Knowing which T-shirts to wear according to your particular style and body frame can be challenging at times. Wrapping your head around which type of fabric, neckline and colour to wear to certain events is enough to drive anyone around the bend. Alas, you’re not alone. From casual outings to smarter functions, pair your T-shirt with the right blazer or chinos and you will be set. But, before you get there, you need to first understand how certain T-shirts fit your body type and how well it hugs your form.
Next, choosing a proper neckline, as well as material, will either make or break your outfit. How you accessorise will also have a significant part to play. For instance, opting for a deep V-neck T-shirt then tucked into a gigantic belt buckle is a look that should be put to bed. However, wearing a regular V-neck shirt in a classic colour, like white, with a pair of blue jeans is classic. Learning what works and what doesn’t is pretty easy and we’re here to help. Here’s how you can decipher the T-Shirt code.
How your T-shirt fits your body
Not knowing how your T-shirt should fit your body can cause an unnecessary fashion crisis. Material bulging in areas it shouldn’t, hemlines too short and sleeves too wide for your arms paints a picture of a man who needs a style tip or two. That’s why understanding how a T-shirt sits on these three areas of your upper torso will assist you when buying that perfect T-shirt.
- On the arms: Sleeves need to rest halfway in between your elbow and shoulder. This is to reveal the right amount of triceps and biceps, whether your sleeves are rolled up or left down.
- Along the chest and shoulders: For this area of your torso, choose a cut that has a slim fit. Not too tight, however, as you still need space to breathe and allow for air to flow.
- On the abs: If you have a broader chest and a slimmer waist, opt for a tapered fitted T-shirt. This is so the material doesn’t create a tent-like effect around your torso. Excessive bagginess is not usually an ideal look for most men.
Ideal T-shirt necklines
There are numerous neckline styles available, including the deep-V neck (as we have mentioned above), raw hemlines, boat and scoop necks. Here, however, we will only be taking a look at the most classic of styles since, well, you can’t go wrong with these (oath).
- V-necks (not the deep V): This neckline offers the illusion of an elongated neck which works for men who are shorter in height. It also works for those with a broader frame who are wanting to look slimmer.
- Crew necks: For men with smaller chests and pecs, the crew neck is the way to go. This type of neckline offers more space around the neck and shoulders. The crew neck is one of the most popular types of collarless T-shirts and is usually worn with multiple layers.
Choosing the right T-shirt material will directly impact your comfortability. Thicker fabrics are a fan favourite since the weight of the material is often assumed to be synonymous with outstanding quality. However, heavier fabrics could cause excessive perspiration in unwarranted areas.
Lightweight fabrics are ideal, whether you wear it as is or under another shirt. This allows for your skin to breathe as well. Cotton fibre or a blend of cotton is something to look out for here. Blends are usually made from stretchier fibres which helps the T-shirts retain its shape.
Choose the right coloured T-shirt
Florals, Hawaiian prints and sports luxe trends have taken the fashion world by storm – with no sight of slowing down. At the eye of the storm lies the T-shirt. The bolder the better you go with your shade of T-shirt. It’s about making a statement. Skin tone plays a crucial in what will work best for you. However, don’t let that stop you from trying out different prints, patterns and hues. Here are some quick tips to bear in mind:
- Fair-skinned men: Lighter skinned men should opt for darker shades like fatigue, deep greens and primary colours (red, blue and yellows). This way you will avoid looking washed out.
- Olive-skinned men: Tanned/ medium-shade skin works well with pale and muted tones to enhance your skin tone. Stay away from colours that are too close to your skin tone, however. When in doubt, go brighter or darker — lean away from the in-between hues (oranges and browns).
- Darker-skinned men: The world is your oyster; your skin tone looks amazing with pretty much any shade. Take advantage of this by going all out with bright, bold hues. Palm-leaf prints look particularly good, as the green pops against your skin tone.