You have been dating for a while or just “hanging out.” The guy gave you his shirt to keep and now you want to know what it means. In most cases, this is a sign that he likes you on some level. The exact meaning depends on the situation and the exact relationship that you have for now.
One of the most obvious reasons why this happens is because he likes you. Think of it as a badge of honor. It generally is done when a guy likes a girl and wants to date her exclusively. If he gives you his jacket, this is even more true. After all, he probably has multiple shirts, but he probably does not have that many jackets lying around. You can probably assume that the guy really likes you if you gives you any of his clothing items. It is like giving you a piece of himself to keep. He is hoping it will remind you of him and make you think about him whenever you wear it.
For a number of guys, it is also a turn on to see a girl in their shirt. You look like you are swimming in because it is so large on you. In his mind, he might be imagining what you would look like in just the shirt. At the very least, he likes the idea of you being in his clothes.
It Reminds You of Him
One of the reasons why guys give girls a shirt is so that they are reminded of him. Every time you see the shirt or wear it, you will think fondly of him. He is hoping that it will make you think of him all the time and eventually like him as much as he likes you.
He Wants a Second Date
This is actually one of the oldest tricks in the book. When you go on a first date with someone, you are not entirely sure if they will actually call you back. To increase the chances of getting a second date, you leave something behind so that you have an easy excuse to call him later on. There is a chance (especially if you just had a first date or just met) that he gave you the shirt so that he will see you again. Even if you keep saying that you are “busy,” he can still fairly ask to see you again to get his shirt back.
He Thought You Were Cold
Another obvious reason is that he may have just thought that you were a bit cold. If he did not have a jacket to loan you at the time, he may have given you his over-shirt to keep you warm. This chivalrous gesture is only done by extreme gentlemen or by guys who are interested in you.
He Was Just Being Nice
If you asked for his shirt, he may have been uncertain about how to respond. He may have just given you the shirt just because he did not know what else to do. It is also possible that he noticed that you were cold. He may like you, but he also might just be being nice. He did not know of another way to help you out, so he gave you his shirt.
Does a Guy Like You If He Gives You His Shirt?
I would say that this is true at least nine times out of ten. If a guy likes you, he wants you to think about him all the time. He wants to leave a visible reminder of himself so that you have something from him that reminds you of him. He may like imagining the way you look in just the shirt as well. All of these things mean that he most likely likes you.
There is also another, final reason why he might want you to have one of his shirts. Clothes are a way that people identify friends and foes. Think of old Scottish clans. They had certain tartans to distinguish different tribes. Even in your school or work, people do the same thing. The clothes that they wear show who they are, who they spend time with and how they want to be perceived by everyone else.
The guy most likely realizes this on a subconscious level. By giving you his shirt, he is showing that you are a part of his group of friends. It is also a territorial sign to other guys. You are wearing his shirt, which implies that you are connected on an intimate level. If another guy sees you in his shirt, they will assume that you are somewhat taken already. Whatever the case, it is fairly safe to assume that he is interested in you on some level.