How To Style A Tee Shirt – A Guide For Men
How is the most historically versatile piece of menswear still one of the best selling items on shelves today? In as little as 2 seams, the T-shirt has been an evening dressing gown, the coolest uniform of the infamous greaser Ponyboy and his tribe, and an advertising space for countless brands, causes and affiliations. Today it is a celebration and base, to three distinct different looks that range from jock-y cool dude to date night.
To start off I quickly wanted to make a note about how, contrary to the simplicity of the design of the T-shirt… it isn’t as easy to wear. Sure anyone can toss it on. But it’s one of the least flattering things a man can wear. A poorly made shirt is loose in the arms and cuts your biceps so they look smaller. The round neck takes away from the face instead of drawing attention, which is what you should always want. And the loose fit that may feel comfortable at home looks frumpy, sloppy and can make you look bloated.
So real quick. Cut out the complex carbs and excess sugar and lift a dumbbell everyone once in a while and for God sake buy a V-neck that’s fitted (NOT TIGHT!) in the arms and waist.
Now that we have our bases covered, a good basic Tee can take you from the coffee shop to dinner, a show, drinks and then the club. Layering with such simple piece is like primer to a painter. It’s abase coat that enhances everything.
Unlike a button down, the T-shirt is a silent killer. It is unassuming and doesn’t peak any “try-hard” radars nor does it leave you looking like a pompous ass. And that’s a good thing.
How to Style Your Tee
After you found a great T-shirt that fits well, move onto finding a cool casual jacket that will be good for Spring weather and layers over top without clashing with the V-neck of the T-shirt too badly. So don’t wear a asymmetrical collar with this basic. Remember, keeping it cool will get you more attention than wearing something too over-the-top. Casual wins every time.
This look is good for a casual office environment, lunch or coffee date or just shopping around.
Try a more technical (man-made synthetic materials or a more avante garde style) or sophisticated jacket over top to dress it up a notch and fly under the radar of the “Dress-to-impress” door man of that douche-y club.
Great for meeting the guys for drinks, an art galley opening or something a little trendier.
Throw on a suit jacket or tux jacket if you want to impress without overdoing it. The fitted tee will give you a great shape so make sure the jacket it tailored perfectly as well. Also when wearing a jacket with a Tee make sure the jacket sleeves are a little longer than your typical jacket. The reasoning is simple. When you’re wearing a jacket with a dress shirt the cuffs peak out and complete the perfect length of the jacket sleeves. When you’re wearing a Tee you don’t have the coverage a sleeve on a button down gives you, so either wear that fat watch or bracelet you haven’t had the courage to wear out in public yet or at least make sure your jacket sleeves are long enough to reach the top of the first knuckle of your thumb.
This is perfect for a dress code event (that isn’t black tie) or a 5 star dinner date. You will get lucky when you rock this look so be prepared.
Images by Stephen-Thomas Maciejowski