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The reality is, many functions call for the good old suit and tie or at least a long-sleeved shirt with a collar. T-shirts are an option if and only if the event is casual.
Don't try to challenge the dress code and wear a T-shirt to the office or a friend's wedding unless you're specifically required to. It doesn't matter how good you look or how confident you feel in it. Printed T-shirts for Men have their own time and place, just like flip-flops or denim jackets. Always respect the occasion if you want others to respect you.
Not everyone has guns like Chris Hemsworth or a chest like Dwayne Johnson. Those guys can rock T-shirts.
So, how to look good in a T-shirt if you're a mere mortal? You have to know the five main male body shapes and which one you are to gauge your chances of looking good in a tee. The harsh reality is that the first T-shirt you try on probably won't flatter all body shapes and sizes.
If you're a stout or relatively large man, you're probably aware of the extra weight in your midsection. A tight-fitting T-shirt won't hide this very well. If you're on the skinny side, a T-shirt might accentuate the leanness of your arms and upper torso.
Fit is the most important part of the Style Pyramid. Everything builds off of this.
A good T-shirt fit requires two things:
Why should you care that much about the fit? Because fit is a core component of style. Clothes that correctly fit showcase your masculine figure while ill-fitting clothes hide it. It's that simple.
Spend time finding a T-shirt brand that works for your body type. Use the following guidelines as a checklist when trying out any new tee:
There are two primary styles of T-shirt: V-neck and crew neck. Which is best?
V-necks look best on fitter men. The deep cut emphasizes and shows off a built-up chest. A V-neck creates the allusion of height and balances out a short neck or narrow face.
Crew necks are a better option for men with a thinner frame. This style doesn't expose your neck as much, they draw less attention to your upper torso, which is good if you haven't been to the gym in a while.
Which style should you choose? It's your call. Just remember not to expose your chest too much whichever style you choose. Stay away from the ‘scoop neck', extra-wide ‘boat neck', and plunging V-neck designs.
TIP: What about T-shirts with pockets? They add visual complication and the pocket fabric can stretch, becoming baggy over time. I suggest wearing them only if you're aiming to build up your chest.
A shirt's fabric is a key factor in determining its quality. If you want to look amazing in a T-shirt, its material has to be awesome. Two T-shirts may be identical in design and color, but the one with better fabric will outperform the other by a wide margin.
As with all clothing items you shop for, always read the label on a T-shirt. I'm sure you check the price, but you should also look for info on the material. Tees are usually 100% cotton or a cotton-poly blend, but there are other special fabrics that might serve you even better. Check out a few of these:
TIP: Whatever the fabric, don't get a T-shirt that's super thin or lightweight.
The problem is it might actually be an undershirt instead of a legitimate T-shirt. I also suggest not wearing synthetic performance fabrics except when you're running or exercising. Those fabrics tend to have a distinct sheen that makes them look slightly off, even in casual settings.