There are endless t-shirt styles, and the choice of how you like it to fit is very personal. However, we at Mae & Pearl have a few general rules when it comes to picking the right one for you.
How should it fit?
There is a fine line to walk when it comes to size. You don't want it so loose it looks like a tent or makes you look like a skeleton swimming around in a sheet. You also don't want it so tight that you are bulging out in unflattering places.
Look for a shoulder seam to fall right where your shoulder ends. Even better, opt for a raglan sleeve. Raglan sleeves have a seam that goes diagonally from the pit of the arm to the collar creating the illusion of broader shoulders and a bigger chest. For short-sleeves, have them stop about midpoint of your upper arm. The bottom hem should fall about an inch below your waistband so you don't flash belly or butt crack when you bend over.
Opt for athletic fit or vintage fit, if you are in shape. A boxy t-shirt is rarely flattering. A more fitted silhouette is well worth the extra $.50 or so it might cost. However, if you want to hide a few things, a heavier fabric or a looser fit can help. Flowy, viscose fabrics to help camouflage any areas you'd rather not emphasize.
What type of collar?
Crewneck collars tend to make you look broader. V-necks are more slimming. So choose according to your goal. Be careful if you have a belly. Although a v-neck is slimming, it also draws the eye downward toward that gut.
What fabric is best?
We typically recommend ringspun cotton. Cotton is already the choice for softness, breathability and static resistance. Combed ringspun cotton enhances that soft, smooth feel. Adding synthetic fibers like polyester and rayon will make it less soft, but also reduce wrinkling and shrinkage. Also, the more synthetic the blend, the less moisture it will absorb. Are recommendation is triblend fabrics. Typically, these are a blend of ringspun cotton, rayon and polyester to create a soft shirt that always keeps its shape. Viscose and bamboo are other great fabrics to try for a silkier texture.
What about color?
Color often depends on your design and trends, but there are some general considerations for choosing a color that works for everyone. White is a great classic color that makes your design pop, though it can be somewhat see-through and show dirt and stains easily. Bold colors like navy, red and green look good on most people. Grey is nice, too, but shows armpit sweat more than other colors. Black is a popular choice, but it's pretty harsh. Not everyone can pull off black.