How to choose your t-shirts in winter

At first glance, winter and t-shirt may seem antinomic. This short-sleeved garment seems a priori reserved for the spring-summer season. But it's not. T-shirts can be worn during the cold season without losing relevance. The trick is to choose them well.

If you are one of those who wear this garment in winter, there are two options. Either you have never asked yourself the question, or you already know everything there is to know about the subject. Whether you belong to the first or the second category, you are already convinced of one thing: your t-shirts deserve all your attention, even when the mercury drops below 0.

Through this guide, we will review what makes a good winter t-shirt, what are the good fabrics and how to choose them.

How to recognize a winter shirt
To know what type of t-shirt corresponds to the cold season, there are two key elements to spot. The fabric it is made of, and the style in which it was designed.

Specifically, for the fabric, its characteristics will be the following:

A natural fabric, which will almost always be cotton;
A thick weave to provide warmth, while remaining breathable (essential for not sweating profusely);
A resistant and durable fabric, winter being a period that puts our clothes to the hardest test;
A high grammage per square meter.
For the style, the elements to take into account are :

Dark and autumnal colors;
Plain or patterned, it doesn't matter.
Related article: how to combine colors and patterns

The right fabrics for a winter t-shirt
In summer, the primary quality of a T-shirt is to be breathable. In winter, it should be to keep you warm, while remaining breathable. Mission impossible? Far from it, because natural fabrics (wool, cotton, cashmere for example) have these properties, unlike some synthetic fabrics.

If a fabric is not breathable, the perspiration you naturally emit will not be able to evacuate and will remain trapped between the fabric and your skin. Not only will bacteria and bad odors develop quickly, but being wet can also make you catch a cold.

man wearing a green t-shirt with a bob
Technically, we must pay attention to the weight per square meter of men's shirts, which is the thickness and weight of the fabric. The higher it is, the warmer the t-shirt will be. Specifically, your summer t-shirts should aim for a gram between 150 and 190 g/m² while in winter, a gram above 190 is recommended. In addition to being warmer, a high grammage guarantees a superior durability in time. Indeed, the t-shirt being thicker, it wears out less quickly.

If you are a layering enthusiast, make sure that the weight is not too high. This will prevent you from getting too hot and feeling cramped in your clothes. Conversely, if you plan to wear only a few garments, aim for a really thick fabric, e.g. over 300 g/m².

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