Every man has a t-shirt drawer of some kind. For some of us the sartorial simplicity of the tee is a something we just can't do without. From the stark blank tee, to the graphic tee, it's a casual staple as much as a personal canvas of self expression.
Regardless of what type of t-shirt you prefer, it's rare when anyone actually explains to a guy what a properly fitting t-shirt is. Many of us have slogged through life looking like poorly-stuffed dufflebags or a spoof of a 1970s movie for way too long - which is fine, don't get me wrong. As I write I'm wearing a t-shirt that breaks at least half of these rules, but the difference is nobody is going to see me in the comfy, tarp-like monstrosity.
Like anything, personal preference rules the day, but if you want 7 hard and fast rules for how a man's tee should generally fit, this is a reference point for not looking like a doofus.
- The fit of a t-shirt depends on your body type. For bigger guys: Look for a naturally fitting shirt that sits comfortably (not tightly) on your body. For trimmer guys: Opt for a more slim- or snug-fitting option.
V-neck collars elongate the neck, which makes 'em ideal for shorter dudes lookin' to create the illusion of height. They also work for bigger guys because they slim down a frame. But avoid deep v-necks unless you're making some sort of statement because the "v" should end right at the top of your sternum.
- A crewneck will square your shoulders and make your chest appear wider. It's also generally a better choice for guys with longer necks.
- The sleeves should end at the middle of your bicep. No shorter or longer.
- The sleeve holes should tighten once you put two fingers in-between the fabric and your skin.
- Regardless of your body shape, always avoid baggy, oversized t-shirts. They’ll emphasize the negatives, no matter how big or small you are.
- The shirt should end right below your belt buckle.