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A Simple Guide To Designing Men’s T-Shirts

If you want to design great-looking custom men’s t-shirts, you should completely understand such t-shirts first. The history of t-shirts (or undershirt as was known in the past) date back to more than a century. T-shirts derived their names from the T-like shape that’s formed when you spread it out; notice the silhouette of the tee’s boxy body and attached sleeves? In the past, this sort of underwear was used by men to absorb perspiration when they work up a sweat or to protect more expensive garments from bodily grime. If you have decided to design your own men’s t-shirts, below are some factors that have to be taken into consideration first:

Collar and neckline

First, we will focus on necklines, and there are two for t-shirts: the v-neck and the crew. To know which to choose, you have to consider the proportions of the wearer’s face and body. A classic option is the crew collar and it offers a timeless look. It suits men who have a slight build and frame. A v-neck collar has more visual interest and style than a standard tee, and it is less formal than the former. V-neck tees are also suitable for the shorter man, as it provides a less boxy look and adds a bit of height (to the appearance).


When selecting the shape, be sure to choose one that follows the shape of your target consumers’ bodies. Don’t go for tees that are shaped like a sandwich board with sleeves. For the length, make sure that the tee’s bottom hem is no higher than the wearer’s hips. Also, it should at least cover the waistband, and even extend a few inches below it. This prevents unintended exposure of the wearer’s belly, butt crack, and back.

When working on the sleeves, you should ensure it hits about halfway up the wearer’s upper arm. Next, the seams where the sleeves are attached to the body should align with where the wearer’s shoulder ends. For the right size and tightness, always remember to achieve a balance between the two. Not too tight that it makes the individual look like a stuffed sausage, and not too baggy that it drapes and sags.

Design, colours, and patterns

Today, the two most common t-shirt variations you will come across include classic and graphic. Classic tees often come in traditional solid colors such as white, navy, gray, and black. Navy is a favourite colour of many men as it is always sharp-looking. On the other hand, graphic tees look more modern, and have a younger feel to them.

Because of the bold and large graphics used, they are more casual and are suited for making custom gym tees, laid-back get-togethers, etc. Designing graphic tees is a lot of fun because it can sport interesting and tasteful designs. Just remember to avoid using too much elements such as screaming logos or funny gags. These unnecessary elements may your tee appear rather juvenile.


To be on the safe side, you should opt for 100% cotton t-shirts. They are made from natural fibres and feel great. What’s more, they are static-resistant and cooling (you need this during hot summers). Alternatively, a 50-50 polyester blend is a pretty decent option as well. If you are designing t-shirts for workout wear, be sure to opt for special synthetic fabrics that can wick away perspiration.