Shirt Tags are Moving to the Bottom Left Seam

January 9, 2012 at 2:00 am 4 comments

By Chad Upton | Editor

Most shirts used to have an irritating tag inside the back of the neckline. Some tags were particularly jagged and became increasingly torturous throughout the day.

The tags are useful because they displayed the shirt size, fabric type and care instructions. But, the shirt size is the only one that really needs to be there since it’s a convenient place to look when you’re browsing the rack for your size.

Thankfully, many shirt makers have started screen printing the size on the inside of the neckline. In those cases, the protruding tags are often moved to a more comfortable position — on the inside of the left seam near the bottom of the shirt. Not all garments have a side seam of course, but you will frequently find the tag there when they do.

I bring this to your attention not for superfluous trivia, but rather for a “landmark” you can find when you’re getting dressed in the dark. You may not want to turn the light on when your roommate or spouse is still sleeping, but you still want your clothes on correctly.

So far, this has held true for men and womens shirts, sweaters etc. Although I haven’t found any yet, there will likely be exceptions.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jessica  |  January 10, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Yes, and I hate them on the side of the shirt! They totally stick into my side and are very uncomfortable. I wish they’d go back to the old way!

    Okay, thanks for letting me vent. :) I’m surprised you say they are moved to a more comfortable position.

  • 2. E  |  May 19, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Tags on the neck line or the side seam or anywhere are annoying and uncomfortable. They should all be silk screened on from now on. My kids refuse to wear something with a tag (of course) and I am forced to cut it off.

  • 3. Linda Harris  |  October 15, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    I bought a turtleneck shirt for winter the other day, and there was no neck tag. I could not figure out what was the back or the front of the shirt until I thought about the placement of the tag on the side near the bottom. Upon checking several other shirts, I discovered that they were all on the left side. Eureka! Problem solved. This little article confirms my suspicions. Thanks.

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