Why Undershirts Are Likely Different From The Type of Shirt Your Envisioning
While I once was in this same boat as so many other men when understanding the function of an undershirt, know this: undershirts are not T-shirts and T-shirts aren’t undershirts.
When comparing the two articles of clothing they look nearly identical. In addition some manufacturers of undershirts may further confuse more men by also calling them ‘Tees’ or T-shirts.
However, their core purpose of use is what separates these two articles of clothing apart.
Undershirts are meant to only be worn underneath an article of clothing. Whether you are wearing a V-Neck or crew neck sweater, you will generally wear an undershirt underneath. Now most importantly, and the likely reason why a guy buys an undershirt, is to be worn with a dress shirt.
On the flip-side to this, T-shirts can be worn solo – that means whether its a poolside day in the summer or just generally on the weekends, a T-shirt is perfectly acceptable. T-shirts in general typically will carry a bit more weight (i.e. thicker) than an undershirt to account for the external environmental conditions that it is exposed to. Therefore you would never wear an undershirt by itself outside.
Lastly regarding the thickness of materials, as we just eluded to, undershirts tend to be slightly thinner to reduce the visual evidence of lines especially when worn under a dress shirt or polo.
Undershirts Come In Different Cuts
First and foremost do you know the reason why you may want to wear a V-Neck shirt compared to a crew cut?
Depending on the article of clothing you are wearing will determine the type of cut should be wearing as an undershirt.
If you are wearing a V-Neck sweater a crew neck undershirt will be the best choice among the majority of men. The only exception to this rule would be if you are extremely fit and toned and would like to expose a bit of your chest – in this rare instance a tank top may be a suitable undershirt to wear. Wearing a V-Neck undershirt with a V-Neck sweater will look confusing as the angle of the V’s will likely not match.
On the other hand, if you are wearing a dress shirt with an unbuttoned top, generally speaking, a V-Neck shirt is whats preferred among majority of men. Wearing a crew neck shirt in this instance is a bit outdated and also typically common among the younger crowd – therefore if you are in a business setting its better to opt for a more mature look of the V-Neck.
Furthermore, if you are wearing a dress shirt buttoned up with a tie, then a crew neck shirt will be your best choice as it won’t have any of the lines beneath your clothing that you may traditionally see with both a V-Neck or tank top undershirt.
Now if you are adamant about wearing a crew neck with a button down shirt and the top button is unbuttoned – then you want to make sure that you have a flat and crisp undershirt collar. An undershirt that has been worn too many times may begin to bunch and roll up that just looks downright sloppy and you will have bacon neck:
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