Dressing these days are produced in large quantities. The population of the world have grown past 7 billion, and we can see that at least every individual owns more than 20 clothes. Interestingly, we do away with most of our clothes in a three months duration. Therefore, fashion is really a good place to go into if you want to do business in the 21 century.
For the well-to-do they possess more than a hundred shirts, which they afford to replace each month. Shirts are produced on a large scale and there is no sign of decline in the near future. What we have to now discuss is how we can get our share of quality shirts. Whether we opt for tight-fitted shirts or loosely-free shirts a good choice has to be made, so we would not be wasting our money away.
Poor shirts produced on the market are not able to last for a month before it begins fading. Just be sure to buy good branded shirts. With good produced shirts they are able to last over a year, without even fading.
A shirt is a cloth garment for the upper body (from the neck to the waist).
Originally an undergarment worn exclusively by men, it has become, in American English, a catch-all term for a broad variety of upper-body garments and undergarments. In British English, a shirt is more specifically a garment with a collar, sleeves with cuffs, and a full vertical opening with buttons or snaps (North Americans would call that a “dress shirt“, a specific type of “collared shirt”). A shirt can also be worn with a necktie under the shirt collar.
- Camp shirt – a loose, straight-cut, short sleeved shirt or blouse with a simple placket front-opening and a “camp collar”.
- Dress shirt – shirt with a formal (somewhat stiff) collar, a full-length opening at the front from the collar to the hem (usually buttoned), and sleeves with cuffs
- Poet shirt – a loose-fitting shirt or blouse with full bishop sleeves, usually with large frills on the front and on the cuffs.
- T-shirt – also “tee shirt”, a casual shirt without a collar or buttons, made of a stretchy, finely knit fabric, usually cotton, and usually short-sleeved. Originally worn under other shirts, it is now a common shirt for everyday wear in some countries.
- Long-sleeved T-shirt – a T-shirt with long sleeves that extend to cover the arms.
- Ringer T-shirt – tee with a separate piece of fabric sewn on as the collar and sleeve hems
- Halfshirt – a high-hemmed T-shirt
- Sleeveless shirt – a shirt manufactured without sleeves, or one whose sleeves have been cut off, also called a tank top
- A-shirt or vest or singlet (in British English) – essentially a sleeveless shirt with large armholes and a large neck hole, often worn by labourers or athletes for increased movability. Sometimes called a “wife beater” when worn without a covering layer.
- Camisole – woman’s undershirt with narrow straps, or a similar garment worn alone (often with bra). Also referred to as a cami, shelf top, spaghetti straps or strappy top
- Polo shirt (also tennis shirt or golf shirt) – a pullover soft collar short-sleeved shirt with an abbreviated button placket at the neck and a longer back than front (the “tennis tail”).
- Baseball shirt (jersey) – usually distinguished by a three quarters sleeve, team insignia, and flat waist seam
- Sweatshirt – long-sleeved athletic shirt of heavier material, with or without hood
- Tunic – primitive shirt, distinguished by two-piece construction. Initially a men’s garment, is normally seen in modern times being worn by women
- Shirtwaist – historically (circa. 1890–1920) a woman’s tailored shirt (also called a “tailored waist”) cut like a man’s dress shirt; in contemporary usage, a woman’s dress cut like a men’s dress shirt to the waist, then extended into dress length at the bottom
- Nightshirt – often oversized, ruined or inexpensive light cloth undergarment shirt for sleeping.
- Halter top – a shoulderless, sleeveless garment for women. It is mechanically analogous to an apron with a string around the back of the neck and across the lower back holding it in place.
- Top shirt – a long-sleeved collarless polo shirt
- Heavy shirt – a shirt with the heavy size that covers up under the neck
- Onesie or diaper shirt – a shirt for infants which includes a long back that is wrapped between the legs and buttoned to the front of the shirt
- Tube top (in American English) or boob tube (in British English) – a shoulderless, sleeveless “tube” that wraps the torso not reaching higher than the armpit, staying in place by elasticity or by a single strap that is attached to the front of the tube
Parts of shirt
Many terms are used to describe and differentiate types of shirts (and upper-body garments in general) and their construction. The smallest differences may have significance to a cultural or occupational group. Recently, (late twentieth century) it has become common to use tops to carry messages or advertising. Many of these distinctions apply to other upper-body garments, such as coats and sweaters.
