Take a Look at the Sleeves on a Classic T-shirt
The sleeves on a man’s shirt are typically longer – sometimes nearly down to the elbow. The shoulders slope down slightly from the collar, and the sleeves slope down from the shoulder to the hem. This cut allows for a comfortable fit in the neck, shoulders, and around a man’s biceps.
On a woman’s t-shirt, the short sleeves tend to be even shorter so they’ll end above the bicep – or they go three-quarter length to end at the forearm. Either length is flattering on most women. The sleeve’s on a woman’s shirt also fit a little more snugly than on a man’s.
Check Out the Tailoring on the Torso
The torso of a man’s shirt is a straight vertical, much like most men’s bodies. While some especially athletic men have a V-shaped torso, a straight up and down cut fits nearly every man comfortably. If the lower torso area is too tight, it’s time to go up a size.
In contrast, a women’s shirt is tapered at the waist, then a bit flared at the hips to follow her natural curves. This allows for a more fitted look without excess fabric to bunch and bulk at the waist. While each woman has her preference for how her shirt fits, nobody likes to sport the muffin-top look, where any excess weight carried in the abdomen spills out over the top of jeans, then gets accentuated by a shirt torso that’s too tight. Accommodating the ample curves of a woman requires a different cut from how men’s shirts are shaped.
Room for the Bust, a Women’s Classic T-Shirt Must
Another difference is a slight flaring at the top to allow for the difference in chest size and shape between men and women. Laid flat, most t-shirts for women give a hint of the hourglass figure, where men’s resemble a capital T. It’s not uncommon now for men to wear V-neck shirts, but that may be a passing trend; however, most women find a V-neck compliments their décolletage and bust line better than a crew neck does.