What Style of Essential Shirt is Right for You?

13 Mar 2019

With hundreds upon thousands of options to choose from, it can be hard to find something that you’ll wear more than once. There are different clothing styles for different personalities, and if you aren’t sure what your style is, you’re going to have to experiment with different clothing items until you find a combination that suits your personal needs.

No matter who you are, there is one specific clothing item that looks good on just about anyone — an item that fits into any outfit — an essential shirt. Whether you are using your essential shirt as a layering shirt or as a standalone shirt, they also come in all different styles. While choosing the perfect shirt style all comes down to preference, here are some tips on how to choose the perfect essential shirt for you.

The Cap Sleeve Shirt

A cap sleeve shirt is perhaps the most common essential shirt around. This shirt is a great option for any woman because they can be worn both underneath clothes or as a standalone classic; just make sure that you size up if you’re wanting to wear the shirt on its own. When it comes to layering your outfits, a cap sleeve shirt is a great option. If you’re looking for a comfortable top, the cap sleeve shirt is going to be the way to go.

Long Sleeve Scoop Necks

During the colder months, a long sleeve scoop neck is the best option to go with. Not only can they be used as a standalone shirt but they look amazing underneath a vest or sweater as well. Because of their versatility, long sleeve scoop necks are an essential item for any woman’s wardrobe; they can be used in a casual outfit or in a more elegant manner when paired with the right accessories and bottoms.

Tank Tops

Tanks offer a lighter feel than their essential shirt counterparts and are great for covering bra straps. The straps cover more than camisoles but are still a go-to choice for the hot summer months. If you live an active life and are in need of a great essential shirt, tanks fit perfectly for those who are wanting to exercise. As with all essentials, the shirt’s overall flexibility makes it a great layering shirt option and will help you maintain your shape with its soft, stretchy fabric.


Camisoles offer a comfortable fit. For any woman who doesn’t love the idea of too much fabric around the shoulders, camisoles are a great choice. If you live in an especially warmer area, you’re going to want to go with a camisole.

3/4 Sleeve Shirts

If you’re looking for less form-fitting essentials that go well under your favorite cardigan or jacket, a 3/4 sleeve shirt may be your best option.  These are great as a standalone shirt!

One of the best characteristics of a 3/4 sleeve shirt is that the neckline doesn’t hit too high or too low, it cuts at the perfect level; you’ll never have to worry about showing too much skin when bending or leaning. The 3/4 length sleeve is a favorite with our older customers because it covers their upper arms.  This shirt is a great switch up from the traditional long sleeve shirt.

The 1/2 Sleeve Shirt

While this shirt also works as a standalone option, it functions nicely as a layering shirt under your favorite jacket. This shirt provides a form-fitting, flattering look, and it can complete any outfit.  

Each one of these shirts provides you with a great amount of flexibility and functionality while maintaining a comfortable and stylish feel. Once you’ve narrowed down what styles work best for you, don’t be afraid to do a little shopping to find additional essentials to complete your outfit! You can find everything that you need and more here at Heirloom Clothing! Check us out today!

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