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Staying Cozy in Class with Crewnecks and More!

Hello, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies, and crewnecks! So long, t-shirts and shorts! It’s that time of year for many people—the time to stay warm! As the weather cools down and the season for snow, below-freezing temperatures, and brisk winds arrives, there’s no way around the necessity to cover up in order to keep comfortable.

30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Nantucket Island is a popular summer getaway for tourists since it almost never gets unbearably hot. While the winter stays fairly mild, it still averages to temperatures around freezing from December through March, making a cold-weather wardrobe a necessity. When ballet teacher Michelle Birmingham took over as owner and director of the Nantucket Ballet in 2020, she knew there needed to be some changes to make the studio feel like her own. Part of these changes involved creating a new logo—which meant new gear!

Photo of a child wearing a gray sweatshirt with a pink Nantucket Ballet design.

The pink design for the new Nantucket Ballet logo stood out across the Gildan Midweight 50/50 Crewneck Sweatshirt‘s range of colors.

With help from a local designer, Nantucket Ballet’s logo could make a statement across an endless number of products. Says Michelle, “I teach kids, so wearing branded gear makes them feel good and is also great marketing for the dance school. [You can] give [custom gear] away to family and friends, it will help get your brand out there!” She went with the Gildan Midweight 50/50 Crewneck Sweatshirt because “they are super comfy and cozy”. Available in 35 different colors, logos, photos, and art can all take center-stage on the front, back, or even the sleeves of the sweatshirt. The collar and cuffs are all ribbed and stretch to make sure that the wearer can stay snug without any drafts, which makes it the perfect clothing to throw over a t-shirt or leotard. With a wide range of sizes from YXS-5XL, the entire ballet troupe could be covered.

While the Gildan Midweight 50/50 Crewneck Sweatshirt worked great for the Nantucket Ballet, there are more fantastic options out there to warm up your closet. The Hanes EcoSmart 50/50 Crewneck Sweatshirt is a similar poly/cotton blend as the Gildan Midweight 50/50 Crewneck Sweatshirt, but the EcoSmart® fabric is partly made from recycled plastics! Your team can feel good while they look good, making this a win-win option all around.

The Hanes EcoSmart 50/50 Crewneck Sweatshirt provides quality comfort at a reasonable price point.

Another environmentally friendly sweatshirt is the Champion Double Dry Eco Crewneck Sweatshirt, which is made from Double Dry Eco® fleece in a similar fashion to the Hanes sweatshirt. The quality construction ensures that this sweatshirt will last through many winters, and the Champion logo keeps the style fresh. If you want to ensure that your design or logo really lasts, this sweatshirt comes in a version specifically set up for embroidery so your group can look extra professional while enjoying the comfort.

Environmentally conscious, the Champion Double Dry Eco Crewneck Sweatshirt comes in many vibrant colors.

Cozy, warm clothing can mean more than just long-sleeves and heavier-weight fabric—hoodies are another great way to stay comfortable while repping your group. The New Era Tri-Blend Pullover Hoodie showcases your design on a cotton/poly/rayon blend of fabric, and wearers can protect themselves from the elements with a 3-panel hood and large front pocket. The label is heat-transfer, so wearers don’t even need to worry about the possibility of a scratchy tag!

The New Era Tri‑Blend Pullover Hoodie is a wonderful option if you’re looking to design a custom hoodie.

If top-of-the-line comfort is absolutely necessary, the Bella + Canvas Ultra Soft Zip Hoodie is hands-down one of our softest sweatshirts. Created from Bella + Canvas’ Airlume fabric, it’s created with the highest-quality combed ringspun cotton to provide an unmatched feeling of coziness. With a front zipper that makes it easy to wear, it’s so plush and cushy that your team will never want to take it off.

The Bella + Canvas Ultra Soft Zip Hoodie, made with their Airlume cotton, is so buttery soft that it feels like a dream.

When your group needs to look just as stylish as they are comfortable, Champion also has a fashion-forward option. The Champion Women’s Reverse Weave Cropped Hoodie is oversized with a relaxed fit to match current trends and is cropped right above the waist to look great with high-waisted pants and leggings. The fleece fabric is great for lounging, with the reverse weave cross-grain cut ensuring that the hoodie resists shrinkage.

The Champion Women’s Reverse Weave Cropped Hoodie shows that style doesn’t need to stop once the summer heat is over.

There are many more fantastic sweatshirts and hoodies to customize, whether it’s for your school, business, or just for fun. Styles such as crewnecks, pullovers, zip hoodies, and even cropped hoodies all provide alternatives to t-shirts when it’s no longer short-sleeved shirt season.  Cold weather doesn’t have to put a damper on looking and feeling great in your custom merch!


Kendra is the Copywriting Support at Custom Ink. She has a background in art but she loves writing, so she finds a compromise between the two by creating comics in her free time.

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