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Top 5 Secrets To Looking Great In A T-Shirt

Top 5 Secrets To Looking Great In A T-Shirt

1 Pay Attention To The Dress Code

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.

2 Know Your Body Type

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.

3 Nail The Fit

Fit is the most important part of the Style Pyramid. Everything builds off of this.

A good T-shirt fit requires two things:

  • It must conform to your body shape.
  • It mustn't cause discomfort or restrict freedom of movement.

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:

  • Does the t-shirt fit you closely without tightness around your chest and waist?
  • Do the shoulder seams line up with the ends of your shoulders? The shirt may be too loose if the shoulder seams are low, or too tight if the seams are closer to your neck.
  • Do the sleeves cover about 1/3 of your biceps? If the sleeves cover more than half of your biceps or touch your elbows, they're too long.
  • Do the sleeves lightly hug your biceps? Loose sleeves flap around and sleeves that are too tight can cut off circulation.
  • Does the T-shirt subtly drape over your chest and follow the curve of your torso? It shouldn't reveal the outline of your stomach too much.
  • Does the T-shirt go a couple of inches below your belt line, slightly covering your waistband? Ideally, it should be long enough for you to raise your arms without exposing your midsection. Do not wear one that goes all the way to your crotch area.

4 V-Neck Or Crew Neck?

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.

5 Select The RIGHT Fabric

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:

  • Bamboo: A soft and breathable fabric that gives the shirt a nice luster; primarily used for high-end clothes.
  • Merino: A high-quality, fine-weave wool often used for more expensive men's shirts; a 100% merino t-shirt can stay odor-free for a full week without being washed.
  • Jersey: A flexible, comfortable material made from a blend of cotton and synthetic fabric.
  • Pima: The highest grade of cotton; resists pilling or fading and also becomes softer after each wear.
  • Linen blends: Linen is considered the world’s strongest natural fiber; linen blends often look smoother and silkier than pure cotton. Caution: linen wrinkles easily.
  • Stretch Fabrics: Lycra, Spandex or Elastane; popular for workout apparel, these fabrics provide a lot of resistance after multiple washes. They also maintain the garment's shape and make the shirt more comfortable to wear.

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.

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