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Although we love giving you recommendations on what colors to wear with a t-shirt, how to accessorize a t-shirt, and tips on designing your own t-shirt, we understand that one of the best ways to know NOT what to do with a t-shirt is by showing you other people’s mistakes. Think of when you see a really cool pair of shoes or some fancy tie at a store and consider buying it. Then, by coincidence, you see someone wearing exactly what you were considering and they look HORRIBLE. It totally changes your mind about the purchase and puts you in the right direction to pick something much better. That’s our plan today with showing you five t-shirt designs no one should ever wear.
Spring time is the start of a few sports I love, one of which is Tennis. That fun sport when two or four men or women stand on a giant-sized ping pong table and slap a ball toward’s the other’s face. It’s quite majestic and thrilling. Most professional players use special shorts and jerseys for their competitions, but younger players (and anyone just practicing) usually wears t-shirts. So what better way to look good on the court than with your own designed and customized t-shirt from One Hour Tees? To help you get started, we thought we’d share a few slogans and t-shirt ideas. Here’s what we came up with for t-shirt slogans for Tennis.
Every season, a new palate of colors are introduced as the top trend colors of that season. Spring/Summer 2013 is no different with a wide variety of colors. These are the colors that will separate you from the herd and give you a stylish and fresh look compared to the boring geeks of Wall Street. Well, I don’t know about that- but you’ll at least look like you belong in 2013.
Next Monday is Tax Day which means you have two days to design a kick ass t-shirt to remind all your friends who forgot to file that they’re idiots. Taxes are a friggin’ bore- if you filed your own, I’m sure you pulled out a good amount of your hair. If you had someone else file them for you, then you’re probably feeling a little lighter in the wallet. Whatever you did, I’m sure you weren’t super stoked to fork over some of your hard worked income. So let’s see the lighter side by looking at some fun T-Shirt Ideas that relate to Tax Day. (more…)
When designing or ordering a t-shirt, you should consider the size of the t-shirt as an important aspect to how the design will fit onto the shirt. If you’re wearing a very small and tight shirt, a gigantic logo will actually look rather silly. If you like to wear really big shirts, a small logo won’t even be able to be seen. So the question is, “What T-Shirt Size Will You Be and How Does That Affect the Logo?” Let’s cruise through each size and find the answers:
We’re all human, which means that sometimes we’re going to get a bit sticky and sweaty. Not only does it feel gross and smell awful, that sweat is also a major drag when it comes to fashion and simply looking good. Let’s face it—no one looks slick with a massive pit stain.
Keeping that sweat at bay is one of the main reasons we love undershirts. However, using an undershirt goes well beyond just keeping your pits dry. If you’re a person who wears tends to wear a shirt—and wants to look as sharp as possible—chances are an undershirt is for you.
What’s the Point of an Undershirt?
There’s more to wearing an undershirt than you might initially think. To pinpoint the main reasons, let’s start with a few easy questions first:
- Do you sweat?
- Do you want to look slimmer?
- Hoping your enhance your overall fashion sensibilities?
- Want to hide that Sasquatch-level chest hair?
- Want to feel cooler in the summer or warmer in winter?
I’ll take a wild guess and assume you said yes to at least a few of these questions. That means that an undershirt would make a perfect addition to your wardrobe.
Now for a little t-shirt history—though worn today as a universal casual fashion staple, t-shirts were actually initially created as the original undershirt. The first white plain t-shirts were actually first used by men in the Navy to keep their more expensive uniforms cleaner, and to provide an extra layer of protection from the cold winds and waters of the sea.
These days, with so many different styles and options, the outerwear and undershirt game has become infinitely more confusing. From black tie weddings to backyard barbecues, how do you know what’s appropriate, effective, and most importantly, looks dang good.
Fear the undershirt no more! We’re here to walk you through what makes an undershirt a great addition to your wardrobe, and how to make sure you’re doing it right.
Is There a Difference Between a T-Shirt and an Undershirt?
This is an easy one—YES! This doesn’t necessarily mean that any shirt labeled as a t-shirt on the rack can’t be purchased and used as an undershirt, but you shouldn’t be using them interchangeably. A shirt worn properly as outerwear is chosen using different parameters than the fit, cut, color, and weight of a great undershirt.
