At BELLA+CANVAS, we always say there are two crucial factors to consider when selecting a tee — the fit and the feel. During our design process, we do technical fitting, so every size and style is carefully crafted to those specific measurements. In this post, we’ll break down some key things for you to keep in mind when looking for the best fitting men’s T-shirt and women’s T-shirt. After all, what’s the point of putting your awesome and thoughtful designs on a T-shirt the end customer doesn’t want to wear?
Men’s and Unisex Fits
Oftentimes, men’s and unisex tees are lumped into one category. Why is this? Well, the answer is pretty straightforward — ladies can fit into men’s tees, but men can’t fit into ladies’ tees. So if a company only wants to create one shirt, then their best option is to go with the unisex styles that you see prevalent in the market. But while women can make do with a “unisex” style, these tees aren’t ideal in terms of fit (we’ll get come back to this topic!).
So what makes a good fitting men’s tee? First and foremost, side-seams. There are two basic types of construction when it comes to a T-shirt — side-seamed and tubular. Tubular tees are cheaper to construct because they require less sewing. But while you may shave some pennies off the price, tubular tees don’t really fit right on people because our bodies aren’t tubes.
On the other hand, side-seamed tees create the tailored structure a tee needs to fit correctly. Although more expensive to make, these are the only type of tees you’ll find in a retail store, so selecting a side-seamed tee is a no-brainer.
Once you have narrowed down to a side-seamed tee, you’ll have to choose between a boxy fit and a more tailored fit. This really comes down to personal preference. Men’s fashion has swung in the direction of a more slim-fit look, but we are seeing a resurgence in oversized styles — as evident by the popularity of the Men’s Long Body Tee.
Twenty years ago, a women’s market did not exist in the wholesale industry. BELLA+CANVAS (or “Bella” back then) started the company by introducing the first wholesale tee made specifically for women. The founders saw the incredulity in the fact that women were just supposed to wear an oversized “unisex” tee and understood the importance of catering to women, specifically. They introduced quality tees, tailored the fit to a women’s body — tees that flattered and showed off their curves.
Since then, there has been explosion of women’s styles, satisfying a variety of tastes and preferences.
Slim-fit tees gained massive popularity in mainstream fashion of the late ’90’s and early 2000’s, and we saw this translate into the wholesale industry. Our slim fit styles are designed to lay close to the body, which is great for showing off a women’s curves.
Over time, there’s been a gradual shift towards a more relaxed look. Women now seem to want T-shirts that are a bit looser that don’t accentuate every curve.
We are constantly expanding our collection of women’s styles to evolve with the changing tides of fashion, developing entire collections based on different fit preferences. The Relaxed Fit is a collection of looser-fitting, retail jersey tees — a feminine take on your boyfriend’s favorite tee. This collection offers styles with a more generous size spec. These styles generally feature a wider body, relaxed neckline and longer looser sleeves. Our 6400 is actually the only true relaxed fit fashion tee for women.
The Flowy Collection is made up of modern, fashion-forward silhouettes designed to flatter all body types. At BELLA+CANVAS, flowy refers to both the fabric and fit. Designed with an elevated poly-viscose fabrication, it’s intended to drape away from the body. These styles tend to be more loose and slightly oversized, which allow you to outfit a diverse range of sizes.
Within the Flowy Collection, we offer several Slouchy Fit styles. These are made in our signature poly-viscose fabric but feature an even more oversized body. These silhouettes are extremely generous and forgiving, which is inline with the current trend for a slouchy-cool look.
Choosing the right fit should never be about chasing the latest fad. It’s about finding a style that flatters your body and makes you feel confident. Make sure to evaluate the range of options out there, order samples of different styles, and then narrow down to your favorites. A great-fitting tee is the foundation for your designs and ultimately the foundation of your business, so take the time to consider the various factors we just outlined and choose wisely!
Check out our Fit Guide for more info on our different fit options available!
I wish to open an account however I may not qualify. I founded Diamond Gusset ( gusset.com ) in 1987. We design and contract for American Made jeans quite successfully. I have never been satisfied with our 100% cotton tee shirt offering and two years ago abandoned screen tees.
Two years ago I purchased one of your tees ( Canvas – gray silver label 55% cotton/ 45% poly. I love this tee..
Hi David! To see if you qualify for an account, email us at email@example.com. You can also get more information here: https://www.bellacanvas.com/cgi-bin/live/wam_tmpl/customer_registration.p?site=canvas&layout=Base&page=customer_registration
Fantastic list and i have got so many little tips from looking at them to use on my own site…Thank you so much for this!
We’re so glad this is helpful!
Thanks for sharing these vital clothing tips, as these tops looks really cool when paired with branded men’s jeans and loafers.
Jignov: Online Shopping Sites For Men, Women & Kid's Fashion in India
Your blog was great. Thank you for posting this blog and sharing this useful information
No problem! Check back each week for more blog posts like this one!
We are a 2 year non-profit life skills School in SLC, Utah. We have 103 men and women who have hit rock bottom, usually from a lifetime of drug addiction and incarceration, who now want a better way to live. Right now, we are in need of T-shirts that our students can wear. Do you ever do clothing donations for non-profit Schools? How can we get on board?
Hey there! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
I am looking to do prints with your products and I am not sure about the exact dimensions for full shirt prints in terms of width, sleeve height, sleeve width and the dimensions of the collar for the 3001 version preferably. thanks.
Hi Faris! Thanks for reaching out. If you wanted to reference our measurement specification report for 3001, please see link below: https://www.bellacanvas.com/spec/3001%20specs.pdf. As for the width, sleeve height, etc., you will have to email email@example.com and they should be able to provide you with further information and assistance 🙂 In the meantime, you can also check out this blog we created with Printed Threads! It features our 3001 specifically: https://blog.bellacanvas.com/screen-printing-101-what-it-takes-to-get-the-perfect-t-shirt-print/. Please let me know if you have any further questions!
i really like this collection…
Thanks for the BELLA+CANVAS love!
Amazing Best Assignment
Red Hot Art
What a great collection, loved it. Wish you had shared some printed t-shirts. But the fabric looks amazing.
We manufacture wholesale apparel and sell our garments as blanks, which is why printed t-shirts are not featured. Thanks so much for the positive feedback though! 🙂
I think these T-shirt are very fashionable whether they are matched with skirts, jeans or shorts. And I will add this single item to my wardrobe.
Thanks so much for the positive feedback, Emily!
Next Level 6051
i really like your collection
We appreciate your positive feedback!
I found the content very detailed and helpful.
Great to hear! Thanks so much for the feedback.
i also like bella canvas , the author explain it very well btw i also purchased bella canvas t shirt from https://www.ustradeent.com/ladies-the-favorite-t-shirt-604.html
Hi Anna! Thanks so much for the positive feedback!
This is Amazing Thanks.
Glad you enjoyed our post!
An amazing list of t-shirts all at one place, loved the blog
Thanks so much for the positive feedback!
The beauty of the words is that the same words can be used in a variety of ways to provide a different and unique meaning. You possess the nice and quite impressive style of writings that has touched my heart and soul. I shall come again to gain something new about Clothing and Fashion.
The article is very detailed. I am planning to buy some T-shirts. You gave me the final choice
Happy to hear!! 🙂