Shoulders and arms
- have no covering of the shoulders or arms – a tube top (not reaching higher than the armpits, staying in place by elasticity)
- have only shoulder straps, such as spaghetti straps
- cover the shoulders, but without sleeves
- have shoulderless sleeves, short or long, with or without shoulder straps, that expose the shoulders, but cover the rest of the arm from the biceps and triceps down to at least the elbow
- have short sleeves, varying from cap sleeves (covering only the shoulder and not extending below the armpit) to half sleeves (elbow length), with some having quarter-length sleeves (reaching to a point that covers half of the biceps and triceps area)
- have three-quarter-length sleeves (reaching to a point between the elbow and the wrist)
- have long sleeves (reaching a point to the wrist to a little beyond wrist)
Shirts with long sleeves may further be distinguished by the cuffs:
- no buttons – a closed placket cuff
- buttons (or analogous fasteners such as snaps) – single or multiple. A single button or pair aligned parallel with the cuff hem is considered a button cuff. Multiple buttons aligned perpendicular to the cuff hem, or parallel to the placket constitute a barrel cuff.
- buttonholes designed for cufflinks
- asymmetrical designs, such as one-shoulder, one-sleeve or with sleeves of different lengths.
- hanging to the waist
- leaving the belly button area bare (much more common for women than for men). See halfshirt.
- covering the crotch
- covering part of the legs (essentially this is a dress; however, a piece of clothing is perceived either as a shirt (worn with trousers) or as a dress (in Western culture mainly worn by women)).
- going to the floor (as a pajama shirt)
- vertical opening on the front side, all the way down, with buttons or zipper. When fastened with buttons, this opening is often called the placket front.
- similar opening, but in back.
- left and right front side not separable, put on over the head; with regard to upper front side opening:
- V-shaped permanent opening on the top of the front side
- no opening at the upper front side
- vertical opening on the upper front side with buttons or zipper
- men’s shirts are often buttoned on the right whereas women’s are often buttoned on the left.
- with polo-neck
- with “scoop” neck
- with v-neck but no collar
- with plunging neck
- with open or tassel neck
- with collar
- windsor collar or spread collar – a dressier collar designed with a wide distance between points (the spread) to accommodate the windsor knot tie. The standard business collar.
- tab collar – a collar with two small fabric tabs that fasten together behind a tie to maintain collar spread.
- wing collar – best suited for the bow tie, often only worn for very formal occasions.
- straight collar – or point collar, a version of the windsor collar that is distinguished by a narrower spread to better accommodate the four-in-hand knot, pratt knot, and the half-windsor knot. A moderate dress collar.
- button-down collar – A collar with buttons that fasten the points or tips to a shirt. The most casual of collars worn with a tie.
- band collar – essentially the lower part of a normal collar, first used as the original collar to which a separate collarpiece was attached. Rarely seen in modern fashion. Also casual.
- turtle neck collar – A collar that covers most of the throat.
- without collar
- V-neck no collar – The neckline protrudes down the chest and to a point, creating a “V” looking neck line.
- pockets – how many (if any), where, and with regard to closure: not closable, just a flap, or with a button or zipper.
- with or without hood
Some combinations are not applicable, e.g. a tube top cannot have a collar.
Types of fabric
There are two main categories of fibres used: natural fibre and man-made fibre (synthetics or petroleum based). Some natural fibres are linen, the first used historically, hemp, cotton, the most used, ramie, wool, silk and more recently bamboo or soya. Some synthetic fibres are polyester, tencel, viscose, etc. Polyester mixed with cotton (poly-cotton) is often used. Fabrics for shirts are called shirtings. The four main weaves for shirtings are plain weave, oxford, twill and satin. Broadcloth, poplin and end-on-end are variations of the plain weave. After weaving, finishing can be applied to the fabric.