The white T-shirt is one of those staple items we all have in our wardrobe, but what makes the perfect plain white tee? In this two part post, I hope to of created the definitive guide on what to consider when buying the best plain white t-shirts – and how to get the most out of them.
The Best White T-Shirts for Men
Some of the best quality white t-shirts on the market are a plain and simple white, and this is due to the fact they keep most of their organic properties and don’t need bleaching. However, the price of your white tee can range heavily depending on where you are buying them from.
What Makes the Best Quality T-Shirts for Men
Before you buy, you need to try! I’ve tried to nail down what to consider when refreshing your t-shirt collection.
Mid-Length perfect man’s tee should generally graze an inch or so past the tip of your trouser waistband, not so much that it looks like you’re wearing a tunic, but enough so your stomach isn’t on show. If you can raise your arms without any tummy popping out to say hello, then you’re good to go.
Long-Lined White T-Shirts
Longer T-shirts offer a more alternative look but need to be styled the right way. Personally, I would pair a longer white tee with a pair of black skinny jeans, as baggier trousers can just make you look like you’re wearing the wrong sized clothing. The dark against the white will also make your long tee stand out more, highlighting it as your statement piece.
The fit of your T-shirt is a particularly important aspect when it comes to the white tee because it’s such a revealing colour. I don’t mean you’ll be showing a lot of flesh, but rather, because of its starkness, if a white T-shirt doesn’t fit well, it’s pretty obvious. A well-fitted top will work with your shape. Make sure it’s not too tight, including on the arms. Squeezing your skin inside a tight wrapper isn’t pretty and it’s not fooling anyone – people can tell if you’re trying to make your guns appear bigger.
Oversized for the more fashion-forward. Oversized is famously worn along the likes of Kanye West & Jay-Z. Often designed with a fish-tail or long-lined at the hem, it’s an ideal throw on for your more casual days.
Having some knowledge on what your t-shirt is made from is also key. While this seems unnecessary, it’ll save you in the long run – from washing instructions to how to keep your tee in the best condition.
100% cotton is something to look out for, not only because it offers comfort, but also because it’s breathable fabric. Cotton is also great for workout clothes because smells don’t tend to stick to them as much as they do on synthetic fabrics like polyester. A polyester and cotton blend can also be a good option, as the combination should prevent your T-shirt from wrinkling.
The crew neck is the most popular T-shirt neckline you’ll find. It’s also my personal favourite. The round neck highlights the shoulders and chest, making them appear wider, whilst slimming and narrowing the stomach, thus giving you that complimentary T-shape effect. Be aware, though, that the crew neck can make you appear shorter, but it’s a great style for tall guys and those of you with longer necks!
White V Neck T-shirt
The V-Neck is probably best suited to those with rounder faces, as it draws your eyes away from that particular area. It’s also the perfect tee for guys with shorter necks, as the V-shape elongates this part of the body. However, if you neckline dips low enough to see chest hair, then please don’t do it. Just don’t!!
White Scoop Neck T-shirt
The scoop neck can be a great alternative to the more drastic V-neck, as it opens up the face area, creating the illusion of a longer neck. Deep scoop necks are also available…please remember the above chest hair rule. And avoid looking like an extra in Geordie Shore.
I think I think the most important thing to take away from this post above all at this midway point from this is, is that you have to be comfortable in what you’re wearing. Yes, it needs to look great, but it also needs to feel great too. I think we can safely say the white T-shirt is a timeless, multi-purpose and essential item we should all have in our wardrobes. In the second instalment of The White T-Shirt series, I want to discuss How To Wear Your Plain White T-Shirt.