T-Shirts, everyone’s favorite style piece. It’s straightforward, like most men, and needs only a few choices. Really?
It has been the default item of attire for many guys.
We buy them in bulk, often from the same brand during clearance sale and don’t think about replacing them until they start falling apart.
This is not a good approach. Paying careful attention to the style of your t-shirt is just as important as any other part of your wardrobe. There are some factors that needs to be considered. Pay attention to the five aspects – Fitting, Color, Fabric, Style, and Function.
Here’s how to look amazing in everyone’s favorite piece of clothing, the T-shirt.
Get the Right FIT
Women agree that men look more attractive in a well fitted white T-shirt. The shape of your upper body accentuates the usually masculine silhouette of broad shoulders and slim waist.
So, no matter how you’re built, a t-shirt can make you look more masculine. However, there’s a caveat – it needs to be a perfect fit and should highlight the prominent attributes of your body without looking like a gym outfit.
Some Rules for a well-fitting t-shirt:
The seams of the Tee should fit exactly on your shoulder edges.
Should fit around the arms and should not extend to elbow. In-case of huge arms, a slightly shorter sleeves or a folded sleeve can do the job.
Your Tee has to be long enough for it to be tucked into your trousers, however not so much that it bunches around the waist. Ensure that it extends past your hip and covers waistband of your pants.
Your Tee should confirm slightly to your body curve. Too loose, you won’t see the shape of your body, too tight and every detail of your stomach will be visible.
On raising your arms, there shouldn’t be an enormous gap round the neck. And you should be able to move around easily.
A well-fitting shirt is rarely restrictive and will leave snug movement. Skin tight Tees are only meant for sports.
The way a T-shirt fits says a lot about its wearer. Unintentionally baggy, with sleeves flopping sadly from the shoulder and excess fabric creating a tent around your torso, gives the impression of a man who has given up. On the opposite hand, exploding seams and a stuffed sausage-skin fit sends the opposite message, of a man who can’t get his own reflection out of his head.
The perfect-fitting example emphasizes parts of the body you’re proudest of, without drawing attention to the areas you’re conscious of. Confused? Before attempting one on, look at your naked torso in the mirror and ask yourself what your best attribute is.
whether rolled or regular, sleeves should hit around the halfway point on your upper arm to show off your biceps and triceps.
Aim for a slim-fitting style that skims through this part of the body, leaving enough room for air to circulate.
Guys with larger chests and/or slim waists ought to search for tapered cuts that don’t drape around your mid-section.
If not entirely sure of your body – a sense that affects several folks – or nothing stands out, opt for a classic fit. Don’t oversize in an attempt to conceal the lumps or buy smaller to exaggerate others features, no matter how much you want to show your workout.
Equally, if you are feeling pretty confident about your body, first control the urge to go shirtless, then try some of these advice which applies to all body types.
A classic shirt ought to end around the top of your hips. This will make sure you will raise your hands while not turning your tee into a crop top.
Short sleeves shouldn’t cover more than half of your upper arm and should fit as close to the skin as possible without stretching.
A perfect-fitting shirt isn’t restrictive, allows you to move comfortably and should never feel tight (with the exception of performance Dri-Fit).
Even in over-sized or long-line styles, the shoulder seams should ideally align with the point where the curve of your shoulder ends.
Types of T-shirts
With a huge options available, it’s no wonder why we can get a little confused when we want to buy a simple T-shirt. We know only too well the trials and tribulations of scrolling through page after page on different menswear sites trying to find a simple white T-shirt. Over the years, T-Shirt has had many transformations.
Long Fit T-shirt
The long trend has been around for a few seasons, and we can’t see it going anywhere over here at Idle. What long means is that the hem of your T-shirt sits a lot lower on the body than a regular fitted T-shirt would do. You’ll often see that, sometimes, only the back of your T-shirt will have an elongated hem – this just adds detail and a different look to your T-shirt, without going too overboard.
