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To undershirt or not to undershirt

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by nizzer, May 23, 2011.

  1. nizzer

    nizzer Member

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    I'm still relatively new to suiting on a daily basis, old as I may appear.

    Does everyone wear a white t-shirt under their dressshirts?

    I tend to hate the look in a casual setting where you can see the white t-shirt at the edges of the button-down, but I think I can get the plusses of wearing an undershirt when suited up.

    Thoughts?

    Appreciated.
     
  2. alliswell

    alliswell Well-Known Member

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    Go without and keep your jacket on. Works if you don't sweat too much.
     
  3. Superfluous

    Superfluous Well-Known Member

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    I think wearing t shirts underneath looks stupid. If you have a sweating problem, get drysol, it works wonders.
     
  4. LanceW

    LanceW Well-Known Member

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    For me it depends on the temperature. V necks help with the visible undershirt issue.
     
  5. Blamm

    Blamm Well-Known Member

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    Yes. White or gray undershirt. Assuming you're wearing a tie - you can wear a v-neck or crew neck. If you aren't wearing tie - or may loosen/lose it - wear v
     
  6. Roger Everett

    Roger Everett Well-Known Member

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    I like having a free from snug feeling. Don't do no stinking undershirt. It's uncomfortable enough wearing underpants with a suit only.
     
  7. westinghouse

    westinghouse Well-Known Member

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    Grey v-neck at all times is invisible and adds years to the life of my $300 shirts...
     
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  8. Liquidus

    Liquidus Well-Known Member

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    For those people that don't wear undershirts, do your nipples not show when wearing just a dress shirt?
     
  9. LanceW

    LanceW Well-Known Member

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    Quite dependent upon fabric choice.
     
  10. blahman

    blahman Well-Known Member

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    How many times do we have to go through this topic again?
     
  11. Barnabus

    Barnabus Well-Known Member

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    For those people that don't wear undershirts, do your nipples not show when wearing just a dress shirt?

    Not at all

    maybe i don't have pointy nips[​IMG]
     
  12. gsgleason

    gsgleason Well-Known Member

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    Try some CVS cloth tape over your nipples?

    A common recommendation is to wear gray rather than white undershirts which supposedly is less noticeable on your arm.

    Some shirts are more translucent than others. If your areolas are of a shade quite different than your surrounding skin, they will be noticeable.

    Of the two evils, which is worse, seeing a man's nips through his shirt, or seeing the delineation at the end of his under shirt? I would vote that the latter is preferable.
     
  13. gladhands

    gladhands Well-Known Member

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    I'm insanely sweaty, and drysol isn't going to keep my BACK from sweating through a shirt. I wear either grey or an olive drab, as they're both less visible than white. V-necks for open collar. Crew-necks for closed because the V sometimes shows through the shirt.
     
  14. jcmeyer

    jcmeyer Well-Known Member

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    I'm insanely sweaty, and drysol isn't going to keep my BACK from sweating through a shirt. I wear either grey or an olive drab, as they're both less visible than white. V-necks for open collar. Crew-necks for closed because the V sometimes shows through the shirt.

    Probably due to the relatively cheap fabric of many of my shirts, but not wearing an undershirt can lead to some very unpleasant chaffing. And we simply can't have that. No sir.
     
  15. Omar1223

    Omar1223 Well-Known Member

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    V-necks for open collar. Crew-necks for closed because the V sometimes shows through the shirt.

    +1; i always wear an undershirt.
     
  16. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Well-Known Member

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    For those people that don't wear undershirts, do your nipples not show when wearing just a dress shirt?

    wtf
     
  17. Carlisle Blues

    Carlisle Blues Well-Known Member

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    For those people that don't wear undershirts, do your nipples not show when wearing just a dress shirt?
    [​IMG] That is such an odd question.... I wear an undershirt when I wear a tie. Otherwise no.
     
  18. Imhoff

    Imhoff Well-Known Member

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    I think wearing t shirts underneath looks stupid. If you have a sweating problem, get drysol, it works wonders.

    Agree with this statement. Just don't like the visible sleeve lines.

    For those people that don't wear undershirts, do your nipples not show when wearing just a dress shirt?

    Proud of nips poking out. Hahaha. No, but for reals it depends on fabric.

    Quite dependent upon fabric choice.

    +1
     
  19. gladhands

    gladhands Well-Known Member

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    Agree with this statement. Just don't like the visible sleeve lines.


    The closer the undershirt to your skin-tone, the less visible the sleeve lines. Women have been doing this with their bras forever.
     
  20. otc

    otc Well-Known Member

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    I don't usually wear them....only with light colored thin fabric shirts where my skin really shows through (bonus points if you can see the chest hair as well).

    Anyone know who makes them on the longer side? Some of the ones I have fit nice and tight in the body (so the shirt can hang freely) but they are short and won't always stay tucked in beneath the shirt, especially with lower rise pants.
     

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