Decisive style choices indicate knowing what to do and when to do it. This is especially true when it comes to T-shirts, which are more versatile than ever before. Whether you choose a classic fit, slim fit, or regular fit T-shirt depends on your body type as much as the occasion. This guide will cover the difference between these three types of T-shirts -- we also have more comprehensive T-shirt guides for men’s T-shirts and women’s T-shirts, and this is our ultimate guide to take T-shirts measurements and find a T-shirt that fits.
WHAT IS A CLASSIC FIT T-SHIRT?
The classic fit, also called the traditional fit, emphasizes comfort and precise cut throughout the chest and waist. It has a broader cut across the shoulders and sides, creating a clean, confident appearance.
Some manufacturers taper their shirts down to the waist. Many classic fit styles have box pleats at the base of the yoke to increase movement and flexibility.
Our Classic T-Shirts have signature styles for men and women:
Our Men’s Classic T-shirts are semi-fitted.
They're simple, classic, and stylish. Our men’s shirts feature refinements like blind stitching, slightly longer sleeves, slightly shorter length, and a clean neckline.
Our Women’s Classic T-shirts are boyfriend fit.
We wanted to mimic the stylish look of
men’s T-shirts for women. A boyfriend cut features dropped shoulders, slightly lengthened sleeves and a clean neckline, which conveys a laid-back tomboy look and attitude.
Other names for the classic fit include the straight fit or natural fit. This style is versatile, both in pairing with other pieces and looking good on any body type.
WHAT IS A REGULAR FIT T-SHIRT?
A regular fit T-shirt usually hugs snuggly around the body while leaving adequate room for comfort in the sleeves and waist. The right size regular fit T-shirt is loose, but not too much to the point of being sloppy or over-the-top.
Generally speaking, these T-shirts lean more into comfort than style, and are acceptable for any casual situation but you might not want to wear one to the office. Semi-fitted Classic T-Shirts are the go-to if you’d like to be smart casual at the office.
Regular fit T-shirts are not always ideal undergarments, as the loose tapering at the bottom of the shirt can be difficult to tuck in. Layering clothes with a regular fit T-shirt will feel heavier and not control temperature or moisture as well as a tighter fitting T-shirt.
WHAT IS A SLIM FIT T-SHIRT?
The slim fit T-shirt has a narrow cut that focuses on minimal fabric, therefore, leading to a tighter fit that looks more modernized and hugs tightly to the body.
The goal of the shirt is to flatter the wearer's body by accentuating their muscles and structure to enhance confidence and masculinity. If you are in shape and an enthusiastic gym rat, then this is definitely the style for you.
This type of T-shirt works very well for a lean and built body frame, but it’s still important to tailor the outfit to your proper size.
The slim fit tends to have a high arm for slimmer trousers. Slim fit shirts tend to slim down through the chest and shoulder, giving you a more toned and sharp appearance.
CLASSIC FIT, REGULAR FIT, OR SLIM FIT FOR FORMAL ATTIRE?
If nobody can see your T-shirt, it will probably come down to preference between classic fit and slim fit. Wearing a regular fit T-shirt under a button-down shirt will likely create unwanted bunches and wrinkles due to the excess fabric, so we can eliminate that one.
Classic fit T-shirts will generally work best as undergarments for formal attire or paired with a blazer because they aren’t too loose or too tight.
Slim fit tees aren’t specifically designed as undergarments, but some people like to wear slim fit T-shirts under professional attire so that everything fits well to their body instead of their undergarments. However, if your slim fit T-shirt feels too tight or constricting, it might be better to go with a classic fit T-shirt.
HOW SHOULD MY T-SHIRT FIT?
It all depends on what you want and how you envision it. You want to imagine how the T-shirt would frame your whole body. For example, do you want the attire to make you look bigger and taller, or do you want a bigger fitting shirt that contours your frame?
If you’re looking for a baseline to start with, here are some general tips for finding the best fit T-shirt for you: the shirt's shoulder line should reflect your natural shoulder line regardless of style, cuts, or fit. The waistline should be the same dimension as your actual waist size.
If you decided to wear a tie, then the length should reach your belt and not go any further or shorter.
The perfect fit T-shirt should end between your upper and mid crotch.
The sleeves shouldn't be too tight to the point of strangling your biceps, but rather fit comfortably around your arms.
MATERIAL MATTERS: HOW TO BUY THE PERFECT T-SHIRT
When comparing different T-shirt styles, you have to assume each T-shirt is made of the same material. If your T-shirt is made from synthetic fabrics like nylon or polyester, tighter-fitting T-shirts will likely not be as comfortable.
The breathability of cotton T-shirts is what makes them so comfortable to wear in hot and humid climates. This is why you might see so many landscapers, construction workers, and athletes so comfortable wearing long sleeve cotton T-shirts on hot summer days.
High quality T-shirts made of organic cotton will have a buttery smooth texture that fits well to your skin and layers well under anything. Learn more about why cotton is so comfortable by clicking here.
CONCLUSION: IT’S HARD TO GO WRONG WITH A CLASSIC FIT T-SHIRT
Regular fit T-shirts are great for comfort, slim fit T-shirts are more for style, and the classic fit is perfect for all of the above and more. When in doubt about size, it’s usually best to order a size up, but if you find a Classic T-shirt that’s not quite the right fit, we make the exchange process as seamless as slipping into your favorite T-shirt.