When it comes to designing apparel, many decisions need to be made. Two of these decisions are what size your logo design should be and where to place it. As the left chest is the most common logo placement area for T-shirts, this will be a good placement option for you. But what size should a left chest logo design be?
Left chest logo designs are popular, so when you want to design your own logo for a left chest placement, there are generally three standard sizes: 3.5″ X 3.5″ for adult shirt sizes, 3″ x 3″ for youth shirt sizes, and 3″ x 3″ for a left chest logo design for on a pocket.
There is also a recent trend with oversized left chest designs, which is very popular with women’s t-shirts and minimalist flowers and other designs.
Why are left chest logo prints the popular choice for different companies and organizations? How do you visualize the placement of your left chest logo? Let’s find out!
Why Are Left Chest Logo Prints More Popular?
When you look at marketing material from most companies today, you will find that they offer many different designs that are only on the left chest area. Why is this? Why is the left chest placement on a T-shirt the most popular placement, especially for a logo?
Many companies use the left chest placement for their logos as adults are more likely to buy and wear T-shirts with minimal design work on them as they see this “minimalist” look as more appealing. Here is an example of a minimalist logo design.
So, when you use this placement for your logo, you are more likely to make more sales among the adult demographic. Left chest logo placements are also more likely to catch people’s attention, meaning your logo (i.e., your company) will start to be recognized by more and more people.
Left chest logo placements also tend to look better than the right chest logo placements as they don’t look as awkward on the fabric.
Left chest logo prints are cheaper to design and print onto the fabric of T-shirts as they are smaller and require less detail than other bigger logo placements on T-shirts. This is why people and companies are more likely to use left chest logo prints.
Recommended Sizes For Left Chest Logo Prints
The left chest placement on T-shirts is one of the most popular placements for the design of a logo for an organization, company, event, or even a school, which means these logos need to be adaptable to many different sizes of T-shirts.
However, standard sizes are the most used sizes for this logo placement on shirts. These standard sizes are:
- 3.5″ X 3.5″ for adult shirt sizes
- 3″ x 3″ for youth shirt sizes
- 3″ x 3″ for a left chest logo design meant to go on a pocket
Some clients will request larger than these standard sizes. If that is the case, make sure you create a realistic mockup to show what the logo will actually look like when it is printed on the shirt.
These logos are small and are meant to be small, so you need to remember when you are designing your left chest logo for a shirt that a typical design for this location will only have two colors.
However, the design can be screen printed with up to four colors. Embroidered logo designs can use several colors. Vinyl logo chest designs are typically a single color.
Left Chest Logo Size Based On Shirt Size
When designing, printing, and making custom logo print T-shirts, you need to consider how your chosen logo size will appear on different T-shirt sizes. If you have a 3.5-inch logo design, it will look very different on a men’s extra-length T-shirt compared to a women’s size small shirt.
So, when you are choosing a logo design, you need to know your audience and what T-shirt sizes they are most likely going to buy. This will make your logo sizing much easier as you will only need to size the logo for two or three different shirt sizes.
You can get pretty creative with left chest logo designs, like this embroidered pocket design.
The most popular left chest logo prints sizes are the standard sizes mentioned above. However, if you are printing on extra-length T-shirts, you need to increase your standard logo size by 0.5 inches, so your logo size will need to be 4″ x 4″ to fit well on the over-sized shirt.
With this bigger logo, you will need to place the design half an inch closer to the middle of the chest to ensure the logo is placed nicely on the shirt.
What About Oversized Left Chest Logo Designs?
There is a recent trend where designers are creating oversized prints that are as large as 5″x5″. These have become especially popular on women’s t-shirts sold on Etsy, like the one below.
Are Left Chest Designs Only For Logo T-shirts and Apparel?
Left chest designs are not strictly meant for logos. Left chest designs are very popular as lifestyle designs that you can buy or sell on Etsy, in your eCommerce shop, or at events. These designs are becoming more popular as lifestyle designs because many people like to wear minimalist t-shirts with certain outfits without too much print on the shirt.
How To Visualize Left Chest Logo Placements
When you are creating a custom T-shirt design, an important aspect of deciding on the placement of the logo is to first visualize the logo on the shirt you want to print it on. This can also help you confirm that you have the right-sized logo for the size and type of shirt you are printing on.
The following are four excellent ways to help you visualize the placement and size of your logo on the left chest area of a shirt:
- Use a normal piece of printing paper to help confirm placement and size by folding the piece of paper to the size you have chosen for your logo. Then place the piece of paper onto the left chest area of a shirt size you think will be the most popular with your target audience.
- Alternatively, you can print your logo out and then cut your logo out and tape it to an example T-shirt. You can then look at the logo on the shirt from different distances to ensure it’s exactly how you want it to look.
- Suppose you are a person who buys many different promotional T-shirts, or you know someone who does this. In that case, you can look at how other companies have sized and positioned their logos on the left chest on their promotional material.
- Ask other people and get them involved in the process. Sometimes when you have been focused on the task at hand for too long, you might miss things that other people will notice right away. So, always check your logo placement and size with at least one other person.
As left chest logos are the most popular logo design for many companies and organizations, it is good to know the correct size that the logo can be printed for this T-shirt placement. Knowing the size will help you visualize what your logo will look like on the shirt and what you can expect from the printers. Good luck designing and sizing your left chest logo design!
Bryan E. Robinson is the owner of TshirtGrowth. He has sold t-shirts since 2006 through dropshipping, screen printing, vinyl printing, DTG, Print on Demand, and more. Bryan has created his own t-shirt designs through Photoshop, Canva, and other platforms, as well as worked with freelancers to create many of his designs. Besides t-shirts, Bryan has 18 years of experience in online marketing with eCommerce, B2B SaaS, B2C products, and more.