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What's the Tee - How to Find a T-Shirt that Fits You Perfectly

There’s nothing more classic than throwing on a t-shirt and some jeans for a casual daily outfit. Whether you’re going to run errands or just hang out with friends, this modern and easy look transcends all types of occasions! But if you have a couple of t-shirts in your closet that you’re not particularly fond of, it could be because of their fit on you!

Classic t-shirts should be comfortable and versatile. If you want to wear a shirt that you can proudly wear in public or even just to wear it to bed, then take these fitting tips into mind.

What Do Your Shirt Labels Say?

The easiest way to find your size is to look at the label that your comfortable fitting shirts already have. Most manufacturers stay within industry-standard sizes—so you shouldn’t have a problem matching your size with shirts from other brands!

However, there are some exceptions to the rules. Not all shirts are made in the same style, for example. A medium crop top will definitely not be as big as a medium shirt, nor would your favorite oversized small shirt be similar to the small athletic tee you wear.

If you’re usually a medium and find a medium-sized shirt that is a bit loose, it could be that the designer intended it to look a bit looser and baggier than a normal shirt!

Another thing to consider is that some shirts, especially those that you find in thrift stores, are manufactured in different countries that have different sizing standards. Usually, Asian countries offer shirts in smaller sizes to fit their market, which is composed of people that are generally smaller in frame.

To help you figure this out, here are the three Factors of t-shirt sizes that you need to consider:

1. The Arm Length

A classic tee cuts right where the shoulders end and the bicep starts. Anything longer is a sweater, and anything shorter is an undershirt tank top. You also want to make sure that the arms aren’t too tight that you have a hard time stretching, but not too loose that the extra room makes it look like a blouse.

2. The Fit

Staying on the classic t-shirt train, the fit should not be so tight that it restricts your movement, but fit enough to accentuate some of the more sensitive parts of your body. It should also not be too big that you completely lose your shape as if the shirt is wearing you!

To test the fit, try moving your arms around to see if the sleeves and shoulder seams won’t tear or feel restrictive. When you lift your hands to the sky, your t-shirt shouldn’t be too short that it exposes your belly, especially if it isn’t a crop top!

3. The Style

It cannot be emphasized enough that style plays a big role in the fit of shirts. If you intend to buy a crop top, for example, then it should be short enough to expose some skin—but not all the way up to the breast area.

Oversized shirts can also make good dresses. It’s best to buy those that are styled to be oversized intentionally because they match your proportions with the size label they have! Buying a shirt too big for you may come out looking awkward if it wasn’t the intention, so make sure to take a fit before you purchase oversized apparel.


Sometimes you would want a shirt to fit you perfectly—but other times, it’s a stylistic choice to go for one that doesn’t. Either way, one of the most important things about finding a t-shirt that “fits” you is that it truly expresses your personality and lets your personal aesthetic shine through.

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