Are there rules for wearing a colour t-shirt under a dress shirt?

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  1. Casil

    Casil New Member

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    Sometimes I like to wear a colour t-shirt under my dress shirt instead of an undershirt. I do this in casual situations. I am wondering if there are rule for that like matching colours, shirt style or some other things?
     


  2. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Are you talking about a business casual dress shirt or just a casual button down? I really wouldn't do that with a proper dress shirt.
     


  3. Casil

    Casil New Member

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    Sorry.. I don't know all the categories of shirts. But putting the 1st and 2nd categories in Google Images, I think I mean both of them, but not the proper single-colour no-design dress shirt.

    This shirt from Google of your 1st category is close in look to one of my shirts.
     
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  4. JSFrieschskys

    JSFrieschskys Well-Known Member

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    That guy looks like his mother dressed him.
     


  5. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    I am assuming you are talking here about wearing a shirt open-necked with the T-shirt exposed. As a general matter, wearing a white, undershirt-like T-shirt with an open-collar shirt looks like hell. Just don't do it. If you want to wear a T-shirt with an open collar shirt, make it a V-neck.

    An exception would be a heavy, colored, crew-necked T-shirt with something like a flannel or chamois-cloth shirt. I think this is a nice cool-weather casual look.

    Just my $.02.
     


  6. toplel

    toplel Senior member

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    Crew neck tee-shirts under open dress shirts look awful, get a deep v-neck instead.

    Generally gray is the most invisible.
     


  7. elliekidston

    elliekidston Active Member

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    Well I am not a fashion icon still I would like to suggest a few pointers for successful layering :-

    Keep all your layers visible, choose a simple sleeveless cotton shirt that is practical and comfortable for under-layer.
    Make sure that your outer hem is no longer than your inner hems as in most of the cases, it looks awful.
    You can have lots of colors but choose one or two bright colors.
    Lastly, scale your pattern from the lightest to the strongest.

    Check out the image links below,

    http://www.buildyourwardrobe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/henley.jpg
    http://www.buildyourwardrobe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/sweater11.jpg


    I hope this might help!
     


  8. Randy Brooks

    Randy Brooks Senior member

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    The rule is: Don't do that, it doesn't look good. Exceptions to be made for shirts being used as insulating layers.
     


  9. albertcross

    albertcross Member

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    why do you want to wear a t-shirt under the shirt?
    it doesn't look elegant in my opinion. ever.
     


  10. Casil

    Casil New Member

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    Except JSFrieschskys, you all made sense to me.

    @ JLibourel I understand that wearing a bright colour t-shirt and open dark flannel shirt looks good. Is that what you're saying? Excuse me English is not my first language. I need to copy your words in Google to understand something.

    @ elliekidston I'd use a body fit t-shirts with long sleeves shirts. When I do that I make sure there is clear contrast between the inner and outer layers. I don't do it for cold, just for style. Actually sometimes I received compliments on it. Not sure why most people here say it's awful.
     


  11. toplel

    toplel Senior member

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    Pls that was the best observation in the thread :)
     


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