Regular Fit T-shirt
As the old saying goes, nothing beats the classics. If you’re after a simple, plain and classically fitted T-shirt, then go for a regular fit. A regular fitted T-shirt is a great option when it comes to the best-fitted T-shirts as they will be a more versatile and an easier to wear option. The T-shirt itself should skim over your body, giving you room to maneuver around. The hem should sit no lower than the top of your hips as you’ll be into oversized territory if it sits any lower.
Long Sleeved T-shirts
Long-sleeved T-shirts are a great alternative to the short sleeved version when the weather isn’t at its warmest. The same rules apply when you’re looking at a long-sleeved T-shirt – make sure the fit is correct, and when in doubt always go for the classic basics, as these will be versatile and easier to team with a variety of looks. However, if you do want to go for something more detailed, then why not go for a classic and timeless striped version. With roots in the dockyards of France, the striped, or Breton T-shirt as it’s known, is a classic and versatile piece to have in your wardrobe.
Choose the Right COLOR
Complements all skin tones. The classic white t-shirt should be part of your wardrobe. Remember to always wash your white clothes together. Don’t mix with other colors. As the old saying goes, you can’t beat the classics. We think that’s it, anyway. This is particularly the case with the classic white T-shirt. When we saw Marlon Brando sport that white T-shirt in A Street Car Named Desire, we instantly saw the best fitted T-shirts as a classic piece of menswear that will forever be a stylish mainstay in every man’s wardrobe.
How to Wear a White T-shirt
When you’re wearing a classic white T-shirt you have opened yourself, and your wardrobe, up to a plethora of looks and different outfits available to you. Throw over a blue denim jacket and a pair of black jeans. This creates a simple yet stylish look that will make a ‘casual’ look even better.
We only have to open our wardrobes or have a quick look online to see the amount of T-shirt colors that are available to us. The T-shirt has evolved so much that we seem to be buying more and more without really realizing what we’re going to wear them with, but that’s where we come in. We’re here to narrow down those easy to wear and classic colors that you can wear time and time again without falling flat on style. You should own at least a few of the basics – white, black, gray and navy.
A mixture of different shades – gray virtually enhances your body shape. Watch out for sweat marks which are easily visible on dark colors.
How to Wear a Grey T-shirt
Grey is another great base layer to work around. With all of the varying shades of grey (no pun intended) available to you, you can easily pull a cracking stylish look together with ease. Match it with a pair of light blue denim jeans for a versatile and stylish look instantly, or keep it tonal and wear with a slightly darker pair of grey trousers. Team your tee and jeans with a pair of casual shoes or trainers for a casual and stylish look this season.
Another versatile color option, black pairs well with most outfit combinations. However, the color tends to fade quickly and can be a little severe during the day.
How to Wear A Black T-shirt
A black T-shirt is probably the most worn item in a man’s wardrobe and debatably one of the best-fitted T-shirts – there are so many outfits to style it with. For this one, try going for a tonal look. It is bang on trend and always stylish whilst offering an understated and classic look to your everyday wardrobe. Team a pair of black slim-legged jeans with some high top trainers. This look perfectly incorporates style and comfort for the season. Finish your all-black look with a black denim jacket.
A better choice than black that is more suitable during the day and great for creating tonal looks when combined with jeans.
How to Wear A Navy T-shirt
With slightly deeper tones than black, yet still dark enough to team a multitude of looks with, a simple navy T-shirt will be a great addition to your autumn wardrobe. You can always wear a T-shirt with a suit as it offers a great casual alternative to a formal shirt. Take your navy T-shirt and team it with a lighter colored suit jacket. Add this with a pair of chinos in the same tone as your T-shirt. This creates a look that can pass for something formal, yet is still casual enough to wear during the day.
Other Colors & Patterns
A t-shirt is probably the easiest way to experiment with colors. Greens, reds, purples, and blues are great for creating a pop of color under a cardigan or worn on their own. Make sure the color of the t-shirt doesn’t clash with your skin tone.
