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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. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    I almost never wear an undershirt with casual wear (oxfords or other button downs on nights and weekends).

    As I posted before, for work, I do wear them in the winter (where I want the extra layer) and the summer (where it is way too humid in NYC not to wear one). We are entering prime non-undershirt wearing weather now.
     
  2. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    I dont wear one. I don't like the extra bulk.
    However I don't find it odd to wear one.
     
  3. Freddiecool

    Freddiecool New Member

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    Normal undershirts tend to bunch up but the Funkybod undershirt is fitted and stretchy. Of course it adds bulk to the pecs and arms but looks great IMO. I sometimes wear a t-shirt under a shirt as an extra layer but that's not really a proper undershirt garment.
     
  4. DrZeus

    DrZeus Active Member

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    More importantly, do you fold or scrunch?
     
  5. Ivar

    Ivar Senior member

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    Undershirts? No. But when it's freezing, I sometimes wear a heather grey tank top underneath the shirt.
     
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  6. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    I'm almost afraid to ask - but fold or scrunch what? :confused:
     
  7. RSS

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    Yes, I wear them. Why? I defer to comments by unbelragazzo.

     
  8. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    I'm sweaty. Undershirt is necessary.
     
  9. BaldwinP

    BaldwinP Senior member

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    No but it's not that cold here.

    I find it hard to believe that sweating in summer is such a problem for people that the best answer is to wear ANOTHER layer? I suppose because I wear a suit every day, so even when I sweat no-one is going to see sweat marks on my shirt, but Australian summers are very hot and I can't recall many people at all here wearing undershirts to combat the sweat. It just seems like a way to make you sweat even more.

    Overall though it always strikes me as an old-man look. I suppose I mostly associate it with Leroy Jethro Gibbs from NCIS!
     
  10. RSS

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    It's not that I sweat. I just don't particularly like the feeling of moisture on my skin. That being so an undershirt is the answer.
     
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  11. archetypal_yuppie

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    I do, for the following reasons:

    1) If I'm ever stuck in Nakatomi Plaza with a bunch of armed bad guys, it's the coolest look. Also, no shoes.

    2) It moderates cold temperatures.

    3) My very thin mercerized Hanros dry extremely quickly, in the event that you sweat. I walk 15 mins to/from my office in NYC, so in the summer that's a major plus on some days.

    4) Don't have to send my shirts to the cleaner each time I wear them, meaningfully increasing longevity. They get only one wear if I sweat or if they get dirty in some way, but if it's a winter day and they are not exposed to anything for example (they just plain old don't get dirty), back in the closet for a second wear. I let them hang and the Alumo unwrinkles easily, especially with body heat the next time you put it on. For those aloof blowhards who think it's disgusting, if you're wearing you shirt over an undershirt, its no different than a sweater or jacket. Do you send your jackets to the cleaners after each wear?

    5) Mitigates risk of staining (deoderant/antiperspirant). Haven't ever had any staining onto dress shirts even when I go no undershirt (sometimes in spring/fall), but don't want to risk it.

    6) Mitigates transparency for lightweight white shirts.
     
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  12. archetypal_yuppie

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    If your undershirt breathes and dries much faster than your proper shirt, its a huge plus.

    Also, of course, the sweat visibility aspect. Takes a lot to sweat through an undershirt AND a shirt. Although maybe not for profuse sweaty people.
     
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  13. NAMOR

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    I'm spending the week in Barcelona where do don't see many undershirts worn. I can't verify this with the folks in business suits (of course) but I suspect undershirts are another American invention. In Spain though, I'd like to have seen more undershirts on the cavemen hairy spaniards

    I've worn a shirt underneath another shirt if its too cold but it's not a undershirt per se
     
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  14. Ivar

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    For sure. I don't know anyone who wears them.
     
  15. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    +++:embar:
     
  16. RSS

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    I must remember to thank the British and the Swiss for taking care of my American need.
     
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    When I am dressed for work about the house ... in, say khaki trousers and a canvas work shirt ... I actually like leaving the shirt unbuttoned and showing a bit of crew neck T-shirt. It has a fresh all-American look.
     
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  18. bertie

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    Agree with 1 2 5 and 6 . There are days when I would not need to clean a shirt but just prefer to reach for a newly cleaned and pressed shirt. I often don't wear in summer due to the slight increase in warmth but will if I have any stress at work.

    Would expand wear to involvement with any Gruber brother though.
     
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  20. archibaldleach

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    Interesting thoughts but I guess I am on the other end. If it's cold, the jacket and coat I am wearing matter 10x more than some undershirt, so I just don't get this personally. I clean my shirts after each wearing anyways, so I don't think this would matter for me. I've never really had issues with staining and think the lines of the undershirt that show through one's dress shirt are worse than any transparency issues. YMMV. My two cents, and clearly from the poll, two cents that are in the minority here.
     

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