Trend report: The skater fit tee

Photo by John Fornander

Baggy t-shirts have returned with a vengeance. Throw out your previously-held notion that a t-shirt should be well-fitted to your body when shopping for the “skater fit tee.” Perfect for edging up a blazer or layering with that sleeveless leather tailcoat you splurged on, the skater fit has entered the mix as a viable alternative to the standard fitting tee.

The skater fit tee flatters body shapes other than only “twink,” and creates different proportions as compared to the tighter-fitting tees that hang in our closets and are strewn across our floors. When shopping for one, don’t be alarmed that the shoulder seam sits below your actual shoulder joint, or that the hem at the bottom of the garment falls well below the line of your pants pockets. The result is a casual look that works well in a variety of ensembles, and will definitely differentiate you from a crowd of standard-fitting tees.

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ASOS and Topman seem to be the two major purveyors of shirts cut in this new style. They’re priced roughly the same as standard tees, and should be purchased in your regular t-shirt size.

Personally, I’m already getting nervous about making the choice to include these fits of shirt into my wardrobe. I already vacillate between v-neck and crew neck when decided on an outfit in the morning, and this seems like an extra headache and choice. I’m a pretty thin guy, and shirts that aren’t trimly cut tend to hang off of my body like the skin under a chicken’s beak. I’m getting a sneaking suspicion that these shirts are being pushed by men who feel particularly victimized by the stomach-pec rule as popularized by Will and Grace- if your pecs don’t sit farther forward than your stomach, you need to hit the gym.

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In short, the skater fit tee is made for those gays who are either too lazy to go to the gym or suffer from body dysmorphism and feel the need to cover up their completely healthy bodies with a t-shirt that fits like a burlap sack with holes cut for the head and arms. I certainly won’t be rushing out to pick one up anytime soon, but certainly appreciate the efforts by fashion retailers to provide alternative fits of an otherwise generic garment.