How to Pick the Perfect T-shirt

 

T-shirts have become a simple go to staple for all casual wardrobes. But that doesn’t mean you can't make a statement by paying attention to things like fit, colour, and style. You can elevate the humble tee into a versatile, classic piece of clothing that feels great, looks sharp and gets noticed. Let's look at some factors that will help you make the right choice.

Fit

Like any article of clothing, fit is important for your own comfort and for your overall appearance.

A t-shirt should be neither too baggy nor too tight. Too big, it will drape, look unprofessional and be unflattering. Too tight, you’ll look and feel uncomfortable and lose the casualness of a tee. 

Ideally you the sleeves to align where your shoulder ends rather than lower on your arm or towards your neck. Traditionally sleeve length is usually half way down your upper arm. Nowadays, we see many options of sleeveless, long sleeve, three quarter and everything in between. 

Whilst the crop is very on trend at the moment, the standard length of a t-shirt has the bottom hem no higher than your hips and at least covering your waistband. We recommend sticking with the traditional length for the work place and as giveaways as more people feel comfortable with this design. Crops are a great option for sporting, dancing and fashion ranges.  

Neckline

There are other options, but it usually comes down to the crew and the v-neck when selecting necklines. A crew neck simply has a rounded neckline and no collar. This is a classic option offering a timeless look. Crew necks are also easier to work with when pairing with a jacket or jumper. A well fitted crew neck creates the illusion of squarer shoulders, giving the appearance of balanced proportion and stature. 

The v-neck has a more casual feel than the crew collar, and adds more visual interest and style to the standard tee. A v-neck can add height to appearance and is often favoured by those with a more petite physic.

The v shape draws the eyes down towards the cleavage and stomach so it is important not to have the v-neck cut to deep or tightly fitted. Off course we offer other necklines such as scoop or boat neck, polo so talk to us if you would like other ideas or something different. 

Material

T-shirts made from 100% cotton is still a very popular choice as it's natural, soft, cool, and static-resistant. Cotton tees looks and feels great! A cotton  and polyester blend is also a great option as it holds its shape, colour and wears a little better than cotton. Bamboo t-shirts are increasing in popularity as they are naturally hypo-allergenic, gentle on the skin, and highly breathable. Bamboo fibres also keep your skin cool in summer and warm in winter by wicking any excess moisture away. Bamboo is also a low maintenance, fast growing crop and therefore has less environmental impact than cotton and man made fibres. 

A great fitting T-shirt that is a joy to wear will get good use for years to come. It pays to consider what will work for your audience and your brand.