By purchasing tees specifically as undershirts, you’ll ensure that you’re keeping the rules (that we’ll dig into below) in check. In addition, keeping the undershirts under will keep your “good shirts” good much longer. Do you really want to let your favorite band tee take the brunt of your summer sweat?
Undershirts Should Be Unseen
When really deciding exactly which kind of undershirt to wear, do consider the most important rule of the undershirt: It should ALWAYS be hidden. This means that there is an extra level of thought and strategy when making that choice.
If fashion isn’t your forte, don’t let this intimidate you. Just remember: Cut, color, and fit. Once you get these three rules down, picking out the right undershirt will become second shirt nature.
There are three main cuts of undershirt: V-Neck, Crew Neck, and Tank, with each style of shirt coming in a variety of colors (which we’ll dive into next). Compression style undershirts are out there too, but today, we’ll just stick with the basics.
Let’s explain each of the three main undershirt styles more in-depth:
The crew neck is what you’d imagine for your most basic, standard tee. It has that standard circle-shaped neckline that we’ve known since we first knew what a t-shirt was. Simply put, if you’re brand-new to the world of undershirts, this is the perfect place to begin.
Whether you’re a fashion newbie or a fashion guru, crew necks are always a solid choice when you’re wearing any kind of shirt that you’re planning on buttoning up all the way.
For example, if you’re wearing a suit or tuxedo, a crew cut undershirt will work as it’ll be hidden under the high-buttoned shirt. Other crew neck long sleeve tees or sweaters may also work well with this cut.
However, if you’re looking to boast some of that sexy chest hair or ripped pecs—or you just notice that your undershirt is showing above the top of your shirt—it’s time to explore another option.
V-Neck undershirts are best used for when you want to wear a collared or button up shirt but plan on leaving some of the top buttons open. This allows for the undershirt to go unseen and allow your skin to be exposed.
Be careful to make sure the unbuttoned collar doesn’t expose the undershirt at all. If it still does, you may want to consider just ditching the undershirt all together.
Scoop Neck Tank
The tank is mostly ideal for that toasty summertime weather. The point of a tank is that you can wear a button up shirt and keep it completely open it you want to. Hot weather is the one exception to the “never show your undershirt” rule. If worn correctly, the tank actually won’t look much like an undershirt at all.
Because of the scoop neck, they’re also good for use if you’re self-conscious about your body hair, but don’t want the shirt to make you hotter than you need to be. Even with less fabric, a great tank undershirt can do a fantastic job as soaking up excess sweat.
When we think of undershirts, most of us immediately think: White. Though not always wrong, you’re not exactly right either. Remember, it’s an undershirt so it shouldn’t be seen. That means that depending on factors like shirt color and skin color, the best choice for you could be something else entirely.
If a shirt is dark or opaque enough where the undershirt can’t be seen, then white is often the way to go. It’s by far the most common and therefore easiest to find undershirt with tons of cuts, fits, and varieties. It’s also super easy to clean and bleach so you can get rid of those pit stains. With proper washing, you can keep wearing the same white undershirt for years.
Though not the most popular undershirt color, it probably should be. Unlike white shirts, light greys actually blend into the skin and top shirt much better than almost any other color for most people. Don’t believe us? Try it out.
It also takes more time for sweat stains to appear on grey shirts when compared to white undershirts as well. You may not be able to bleach it out like the whites, but it can still last a long time as you can easily throw it in the laundry with other darker colors.
We’ll admit that these skin colored undershirts can totally look a bit strange before you put your main shirt on. They’re also harder to find than the other colors. However, if you’re really looking to keep that undershirt invisible, you simply can’t beat a flesh tone undershirt.
Just find a color that most closely matches your skin tone, put on your top shirt, and viola—any sign of an undershirt will be nearly impossible.
If you’re wearing a very dark or opaque shirt, a black or dark colored undershirt is often the perfect choice. Though a white shirt might do the job, in case your undershirt decides to peek out a little bit here and there, a dark color will make it less obvious.
Do be careful when going the dark color route though as they do tend to get hotter faster.
Even if you pick the perfect cut and perfect color, you can throw it all out the door if you pick the wrong fit. If you add a poorly fitting undershirt to your outfit, you can expect scrunching, and bulk that’ll make it incredibly apparent that you’re hiding something under your tee.
