Everyone’s favorite daily outfit.
It’s simple, like most men, and needs very few decisions and maintenance when wearing one.
Or does it?
It has been the default item of garb for most guys.
We buy them in bulk, usually the same types, from the same brand, and don’t think about removing them from our wardrobe until they start falling apart.
This is not the best path to take. Paying careful attention to the style of your t-shirt is just as crucial as any other part of your wardrobe.
T-shirts are unquestionably the most popular and commonly worn piece of wardrobe. Several variants of t-shirts have emerged over the years.
Traditionally, T-shirts are made of comfy cotton fabric. However, cotton T-shirts shrink, fade, and can lose its form. Many of today’s t-shirts are manufactured with cotton blend materials, making them even more comfortable and durable.
Pima and Egyptian cotton are considered the best kinds of cotton for softness and comfort. Combed cotton is another type of soft cloth. Spandex, Lycra, and other advanced stretch fibers are often mixed with cotton, so the shirt can stretch and still hold its shape, which is excellent for a body-defining fit.
Polyester is the right choice if you want a T-shirt that doesn’t fade or shrink. Poly tees are even absorbent and will do the work other cotton t-shirts do.
Collars vary from the crew (rounded), collarbone style, v-neck, and deep v-neck ribbed or flat. The Henley or grandad, known for its buttons, is another popular style commonly worn as a top shirt. T-shirts come in short or long sleeves, so does the Grandad tee.
Just because tees are cheap, casual, and an everyday piece of clothing doesn’t mean they can be worn without keeping fashion in mind. We’ve made a list of things to know about wearing t-shirts to keep your wardrobe and image stylish and on point.
Some factors play into buying or styling a T-shirt.
Pay attention to these 5 crucial aspects – fit, color, style, fabric, and purpose.
Here’s how to look fabulous in everyone’s favorite piece of clothing, the T-shirt.
Get The FIT Right
Most Women would agree that men are more attractive in a proper fitted white T-shirt. The shape of your top enhances the typically masculine silhouette of broad shoulders and narrow waist.
So, no matter what type of physique you have, a t-shirt can make you look more muscular. However, there is a caveat – it has to fit perfectly and accentuate your body’s best attributes without looking like a skin-tight workout top.
Here are some basic rules for the perfect fitting t-shirt:
- Shoulders – The seams of the t-shirt should sit nicely on the edge of your shoulders.
- Sleeves – The sleeves of the t-shirt should fit around the arms and not extend to your elbow. If you have broad arms, look for slightly shorter sleeves or fold the sleeves to show off your guns.
- Length – Your t-shirt should be long enough to be tucked into your pants, but not so long that it bundles at the waist. Make sure that it extends past your hip bone and covers the waistband of your trousers. We’ll talk about the tucking basics later in this article.
- Stomach – Your top should fit slightly to the curve of your body. If it is too relaxed, you won’t see your body’s shape, and if it is too tight, every feature of your stomach will be visible. A tapered cut that doesn’t drape your waistline will look more flattering.
- Neck – When you lift your arms, there shouldn’t be a wide gap around the neck. It should also not be so tight that you can’t move around easily.
A well-fitting t-shirt is never restrictive and should allow for a relaxed and comfortable movement. Skin-tight tops are for athletes to be worn for sport.
The Right FABRIC
Quality is not related to the weight of the T-shirt. In fact, t-shirts with lighter materials tend to cost more. 100% cotton is the preferable choice. They are made from long-staple fibers that last longer, look thinner, and feel lighter & comfy.
Furthermore, Cotton blend fabrics are also good options. A moderate amount of elastane (stretch fibers) helps to maintain your top’s shape. In contrast, cotton-polyester blends come in at a lower price point and offer easy maintenance because they are creaseless.
The label on the t-shirt gives you an idea of the fabric’s composition used to make the t-shirt. The most common materials are:
- Combed Cotton: A durable, soft, and smooth fabric that has been brushed fine to straighten the fibers and remove short strands.
- Organic Cotton: More expensive than treated cotton, this delicate material is derived from cotton grown with minimal pesticides, fertilizers, and pesticides.
- Pima: This is the highest grade cotton with extra long fibers. This highest quality cotton resists pilling, stretching, fading, and gets softer with each wear. Supima is the trademarked name for American-grown Pima cotton.
- Bamboo: T-shirts made from bamboo have a soft sheen and are incredibly soft. They are highly breathable and slightly on the expensive side.
- Merino: It is probably the most costly top you will own; you can wear a 100% Merion wool T-shirt for an entire week before it starts to smell. The perfect choice for travel.
- Jersey: Typically made from cotton or a synthetic blend, this stretchy knit fabric is very flexible and comfortable.
- Polyester: Lightweight and quick-drying, great for athletes. Polyester maintains its shape well and resists wrinkles and shrinking.
- Rayon: Also called viscose, rayon cloth is a human-made fiber made out of wood pulp. It feels smooth to the touch and wrinkles quickly.
Choose The Right COLOR
A few must-have basics for your wardrobe are - white, black, blue, charcoal, and gray.
White color complements all skin tones. The classic white t-shirt is a must-have for your closet. Remember always to wash your whites together. Don’t mix whites with other colors.
A mixture of different shades – gray virtually enhances your body shape. However, do watch out for sweat marks that are easily visible in light colors.
Black is a versatile color option. It pairs well with almost all of the classy outfit combinations. Who doesn’t love wearing black, right? However, the color can be a little severe during the day, mostly in summers.
Navy is a better choice than black. You might hate me for saying this, but someone had to say this. It is more suitable during the day and great for creating tonal looks when paired with jeans.
A t-shirt is possibly the easiest way to experiment with colors. Greens, yellows, reds, purples, oranges, and blues are great for creating a pop of color under a jacket or worn individually. Make sure the color of the t-shirt doesn’t mismatch with your skin tone.
Wear Your T-Shirt In STYLE
The first thing to consider is the collar. You need to go with similar collars when layering. If you wear a jacket with a collar, your t-shirt needs to match with the shape of its collar.
Crew neck or V-neck
Round or crew necks are suitable for men with a small chest or inclined shoulders. They help in creating an image of wider shoulders, giving your body more proportion.
V-necks are perfect for shorter men because they create an image of length and height, making the neck look longer. They provide symmetry to men with long necks and narrow faces.
Wearing your T-shirt
Never tuck-in your t-shirt unless you are wearing it as a uniform. However, depending on your t-shirt’s pattern and your whole outfit, it is possible to rock a tucked-in tee. It also depends on the culture you’re surrounded by. The short-sleeve polo shirt and tailored trousers will give you the best tucked-in-t-shirt style.
Styling your T-shirt outfit
A classic white tee with jeans and sneakers is the most understated and sleek look for a man. You can also layer a T-shirt by wearing a jacket, blazer, cardigan, or checked shirt, dark denim, and stylish loafers.
Keep proper care of your tees to maintain their fit and fabric when you clean them. They won’t create the same impression on your look if they look like their best days are well in the past.