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Undershirts – An idiotic query. V vs Crew / white vs grey

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by VKK3450, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. VKK3450

    VKK3450 Senior member

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    SF is the only place I can ask this and not get looked at like I am on crack.

    Most days I wear an open collar shirt, but at some point have a meeting for which I need to wear a tie. Problem is that I don't like showing undershirt (crew neck) when I am going open collar, and I don't like the possibility of the V neck line showing under a white shirt fabric when I am buttoned up and tied.

    Solutions? Or am I a freaking loon?

    Would the V of a heather grey undershirt be visible under a white buttoned up shirt?

    Should I just try this myself instead of asking the board?

    K
     
  2. dhaller

    dhaller Senior member

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    A grey undershirt is less reflective than a white one, and is less visible under the shirt, yes. Obviously, the lighter the grey, the better this works (so no "charcoal").

    So I think a grey v-neck is the answer; the only problem, of course, is finding one with a deep enough V to work with an open collar - so many V necks nowadays are more like dented crews!

    DH
     
  3. Icehawk

    Icehawk Senior member

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    A grey undershirt is less reflective than a white one, and is less visible under the shirt, yes. Obviously, the lighter the grey, the better this works (so no "charcoal").

    So I think a grey v-neck is the answer; the only problem, of course, is finding one with a deep enough V to work with an open collar - so many V necks nowadays are more like dented crews!

    DH


    Check out the JT from Collected Threads - very inexpensive and super deep neck, I bought 3 as a test and promptly bought 6 more. I also looked at American Apparel's deep V but at $22ea vs $8ea I could not justify the price for something I use mainly to make sure I don't sweat stain my shirts. My only complaint is they are sized pretty large - I bought smalls and they are as big as I can stand for an undershirt, I could use an XS or maybe even XXS if they offered one.
     
  4. ohm

    ohm Senior member

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    Two thoughts: 1. maybe try a very shallow V. 2. get white shirts that aren't see-through. [​IMG]
     
  5. mhdena

    mhdena Senior member

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    "Solutions?"
    Wear the V neck, you're over thinking this

    "Or am I a freaking loon?"

    well......
     
  6. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    Check out the JT from Collected Threads - very inexpensive and super deep neck, I bought 3 as a test and promptly bought 6 more. I also looked at American Apparel's deep V but at $22ea vs $8ea I could not justify the price for something I use mainly to make sure I don't sweat stain my shirts. My only complaint is they are sized pretty large - I bought smalls and they are as big as I can stand for an undershirt, I could use an XS or maybe even XXS if they offered one.
    Could you elaborate on what that is?
     
  7. Icehawk

    Icehawk Senior member

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    Could you elaborate on what that is?

    Sure, www.collectedthreads.com - basically it is what a woman would call a boat neck, scoop neck or ballet neck shirt. Since gettings these all my old crews and Vs went into the ragbag... definitely happy with them even if I would prefer a slimmer cut.

    The topic of "invisible" undershirts has come up before, I found the JT after reading a few threads which mentioned them, the American Apparel, the expensive Swiss one, and shoot one more mid-priced one I can't think of.
     
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  9. jo-fu

    jo-fu Senior member

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    why not just do no undershirt?
     
  10. Redwoood

    Redwoood Senior member

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    why not just do no undershirt?

    * comfort
    * sweat stains
    * possibility to wear shirt again without laundering it (if one were so inclined)
    * Heat/cold management
     
  11. jo-fu

    jo-fu Senior member

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    this is all true, i'm just saying if you're having trouble with the collars underneath, its an easy and totally acceptable fix to just drop the undershirt. I don't like when they show at all, particularly with slim fitting dress shirts, which I'm going to wash after I wear anyway
     
  12. ManofKent

    ManofKent Senior member

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    I don't do undershirts, but last time I looked dear old M&S had some with a deeply cut round neck that might suit.
     
  13. VKK3450

    VKK3450 Senior member

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    Going without isnt really an option. Between the Tube at rush hour and bouncing around town to client meetings I need a layer between me and my shirts. I don't rewear, but coming off a sweltering Tube into a client meeting where everyone is "coats off and sleeves rolled up" is begging for sweaty pits.

    I would wear a low V all the time, but it ends up being visible when I button up and put on a tie for a client meet.

    Grey v necks with a fairly flat collar may work.

    Maybe what I really need is a skin tone coloured low V neck undershirt...

    K
     

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