To avoid this fashion disaster, make sure you choose and undershirt that fits snuggly around your torso. Any bagginess will show through. Also make sure to tuck it tightly into your pants to avoid any bunching around the midsection.
In short, once putting on your undershirt, it should be comfortably but completely conforming to your shape, while still allowing ample breathability.
The fit is also important when considering how much shirt weight you want to add. Thicker 100% cotton undershirts might be perfect for adding warmth during winter. During the summer though, you’d likely want to choose a lighter material, like a 50/50 blend, made to wick away sweat and cool you down.
Lastly, after enough wears and washes, even the best undershirts eventually start to stretch, sag, or stain past the point of bleaching. When this happens, avoid any fitting faux pas (not to mention the stench) by considering it time to toss it and buy a new set of fresh undershirts.
Should I Wear An Undershirt Everyday?
So now that you’re an undershirt expert, the real question is—should I make this a regular part of my wardrobe? Really, that’s up to you. Once they get into the habit, many people can’t believe it took this long to start using an undershirt. If it’s not totally your jam though, that’s perfectly ok too.
However, we do recommend at least have a few perfectly fitting one’s in your arsenal. Even if you only think you’ll need them a couple times a year, you’ll be thankful you have them when the time arrives.
A lot of dudes have trouble figuring out what to wear with their t-shirts. Most find jeans, maybe some shoes: good enough. But if you really want to look good, impress the ladies, and feel confident that, no matter where you go, you’ll turn some heads, you should consider some accessorizing. Here’s 5 great ideas to help your t-shirt look better than you ever imagined.
1. Simple Necklace
So let’s not get crazy here, but a great way to have a t-shirt have just that bit more impact is by adding a long, simple necklace to the outfit. Golsing (to the left) does this really well with a necklace that looks like a set of keys. Something that easy looks cool, casual, and adds a bit of flair to any simple Tee. Think of some other ideas that maybe could work. Dog tags of your grandfather’s (or your own) can look really cool. Arrow Heads and Shark teeth, although can sometimes look cheesy, on a long enough necklace they can come off really stylish. I would avoid any kind of seashell or hemp necklace. This isn’t Burning Man, brah, and you, hopefully, aren’t digging the new Dave Matthews Band album so ditch those seashell/hemp necklace ideas.
One of my favorite holidays is just around the corner: April Fool’s Day. The day where, no matter what kind of jerk you are, as long as you follow each statement with, “April Fool’s,” people think you’re a king. It’s really messed up. While usually I stick to switching the sugar for the salt in a friend’s coffee or making prank calls, I thought this year could give us a good opportunity for some cool t-shirts. So let’s start with some ideas on what you could put on your t-shirt. Use these to inspire your own ideas. But don’t use these actual ideas, I’ll sue the pants off of you if you do… Just kidding… April Fools…
Matching your t-shirt with the right clothes can be tough. Not only does the shirt have to match your pants, shoes, jacket, and other accessories, it also has to look good with your skin and eyes. That’s a lot for a guy who wants to just throw on his favorite tee and run out the house.
Thankfully, picking a tee, and eventually a whole outfit that looks great doesn’t have to be complicated. Just follow these simple guidelines and your style will be upgraded from drab to fab in no time.
Before we dive too deeply into fashion, let’s start simple. When it comes to looking great, you need to have a basic understanding of color theory and how different colors work—and don’t work—together. And it’s not just our opinion. According to the Smithsonian, it’s science.
Take a look at this color wheel. It will be your handy guide until you get this color thing down:
This is the scheme we will mostly be focusing on as it’s the most foolproof. Any color located directly across from the other is complementary. That means these colors—plus their shades—tend to look good together. For example, any shade of red goes great with green. Oranges and blues are a perfect pair.
Complementary colors work well thanks to contrast. Allowing the different elements of your outfit to stand out creates an eye-pleasing visual balance. Can’t wait to rock those slick new khakis? Since that color will be in the lighter yellows or golds, pair them with darker indigo or purple tee, tie, or another accessory.
These are colors that sit directly next to each other on the color wheel. For blue, this would mean any shades of indigo and teal. Analogous colors are the most harmonious to one another, but using some contrast is essential to avoid matching colors too closely. It can get really sloppy really fast without a good eye. Also, ensure one color is used as the focus color with the other two acting as support.
