Guys, You're 12% Hotter in a Plain White T
And it's particularly effective for the less fit
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 25, 2013 9:00 AM CDT
Plain white t-shirts make you 12% hotter.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Note to guys re: looking good: Keep it simple, with a secret weapon. A plain white T-shirt can make a man some 12% more attractive to women, and it actually appears to work better for men who are less shapely, scientists find. Such shirts make the shoulders look broader and the waist thinner, offering a masculine V-shape, the Telegraph notes. In the study, men wore plain shirts as well as ones with T-shapes printed on them; some were printed upside-down or in different sizes, the Daily Mail reports.

Men wearing upside-down Ts were seen as less attractive to respondents—30 women ages 18 to 25—perhaps because it emphasizes the stomach. The hottest T-shirts were those with the horizontal part of the T as long as or longer than the vertical part, says a psychologist. Men look best with shoulders about 20% wider than their hips, the researchers say. "Clearly there are individual tastes and preferences, but we can see here how fashion could have an implicit positive or negative effect on perceived attractiveness and health."

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Ivan_the_Gypsy
Jun 30, 2013 11:34 PM CDT
Do you think the people with stupid things written on their T-shirts can actually read them?
InferiorToYou
Jun 27, 2013 7:20 PM CDT
All of my plain white shirts have gravy on them
crankydude
Jun 26, 2013 3:22 PM CDT
30 is not a fair sample