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Can a v-neck undershirt be worn under a v-neck sweater? (Pic included)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gatorfan15, Oct 8, 2012.

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  1. gatorfan15

    gatorfan15 Member

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    Or should only crew neck undershirts be worn under v-neck sweaters? Assuming we're excluding the button down under sweater look.

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  2. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Well-Known Member

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    the general consenus is that you should not see underwear (your undershirt) below a sweater. That is a very tight v-neck and it looks bad as is.

    you'll want to wear a v-neck t-shirt that has a deep enough v that you don't see it. Many people also wear a button up shirt underneath the sweater.
     
  3. gatorfan15

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    What do you mean by very tight? I just have a muscular build and had to go a size up even.

    So to be sure, are you saying the only options for wearing a v-neck are...

    V-neck without undershirt showing
    V-neck with button down underneath?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  4. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Well-Known Member

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    I only wear v-neck sweaters when I have a button-front shirt underneath. I think the v-neck only or v-neck with slight undershirt look is sloppy at best and alarming at worst. I wear a crew neck sweater if I want to wear only a t shirt underneath. This is just personal preference, of course.
     
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    Pay attention to this man, for he knows of which he speaks (types!)

    A v neck looks equally crap with a visible t shirt or nothing beneath it. You need something with a collar, at least a polo shirt if not a collared shirt.
     
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  7. gatorfan15

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    Damn, I just bought 5 of these v-neck sweaters, and I'm too lazy to wear a button down underneath :(

    I guess I should exchange them for 5 crew necks if I just want to wear a white T shirt underneath
     
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    do YOU like the look?

    forget what other people think.
     
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    If putting on a button down is so much effort for you, I think you're on the wrong forum!
     
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    Real men don't walk around showing their underwear.
     
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    It looks pretty good on this guy. Just saying.
     
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    I really hope you are being sarcastic.
     
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    I think the OP is serious.

    gatorfan,
    You may personally like the look, but most people on this forum will dissaprove. Let me add that I have only recently began to dress "like a man" as it were (I'm in my mid thirties). But even when all I wore were jeans, tshirts, long sleeve shirts, or short sleeve button down shirts I knew that showing your undershirt like the photos in this thread is REALLY TACKY.

    The only thing tackier is when the sweater has a built in fake undershirt collar.
     
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  15. JohnnyLaw

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    I agree with this. I don't like the t-shirt-under-v-neck look at all.
     
  16. joeverns

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    OP if you like the look then continue on. Its good to keep in mind that by this forum being about style, the idea of what is wearable is more strict than in the real world.
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    this topic has come up on my site many times over the years, and the general consensus is:

    1. generally best to keep an undershirt hidden
    2. for one with a lot of chest hair or who wants to hide a tattoo, a showing undershirt is better than not
    3. wearing a colored undershirt / t-shirt that has a complimentary color to the outer shirt can be a reasonable alternative to a plain white t-shirt
    4. if the undershirt does show, it should be clean, and have a crisp collar that lays flat
    5. use your best judgment on what you feel comfortable with from a style point of view. there are many socially acceptable ways to wear your clothing, but keep in mind that stylish men in forums like these will likely recommend a more optimal look, than a socially acceptable one.

    i for one like the idea of wearing a button shirt with a collar underneath a v-neck sweater like this. i think that would look nice, and the collared button up would substitute as your undershirt.

    if you do have a large amount of chest hair though, you might consider doing a little manscaping.

    one reference article suggestion: search for "undershirts under v-neck" on my website undershirtguy [dot] com and you'll find a interesting article i wrote back in november 2009 about this very topic of wearing undershirts under v-neck sweaters.
     

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