As you can probably guess, this is using the same color for an entire outfit. Though this is possible to pull off, it can also be easy to create both boring and/or an overwhelming look. Unless wearing black on black, avoid this scheme if you’re a beginner in putting together looks.
How Do I Know What Color Works for Me?
Between skin tones, eyes, hair, and more, not all colors look great on everyone. Though there are always exceptions, here are some general guidelines on how to pick right color for you.
Remember: Contrast is key. The only hard and fast rule is to avoid matching your clothes too closely to your skin tone. If you have a light or pale complexion, avoid lighter shirts like white, beige, pastels, and yellow. These colors will wash you out. Aim for darker colors like browns, dark reds, and violets.
For darker skin tones, the opposite is true. Too many darker colors will muddy up your look. However, anything bright can really help you pop. Take advantage.
If you have olive skin and/or land somewhere in the middle, lucky you! Most colors should look great against your skin as long as you keep some contrast between your clothes and you.
To find the right colors to compliment your eyes, take a look back at the color wheel. Colors that look best with your eye color will sit next to your eye color. If your eyes are green, then a light blue or yellow will work really well.
If you’re really wanting to make your eyes pop choose a complementary color and rock that contrast. For those blue eyes, an orange or gold will look amazing.
Choosing a color based on your complexion is an ideal way to narrow down your outfit options. Now that you have an idea of how color theory works for clothing, and for you, it’s time finally figure out what to wear.
Practice What Works For You
Believe it or not, even the most fashionable men amongst us will try on countless color and clothing combos before figuring out what to wear before a night out. Very few are born with the sixth sense of magically having an eye for fashion.
Therefore, make like the experts and experiment. This doesn’t necessarily mean wearing an outfit for an entire night to see if you get the feedback you want. Instead, stand in front of a mirror while mixing and matching the wide array of tees, buttons, jackets, etc. that you’ve collected throughout the years.
Don’t worry about literally trying every shirt on. Just hold each one up over your torso and quickly process your initial reaction. Flashing these different shirts in front of you not only makes it easy to see what base colors work—and what colors don’t—it also helps your eye practice picking out for what looks great on you.
Most of the time, you’ll be surprised how quickly your brain will tell you what to keep and what to toss. As you “try on” each shirt, ask yourself these three questions:
- Does this shirt look great?
- Does this shirt make me look great?
- Does this shirt work for the particular occasion?
Make three piles—Yes. No. Maybe. I think you can figure out what to do with these, but being THE comprehensive guide, we’ll break them down for you.
- Yes: This shirt hits all the marks. It looks great, makes you look great, and totally works for the occasion.
- No: This shirt may fit one or even two of the categories. Still, if it doesn’t hit all three, it has to be a no.
- Maybe: Sometimes you’re on the fence. That’s ok. Put shirts that fit in this category to the side for now. As you look at other tees, it should help you make the right choice.
Eventually, you should greatly narrow down your options to a small number of shirt. Continue this process until you have a final winner. This shirt will be the color you’ll base the rest of your outfit decisions on.
When Choosing Pants, Basic Is Better
When putting together a classic fashion style for pants, basic is almost always better. Don’t think this makes it easy though. This still leaves tons of styles, colors, and cuts to choose from. However, if you’re a relative newbie to complementing your tees, we recommend sticking to these three basic colors:
- Black Jeans
- Blue Jeans
Anything outside of those three are usually meant for collared shirts, nicer outfits, or more advances fashions. As mentioned in our T-shirt Matching Article, there are some basic rules to matching your pants with your shirt. Here’s the essential information:
Black + Brown = Never
Nope. Never. Forget it. If you want to wear black t-shirt, don’t even think about wearing those khakis. If you have a brown t-shirt, hide your black jeans far far away so you’re not even tempted. This look simply never has and never will work.
Instead, consider blue jeans for a brown tee. For a black shirt, consider either black jeans or blue jeans.
Another general rule is to never match too much. This means if you’re wearing a blue shirt, avoid blue jeans. If you’re wearing brown, skip the khakis. Contrast usually works in your favor.
However, there are always exceptions to the rules. One of those is wearing black on black. In terms of colors, it’ll will always look great—and will definitely give you a badass edge.
