Custom Sportswear: Expectation vs Reality

A soccer shirt/jersey in dark blue colour.

When people are looking for sportswear, they usually think of customized sportswear first. Before you even know what customized sportswear is, you already know there’s a promise in custom sportswear or at least a perceived promise. We’ve all heard the expression, “You get what you pay for,” right? Well, maybe we should look at that expression a bit more closely.

With the help of the latest technology, you can have any number of colours on your shirt or pants and even have a different pattern for every player. You can choose from any number of materials for your shorts or skirt and combine them with any design style you like. There are so many options out there! But when it comes to actually putting together a team uniform, do you know what’s expected? And what’s reality? Find out here!

What Do You Need To Know Before Starting?

Making your own custom-made outfit is a great idea. You get exactly what you want and nothing more.

However, before you start designing your team uniform, there are some things you should know that will make this process easier.

How Much Will It Cost?

First off, let’s start with the basics. How much will it cost? Naturally, that depends on a couple of things. The size of your team and the number of colours needed are the two main factors that determine how much it will cost to get custom team uniforms. If you have a smaller team, your total might end up being less than if you had a large group. And if you only need one or two colours, then your cost will also be lower. It also depends on other factors such as design and what type of printing you prefer. We usually do sublimation for our customers.

What Should You Order?

The first thing you need to decide is how many uniforms you want. You can order for your whole team or just a few players. Whatever you decide, you should order at least one extra in case there’s any kind of mishap with the first batch (which often happens). Next, you’ll need to figure out what colour scheme you want. You can go with traditional colours like blue and yellow or something more creative like hot pink and light green. The possibilities are endless!

Once you’ve decided on your colour scheme, it’s time to put together the uniform itself. This is where things get tricky, as there are different expectations for different sports. For example, if this were for a volleyball team, shorts would be required but not for a soccer team. If this were for a shantung volleyball team, the shirt would have to be sky blue instead of white and the skirt would have to be sky blue as well!

So, what should you order? It depends on what type of sport your player will be playing!

Choosing A Size

One of the most frustrating things about buying ready-made fitness gear is that they don’t always fit right. Custom sportswear is supposed to eliminate this issue and provide a comfortable, snug fit regardless of your body type. Make sure that your custom gear fits correctly, start with selecting the correct sizes based on the sizing chart provided by your supplier.

The gear doesn’t fit properly or look right because the measurements weren’t taken correctly.  You’re too hot or cold, you can’t move comfortably, or you feel too exposed.  The fabric wrinkles in all the wrong places, the seams bunch up, and the lettering is crooked.  You feel awkward and self-conscious, not like a champion.

Once you’ve checked out any guidelines on how to measure yourself correctly and get the right size, try them on and assess how they fit. If you’re unable to try them on before ordering, then make sure you check after delivery.

Creating A Design

A soccer jersey in black and red colour.

Custom sportswear suppliers are not created equal. Some companies take the easy way out and try to foist off stock designs on their clients, claiming that they’re “custom” when really, they’re just existing designs with some logo printing under a different name.

Other companies will use cheap materials because they know you won’t return them, but then your team is stuck with shirts that don’t fit right or keep their shape when washed, which is a total rip-off of your investment in them.

The best option is to find a company that understands what custom sportswear means—that it’s not just a shirt with a logo on it—it’s an expression of who you are as a team. From the colors and patterns to the fit and feel of the fabric, to the screen print design itself—it all needs to be taken into consideration.

The Timeline

The timeline for having a custom sports uniform is fairly short. You may think it will take a month or two, but in reality, it’s only about 4 weeks. That’s because there are so many different options to choose from as well as many different styles to work with. You can use basic colours or go all out with wild patterns and designs and even add accents like stripes. When you have the word “custom” in your name, you need to deliver on that promise, which means creating and shipping your product quickly.


Custom sportswear is a fantastic way to connect with your customers and create a sense of belonging. Not only are you giving them something they can wear proudly, but you are also going to get to know them better. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that custom sportswear is not like ordering from a catalogue. It’s more involved, and sometimes the process can take longer than you would expect.

That being said, the satisfaction you will get from giving your customers exactly what they want is worth the wait. If you want to have custom sports gear for your team or fans, contact Tradex Co and we will create high-quality sports gear for you.

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