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Seeing undershirt under white dress shirt?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by myoclonic, Sep 30, 2004.

  1. myoclonic

    myoclonic New Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    Yes, I'm here because of the NYT article, but I'd been looking for a resource like this for quite awhile, and I'm grateful.

    My question pertains to undershirts "showing through" when worn under a white dress shirt, such that one could see the short sleeves under the dress shirt. It looks horrible to me, but I'd like to get an idea of how bad it actually is and what the possible solutions are.

    Should I just stick to really heavy dress shirts so that undershirts don't show through? Sometimes I wear longsleeve t-shirts below, but I have a sense that it's not all that professional.

    Thanks.
     
  2. AlanC

    AlanC Well-Known Member

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    If you're wearing a jacket it shouldn't be an issue. No one could see the sleeves anyway.
     
  3. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Well-Known Member

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    i personally don't think it's THAT bad, especially if you have pale skin and dark body hair. (shudder)

    what i would avoid is wearing a v-neck collar t-shirt with a buttoned-up dress shirt.

    i would probably also avoid a tank t-shirt (a.k.a wifebeater) at all times.

    another option would be to find (or have made) undershirts in a color close to your skin's.

    just my personal viewing preference. i don't normally wear undershirts, myself.

    /andrew
     
  4. funkyprez

    funkyprez Well-Known Member

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    I personally don't like it, but in my case, I wear one underneath. I walk to the office, and would prefer that my nice shirts don't develop perspiration stains.

    Just don't ever wear a crew neck under an unbuttoned dress shirt. In this case, a v-neck, or if the shirt is not too opaque, a wife-beater will do.
     
  5. BjornH

    BjornH Well-Known Member

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    I'll have to disagree here. I often do this in winter, but one has to use t-shirts that don't look like underwear. If the collar of the t-shirt screams underwear it turns creepy.

    B
     
  6. Leo Jay

    Leo Jay Well-Known Member

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    I don't think it's all that bad usually, but as was said above, as far as t-shirts are concerned, it depends on the opaqueness of the shirt. Â It will generally look more obvious/unsightly with a broadcloth, for example, than with an oxfordcloth. I think tank top undershirts are to be avoided, unless they're of such a color that they are virtually invisible. No -- check that -- absolutely invisible. I don't necessarily find a crew collar undershirt with an open collar dress shirt to be unsightly, but it does seem to me that the combination works best as part of a 'hip', quasi-metrosexual look, with the TWO top buttons of the dress shirt undone. Â That way it has a more deliberate, sort of 'layered' look. Â And of course, if you're doing this, it's important to wear a very crisp white undershirt with a tight, fresh collar, not some slightly faded 'Fruit of the Tomb' where the collar banding is starting to stretch from too many go-rounds in an overheated clothes dryer.... Â [​IMG]
     
  7. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Well-Known Member

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    aw, but that's just when it starts getting comfortable... [​IMG]
     
  8. banksmiranda

    banksmiranda Well-Known Member

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    I always wear a sleeveless tank-style undershirt when wearing a dress shirt.
     
  9. Ranjeev

    Ranjeev Well-Known Member

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    If I do wear an undershirt, I wear a crew neck with the sleeves cut off. No one can tell that you are wearing an undershirt this way because the sleeves are cut at the seam where the arm begins and the neck is so high up on the shirt, no one can really see it.
     
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  10. Brian SD

    Brian SD Well-Known Member

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    I recommend a white v-neck.. If you aren't wearing your jacket, then it's obviously a casual enough situation where it doesn't matter if you can see the shirt underneath.
     
  11. Leo Jay

    Leo Jay Well-Known Member

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    I did do this for a while years back... I think I stopped because I figured I was compromising the effectiveness of the 'underarm perspiration absorption' function by 50%.
     
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  12. Horace

    Horace Well-Known Member

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    (Ranjeev @ 30 Sep. 2004, 3:40) If I do wear an undershirt, I wear a crew neck with the sleeves cut off. Â No one can tell that you are wearing an undershirt this way because the sleeves are cut at the seam where the arm begins and the neck is so high up on the shirt, no one can really see it.
    I did do this for a while years back... I think I stopped because I figured I was compromising the effectiveness of the 'underarm perspiration absorption' function by 50%.
    I wear a white crewneck undershirt, with a navy blue suit (2b, sb) and an an open collared Ascot Chang in a light-blue end-on-end, quite frequently. At first I thought the look was a tad gauche, and then I realized that it could be construed as inappropriate. Then I realized both of these things. And then I didn't care.
     
  13. Shirtmaven

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    my pet peeve is customers who wear undershirts that are too large. An undershirt under a dress shirt should fit snugly to the body. Not the same size as you wear with a pair of jeans. Remember knit stretches. Carl www.cego.com
     
  14. SFclassic

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    This is entirely a matter of personal preference.

    Underwear absorbs perspiration so your outer shirt doesn't.  I happen to like "wife-beaters" at the gym as a look on their own.  But they're kind of pointless as underwear, since there's nothing to absorb perspiration where I sweat the most (I sweat -- there -- I said it.).

    Casual wear -- I have no problem with t-shirts showing underneath an open collar.  But I do prefer one with a high collar that's not stretched out at the neck, as most underwear tends to do.

    Seeing the outline of a t-shirt underneath a dress shirt?  I have no feelings about that.  

    V-necked t-shirts?  Kind of dorky.
     
  15. kidkim2

    kidkim2 Well-Known Member

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    On April 7, 1975, a lithe American Airlines stewardess told me how glad she was that, as she said, "You're not the kind of guy who wears an undershirt."  

    Haven't touched one since.  (A tee shirt, not a stewardess.)
     
  16. bryce330

    bryce330 Well-Known Member

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    I recently gave up wearing a t-shirt under any kind of shirt (polo, dress shirt, etc.) when worn casually - I just came to the realization that it looks a little too college/frat-boy for my taste.

    I still wear a crew-neck t-shirt under my dress shirts when I am wearing a suit and tie, more out of habit than anything (perspiration is not a problem for me).
     
  17. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Well-Known Member

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    very good point.

    i wear a t-shirt under a dress shirt, and afterward the t-shirt smells like my deodorant. on the occasions i've worn a dress shirt sans undershirt, my shirt smelled like sweat. i don't know why this is, but it is.
     
  18. BjornH

    BjornH Well-Known Member

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    Interesting - never thought about this.

    Perhaps, if you are in the habit of puting on your undershirt right after applying deodorant, then the undershirt enjoys the same protection from sweat as your armpit does as some of the deodorant will be transfered by contact before it dries. However, a dress shirt is not as snug as an undershirt so it does not get 'immunized' by the deodorant.

    How is that for a theory ?

    B
     
  19. johnapril

    johnapril Well-Known Member

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    I am fortunate to live in Indianapolis, Indiana, where most men wear shite for clothing. Anything I do to look nice stands out. If my shoes are shined I get comments.

    My #1 shirt problem is what to wear beneath merino wool sweaters, especially those cut in a polo style. Wool irritates my skin to no end, so that is why I need an undershirt. But with an orange polo sweater, for example, I don't want a little triangle of a frikin white crewneck t-shirt sticking out. So what is the solution? T-shirts to coordinate with colors of sweaters? I haven't discovered the right color to go beneath orange. What I do now is wear a v-neck t-shirt, red, and keep a button on the sweater done so the t-shirt remains hidden. But has anyone found a better solution?
     
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