Tips To Look Smart In A T-Shirt

Tips To Look Smart In A T-Shirt

Okay, so you’ve bought the t-shirt that you liked and that fits you perfectly, not too tight not too loose. Now what? Obviously, now that you have your perfect t-shirt, you would like to look smart in it. Who wouldn’t? A shirt is the most important thing if you are planning to dress casually. Can you look amazing wearing just a t-shirt? Or is it reserved for more of a hard nature of work like gymming or gardening?

There’s only one correct answer to it. Yes and yes. You can look amazing wearing your simple t-shirt and you can also use the aforementioned t-shirt for grunt work. There’s a place for a T-shirt in every man’s wardrobe. You just need to know the secrets to look good in one that is hidden in the details. It may look just like a simple garment at first, but it is much more than that. Their versatility and relative affordability mean that they can be worn countless ways for almost any situation. With all that said, the rules for wearing t-shirts are rather simple. Start with the basic colors like white, black, grey and navy and you’ll be able to pair them to just about anything from jackets to knitwear to blazers to collared shirts.

Here are a few tips that will help you look smart in a t-shirt.

Wear shoes that stand out - If there’s nothing special about the t-shirt or the jeans that you are walking in, which is usually the case because it’s just a t-shirt and jeans, then get some shoes that will grab the attention of people and add some flavour to your outfit. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy or fancy but go for something a little different. There’s nothing wrong with wearing plain shoes or sneakers but if you want to spice things up a little bit and if you want to be a little different, then definitely with something eye-catching.


Adding accessories to your outfit - It is an easy and affordable way to change the simple t-shirt and jeans look. You can go for something really simple like a men’s bracelet or a watch if you want something that will make you stand out a little but. Adding more dimensions to the outfit will make it all the more interesting. Sunglasses are a great example as well. They add style, personality and a little bit of interesting mystery to the mix.


Rolling up the sleeves - Rolling up the sleeves just a little bit when you are trying to go for a more fitted look or when you feel that your outfit is a little too simple and needs a quick upgrade. It doesn’t cost anything and you can do it for almost any t-shirt and occasion. It also makes a t-shirt look very cool.

Opt For Solid & Neutral Colors - Men normally can’t go wrong with dark, neutral colors. These tones will complement the widest range of complexions. Narrow down your options to the list of colors below when in doubt.

Gray: Gray (especially ‘heather grey’) has a way of matching up well with the majority of clothing combinations. Gray gives you the freedom to go brighter or darker in terms of the whole outfit. It also enhances your physique if you’re well-built.

White: Plain white T-shirts are the foundation of many men’s wardrobes. Be extra careful with white though because undershirts often come in the form of white crew necks.

Navy: Navy blue is preferable to black during the daytime. This color also works for monochrome looks when you pair the T-shirt with dark jeans.

Black: Black can be a versatile option for darker outfits. Just be aware that black T-shirts may fade over time to a worn-out grey color.

V-Neck or Crew Neck? - V-necks look best on fitter men. The deep cut emphasizes and shows off a built-up chest. A V-neck creates the allusion of height and balances out a short neck or narrow face. Crew necks are a better option for men with a thinner frame. This style doesn't expose your neck as much, they draw less attention to your upper torso, which is good if you haven't been to the gym in a while. Which style should you choose? It's your call. Just remember not to expose your chest too much whichever style you choose. Stay away from the ‘scoop neck', extra-wide ‘boat neck', and plunging V-neck designs.

Dress Code - This is an important thing to keep in mind because there is a certain way that you can dress up on certain occasions. Don't try to challenge the dress code and wear a T-shirt to the office or a friend's wedding unless you're specifically required to. It doesn't matter how good you look or how confident you feel in it. T-shirts have their own time and place, just like flip-flops or denim jackets. Always respect the occasion if you want others to respect you.

Nailing the fit - A good T-shirt fit requires two things. It must conform to your body shape and it mustn't cause discomfort or restrict freedom of movement. Here are a few guidelines you can adhere to while finding your new tee.

- Does the t-shirt fit you closely without tightness around your chest and waist?

- Do the shoulder seams line up with the ends of your shoulders? The shirt may be too loose if the shoulder seams are low, or too tight if the seams are closer to your neck.

- Do the sleeves cover about 1/3 of your biceps? If the sleeves cover more than half of your biceps or touch your elbows, they're too long.

- Do the sleeves lightly hug your biceps? Loose sleeves flap around and sleeves that are too tight can cut off circulation.

- Does the T-shirt subtly drape over your chest and follow the curve of your torso? It shouldn't reveal the outline of your stomach too much.

- Does the T-shirt go a couple of inches below your belt line, slightly covering your waistband?

Ideally, it should be long enough for you to raise your arms without exposing your midsection.

- Do not wear one that goes all the way to your crotch area.

Fold your t-shirts properly - A wrinkled t-shirt is the most unattractive thing that you can do with your t-shirt. Here's how to avoid creases and strange bulges in your shirts in six easy steps:

    1. Lay your shirt face down and smooth out any wrinkles.
    2. Imagine a vertical line running down the center of the shirt and then folding it in half along this line so the opposing sleeves touch. You should now have something that resembles a T-shirt cut in half.
    3. Fold the sleeves back and over the body.
    4. Fold the whole garment in half again, from top to bottom.
    5. Now fold the T-shirt in half one last time.
    6. You now have a compact, crisp and clean fold. Quick and easy!

    Here are a few outfit ideas that you can try to make yourself look smart in just a few steps.

    Wearing a vest - Wearing a vest is a good way to add maturity to your look. People tend to associate vests with older men who are wealthy or have good taste. Make sure that your shirt is tightly tucked under the vest. Good tucking will keep any shirt fabric from ‘ballooning' in little puffs from the bottom - which tends to draw more attention to your waist.

    Sports look - For a complete casual or streetwear look, a round neck t-shirt along with a complementary color hoodie can do wonders. You can easily carry this look to a gym or a walk. If you have a black hoodie pair it with a black t-shirt and black denim. If you have a blue denim-colored hoodie, pair it with a white t-shirt and black denim jeans. Always make sure that your hoodie is well fitted to give you a masculine look. Again, think comfort. Never go for a super tight fit. But, a nicely fitted hoodie is a far better look for dressing up and dressing down T-shirt under a shirt - Are you bored with the casual look and want to try something edgy and cool? You can try wearing a shirt over round neck t-shirt. A checked shirt is the first thing, which comes to mind in open shirt style with a graphic or a plain t-shirt style to create an all-time favorite look. If you are someone who doesn’t want to go all overboard and like to keep it sober, a light blue shirt combination over a t-shirt is ideal.