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Look Great In A T-Shirt

The first rule of wearing a t-shirt is knowing where and when it’s appropriate to do so.

The reality is, many functions you attend call for the good old suit and tie, or at least a long-sleeved shirt with a collar. T-shirts are an option if and only if the event is casual.

Don’t try to challenge the dress code and wear a t-shirt to the office or a friend’s wedding unless you’re specifically required to. It doesn’t matter how good you look or how confident you feel in it. T-shirts have their own time and place, just like flip-flops or denim jackets. Always respect the occasion if you want others to respect you.

T-Shirt Tip #2 – Understand Your Body Type

Not everyone has guns like Chris Hemsworth or a chest like Dwayne Johnson. Those guys can rock t-shirts.

So are mere mortals like us simply unable to look good in them? Of course not. But you do have to know your own body type to gauge your chances of looking good in a tee. The harsh reality is that it doesn’t flatter all body shapes and sizes.

If you’re a stout or relatively large man, you’re probably aware of the extra weight in your midsection, which t-shirts don’t hide very well. If you’re on the skinny side, a t-shirt might accentuate the leanness of your arms and upper torso. This is why we say that men who regularly hit the gym have “earned” their ability to look awesome in t-shirts.

But even without a muscular physique, a tee can do a phenomenal job of making the body you have look good. Pay attention to tips 3 and 4.

T-Shirt Tip #3 – Nail The Fit

You can compare wearing well-fitted t-shirts to baking cookies. It doesn’t matter how pretty the cookies are. Without the right amount of sugar, they always end up tasting either too sweet or  too bitter.

A good T-shirt fit requires two things:

  • It must conform to your body shape.
  • It mustn’t cause discomfort or restrict freedom of movement.

Why should you care that much about the fit? Because fit is a core component of style. Clothes that correctly fit showcase your masculinity and attractiveness better than clothes that don’t. It’s that simple.

Spend time finding a t-shirt brand that works for your body type. Use the following guidelines as a checklist when trying out any new tee:

  • Does the t-shirt fit you closely without tightness around your chest and waist?
  • Do the shoulder points match the ends of your shoulders? The shirt may be too loose if shoulder points are droopy, or too tight if they’re hiked up higher.
  • Do the sleeves cover about 1/3 of your biceps? If the sleeves cover more than half of your biceps or touch your elbows, they’re too long.
  • Do the sleeves lightly hug your biceps? Sleeves that are too tight can cut off circulation to your arms.
  • Does the t-shirt subtly follow the curve of your torso? It shouldn’t reveal the outline of your stomach too much.
  • Does the t-shirt go a few inches below your belt line, slightly covering your waistband? Ideally, it should be long enough for you to raise your arms without exposing your midsection. Do NOT wear one that goes all the way to your crotch area.

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