We all have our own personal style and for most men that style includes t-shirts. The problem is that most of the world thinks of any outfit with a t-shirt as a casual look.

A lot of people tend to think of t-shirts as being more about comfort than looks. While t-shirts can certainly be comfortable, that doesn’t mean they can’t look stylish.

The question is how to pull that off. What does it take to make a t-shirt into a piece of eye candy? We’ll talk about that in the paragraphs below.

1. Do Not Wear a T-shirt to a Formal Event

Since their creation, t-shirts have been a symbol of the working class. They first became popular in 1904, when they were advertised as an alternative to the undershirt.

They were advertised to bachelors as being simpler than a typical undershirt. Since there weren’t any buttons that could fall off, sewing was not a required skill.

Within the next few decades, the t-shirt was picked up by the navy, several actors, such as Marlon Brando, and eventually high schoolers.

Given its history of representing the everyman, it’s safe to say that the t-shirt was never a formal garment. Wearing it to a formal event can give the wrong impression.

2. Make Sure it Fits

Nothing ruins a look faster than a poorly-fitting t-shirt. A t-shirt that’s too loose or too long can make you look lazy.

Meanwhile, a t-shirt that’s too tight or too short can leave a similar impression. Not to mention that they’re very unflattering to larger body shapes. 

There’s no shame in being on the larger side, but wearing the wrong-sized clothes can make any body shape look bad.

A good way to tell is to pay attention to where various parts of the shirt fit. For instance, your sleeve should end about halfway down your upper arm or even one-third of the way down your upper arm. There’s no need to fret over an exact length.

On that note, your shoulder seams should fall on your shoulders. If it goes any lower, the shirt is too long.

The t-shirt should extend to just below your waist so that you have a full range of movement without showing any skin.

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3. Style

There are two types of t-shirts out there–the crew neck and the v-neck. The crew neck is the design we all picture when we picture t-shirts. it has a simple scoop of a collar that tends to accentuate the neck and shoulders.

The v-neck, on the other hand, draws more attention towards the chest and makes the wearer look taller. For this reason, most stylists recommend v-necks for shorter men.

There are other styles out there, but most of them are best avoided. Shirts like deep v’s and boat necks show off a little more than most people are comfortable with.

4. Material

So much of a t-shirt’s comfort and wearability boils down to what it’s made of. The most common material out there is cotton, but cotton’s more complex than it seems. It turns out that there are several different types of cotton.

In addition to regular cotton, there is also combed cotton, organic cotton, and Pima cotton. Combed cotton is softer because the cotton is treated beforehand to ensure that its strands are straight and that none are short.

Organic cotton is grown with the environment in mind. The growing process cuts back on chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers to ensure that the soil stays healthy. It’s also surprisingly soft.

Pima or Supima cotton is made with longer fibers. It’s more durable than any other cotton and gets softer the more it’s washed.

There are also a lot of other materials, and each one has its own advantages and disadvantages.

We should start with Jersey since it’s partly made from cotton. The rest of it comes from synthetic materials, often polyester and lycra. Jersey gets its name from Jersey,  England where it was first made.

Polyester is a sturdy, light material. The problem is that it isn’t as comfortable as some other materials.

Rayon is not a natural fiber. Instead, it’s blended together from wood pulp. It’s soft, but wrinkles easily.

Merino is a wool material and a durable one at that. It resists odor and can be worn for a week without needing to be washed.

Bamboo is a more expensive material, but it’s worth the cost. It’s very soft and breathes well.

5. Color

Believe it or not color can have a big effect on t-shirts. Each color can convey a different mood, and some work better than others.

Some of the classic colors include black, white, gray, and navy blue. Other colors can also work well, but come with the risk of clashing with your skin tone.

As a general rule, those with somewhat pale skin should avoid white or black, and those with really pale skin should avoid brighter colors. The opposite is true for darker skin tones.

Darker skin blends well with brighter, darker colors, as well as black and white. However, light colors should be avoided.

Having said that, a t-shirt of the wrong color isn’t a major issue. You can still look good in a t-shirt of a contrasting color, but matching colors are a safer bet.

The Best Ways to Wear a T-shirt

A lot more goes into wearing a t-shirt than most of us would assume. Some of it is just common knowledge like wearing clothes that fit.

Others have to do with style, and body shape or personal preference, like color, style, and material. We encourage you to do more research if you want to learn more about t-shirts and how to wear them.

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