Undershirts?

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  1. mbc

    mbc Senior member

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    i usually just wear basic hanes white undershirts (t-shirts) for layering under sweaters and so on... problem is that after a little while, the necks get stretched out from taking them off and putting them on over and over... can anyone recommend a brand with a neck that's a little more.. snappy?
     
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    I presume you're wearing the right size, right? [​IMG] Hanes are not meant to be worn super fitted... I can't help with specific brands, but some info on the stretch problem... unless you have a T with stretch, the neck hole will ALWAYS have to be much bigger than the neck itself (i.e since your head is bigger than your neck - usually 9-10 inches difference.) Therefore, a proper T cannot have a neckhole that's a perfect circle - it'll never fit over the head (i.e. as with sweaters, the "back" side will always be higher than the front, or the "front" will be lower to accomodate the head, but still fit to the neck in a pleasing way.)
     
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    Droopy necks on t-shirts and undershirts are a pet peeve of mine. My favorite brand in this regard is 2(x)ist. For only slightly more than the Hanes/Jockey types, I think 2(x)ist offers the softest cotton and best fit out there (short of the truly upscale and incredibly expensive, like Zimmerli). And the necks on the shirts I've bought have held up beautifully.
     
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    I, too endorse 2xist, but for an alternate, try the Ralph Lauren stretch-to-fit undershirt--it has a little spandex in it, and holds up beautifully over time.
     
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    i too like 2(x)ist, buy the ones that are individually boxed and not the 3packs, the boxed ones are higher quality and they also have a pima cotton line as well that is super soft next to your skin

    i also found a brand out of greece called barco, extremely high quality and the necks have not lost their shape at all after a year - simply incredible, no matter how you pull on them, they bounce back to their original shape and even when you pull them out of the dryer, it's like they're brand new out of the package

    i also find a brand out of switzerland called caleda to be quite good as well, not as pricey as zimmerli or hanro, but the quality is quite good

    you may also want to look at some of the new microfibre or cotton/microfibre brands which hold their shape as well but the fabric feels more silky/synthetic than cotton
     
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    I tend to think of undershirts as cheap throwaway things. (I'd never spend money on a Hanro, although I certainly understand why one would.) So I expect the necks to get out of whack and to have to replace about one a month.

    Peace,

    JG
     
  7. Steve B.

    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

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    So you guys actually wear undershirts? Not just with a white shirt, but all the time? Not colored ones that show off your matching skills with casual shirts, but white ones, all the time??? Is there hope for this generation? Did we get rid of them in the 70s for nothing? [​IMG]
     
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    I personally never wear undershirts. For one thing, they don't protect from prespiration in the places that really matter (the underarms and the back of the neck.) More importantly, they always remind me of tired old men with saggy skin, no muscle tone, and drooping bellies. Not really the look to go for.
     
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    I never saw the point in wearing one. I use Certain Dri anti-perspirant, so sweat isn't really an issue. I find them to be annoying. Especially with casual shirts I wouldn't wear one because I like the look of unbuttoning the top two buttons and having skin showing.
     
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    I like to wear them, sometimes, because I find they keep higher end dress shirts a la sea island cotton, from wrinkling so readily.
     
  11. mbc

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    i don't wear them so often with dress shirts as i do with either v-neck sweaters or looser crew neck sweaters, as being skinny and exceptionally pale just makes one look a little awkward if wearing nothing underneath either of those types of sweaters.
     
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    I must disagree with many of the previous posters. I think that undershirts are perfectly acceptable.

    The fact of the matter is that people sweat. I wear undershirts to protect my dress shirts - and I agree with whoever said that they are disposable. I don't keep boxer shorts forever either.

    However, undershirts should be just that, under your shirt. Stylistically, they shouldn't enter in to the picture as nobody should be able to see them. There are, however, exceptions. I tend to wear very fine cotton dress shirts in the summer, many of which are close to being sheer. Sometimes I wear wife-beaters (for lack of a better term) that can show through in certain light. Tacky? Perhaps - a female friend once likened it to seeing thongs out of the back of a girl's pants. For one, I love seeing thongs out the back of a girl's pants, and I think some women have a similar reaction to wife-beaters (can we come up with a better, less violent name please?). If you're in good shape with a toned upper body, that glimpse of a tank top under your shirt gives just enough to pique imagination. And once that happens, it's all over.
     
  13. Mike C.

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    I forgot, I also always wear them under sweaters, but for dress shirts, NEVER.

    Really? I might try this then.

    Try Certain Dri antipersperant, you won't sweat.

    Having a wife-beater visible under your shirt or just the outline is gross. Do you really want to look like an extra in the Sopranos. There is nothing wrong with visible thongs, though I would never date a girl that has thongs sticking out of her pants, these girls suit other purposes.
     
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    The thing is, I'm happy to suit this purpose too...
     
  15. Bradford

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    I completely agree with Peter. I think undershirts are perfectly acceptable and actually make the wearer look very crisp and well-put together. I think it looks ridiculous when chest hair shows through a shirt and on those occasions when lighting causes a person to be silhouetted, it looks much better to be wearing an undershirt.

    I always wear an undershirt when I'm wearing a shirt and tie. I sometimes wear an undershirt with a casual shirt, but that's usually to keep warm (i.e. if it's windy or cool and I don't want the air to get through the shirt placket and directly onto my chest.)

    Also - I believe that "wife-beaters" are technically known as tanks or A-shirts, which would definitely be less offensive.

    Bradford
     

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