The Difference In Design Between Men’s And Women’s T-Shirts

If you thought the only difference between men’s and women’s t-shirts was sizing, you would be just partly correct. There is actually quite a difference between the two. Although they look a lot alike – both have to standard ‘T’ shape to them – but in order to properly fit and look good, both genders have their own distinct t-shirt design.

Main differences between men’s and women’s t-shirt designs



The shape of men’s t-shirts is mainly straight up and down. The shoulder area has a sloping effect down from the collar and the sleeves also slope down but from an angle. The basic design of a men’s t-shirt is to provide a comfortable fit at the neck, over the shoulders and around the sleeves. As the cut is straight for the bulk of the t-shirt, it should hang down over the torso comfortably.

As the average male torso lacks definition, there is no additional tailoring at the waist of a men’s t-shirt. Bodies come in all shapes and if a larger size is required, the shape remains the same – straight up and down only there is more fabric to accommodate a larger frame.


Women’s t-shirts are tailored very differently than men’s mostly to accommodate the very different shape of the female body. The waist of women’s t-shirts is probably the biggest difference as it is designed to be much narrower than a men’s t-shirt. This is to provide definition and a better fit to the natural female body shape. Essentially, the narrower waist also eliminates loose, bunching fabric at that location.

The Sleeves Are Different

The sleeves are also very different between the two gender designs. On women’s t-shirts they are much shorter – often referred to as cap sleeves – and are meant to be comfortable on the arms. Men’s sleeves are much longer and sometimes extend to near the elbow. Women’s t-shirt sleeves are almost non-existent, and the arm openings are located slightly differently than on men’s t-shirts. Plus, women’s t-shirts also feature a three-quarter length sleeve that is not typically an option for men. The idea is that the longer sleeve is a flattering feature as it displays the slimmer part of the arm and covers the larger part.

The Hips Are Different

Remember that we called the cut and shape on men’s t-shirts straight up and down? The same goes for the hips. The t-shirt, when properly fit, just hangs down from the chest and requires no additional changes to the design.

For women’s t-shirts, this is not the case. Again, to flatter the natural female body shape, the hip area of a women’s t-shirt has a slight flaring. It eliminates a tight, possibly uncomfortable fit in the hip area and also creates an attractive visual.

The Chest Is Different

One more difference in women’s t-shirts, and this is more obvious in ‘fitted’ t-shirt designs, is addition space in the chest. Naturally, this is to be flattering to the female form. Typically there is a gentle flaring in the chest design of all women’s t-shirts but it becomes more obvious in larger sizes.

Which T-Shirt Are You Going To Order Online?

Now that you have a better understanding of the differences in design between men’s and women’s t-shirts, you’ll know why it is important to select the right type when you order a t-shirt online.

In fact, if you download our application, you’ll be able to download our app. Or you can also get it for your mobile device just by visiting your preferred app store. The YayPrint t-shirt store never closes so you will always have access to our system.

You can explore t-shirt designs listed by popularity, category and much more. Or, you can custom design your own. Is it time to replace those old t-shirts you’ve been wearing for something fresh and new?

Now you can do it anywhere you like and at any time. Just remember to be sure to order the right type of t-shirt for whoever you are designing it for!

1 comment

  1. I like how you mentioned that there’s a definite difference between men’s and women’s t-shirts asides from the obvious designs that are available to them–for one the design and cut of the cloth are one of the more obvious indicators, since men’s shirts are more straight up and down without having to worry about how wide or how narrow it is. Another way to tell them apart is the sleeves–men’s shirts have sleeves that normally reach down to the elbow and serve to be a feature that can draw attention to the t-shirt in particular. No wonder most of my shirts look that way, even if I have thinner arms but I still get the same-looking kind of shirts since I like the various graphic designs available.

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