T-shirts are ubiquitous and found globally - crossing every any region, culture, and class level.
Designed and donned in the early 1800s, the T-shirt has come a long way since then and taken on many forms. It’s now much more than a staple workwear item like it was when it first came out. Now men and women wear T-shirts during special occasions, dates, parties, the workplace, and much more. It's all about how you accessorize.
T-shirts open up a wide array of possibilities to be creative and to think outside of the box. You can go online to find T-shirt shirts that fits your style, body structure, and size.
A T-shirt consists of the neckline, fit, design, and pattern variations.
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Crewneck or Classic T-Shirt
The most famous of T-shirts styles are crewnecks, also known as classic T-shirts. These are T-shirts with a round circular neck. They provide excellent flexibility, and fit comfortably on your body giving you a toned and masculine appearance. They work well if you’ve got a long and narrow face with slightly sloped shoulders. It’s an easy-to-wear T-shirt that can work well with many different outfits. If you’re wearing a high quality T-shirt, that means it's made of organic cotton fabric which performs well as a protective undergarment because it controls moisture and temperature better than cheaper fabrics.
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V-necks are T-shirts where the neck is shaped like the letter V. These T-shirts work well to slim down your physique, and is also a popular choice for people with rounder face shapes. It’s common to see V-necks paired with an unbuttoned shirt so that the neckline isn’t visible. The classic V-neck has become a staple T-shirt for men, and is often worn as an undergarment as well as a standalone.
In women’s clothing, V-neck cuts are a common feature, and V-neck T-shirts for women are growing in popularity. V-neck T-shirts for women are a great option for something that’s casual and comfortable. You can always wear one with a nice pair of jeans.
Not sure about pulling off a V-neck? Try going with a more shallow collar. Keep in mind that the neckline should never be lower than your armpits.
Even though V-necks slim down your figure, you don't want them to feel too tight. When it comes to high quality t-shirts, the softer they are the better. Your V-neck should feel flexible and not rigid. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re dealing with high quality T-shirts so that what you wear fits right and feels good.
Y-neck or Henley
Y-necks are more commonly known as Henley T-shirts, and they’re a mix of crew neck and V-neck designs. The Henley name comes from the fact that these shirts were the traditional uniforms of rowers from an English town called Henley-on-Thames. Most Y-necks will come with buttons that run down the ‘V’ area of the T-shirt. Henleys usually have around 2-5 button, and you can wear them as short or long sleeves.
According to Cassandra Campa, founder of Next Level Wardrobe, the Henley complements well to any body type and can accentuate features to make you appear more toned and slimmer. With that in mind, if you’re looking for something casual but sleek at the same time, then the Y-neck is a solid option for you.
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Polo T-shirts are the answer to T-Shirts sometimes being a bit too casual. Polo T-shirts became famous when golfers started wearing them to give them a more professional look during their games.
Tennis players also enjoy polo shirts as well because their high quality fabric can absorb sweat while maintaining a sophisticated appearance for the game. It’s now used universally as a more “formal” T-shirt that looks best on a lean body frame.
Scoop necks are similar to crew neck T-shirts, where the round neckline is bigger and hangs slightly below the collarbone. The scoop neck can be tricky because wearing the wrong size can lead to fashion suicide. With this type of style, you have to know yourself really well. If not, then it’s advisable to try out the T-shirt clothes before making a purchase. If worn correctly, a scoop neck gives off a more casual and rugged look compared to other necklines.
Raglan sleeves can also be categorized as long sleeve T-shirts, and are sometimes known as baseball players T-shirts. The sleeves are attached to the T- Shirt using a diagonal seam rather than the more traditional up and down the straight seam, giving the Raglan T-shirt the distinctive look that it’s known for.
The Raglan T-shirt style is named after British Army Officer Lord Raglan, who wore a coat with a sleeve cut so that he could have a greater range of arm movement to use his sword in battle. Sadly, Lord Raglan lost his arm in the battle of Waterloo, but, he was known for wearing a stylish coat with long, angle-cut sleeves, which have since inspired the creation of the Raglan sleeve T-shirt.
