I believe the adjective "hideous" is a little strong. While it is merely personal preference, I commonly employ a button down collar or point collar under a crew neck sweater. Allows you to dress it up and add more structure to your neck area. However, i 100% agree with everything else in your post. Think Ari Gold in the closing scene of entourage season finale. massive spread white collar out of his tan sweater - great.
11/15/13 at 8:01am