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Where to put Hang Tags on Shirts

Every shirt needs a hangtag, but it can be tricky figuring out where to put ‘em. Let’s find out!

Sure, some people might just think of tags as a place to put the price or checkout barcode. But in reality, tags are an important component of any merch item’s overall presentation. Tags allow you to say something about your brand, both subliminally, via the visual appearance of the tag, and literally, via messaging on the tag itself. 

Just in terms of pure visuals, the difference between slapping a cheap white paper barcode on your merch and adorning them with customized, rustic brown paper hang tags, for example, is profound. 

In short, presentation is everything, and custom tags are a big part of that. But where should you put tags on your t-shirts? Read on, and we’ll dive into it! 

custom hang tag on white shirt

What are Hangtags? 

A hangtag is simply a tag attached to a piece of merchandise, such as a t-shirt, hat, or hoodie, that specifies information about the product. This info typically includes the brand name, price, product care instructions, and any other important or relevant information about the given piece of merchandise.

As we mentioned above, hangtags are a stellar opportunity for branding and brand awareness, and they give you a chance to elevate your merchandise above the competition. Think about it like this: If you have two identical products, for example, two plain white t-shirts, the product with the more appealing hangtag is the one that offers more mark-up potential. 

But perhaps more importantly, a hangtag is almost always a necessity to get your product retail-ready! If you’re selling merch out of a brick-and-mortar location, you probably need hangtags by default. Why not make them cool custom tags? 

What Products Can I Use a Hangtag On?

You can use a hangtag on just about any piece of merchandise. The products below are a few examples, but this list is by no means exhaustive!
 

  • T-shirts
  • Sweatshirts 
  • Jackets 
  • Scarfs 
  • Beanies 
  • Hats 
  • Jeans 
  • Pants 
  • Skirts 
  • Shorts 
  • Wallets 
  • Purses 
  • Backpacks 

Where to Put Hangtags on Shirts?

Adhering a hangtag on a shirt should really be left up to the professionals. It’s easy to mess up, and if you mess up, you risk tearing up your merch, your tag, or both! The good news is if you ordered your merch (whether a hat, shirt, beanie, socks, or anything else) from The/Studio, then we can adhere the hangtag to your product for you. No stress! Otherwise, take your shirt and hangtags to a local tailor or dry cleaner they will be able to adhere it for a fee.

If you do have access to a hangtag gun and want to try placing your hangtags on your shirts all by yourself, keep the following in mind. Don’t damage the shirt by applying the hangtag to the wrong part of the shirt!

You should ONLY stick your hangtag through the seam on the sleeve, through the care label, on the inside of the neckline seam (don’t go through the shirt, just the seam!), under the armpit of the sleeve, or through the t-shirt’s collar. Any of these areas will make it so the tiny hole where the tag attachment goes is not noticeable and doesn’t damage the main fabric of the shirt in a spot that is easily seen.

Hangtag Options we Recommend

It’s completely up to you, but these are some options we recommend, given our years of experience here at The/Studio. Just remember, these recommendations can’t possibly take into account the specific aesthetic of your brand. Ultimately, you know best. These are just some options we find to work well.

Material 

  • Standard Transparent TPU Material 
  • Standard White TPU Material

Thickness 

  • 32 point thickness

Eyelets 

  • Light Bulb Safety Pin Attachment 

There are a lot of special options to choose from that we didn’t mention above, so make sure to check out our website or speak to a Creative Specialist before you start the process.

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