Trends have come and gone over the years, but the t-shirt is one staple that has been here a long time and doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. One of the reasons for this universal appeal is how many situations it’s good for. Another reason is how absolutely comfortable it is.
Tips & Tricks For Finding The Perfect T-Shirt
When determining how a t-shirt should fit, here are some things to look for:
A t-shirt that fits correctly should be neither too tight nor too loose. If it’s too loose, it’ll hang on you like a box and look completely unflattering. If it’s too tight, it’ll look like you’re squeezed into it and are about to burst the seams at any point — a look that will almost certainly come across as conceited and annoying.
2. Shoulder Seams
The shoulder seams are a good way to tell how well a shirt fits you. Ideally, these seams should reach to the end of your shoulder at the very top of your arm. If they extend down your upper arm, the shirt is too big. If they don’t reach the end of your shoulder, the shirt is too small.
The sleeves should extend about halfway down your upper arm. If you’re exceptionally tall, you might be safe wearing sleeves that are slightly longer, as these will look more proportional.
The bottom hem of your t-shirt shouldn’t hit any higher than your hips, or it’s too small. It should cover your waistband and extend a few inches past that. If it’s shorter than that, it’ll look like a crop top when you raise your arms. If it’s longer than that, it’ll look like a dress. When trying on a t-shirt, make sure you raise your arms to see how far it rides up.
Many cheap t-shirts have no shape to them at all. They hang like boxes when you put them on and are extremely unattractive. Search instead for a t-shirt that follows the lines of your body a little more. Avoid any that are cut in the shapes of large squares.
How to Measure Yourself for a T-Shirt
When it comes to choosing a size for a t-shirt, the sizes can be all over the map. This often makes them less than helpful. In some cases, however, the store or brand may provide a sizing chart.
A t-shirt sizing chart like ours can be helpful because it breaks down a list of measurements and tells you what size those measurements will add up to. This makes it easy to glance at the chart for your size chest, for example, and see what size shirt someone with that measurement ought to wear.
When it comes to measuring yourself for a t-shirt, here are the measurements you should take:
To measure your chest, wrap the tape measure under your armpits and around the fullest part of your chest. It’s important to stand normally, without flexing or puffing out your chest. The tape measure should be snug, but it shouldn’t be so tight that it hampers your breathing.
The bottom hem of your t-shirt should go a few inches below your waistband. To measure the length you need, stand straight and measure from the high point of your shoulder to below your waist.