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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?

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  2. No

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  1. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    9 out of 10 of my coworkers wear undershirt. When I asked them why, they asked me why I wear underwear? How are they alike? And why are you wearing an undershirt. I don't undertstand it.
     
  2. Asian Afro

    Asian Afro Senior member

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    I wear an undershirt for warmth. Winter is real where I live.
     
  3. pebblegrain

    pebblegrain Senior member

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    I used to wear an undershirt - when I was 15 yo.

    There are various reasons why insecure hetero males wear undershirts.

    They think it makes them look slightly bigger.
    They think it blocks sweat.
    They don't like showing chest (they are afraid this will look gay).
    As soon as they get home they take the dress shirt off and douche around in their t shirt.
    They think they can wear the dress shirt 3x before laundering (only Reevolving).
    They are afraid their delicate hetero nipples will show without an undershirt.
    They find dress shirts stiff and itchy, they like the kindergarten-recess type of comfort that a cotton t provides.
    They think they are Don Draper
     
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  4. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    I just wear an undershirt to keep warmer in cool weather. Don't wear 'em in warm weather.

    I also sleep in my undershirt in cool weather.
     
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  5. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    An undershirt is underwear.

    Layering in the winter. Layering in the summer.

    Of course I fill out an A shirt quite well. :lol:
     
  6. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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    Yes. So?
     
  7. Svenn

    Svenn Senior member

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    have to agree with pebblegrain, undershirt wearing is a fairly uncouth, tacky practice better reserved for plumbers than men in the business world. Unless you have a terrible problem with underarm sweat, don't do it. The business suit (was) intended to be a functional ensemble... adding another unnecessary layer like an undershirt to keep the 'dress shirt' clean is about as artificial and impractical as low armholes, button-down collars, or excessive shoulder padding. I proudly show my nipples.
     
  8. jrd617

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    Blocks sweat
     
  9. pebblegrain

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    Now an A shirt - I never understood, even as a child. What is that for? Keep the tummy warm?
     
  10. andrewgreg

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    No, unless I need to wear a white dress shirt. Some dress shirt material is so thin, I wear a short-sleeve undershirt.

    Or wearing a undershirt and layering a sweater/cardigan at home.

    For other circumstances, No.
     
  11. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    It wicks sweat. In the spring/fall it does keep the torso warm. It can actually keep you cooler during the summer.
     
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    I'd rather my undershirts have yellow pit stains than my nice dress shirts.
     
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    +1
     
  14. NAMOR

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    this is mind-boggling to me. I didn't realize so many individuals wore undershirts until I realized everyone at happy hour was wearing a disgusting yellowing t-shirt. What I really dont understand is why undershirts are worn by those with office jobs that require zero physical exertion. how much are you really sweating at your desk? or while walking 3 flights of stairs?
     
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  15. pebblegrain

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    Laundry works too.
     
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    In the course of normal office work, if you are fit and shower every morning, you should never sweat to the extent of staining your shirts! As for warmth, I live in a very cold place (Ontario) and I never feel the need for an undershirt. If I am cold, I will wear a waistcoat or sweater vest (and of course a decent overcoat when outside).
     
  17. NAMOR

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    this i can understand but if it was that cold inside of my workplace, i would just wear a thin sweater over my dress shirt. no undershirt


    same. I stopped wearing an undershirt after puberty. Up until that point, I think i wore the undershirt to downplay man breasticles
     
  18. erdawe

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    You're younger, but think you under estimate the stamina of the typical desk worker. Nearly 70% of this country is overweight or obese, NYC probably a bit less so.

    Also, some people sweat from stress rather badly. Or, they sweat easily with office heating, poor body thermoregulation that can be related to hormone imbalance.

    I personally never really wear undershirts, unless wearing certain non-cardigan sweaters.
     
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  19. pebblegrain

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    Well if you can see your titties under a very thin shirt, you can also see a ghetto ass hanes beefy t underneath said thin shirt.

    Okay, snark aside, some people just sweat a lot. Even in an office environment locked at 68 degrees. I mean, the moment they are in front of a powerpoint, they are sweating. I dunno what I would do. I would think a t shirt would hurt as much as it would help sure maybe your pits look dry but you will be hotter overall and sweating on your face. I'm sure people who sweat know better what works for them.

    If you are doing it because you think it looks good and for that reason alone, you are wrong.
     
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  20. jrd617

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    No.
     
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