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The Ultimate Guide To Choosing the Right Style and Size of T-Shirt

Finding the perfect T-shirt is a difficult task and finding the ideal one is a continuous task for anyone in the business. There are numerous top brands that offer many different styles. The right fabric to choose is a significant element and I’ve gone over that in detail, but the other major aspect is deciding on the best size. Because not all styles are created equal.

It’s easy to imagine that the fit of a basic T-shirt is an easy task However, there’s a lot that is involved. In this article we will go over the various terms, the distinction between tubular and side-seamed styles and the difference between a fashion and a regular fit. We also provide some guidelines for what constitutes an ideal fit for a T-shirt and give you some tips.

This article will concentrate on tees for men, often called unisex.

What is the definition of unisex fashion?

In the world of T-shirts, when you hear the term unisex, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a garment specifically designed to fit males and females. It could also mean that there is no female (or women’s) variant of the item is available.

If it doesn’t state either gender the style is a stand-alone one, also known as unisex. This means a cut for men that women also can wear.

The T-shirt has always been an item for males. They were first used for underwear, and were distributed to the people in the US Navy, with other branches of the military following similar practices. Films of the 1950s favored wearing the T-shirt on its own and featured Marlon Brando as well as James Dean personifying this carefree and masculine style. Today T-shirts are available to everyone.

Two major categories of T-shirts are can be used to fit

If we’re talking about the various fits in the market for blank T-shirts The first thing to remember is the fact that various brands employ various terms and do not always match the other brands. This is why we have a whole sales team that is dedicated in helping customers figure this mess out each day. However, in general, we can categorize the market into two categories: conventional and fashion.

The standard size (or traditional fit) T-shirts

Standard fit became popular in the late ’80s and early ’90s with a basic design which is usually more spacious and boxy, but without the tailoring and tapering that is found in their fashionable fit counterparts. Standard fit t-shirts are the safest choice when you’re purchasing a large order that must be designed with a range of body styles. This is more accommodating for those with a heavier build.

Fashion-fit (or slim fit) T-shirts

Also known in the same way as “fitted,” this cut is designed to contour the body more precisely with less bulk and more sculpted lines around the arms, shoulders, and the torso. In tall slim t-shirts, the arms are more snug fit, while the length of the sleeves is less. We refer to this in the term “retail size,” although it can be in between fashion and standard.

What is the ideal size for a T-shirt?

The first and most crucial aspect to achieving the perfect size is choosing the right size. The majority of men select one size larger (or larger) to ensure comfort. However, when you want to look your best in a t-shirt it’s more attractive to wear the size that is most comfortable for you.

Here’s a chart of sizing I designed using images of my colleague, James. Check out the differences and think about what features you should consider to determine the correct size.

Here are the top six features of a good-fitting T-shirt. They are followed by an infographic you could keep for references. It’s easy to believe that it’s a personal opinion that is based on personal preference, but there’s an established list of standards to be considered when trying on a t-shirt. The source of the criteria is it you are asking? Fashion people! Don’t be afraid to go with the flow.


Shoulder seams should align with the top of the shoulder bone when it meets the upper part side of the arm. If it hangs down over the edge, then the shirt is likely to be too large. If the seam falls on the side where the shoulder curve begins it is probably too small.


The hem of the sleeve should sit towards the middle of your bicep. It should be a snug fit to the arm, but not flare out more than two inches. Classic fit or standard fitted tees have more armholes which flail out. Sleeves that are slightly longer can be a good fit for taller individuals.


A T-shirt must cover the waist and drop to the hips around half way down. The length may vary by in a few inches depending on the height of a person however it shouldn’t exceed the upper inseam, or begin to look like a dress.


The neckline should rest straight above the collarbone, without being too light or loose. Classic-fit t-shirts have wider collars as opposed to fashion/slim fit. A V-neck could be placed close to the neck. Men should steer clear of “deep” V-necks.


The chest region is supposed to be more form-fitting than the lower portion and there shouldn’t be any stretching or bunching beneath the armpits. This is why the tapering design of fashion-fit t-shirts is a fantastic way of making the body more comfortable.


The torso should be tapered in slightly to conform to the body, not expanding or straight. Side-seamed shirts offer this fitted appearance, whereas classic-fit and standard shirts are more boxy, with a more pronounced design around the upper torso.

Tubular T-shirts with Side-Seamed

There are two primary ways that T-shirts are made that determine the way they will fit. T-shirts were initially constructed using sides seams before the tubular method was introduced and became the dominant method thanks to their consistency, efficiency and lower cost of manufacturing. Side seams are now gaining popularity. Which is the better choice?

A lot of people believe that side-seamed is the best way to go due to its better fit, while others claim that tubular t-shirts are perfectly fine. Both kinds of construction are available in a wide variety. Let’s take a overview of the differences between the two.
Is there a tube-like T-shirt?

Tubular tees are made using the fabric tube that is transformed into the torso part of the shirt, and the arms and neck sewn into. It’s cheaper than side-seamed, as there’s less sewing involved and it’s simpler to create. However, it’s a general less-than-perfect fit, because the human body isn’t formed as tubes. In my experience, I’ve never met anyone who’s shaped as the shape of a tube.

Another issue that is a lot more serious than the fit other than fit is “torquing,” where the fabric begins to twist, especially after drying and washing. Since it lacks seams on the sides to help support the structure of the garment this can cause any print design that’s custom-designed look unbalanced and leave you with a look that is lopsided. It’s not always the case however, the moment it happens, it’s definitely not the most appealing look.

One advantage of not having seams (other aside from the lower price) is the ability to utilize the side for printing area because there isn’t any seam. Side seams render side prints impossible due to the deposit of ink that occurs near the seam. It’s also not a great design. If you’re in search of an unusual print area on the back of your shirt There’s only one route to go: fully tubular.