Batter's up with this retro-inspired sports fan favorite. Raglan shirts are also known as baseball shirts because of their popularity in the sport, but they aren't just for the field, anymore.
The raglan look is best known for its contrasting colors. For a more traditional raglan shirt, the sleeves are traditionally a solid primary color, sewn into a crew-neck collar, and extend in one piece from the underarm to a three-quarter length. These brightly colored sleeves are paired against with the known white front and back panels of the tee. This look like the Augusta Sportswear AG4420 Adult 3/4-Sleeve Baseball Jersey is still perfect for making teams stand out.
While this look is timeless, the raglan look has evolved so far beyond even a tee. Raglan styles are now available in short-sleeve shirts and polos, long-sleeve tees, hoodies and sweatshirts. Raglan shirts started out in men's or unisex, giving the same cut to both men and women who love the look. While unisex is still popular because of its throwback appeal, raglan tops are now specifically made for men, women and youth. This doesn't just reflect sizing. This also takes into consideration shaping and draping. The form-fitting Bella + Canvas B2000 Women's 1x1 Baby Rib 3/4-Sleeve Contrast Raglan T-Shirt is meant to be worn quite stylishly.
Raglan shirts sometimes also go beyond with that traditional color-and-white contrast. While a raglan tee still needs contrast, colors can go far beyond primary. It's not just the sleeves that offer so many new colors. Another popular look is replacing a raglan shirt's white front and back paneling with a black, gray or light color that complements the sleeve's pop of color. Another cool combo is heathering. A heather raglan tee is the look of using that marbled or speckled material, giving it an even more athletic appeal. The Jerzees 601RR Adult 4.5 oz. Tri-Blend Baseball Raglan makes use of a heather gray panel with its retro primary-color sleeves. Some brands even throw out the signature contrast, using only the one-piece sleeve-to-collar look to classify sweatshirts as a raglan, like the Next Level Apparel N9000 Unisex French Terry Raglan Crew.
Raglan shirts still come in cotton, but many shirts now come in preshrunk, heavy, jersey knit and ring-spun cotton, among others, giving you more options when it comes to weight and feel. Polyester, another staple, has been updated. Blends are among new choices. Bi-blends are typically cotton woven with polyester. Tri-blends usually mix cotton, polyester and one more of many fabrics available. Both blends offer not only a difference in weight and feel, but both can aid in breathability, wicking, color brightness, performance, durability, and superior softness. A blend like Hanes 42BA Men's 4.5 oz., 60/40 Ringspun Cotton/Polyester X-Temp® Baseball T-Shirt covers a lot of bases with its ring-spun cotton softness and breathability and polyester durability and wicking.
A traditional or more modern raglan can keep your look in the game, but you now have choices on how to make your raglan specifically yours. The raglan shirt is now an even better batter.