What is better than slipping on a plain white T-shirt? It should be a staple in every man’s or woman’s wardrobe — the style piece for every occasion. Day or evening wear, as long as worn with the right pair of jeans or smart shorts.
Simple and stylish. The t-shirt is the default item of apparel for most guys whatever the occasion. Bought in bulk, often from the same brand we faithfully return to time after time. The long-term favourite tees last longer and have more sentimental value than most of my relationships.
T-Shirts have come a long way since being handed out as part of the US Navy uniform, becoming popular in mainstream culture in the 1950’s thanks to Marlon Brando. With the introduction of screen printing not long afterwards, personalisation and design came into play. But the plain tee will never go out of fashion, the style lasting a lot longer than the clothes. But why is this?
It seems some brands have started to focus more on making a profit than good quality clothes. Producing the tees on the cheap and relying on the brand name is sell them is fine if you are Primark. But when paying £30 for a new tshirt, people are right to expect a level of quality. From a lot of brands, customers are reporting purchases are falling apart quicker, or losing the shape. Some even are developing holes around the seams.
So if you are looking for something new, we can help. Let us explain what makes the perfect fitted t-shirt. When buying a new t-shirt, then pay attention to these crucial things – fit, fabric, feel, colour, style, and function.
You want your fitted tee to hug your body like a beer-jacket on a cold night. The best ones show the muscles but hide the sins. If you can get it right, you will look like you frequent the gym more than the pub.
100% Cotton sounds excellent, but a 10% Polyester mix keeps the shape better, making the fabric more durable. The stretch is ideal for those who work on sculpturing their bodies and want to show it off. In the urban wear fashion scene, curved hem tees tend to come as part of the core collections. The logo is either colour matching or contrasting.
Most brands tend to keep the core range consistent, so are the safe colours of white, black, grey, blue, green, or red. For 2018 we saw summer floral patterns, and in 2019 it was stripes. There are always the usual attempts to be stand out; with flowers, birds, tie-dye, moths or skulls designs. Mostly these bold designs can rarely pass as evening wear.
There is often resistance to spend £30 on a t-shirt when the high street can offer them for a bargain price. But these mass-produced tees rarely hold shape and falls apart after a few washes. Wearing a well-made tee that lasts for years make you feel a million dollars.
The curved hem tee fit might not be for everyone, so let’s detail some other styles.