Don’t be fearful of color at any time of the year. We are creatures of habit and tend to revert back to the same plain T-shirts that we always wear. We’re here to tell you that you don’t always have to wear that plain white T-shirt every day (which probably has no end of holes in it). Mix it up a little bit and add a splash of color in there.
A patterned T-shirt is another item that many men choose to avoid. Over the years the printed T-shirt has had a little bit of a bad wrap – we’ve discarded it as a stylish piece to own, as we’ve seen some pretty horrendous pieces over the years. However, if you are looking at a pattern, then the trick is to not go too overboard. You’ll want to keep it subtle and simple.
Select the Right FABRIC
Quality is not related to the weight of the top. In fact, with t-shirts, the lighter materials tend to cost more.
100% cotton is the preferable choice, especially Egyptian or Pima cotton. They are made from long staple fibers that last longer, look thinner and feel lighter.
Cotton blends are also good options. A moderate amount of elastane (stretch fibers) helps to maintain the shape of your top, whereas cotton-polyester blends come in at a lower price point and offer easy maintenance because they crease less.
The label on the t-shirt gives you an idea of the composition of the fabric used to make the t-shirt. The most common options are:
- Combed Cotton: A strong, soft and smooth fabric which has been brushed fine to straighten the fibers and remove short strands.
- Organic Cotton: More expensive than treated cotton, this soft material is derived from cotton grown with minimal pesticides and fertilizers and pesticides.
- Pima: This is the highest grade cotton with extra long fibers. 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 breathable and slightly on the expensive side.
- Merino: Probably the most expensive top you will own, a 100% Merion wool T-shirt can be worn wear 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: Light and quick-drying, but not breathable. Polyester maintains its shape well and resists wrinkles and shrinking.
- Rayon: Also called viscose, rayon is a man-made fiber made out of wood pulp. It feels smooth to the touch and wrinkles easily.
How to Wear Your T-Shirt in STYLE
The first thing to pay attention to is the collar. You need to match your collars when layering. If you’re wearing a jacket with a collar, your t-shirt needs to feature the same shape.
Should you wear a crew or v-neck?
Crew necks are suitable for men with a small chest or sloped shoulders. They help in creating an illusion of broader shoulders, giving your body more proportion.
V-necks are perfect for shorter gents because they create an illusion of length and height, elongating the neck. They provide balance to men with long necks and narrow faces.
What about a deep V-neck, a scoop neck or a boat neck? My advice is to steer clear of these styles. They tend to be fashion trends that can only be worn tastefully by a select group of men.
Should you tuck in your t-shirt?
In general, no. If you are wearing it as part of a uniform, then tuck it into your trousers.
However, depending on the culture you are surrounded by and the shape of the t-shirt and the rest of your outfit, it is possible to rock a tucked-in tee. The tucked-in-t-shirt style works best with a short-sleeve polo shirt and tailored trousers.
How should you style your outfit with a t-shirt?
Follow the example of classic style icons (James Dean, Marlon Brando) – pair a classic white t-shirt with jeans and a pair of boots. This is the most understated and effortless look for a man. Or, layer a shirt by wearing a jacket, cardigan or checked shirt, along with dark denim and stylish loafers or monk straps.
What Is The FUNCTION Of The T-Shirt and When is it appropriate to wear a t-shirt?
If you’re intending to make a great first impression, on a date or a party, a colored shirt is a better option.
Ask yourself what the rest of the people at the event are going to be wearing. If you are surrounded by a sea of t-shirts, feel free to dress down as well, but with a quality top.
Concerts, the local bar, beaches and casual parties with close friends are all acceptable occasions to dress for comfort in a t-shirt. Any activity that involves a lot of sweating, including sport requires a t-shirt.
Ensure you are wearing one that is designed as outerwear and not as an undershirt.
Maintain your t-shirts with proper care while cleaning them. They won’t have the same impact if they look like their best days are well in the past.
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