Tshirts and shirts are two different terms often used interchangeably, but what is the difference between a shirt and a T-shirt?
A shirt can be a short-sleeved or long-sleeved garment for the upper body. T-shirts for men are usually made of cotton and have shorter sleeves than a shirt. Shirts come in many different styles, colours, patterns, and fabrics, while T-shirts typically only come in one style with no pattern options.
What’s The Difference Between Shirt And T-shirt?
With shirts for men, you can choose the type of fabric (cotton vs polyester), style (long-sleeved shirt or short-sleeve shirts), colour, and pattern. You also have a lot more options with shirts than t-shirts in terms of how they fit on your body because shirts typically come with two parts that are sewn together.
A T-shirt is a short-sleeved shirt, typically made of cotton or polyester and sometimes fleece, with no pockets on the front that usually has a design printed onto it using various types of ink methods such as screen printing or sublimation.
T-shirts are often worn by professionals for work as nurses because they are seamless and can easily be washed.
How Can You Style Your Shirts and T-shirts?
This is a question for both shirts and t-shirts. When you are looking to style your shirts and/or t-shirts, there are two key elements that should be considered: fabric weight and color palette.
If you want something more on the lightweight side, consider cotton or linen as they can breathe well enough in the warmer months.
If you are looking for a more rugged feel and want to make your shirts or t-shirts last longer, then consider wool shirts or T-shirts that have been treated with special finishes like “water repellent” treatments. These fabrics can also breathe well in the warmer months when used on shirts and could be worn as outerwear.
The difference between shirts and T-shirts is that shirts are typically dressier than casual t-shirts. A shirt can be worn for any occasion, while a t-shirt generally only works well in informal settings. When deciding what to wear in the morning, it’s usually best to go with a shirt versus an undershirt or tank top.
What Makes A High Quality Dress Shirt?
A beautifully made shirt is harder to make and will last you a long time. An inexpensive mass produced shirt will only last a few wears and tends to be visually inferior. So it's worth investing in high quality clothing. Luckily, it is hard to fake quality and cutting corners on shirt quality is easy to see. Knowing what to look for is the best place to start. Below is a list of the key parts of a high quality dress shirt.
The first and most important part of a high quality shirt is a great tailored fit. It is cheaper to make a big box shirt that fits everyone, just not well. Look for back seams or back darts to contour your back. A well fitted shoulder and armhole take expertise to perfect and make a huge difference in the way a shirt hangs off your frame. No matter how great the stitching or fabric quality is if the shirt does not fit well your just not going enjoy it.
Collars are made from three pieces of fabric, the top collar, the under collar and interlining that is sandwiched between. Interlining is basically another layer of fabric of comparable fiber composition. The interlining give the collar the stiffness and “body” that allow the collar to stand up with a rigid formal look. The stiffness and drape of a collar can be altered by changing the interlining. Also the interlining is cut on bias to give the collar a better “roll” at the top edge. World class shirts do not use press-on fusing, similar to fine bespoke suits do not use press-on fusing. The reason for this is longevity of the shirt. No matter how wonderful a shirt looks with crisp press on fusing, after enough washes the glue of the press on fusing will start to fail and you will see bubbling. This is especially noticeable at the collar roll/fold that gets the most wear and tear. A stiff interlining not fused into your collar will give you the same look, it is simply much more difficult to sew into the shirt properly and requires a highly skilled tailor. Fused collars just require a hot iron and steam and little skill so that is why they are generally used. The most expensive shirt collars have a beautiful “roll” to them at the top edge. The top roll edge should not look pressed, but rather gently bend over the collar stand and have a softness in contrast to the rigid collar points.
It’s easy to see great quality stitching on the outside of a shirt. The test is if you flip a shirt inside out. It should look of equal quality. No loose threads, no chain stitch, great stitch tension and a high stitch per inch count. Not only does a high stitch per inch count make for a longer lasting shirt, due to stitches not catching and breaking on sharp objects. It also makes for sharper lines and tighter seams. The fineness of the stitching in distance from the seam edge is also a consideration. 1/16” stitching away from a seam edge should be standard for a great quality shirt and no missed stitches or wobbling lines. Todays tailors have guides on their sewing machines that let them sew at very fine tolerances, but the need to sew faster and faster to mass produce makes it so this level of quality is seldom found any more.