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Do you wear an undershirt? Why?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by NAMOR, Feb 2, 2012.

Do you wear an undershirt?

  1. Yes

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    64.9%
  2. No

    123 vote(s)
    35.1%
  1. Svenn

    Svenn Well-Known Member

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    Brisbane is the Arctic compared to Phnom Penh, where I still refused to wear undershirts. Perhaps I should wear an 18th century neckcloth under my shirt's collar so the collar band wont get sweat or sunscreen stains? :

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  2. ElDave

    ElDave Well-Known Member

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    I would agree that wearing a visible crew neck undershirt is horribly, horribly tacky. But if you are talking about a non-visible garment worn for whatever reason (comfort, perceived cleanliness, etc)...why on earth would you care or take the time to form an opinion?
     
  3. mingus2112

    mingus2112 Well-Known Member

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    That's reason enough for me! Seriously, though, I don't wear them anymore. I used to wear them under light colored shirts, but since getting better quality (and thicker) shirts, I don't seem to have the "nipples showing though" problem anymore. I do wear them in the winter under a flannel, but very rarely under a dress shirt. I don't need/want the extra bulk and I use deodorant instead of antiperspirant. (a chemical in antiperspirant is what actually causes the yellow pit stains)

    -J
     
  4. NoNothingGuy

    NoNothingGuy Well-Known Member

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    I rarely wear undershirts, but I am more concerned with questioning your theory...

    I am a pretty fit guy. I run anywhere between 60 - 100 miles per week and lift three days a week. I can rub sub 2:30 in the marathon and have a mile PR of 4:14. I'd be hard pressed to break 4:45 today, but I digress...

    My point is that I feel like I sweat MORE when I am in better shape. I feel like when I am working out more, my body is very efficient and switches to cooling mode much more rapidly. I have had this discussion with running friends and they have found the same. I also live in the South, so that has a lot to do with it.

    The only time I wear an undershirt is if it is the dead of summer, I have a meeting with someone, will be wearing a tie and know that I will be sweating. I do this because one time I was up in Washington DC meeting with a client. I was wearing a suit and it must have been 110 degrees and humid. I was fine for the morning, but after lunch things got ugly. Our cab had no AC and we jumped out at the wrong end of the block... after hurrying through security and making our way up to my client's office, I was already sweating. I ran into the bathroom to wipe off my brow and cool off a bit. I took off my jacket and realized that I had huge sweat stains all over my shirt. Walking into the meeting, this made me very self conscious and affected my confidence. Since then, I have worn undershirts to meetings if it is over 75 degrees outside.

    I should also add that I do not wear deodorant or antiperspirant. Say what you will about that...
     
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  5. .Kurtz.

    .Kurtz. Well-Known Member

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    I always wear undershirts, albeit I try not to show them (v-necks are great at that). T type undershirts, as the tank ones leave armpits at their (dangerous) own free will.
    I wear them for two reasons. They feel comfortable (kindergarten issue n.1); sort of detachable shirt lining. And they help keeping shirt in place (shepherd dog issue n.2).
     
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  6. Towers

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    Not only an extreme statement, it is also wrong from a historical perspective. Having your underwear visible is tacky, not wearing any is gross.
     
  7. GBR

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    Dreadful garments, totally unnecessary save in the most freezing of climates when 'layers' are required. They add nothing whatever to someone who washes/showers daily..
     
  8. GBR

    GBR Well-Known Member

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    Then wash more frequently and use an anti perspirant/deoderant.
     
  9. evilWagon

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    The greater your lean muscle mass the more calories you burn at rest... the waste product is heat so you're correct.
     
  10. viator

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    There are many valid reasons for not wearing undershirts, but again, there's no reason to go impugning the hygiene of someone who does. Remember, we all have different bodies. Just beause you may not sweat and be comfortable year round with just a single layer of thin cotton doesn't mean everyone is so fortunate.
     
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  11. Artigas

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    Isn't it the anti-perspirant itself that causes the famous yellow stains?
     
  12. ElDave

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    Depends on the person. Certain anti-perspirants may cause it, but so do certain people's bodies naturally. Higher testosterone levels can lead to more odorous perspiration which is usually associated with stains.
     
  13. pebblegrain

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    Regardless of the discussion, I'm still surprised by the poll results - 2/3rds wear undershirts here? I thought it was pretty well-entrenched SF groupthink that undershirts are a no-no.
     
  14. HughJ

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    The amount of calories burned and thus heat produced by lean muscle is negligible compared to other factors in how much one sweats.

    To the OP's topic, thankfully I don't sweat much even in the hottest conditions, so I voted no. I'll pop one on under a sweater once in a while when I'm bumming around the house, but it's never visible.
     
  15. urfloormatt

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    This. I don't know what the weather or the commute is like in Sacramento in the summer, but on the East coast, the heat is sweltering and the humidity is high, and most people walk/use public transportation (in DC, NYC, major urban centers). If I didn't wear an undershirt, most days my dress shirt would be dripping wet when I arrived in the office. I have no problem throwing out cheap undershirts after a year's worth of wear. I would rather not do that to my much more expensive dress shirts.

    It seems extremely odd to me to notice "yellowing" undershirts and then question why people wear them. If the undershirt wasn't yellowing, then the dress shirt would be.
     
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  16. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Well-Known Member

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    Letting an undershirt show is I think widely considered a no-no. The more egregious version has a crewneck undershirt peeking out of an open collared button-up shirt. This is easily solved by wearing a v-neck undershirt. The other problem is having the outline of the undershirt show through your dress shirt. if you're wearing a jacket, the sleeves aren't an issue, and the v-neck of the undershirt often aligns enough with the collar of the dress shirt that it's not too much of an issue. But another way around this is to wear a heather gray, as opposed to a white, undershirt - this reflects less light and is therefore less visible. It comes at some cost to the brightness of the dress shirt.
     
  17. unbelragazzo

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    +1. In the summer in DC, I carry around a white cotton hank in my trouser pocket at all times just to wipe sweat off my brow. Also, besides the issue of dress shirts being more expensive, they also seem to dry out slower. In any case I seem to be less comfortable sitting in a sweaty dress shirt with no undershirt underneath than sitting in a sweaty undershirt.
     
  18. Svenn

    Svenn Well-Known Member

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    Please elaborate on this 'historical perspective.' It was not until the 1920's that it started becoming acceptable to be in public with just your shirtsleeves, and even GW Bush forbid taking off one's coat in the Oval Office. Here's the historical fact- what we call "dress shirts" were the 'undershirts' throughout the majority of Western history. Now again, if you sweat excessively or are unusually cold then you're welcome to wear your undershirts, but to have it as a normal part of your business wardrobe for no other reason than to keep your 'dress shirt' tidy is indeed tacky.


    On occasion the groupthink sides with the plebs, even when the classy members know better.
     
  19. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Well-Known Member

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    I really appreciate your permission to wear my undershirts in the summer and winter. Is it tacky to try and save money on replacing dress shirts? I don't understand. It is invisible to the eye. Do you think it's tacky to wear underwear to save your trousers?
     
  20. Svenn

    Svenn Well-Known Member

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    That's not why anyone wears underwear, I would hope :uhoh:
     

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