All hail the humble t-shirt. Available in just about every colour under the sun, the t-shirt is a wonderfully reassuring piece of kit. Every man owns at least one if not 10 of them and tends to stock up on them in bulk. Whether worn effortlessly with jeans or layered under a blazer, the faithful tee will not let you down.
That being said, choosing the right tee is not as easy as it first sounds because there are so many different styles. Crew neck, v-neck, slim fit or loose, with so many options on offer how do you make the right decision? Well, we’ve kicked off a guide to show you how to wear your t-shirts with our first blog post focused on the crew neck and v-neck.
Crew Neck T-shirts
As sported by Hollywood icons James Dean and Marlon Brando, the white crew neck t-shirt has become synonymous with style. And some would say there’s nothing better than a simple white t-shirt teamed with a pair of blue denim jeans. The term “Crew neck” actually comes from the shirt styles worn by crew or oarsman working on the boats.
Versatile and effortless, you can wear your crew neck as a layer under a suit or crew neck jumper. It’s the perfect choice for weekends or for those off-duty days. Pair with a bomber for an evening down the pub or even under a blazer if you can get away with it for work.
The crew neck can work particularly well if you are slight or have sloping shoulders as the shape draws the eye to the top part of your body creating the illusion of squarer shoulders. You’ll appear instantly broader and better proportioned.
Unless you’re completely comfortable with the plunging v-neck and showing off your chest, it’s probably best to avoid it. Instead, opt for a classic V-shape that can straddle the balance between smart casual. Pair with your blazer and smart trousers as an alternative to a shirt or wear simply with casual bottoms.
The V-neck is a great shape for shorter or stockier men and can help balance out wider face types and the shape does a great job of framing your face.
Finally, as a rule of thumb, match the necklines of your layers. Going for a crew neck jumper, wear a crew neck tee underneath. Throwing on a shawl collar cardigan? Team with a v-neck t-shirt.