waste.

Use the chart below for a general percentage to help you determine how many shirts in each size you need when buying for a group.

To calculate your buying quantities by size, simply multiply the number of people in your group by the percentage in the chart for each size.

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