How to Choose the Right T-Shirt Based on Your Body Type

T-shirts have become indispensable in any closet. This garment, without scratchy labels or irritating collars, has gained popularity not only because it can be worn all day long, but also because it is very easy to combine with other pieces. But there are so many options and so many styles that sometimes it’s hard to choose.

5-Minute Crafts wants to show you which type of shirt might work best for your figure type.

1. Types of necklines

  • The round neckline is functional and fitted. This classic style suits bodies with a small to medium bust, long neckline, and broad shoulders. This single neckline garment can be worn as a base layer under a sweater or tucked into something more glamorous, like a pleated skirt or palazzo pants.
  • The boat neck is the widest neckline. It passes just below the collarbone and helps balance the midsection by drawing attention to the shoulders. Figures that look best in this neckline have a small to medium bust, slim shoulders, and a pear shape.
  • The deep rounded neckline serves to visually lengthen a shorter torso. This deeper and wider neckline style draws the eye downward, lengthening the neck and accentuating the collarbone. It’s ideal for apple and hourglass body shapes.
  • Finally, everyone can look great with a V-neck. The key to wearing this classic and versatile neckline is to choose the depth of the V that best suits your bust size. More modest cuts work for smaller busts, while deeper V’s elongate and balance the silhouette of a larger bust.

2. Sleeve length

  • Short sleeve garments cover half of the upper arm and fit any figure as they are a classic style. This is the most common type of sleeve seen on T-shirts.
  • Sleeveless T-shirts leave the shoulders bare. These are the best choice for hot summer days. You can choose a style that’s not too baggy or tight for maximum comfort and mobility.
  • T-shirts with long sleeves cover the arms completely, and most are cut in a straight line. They’re an ideal choice when it’s cold. But make sure the sleeves don’t extend past the wrists to avoid soiling or wear and tear.
  • 3-quarter sleeves fall below the elbow but don’t cover the entire arm. This style is mostly seen on women. You can wear these shirts when the weather is cool.

3. Types of style or fit

  • The classic or traditional fit emphasizes comfort and movement. This one features dropped shoulders and a straight cut that conveys a relaxed look and attitude. The style is versatile for both pairing with other pieces and looking good on any body type.
  • regular fit T-shirt generally fits comfortably around the body and leaves room that allows for comfort. Classic semi-fitted T-shirts in the right size are loose-fitting, but not too loose to the point of looking overdone. This is the ideal choice, whether you want formal or casual attire.
  • The slim-fit T-shirt fits the body shape. The goal of this shirt is to highlight the figure. If you are fit and a gym fanatic, this is definitely the style for you.

4. A stamping pattern

T-shirts are also an opportunity to show your interests to the world. A plain colored T-shirt provides a dressier look, especially when paired with slacks and dress shoes. You can also create a unique look through the colors, patterns, and designs that appear front and center. Thus, tees with a design are fun and quirky garments that you can wear with jeans for casual occasions.

5. Materials

  • Cotton T-shirts are the most common and popular choice. This natural fiber is soft, breathable, and feels good against the skin. Making a 100% cotton T-shirt requires fewer chemicals, making it an environmentally friendly option. The disadvantage is that during intense physical activity, cotton will absorb sweat and take a long time to dry.
  • A more appropriate fabric for sports tees is polyester. This material wicks moisture away from the skin and dries quickly, keeping the skin cool and comfortable. In addition, this synthetic fabric is also extremely durable.
  • T-shirts made from a cotton/polyester blend provide all the benefits of these 2 materials without the drawbacks. The softness and breathability of cotton combine with the wrinkle resistance, durability, and moisture-wicking properties of polyester.
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