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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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  2. No

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    35.1%
  1. glenjay

    glenjay Senior member

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    An undershirt is just that, an undergarment, and should be worn as such. It is not a fashion statement.

    The whole point of an undershirt is to minimize the amount of body fluids that stay on your skin. It is not just sweat, but slight amounts of body oil as well. A soft cotton undershirt will absorb and trap these better than a dress shirt will. Sweat also contains bacteria and Urea (which is in urine). Once an undershirt stain cannot be removed by cleaning, it should be thrown out.

    The chemicals in antiperspirants also contribute to staining, and make the stain more difficult to get out.

    And, keep in mind that when you use antiperspirants you are only using them under your arms where you sweat the most, but your entire body has sweat and oil glands. Think of the guy with the soaking shirt after a game of pick-up basketball, he didn’t just sweat from his pits, and neither do you – even when you are just moving around the office (just a lot less). And, stress or motion can cause you to sweat, Winter or Summer.

    Soft cotton is good at absorbing sweat and oil (wool is even better which is why it makes a great undergarment for winter sports). Poly blends are terrible at absorbing anything and a lot of the mid to lower end no-iron dress shirts are poly blends. Check your dress shirts and see what the fabric is made of.

    The issue isn’t really about staining your shirt, it’s about the bacteria, urea, and oils that are not wicked off of your skin properly and remain there to compound and block the pores of your skin. It won’t kill you (usually), but why not wear the undergarment for its intended purpose, and keep your body a little cleaner?
     
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  2. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    +1 This is why. :teach:
     
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  3. Octoberfile

    Octoberfile Senior member

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    When I wear a dress shirt, there's nothing underneath it and I never wear undershirts or wifebeaters. My ex once asked me why I didn't wear a t-shirt or undershirt underneath my dress shirt. Apparently, she thought that undershirts wear sexy on men. She was never actually able to explain to me why....very strange.
     
  4. bullswin

    bullswin Senior member

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    Yes.

    I sweat more than most people. Undershirts help soak up my underarm sweat so that everyone doesn't see large darker/wet spots in my armpit areas. Almost all of my undershirts are grey with a deep vneck, so they're almost entirely undetectable.
     
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  5. curzon

    curzon Senior member

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    Sh*t! It does all that?

    I'm wearing two then.
     
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  6. Makoto Chan

    Makoto Chan Senior member

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    Undershirts keep me a little warmer in the winter, and they soak up the sweat instead of my shirt in the summer. I think it would be gross or uncomfortable to go without one, at least where I live. Where do you live, NAMOR? Do you spend most of your day with central and heating or air?
     
  7. Makoto Chan

    Makoto Chan Senior member

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    Oh, I see: Sacramento, CA. Isn't the weather pretty moderate and nice there? Not too humid, and not too cold? If that's the case, then I can see not wearing an undershirt. But you live in a pretty nice area!
     
  8. elbastardocalvo

    elbastardocalvo Senior member

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    I wear them every day, primarily to 1) absorb sweat, and 2) mask tattoos that might otherwise be visible through a dress shirt.
     
  9. Doctor

    Doctor Senior member

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    I'd like to see some of the more smug contributors to this thread come and spend time in a tropical climate, wearing business clothes each day. You'll soon know what it's like to sweat so much you need to carry a mop with you.

    I wear a tight fitting, lightweight undershirt because it protects my dress shirt from the enormous quantities of sweat tipping through my pores every time I leave the building. If I didn't wear it, then I'd have sweat patches all over me and my shirts would be spoiled.

    As a bonus, I also find that my shirt clings to the fabric, creating a cleaner, more fitted overall look.
     
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  10. Cylon

    Cylon Senior member

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    Because I sweat?
     
  11. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This thread seems to start every few months. I remember searching some similar question and finding about a dozen of these threads. Every time, each side gets entrenched and calls the other side a bunch of disgusting slobs. I have no idea why some people care so much about why other people wear or don't wear undershirts.

    Personally, I do wear them, in summer because I live in DC and 20 seconds outside is enough to get you sweating. In winter because they're warmer, I'll still sweat some especially if wearing a coat on my way to work, and having worn them for a while I just feel more comfortable in them. To some extent, to prevent chest hair from showing through thinner or lighter shirts. I wear light gray undershirts to prevent the shirts themselves from being seen.
     
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  13. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    noobs, I don't wear shirts at all to work. ya'll are just too fatty or you could pull this look off as well
     
  14. viator

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    That's a pretty extreme view. Undershirt is really a preference issue and wearing one will depend on each individual's body chemistry, location, physical activity, and preference.
     
  15. jrd617

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    I agree that a crewneck with a unbuttoned top button can look tacky. But that's why there are v-necks :nodding:
     
  16. gort

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    I'll wear an under armour undershirt on really hot days if I am wearing a shirt that I know shows sweat easily.

    I prefer to go without them as they just bunch up and are annoying.
     
  17. Mikey Irish

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    I dont usually wear one, the only times I have though are on hot summer days when I would rather not have wet spots on my nice shirt... I will usually button up all the way though and throw a tie on so its less likley to see that I have it on.
     
  18. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you wear one with a reasonably deep V, there's pretty much no chance of it showing unless you want it to.
     
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  19. ESmooth

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    V-necker here, not shy about showing off a little chest. In my office, I'm close to the vent but fairly far from the thermostat so its usually cool-cold where I'm at. An undershirt is usually enough to lave me warm enough to not require a sweater or jacket on warm days where I'd get too hot anywhere but my desk, and an added layer for warmth when it is actually a cooler day. The benefit of reduced staining on my dress shirts due to sweat/oil/deodorant is also a bonus.
     
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  20. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    Those that disdain undershirts should try going to work at 8:00 AM in New York City on the Subway in a wool suit in July. Your shirt will be drenched by the time you get to the office.

    I keep 6 crew neck and 6 v neck undershirts in rotation. I generally don't wear them in the fall and spring, but I will wear them in the summer during peak humidity and during the winter to add an extra layer. I generally don't wear undershirts with casual wear (polo shirts, button up shirts, etc). I also generally don't wear an undershirt when I am wearing a sweater, (such as today).

    Undershirts, like any garment, have utility in a variety of circumstances. Not sure why there is such snark on both sides
     
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