Men’s t-shirts have been around for a long time, however, prior to the eighteenth century men’s t-shirts were only worn under outer outfits. The fact that these were viewed as items of underclothing explains why it is seen as a synthetic pas for a man to remove his suit jacket uninvited. In 1871 Brown, Davis and Company. introduced the world to the first guy’s shirt with buttons right down top. Today, these have evolved to become the formal and casual men’s t-shirts and ladies t-shirts we know today.
Men’s and ladies: fabric weaves and washes
The finest men’s t-shirts are 100% cotton which ensures they are soft, breathable and durable. Here are some of the cotton fabric weaves, washes and styles you’ll find in formal and casual t-shirts that are available today.
Poplin Crisp, cool and comfortable, poplin is the classic cotton shirt fabric that is ideal all year round, for many occasions.
A shirt with an Oxford weave is generally a little heavier and warmer than the usual cotton poplin weave therefore it is ideal in the cooler fall and winter time. Oxford cloth usually contains a combination of coloured and undyed strings to give a more relaxed casual shirt.
The pinpoint weave is a combination shirt both cotton poplin and Oxford. It is weaved using long staple cotton (for extra softness) and, as with the Oxford shirt weave, only the warp yarn is coloured.
Herringbone and twill
These are uneven men’s weaves that produce a diagonal structure and provide the t-shirts interesting decorations. Both weaves are warmer than classic poplin so might be favoured in the frigid months.
A shirt with a peach finish has usually underwent a process in which the fabric has been very lightly troubled — this gives it an extra soft feel. Men’s and ladies t-shirts with a peach or h2o and finish are usually casual t-shirts.
Vintage wash men’s and women’s outfits are much like people that have peach finishes. They are exceptionally soft to the touch and have a ‘worn-in’ look which is very comfortable, comfy and relaxed.
Men’s and ladies t-shirts: how to collapse a shirt correctly
Ideally, men’s and ladies t-shirts should be continued hangers in the wardrobe, but there are occasions when t-shirts need to be flattened. There is a knack to flip both smart and casual t-shirts that will ensure they will stay smooth and wrinkle-free. Lay the shirt face down with the buttons positioned, then collapse one side over until about halfway along the shoulder. Collapse all of those other sleeve over itself so it lies flat in a straight line parallel aside of the shirt. Repeat for the other side so the shirt forms a rectangle. Then collapse the shirt in half so the bottom hem details the receiver collar.
Men’s t-shirts: how to find the right shirt for your build
If you are tall and lean choose a garment with cutaway collars, or spread collars, to help you look bigger. If you are tall and muscular, a fitted shirt can help you look more powerful.
Fitness builds can accomplish fitted or semi-fitted men’s clothes rather well. Choose small collars (like cutaway collars) if you have a short neck.
Short and lean men should wear fitted or semi-fitted t-shirts as classic fit men’s t-shirts will only block them. Broader men look best in classic fit t-shirts with directory stripes to help slim the frame.
Wide builds should choose classic fit t-shirts with pleats, ideally with directory stripes. Also opt for classic collars which are large enough to draw attention away from the midsection.
Why every man should own a white shirt
Prior to the end of the nineteenth century the white top was an indication of wealth because just a man with enough money could afford to have his washing done frequently — and white looks dirty the fastest. Today, men’s formal white t-shirts are still known as an elegant option. Not only does a white shirt suit every man, it is easy to wear a guy’s white shirt as it should go with almost everything and grow befitting many occasions.
Ladies t-shirts: a history
It is thought that ladies first begun to wear t-shirts around 1890 when freedom fighters donned red made of wool t-shirts under the charismatic Giuseppe Garibaldi. Today, ladies t-shirts have evolved into many different styles including blouses, sleeveless t-shirts, casual t-shirts and more, in a number of fabrics. As with men’s t-shirts, the most popular choice are women’s t-shirts in 100% cotton as they’re soft, durable and can be easily decked out for work or dressed down for the weekend.