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How to Find a T-Shirt That Actually Fits

Everyone should own a high-quality T-shirt that fits beautifully and goes with everything. Here’s how to find the right one.

By Madeleine Kim

It doesn’t matter where you work—in a business-formal corporate office, at your kitchen table, on a boat, with a goat—everyone should own a high-quality T-shirt that fits beautifully and goes with everything. But how to find the right one? If you’re shopping on the M.M. website, everything you see is top-notch quality (think: comfortable, functional fabrics and silhouettes that were fitted over and over to achieve the best design possible)—so you don’t have to worry about that part.

And as for fit? That’s where our stylists come in. With their help, we’ve identified the two best T-shirts (one for everyday wear, one for elevated occasions) for the five most common body types.

For Heart Shapes

If your bust is proportionally larger than your hips, you likely have a heart body type. Look for tops with plenty of stretch, room through the bust, or both. For everyday wear, the scoop-neck Marcia T-shirt would be a great choice, thanks to its open neckline and easygoing fabric. For a more elevated look, try the Natalie top, which has a T-shirt-like silhouette and a textured knit material.

For Pear Shapes

If your hips are proportionally larger than your top half, you likely have a pear body type. The Giulia top would be an excellent choice for you, because it has tailored fit through the bust and waist, complemented by side slits to give you room through the hips. To step things up just a few notches, reach for the Charli top, crafted from a luxe ribbed knit that makes you look like you’re headed somewhere exciting.

For Straight Shapes

If your bust and hips are proportionally similar and your silhouette is a straight line from top to bottom, you likely have a straight body type. The classic Paige T-shirt will make a reliable go-to, and you can wear it tucked or untucked, depending on the rest of your outfit. If you want to dress up a bit, swap your everyday T-shirt for the Annika tee, made from breezy linen that’s perfect for summer.

For Oval Shapes

If you have less distinction between your bust, waist, and hips and a fuller midsection, you likely have an oval body type. For your everyday T-shirt needs, the Leslie will provide room through the midsection without feeling oversized. When you want something a little dressier, wear the elegant Annika tee, made from machine-washable silk. Pro tip: Try rolling the sleeves of both T-shirts for an extra bit of styling.

For Hourglass Shapes

If your shoulders align proportionally with your hips and create a defined waistline, you likely have an hourglass body type. The muscle-style Alina T-shirt will complement your shape, plus it’s made from incredibly soft Pima cotton. For slightly more formal occasions, reach for the Choe top, which couples a classic T-shirt silhouette with a polished knit material.

P.S. Wondering what to pair with your new tees? We’ve got you covered.

Madeleine Kim

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Madeleine Kim

Madeleine Kim is a Brand Manager at M.M.LaFleur, where she started out as a stylist. She loves developing styling-focused content and creating newsletters that bring the M.M. community together.

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