Updated: Nov 23, 2020
Greetings from Jamaica. What a Gwaan? As we enter the festive Christmas season here in Jamaica, we are wondering if the curfew will be relaxed to allow more extended activities. This goes especially for merchants who have been looking forward to Christmas sales as 2020 sales have fallen due to the pandemic. One of the hottest selling items for both Jamaicans and tourists are Jamaican T-shirts which feature colorful designs. Today, we are featuring an article on how to fit T-shirts for women; last week we featured the men.
1. Styles and Fit
Many different types of t-shirts can be found in the market. Before you figure out how T-shirts would fit you, you need to have a clear understanding about these types. Of the T-shirts that you can find in the market, slim fit T-shirts hold a prominent place. These T-shirts would act as your second skin. You can also wear the slim fit T-shirts without showing off too much.
Women have many different options then men when it comes to choosing a style and fit of a T-shirt. Unlike men who only have three styles, (regular, slim, and big & tall), women’s T-shirts can vary in size and cut so drastically that there aren’t precise names for each kind of style. Thus, when choosing a T-shirt that will work for you, you must take in consideration what will look good by how it fits and what it reveals.
The first thing to acknowledge is that a T-shirt is always a more casual look than a blouse or dress. So when considering a T-shirt, you shouldn’t have to try too hard to look sexy or fancy. If you are, then you may want to consider switching outfits. T-shirts are meant to be casual with a relaxed look. This should always be the focus when deciding what t-shirt to wear.
A woman should thus consider a few things before purchasing a T-shirt: her body type, what features she’s confident in exposing, and what message she is hoping to send.
Body Type: No matter your size, you should choose a T-shirt that compliments your body type without over-exposing yourself. Yet, you must be honest and accept the body type you are. Do not think there are standards of beauty you must abide to. Find what works for you and use it to your advantage. If you have a bulky body or a big tummy, you are never encouraged to go ahead and spend your money on slim fit T-shirts. Instead, you need to keep an eye on the standard T-shirts.
Expose the RIght Stuff: Women’s T-shirts come in such a variety of cuts you can always find one that will compliment your body type. For example, if you love the look of your arms but feel less confident about your upper chest, you can find a shirt with shorter than average sleeves and a regular cut neck. If you find your legs to be the most appealing aspect of your body, you can choose a baggier shirt that accentuates your legs.
The Message You Are Sending: Unfortunately, your wardrobe is sending a message whether you like it or not. You may feel comfortable in a low cut, skin-tight T-shirt that exposes your midriff. However, you can, and most likely, will be perceived differently than a woman (or man) who wears a more conservative, basic T-shirt that downplays any body part. Always consider the message you want to send.
Furthermore, no matter what style of shirt you choose, the logo and design can greatly affect the message you’re sending to others. A woman with a sports logo on her shirt will be perceived, by men and women, differently than someone with a Hello Kitty logo . Again, what is the message you want to send.
2. Choose a Color
The basic rule for choosing color is light colors highlight while dark colors obscure. If you are self-conscious about the way your upper body looks, it’s better to wear darker colors: black, brown, navy. Lighter colors highlight, colors such as red, yellow, or orange.
Once you’ve decided on the spectrum of colors you want to choose from, you can decide what colors work best for you. Considering your eye, hair, and skin color, try holding different colored shirts in front of you up to a mirror. Trust your initial reaction, it’s going to be the right one. Find what compliments your skin tone and stick with it. No reason to wear orange if you look silly in it. Self-Actualizing your wardrobe means you know what works and you stick to it.
For women, it is often best to make the brighter color the highlighted accessory of the outfit. A brightly colored purse or shoes can change a t-shirt from casual to slightly more fancy. Keeping the T-shirt’s colors basic can allow you to have much more fun with the extra accessories.
Take a look at the materials that are being used to manufacture T-shirts because they are also in a position to create an impact on your level of comfort. T-shirts made out of 100% cotton can offer a good fit. This fact is applicable for the t-shirts that come along with a bit of spandex or elastin as well. However, the other T-shirts would never offer a decent fit to you throughout the day.
Locate the shoulder seam on the T-shirt. It should land at the very top of the shoulder right before the decent down the arm. If you want the shirt to fit tighter, you can wash it in hot water or have a seamstress sew up the sides until the shirt fits tighter.
For women, the shirt should not be baggy with excess material. The material should not stretch around the bust, but should fall smoothly in the front and down the sides without being too tight or too loose.
It is hard to go further in T-shirt education without acknowledging the fast changing world of fashion trends. Although the above information can apply to any T-shirt, the way a T-shirt is worn and its certain style is dependent on the current trend than any basic idea of wardrobe. Today, slim-cut shirts with fringe might be all the rage while next week baggy T-shirts down to your knees may take culture by storm.
There is no general rule when it comes to T-shirt trends. If you like the trend and feel comfortable wearing that type of shirt, then go for it. If you personally don’t think the current trend is flattering on you (or anyone for that matter) don’t feel the need to follow it.
5. Classic Look
Although current trends of T-shirts should be considered, there is always a classic look that will never go out of style. The basics of the classic look are a well-fitted white or black crew neck T-shirt.
· The shoulder seams should never hang below the shoulder
· The bottom of the t-shirt should never be an inch pass the start of your waistline.
· The sleeve should end between the upper third of your arm.
· The shirt should be tight but not feel skin-tight. You’re wearing a shirt not a wet suit.
There is always room for change and personality. Remember the number one reason for a t-shirt is to look casual and feel comfortable. If your shirt does not do that, reconsider what you’re wearing.
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Jacqueline Cameron is an editor/writer with years of writing experience running the gamut from blogging to reporting. She lives in Kingston, Jamaica and is the chief writer for the Jamaica So Nice Blog. She is a trained engineer and musician and loves to see people transformed through her work.