Black + Navy = Probably Not
This isn’t as hard a rule as black + brown. Combining black + navy has turned somewhat trendy and more people are pulling it off successfully. Still, it’s incredibly easy for these colors to look sloppy in an instant if you don’t have an expert eye.
As a reader of this blog, let’s assume you aren’t the most fashion-forward (yet). For that reason, we’d suggest you avoid wearing black + navy together until you’ve become more comfortable putting styles together.
Blue Jeans + (Almost) Anything = Cool & Casual
It doesn’t get much more classic than blue jeans. And luckily for the fashionably challenged among us, it’s pretty easy to look great when pairing jeans with a tee.
The most important rule is contrast. This is a great time to use that complementary color wheel as your guide. For example, with dark blue jeans try a lighter shirt. For lighter jeans, do the opposite. For all those jeans right in the middle, simply avoid colors that match too closely to that shade of jeans.
Keep Shoes Simple
Like with pants, a simple shoe typically is the best answer. Sure. Those Nike sneakers with 30 colors, 14 straps, 8 springs, and an eject button are really cool, but the chances of them actually looking good with your outfit is about one in a million.
Look. Shoes are tricky. With so many options, they’re a bit of a wildcard and we all have our preferences. If you’re looking for easy-to-follow rules though, keep it simple and find a couple reliable pairs that you can always depend on.
Keeping your kicks basic will also make it easier to put the rest of the outfit together and not have to stress much about matching footwear as well. Therefore, we recommend owning:
- 1 Pair of Brown Shoes
- 1 Pair of Black Shoes
Now, don’t think sticking with black and brown has to mean dress shoes or boots, although we’re always advocates of classing it up. Those classic black Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars work great with many looks. Or try brown Sperry’s Boat Shoes to keep up that relaxed, yet still stylish, vibe.
Also, always match your shoes to your pants. That’s easy enough if you have brown or black pants, but what about blue jeans? Really, it’s a toss-up and most jeans will go fine with either color.
Instead, make sure the shoes work with your shirt. For example, don’t wear brown shoes with a black shirt. Also, ensure your shoe color and/or tone matches the rest of your accessories on the color wheel.
Let’s Get Fancy
Alright. We’ve got the basics down by focusing mostly on your basic t-shirt. That may be a great place to begin, but for most of us, we can’t live life wearing only tees.
Now that you’ve master color theory, classing up the look a touch will be easy peasy. All that often takes is a slick jacket, sports coat, or blazer to put over your nice t-shirt or button-up.
Essentially, if you’ve used all of above the guidelines to create your look, all it should take is a great jacket contrasting in color to your base shirt, khakis, or a nice pair of jeans and boom! You’re ready to hit up the town in style.
Here are a few popular combinations that we love:
- White Shirt + Brown Sport Coat + Dark Blue Jeans + Brown Shoes
- Light Grey Shirt + Jean Jacket + Black Pants + Black Shoes
- Blue Shirt + Grey Blazer + Black Pants + Brown Shoes
- Pink Shirt + Dark Blue Blazer + Khaki Pants + Brown Shoes
Everything Else is a Complement
Any additional accessories like hats, jewelry, ties, etc. should be complementary to that perfect t-shirt you’ve chosen. Take a look back at one more time to that color wheel and all those extra apparel pieces should correspond with the complementing colors. If the accessory you want to wear is black or brown, then like your shoes, base it on the pants.
Overall, looking great in any shirt really isn’t that hard when you break it down to 4 simple essentials: Your Look, Your Pants, Your Shoes, and Your Accessories. When you consider each option carefully, you should be able to make the shirt you want to wear look like a million bucks.
As you feel more comfortable with colors, clothing, and fashion, start experimenting with more risk-taking combinations. Looking good should be fun! After all, aren’t rules meant to be broken?
Most importantly though, be yourself and be confident. That will shine through more than any fashion faux-pas. Now get out there and show the world how damn good you look in your new custom printed t-shirt.
This week’s selection of slogan ideas for St Patrick’s Day are not all entirely original, some are slang terms used in Ireland by the hardest drinkers of them all. So if a word doesn’t sound right to you, that’s because you don’t have the green charm. For the simple man, almost any word in this list you don’t understand means Drunk. Well, everything but the last term. That’s a simple phrase similar to “Yeah Right!” in America. You’re smart though, it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out.