Sleeveless T-shirts are especially popular when it’s hot! Also known as tank tops, you’ll probably see them on bodybuilders and athletes looking to show off their arms, and it’s also popular beach T-shirt for men and women. Sleeveless T-shirts go well with rugged jeans cargo shorts or athletic shorts for an athletic and adventurous appearance.
Cap sleeves are almost like regular crew neck T-shirts but have their sleeves extending just below the shoulder. It can help create a more V-shaped silhouette for the wearer and is a popular T-shirt seen in streetwear fashion. If you have masculine biceps and triceps that you want to show off then cap sleeves can help accentuate those features.
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Long sleeve T-shirts are as the name suggests,T-shirts with their sleeves extended to cover the entire arm up to the wrist. These shirts combine the casual and comfortable feel of a T-shirt with the full covering of a business/dress shirt. You see these shirts more often in the Fall and Winter as temperatures drop, but high quality T-shirts made of cotton are also a great way to beat the heat in the summer (find out how.).
Men and women can wear long sleeve T-shirts for casual, dating, and even professional occasions. When it gets especially cold, long sleeve T-shirts are great for layering.
With T-shirts, the cut and fit can result in a drastically different style. That’s where slim fit T-shirts come in. This style is made for the T-shirt to hug your body, which really shows off your figure. Slim fit T-shirts are also often used as undershirts due to their clingy nature and work well under jackets or pullovers.This is definitely a great T-shirt to wear under professional attire, so that everything you wear on top of it fits well to your body instead of your undergarments. As a standalone piece, slim fit T-shirts accentuate your muscles and body features to give you a very sharp and confident look.
Muscle T-shirts take the slim fit T-shirts to the next level. This style is designed to accentuate every part of the torso by hugging closely to the pecs, abs, arms, and shoulders. Gym rats love wearing these when out and about as there’s no better way to show off those massive deltoids. They’re also popular as undergarments, which allow clothes to fit well to your body without trapping too much heat. However, if you want optimal protection and moisture control out of an undergarment, it’s best to wear a high quality T-shirt made with organic cotton.
Longline T-shirts gained popularity from skate brands and slowly made its way into modern streetwear from there. It’s a crewneck T-shirt with a long hemline that stretches to slightly above the knees and rests on the lower thighs. For style, longline T-shirts are typically worn with baggy jeans, baseball cap, and sneakers. Wearing a longline T-shirt would probably not be your best look for a date or professional setting, but it can be a comfortable T-shirt to wear around the house.
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Hooded T-shirts are common with athleisure outfits, and are perfect for the gym, to wear as pajamas, or to travel in. They can give off a sophisticated but casual look if worn with the right pants. A hooded T-shirt is great during the fall and winter seasons. It will keep you comfortable and it’s easy to layer with other clothes.
Graphic T- shirts come in many shapes and sizes, including all of aforementioned necklines. Any T-shirt with a graphic print on it is considered a graphic T-shirt. The graphic T-shirt was first used in the original Wizard of Oz movie. They are great for showing off your personality and interests, but best worn in very casual settings.
Pocket T-shirts live up to their name; typically featuring a single pocket on the left breast. They started to gain popularity in World War II and usually come in simple, unicolor designs, or in styles where the pocket itself is a different color or pattern from the rest of the T-shirt. Some like pocket T-shirts for utility, others for style.
Which Styles are Right For You?
There are a lot of different types of T-shirts to choose from, but we’d be happy to narrow it down to the two most versatile and stylish types: the crew neck and V-neck T-shirts. These T-shirts are great to wear as undergarments, layering pieces, or as standalone pieces that make you look your best.
At The Classic T-Shirt Company, we offer timeless pieces that are high-quality and made of 100% organic cotton. Lightweight, breathable, durable, these T- shirts are our go-to for gifts, whether to yourself or someone you care about. They come with free two-day shipping and free returns. Our classic T-shirts are sure to become be your favorite T-shirts!
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