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Undershirt Woes


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Nov 20, 2006
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Hi Everyone,

I'm rather new here, though I've been reading the posts for awhile, and have very much enjoyed the discussion. I tried searching for this particular question, but I'm still not finding the answer that I've been looking for. I think I may have unique difficulties in this field.

Here's my situation. I tend to not wear an undershirt, not because I particularly like staining my shirts or exposing my chest, but because I can't get an undershirt to fit right. I've found that when I've worn an undershirt, they tend to make me look heavier, not that I think I have to worry about that (yet anyways), and I can never escape having some sort of wrinkle or line in the undershirt show through. I graduated in May and started work shortly thereafter, so I'm finally getting enough cash flow to invest in custom dress shirts and the like (Shoes were my first focus). While having to throw out a cheap dress shirt due to stainage doesn't really phase me, I'd prefer not to be in that situation with a custom shirt that will cost a decent amount of money. Yet I'm convinced that wearing an undershirt looks even less elegant due to the problems I have with them. The wrinkle problem seems to apply even when I go down a size, and I also sometimes have an issue then that the undershirt is not long enough and doesn't tuck in right. I want to go for a fairly tapered and slim fitting look in the waist with my new dress shirts.

Can I wear or find skin-tight undershirts? If not, what can I do to prevent these issues from happening in the future? I'd appreciate any insights, as my not wearing an undershirt is a concession of my inability to find a good one, or maybe inability to wear one correctly, not a matter of choice. Sorry for the long post, but this has been pretty complicated. Thank you.



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Dec 2, 2006
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There are two good sources which should solve your problem. Silk undershirts (and even longjohns) are available at Lands End and wintersilks.com. Lands End are long sleeve, breatheable, extremely light, like a second skin and do not show any seams as they have a crew neck and long sleeves. Wintersilks offer all sorts of silk undershirts from long sleeves to short sleeves and v-necks. They all fit closer to your body than anything else, are warm in winter and can't be felt at all under a shirt in winter and add no bulk. They also dry overnight and wear well.


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May 29, 2006
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Perofil...maybe a little expensive though

The Devil's Hands

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Oct 3, 2006
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Originally Posted by archibaldleach
Can I wear or find skin-tight undershirts? -ArchibaldLeach
Under Armour. Cheap compared to that zimmerli stuff ($120 Underwear? Seriously?) and you can find stuff that pretty dang comfy. I was an athlete in college and got all mine for free. It's good stuff. Also, the tighter models will compress some of that bulk you're worried about. That sounds exactly like what you're looking for. The boxer briefs can't be beat anyway.

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