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Like Lou said, lightweight and heavyweight shirts refer to the number of "ounces". It's generally how heavy the shirt feels when you wear it (although there is a more technical definition to it :))

A heavyweight shirt general would be 6 oz or above

A midweight shirt would be about 5.5 oz (although this is sometimes referred to as a lightweight shirt on some sites if they are trying to offer a comparison for consumers).

A lightweight shirt to me would be about 5oz or less. Usually "promotional" shirts are printed on lightweight shirts because they are less expensive than heavyweight tees.
 

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.does anyone here have an optimum for t-shirt types though?
There really is no optimum for t-shirt types.

An urban (hip hop) clothing line will usually use heavyweight oversized shirts, a vintage clothing line will usually use lighter weight, soft t-shirts. All different types will use everything in between.
 
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