It is 2022 and the t-shirt is as popular today as it was 50 years ago. People love their tees. There is no arguing that. But as with any other type of clothing, there are rules that come with t-shirts. There are do’s and don’ts to follow if you don’t want to be considered a fashion loser.
Follow the rules and you can rock a t-shirt for just about any occasion – funerals and weddings excepted. Fail to follow the rules and you could find yourself an outcast within your own circle of friends. But don’t worry. Staying on the light side is easier than you think.
Don’t Be Passive-Aggressive
The number one rule of t-shirt wearing is to not be passive-aggressive with your choices. T-shirts are a fantastic medium for expressing your personality. They are ideal for sharing messages that are not effectively shared in any other way. But being passive-aggressive with t-shirt messages is a good way to lose friends.
Passive aggression alienates people. It is also less than honest. If you have something to say, say it. Don’t beat around the bush with a passive-aggressive statement meant to offend as much as inform. If honesty and transparency are truly important, passive aggression has no place in our midst.
Do Express Yourself
The opposite side of avoiding passive aggression is expressing yourself in your t-shirts. Maybe your passion is anime and its manga companion. Fantastic. Umai is a boutique clothing brand that specializes in anime apparel, artwork, and accessories. Display your inner nerd with one of their original anime t-shirts. People will love it.
Do Be Cognizant of the Environment
Graphic t-shirts come in all flavors. There are t-shirts promoting sports leagues and teams. There are others promoting different types of music and the bands that play it. There are still others that are more generic in nature, offering witty messages scrawled across them. Here’s the point: be cognizant of the environment in which you plan to wear your t-shirt.
A t-shirt sporting the logo of your favorite football team probably won’t go over very well at the next science club meeting. Likewise for a political t-shirt at this year’s family thanksgiving dinner. Know what is appropriate for each situation and stick to it.
Don’t Let Your T-Shirts Go
One of the worst things you can do with your t-shirts is let them go. Don’t do it. For starters, launder them as frequently as you launder the rest of your clothing. Do not wear the same t-shirt for five or six days before throwing it in the laundry hamper.
Be careful about stains, too. If you spill something on your t-shirt, hit it with some stain remover before you put it in the wash. Should you discover that a stain just won’t come out, it’s time to relegate that t-shirt to the work drawer. You only need to pull it out if you are painting the house, cutting the grass, etc.
Don’t Spend Too Much
Last but not least, don’t spend too much on new t-shirts. How do you define ‘too much’? By comparing prices. If store A has one price while store B’s price is half as much, you would be foolish not to buy from store B. Going with store A would be paying too much. This matters because prices in the t-shirt world can vary quite a bit.
There are other do’s and don’ts for t-shirts in 2022. But these five will get you started. Just know that wearing t-shirts is not a license to do just anything with your wardrobe. Play nice and your t-shirts will reward you.