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What does one wear under a light cashmere v-neck sweater?

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I've gotten a couple of these sweaters as a gift. They're nice, but I have no idea what to wear them with. I'd like to wear them in a business casual setting and a casual setting.

I can't see using them in a business casual setting because if you put it over a button down shirt without a tie, it seems messy to leave the top buttons unbuttoned. Or even with a tie, wouldn't that look weird under the sweater?

In a casual setting, what are you supposed to wear underneath it? A white crew-neck t-shirt? A black crew-neck t-shirt? Something else? Some of the v-necks go down pretty low so I can't imagine wearing a v-neck t-shirt and showing that much skin.
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Originally Posted by Carbon View Post
I've gotten a couple of these sweaters as a gift. They're nice, but I have no idea what to wear them with. I'd like to wear them in a business casual setting and a casual setting.

I can't see using them in a business casual setting because if you put it over a button down shirt without a tie, it seems messy to leave the top buttons unbuttoned. Or even with a tie, wouldn't that look weird under the sweater?

In a casual setting, what are you supposed to wear underneath it? A white crew-neck t-shirt? A black crew-neck t-shirt? Something else? Some of the v-necks go down pretty low so I can't imagine wearing a v-neck t-shirt and showing that much skin.

For business, shirt and tie is a classic look under a v-neck sweater, but so is an unbuttoned shirt.

Casually, you can still use the unbuttoned shirt or, as you've guessed, a crew-neck, fairly fitted, T-shirt. Rather than plain black or white, try a coloured one complementing the other colours you're wearing.
post #4 of 11
I prefer a shirt underneath. for casual a button-down.
post #5 of 11
i got a light blue cashmere v-neck last christmas...i could never find anything to wear with it though, it seems that it's too light to match anything underneath it. suggestions?
post #6 of 11
I normally don't like the look of a tie outlined in a lightweight sweater. So I won't advise you much on the biz cashz setting.
But, don't restrict yourself to white and black undershirts. What color are the sweaters? Will help advise; but, say if I'm wearing a brownish one I'd wear a light blue or even light green tshirt underneath. Say it were a blue sweater I'd consider things like orange, brown, grey, yellow.
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I normally don't like the look of a tie outlined in a lightweight sweater. So I won't advise you much on the biz cashz setting.
But, don't restrict yourself to white and black undershirts. What color are the sweaters? Will help advise; but, say if I'm wearing a brownish one I'd wear a light blue or even light green tshirt underneath. Say it were a blue sweater I'd consider things like orange, brown, grey, yellow.

i also liked the notion of a shirt and tie underneath for dressier business casual - however, i absolutely hated the tie pressing against the sweater from underneath. i dont know if people that do this look have on a jacket (and make it possibly less noticeable) or just live with the unsightly bulging of the tie...perhaps my sweater is too fitted but it happens with pretty much any sweater ive tried
post #8 of 11
You could try a bowtie.
post #9 of 11
Skin.......................or Uniglo cotton button placket t shirt.
post #10 of 11
A buttondown collar shirt is pretty standard. I don't know how lightweight you're talking, but the few times I've worn a tie under a sweater it hasn't been a problem. I don't wear huge thick ties though, either, or skintight sweaters (for the most part). Try a lighter weight tie, or maybe a knit.

I am not a fan of the crew neck t-shirt under v-neck sweater at all, personally. I look much better in shirts with a collar anyway.
post #11 of 11
I like wearing graphic dress shirts--Holliday & Brown, etc.--with the collar outside. I also prefer to tuck the sweater into the pants.
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