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Why You Should Wear an Undershirt / TShirt At All Times | Karemar

Why You Should Wear an Undershirt / TShirt At All Times

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The TShirt, often referred to as the T-Shirt or Tee Shirt is a necessity to be worn under your dress clothes in any and all occasions. Whether it be a white T shirt, black T shirt or any other color T shirt, it is imperative to be worn under your clothes for any and all occasions when meeting women is a potential objective. The T-Shirt will serve various important functions and assist in creating the most comfortable environment for you and the people around you. There are generally three main reasons to wear a T Shirt under your clothes when you go out that will be explained in detail below.


(You can see the white t-shirt at the neck line of the Ed Hardy Dress TShirt.)

1. Sweat Buffer -

The Tshirt serves as an important buffer between your clothes and any sweat or body oils that would be transferred to your dress clothes that evening. This point is particularly important for those that sweat more than others, however it comes into effect in most cases. A woman never wants to see a wet TShirt on a man. Therefore you must limit and / or eradicate sweat under your arms, on your back or on your chest when you are at a social event, nightclub and or bar. When drinking and dancing a man is much more likely to perspire even in the best ventilated bars, social events or clubs. Worn correctly, an under Tshirt will effectively capture the sweat and leave your dress clothes dry. Additionally, the dress clothes will be dry to the touch of the lucky girl that you meet or the friend who happens to run his hand across your back.

Many of you may think that the undershirt will make you hotter thus increasing your chances of sweating. Though a valid point, 100% cotton, light weight under tshirts are extremely lightweight and do not significantly increase the heat that your body retains, making the amount of additional heat and potential sweat negligible. Also, any additional heat or sweat is quickly abosorbed by the undershirt/T-shirt and never appears on the dress shirt therefore outweighing the addiitonal heat and potential sweat.

2. Keeps Clothes New -

Many of us consistently reuse the same shirts because they are very stylish and trendy. Often these trendy, stylish shirts are costly therefore disabling us from purchasing these shirts in copious amounts. We need to keep these shirts as new and clean as possible and they will continue to pay dividends for many years to come. As stated above, the under / TShirt will absorb sweat and additionally will absorb body fluids and odors that will not permeate through to the dress clothes. This fact will keep the dress clothes preserved and in a newer state. In this state, it is not necessary to wash the dress clothes as often as if you had not worn the under / TShirt.

The body's sweat and natural oils and odors will be absorbed into a shirt that is 100% cotton and can be easily washed and reused after the wash. Meanwhile the dress shirt simply goes back in the hangar and can be used for the next weekend or weekend after. Generally speaking, you can now acceptably wear your dress shirt four times prior to washing or dry cleaning it. The statistics may vary as I have had several friends wear shirts over a dozen times prior to washing them. These shirts were trendy TShirts over their under TShirts. Therefore they did not have the neckline that often gets somewhat dirty on collared shirts.

3. Low Cost -

The under / TShirt is a low cost option that extends the life of your dress clothes and serves a vital function in your style. Popular brands of under / Tee Shirts include Ralph Lauren Polo, Hanes, Tommy Hilfiger, Fruit of the Loom and Nicole Miller and surprisingly all of these options can be purchased at low cost retail outlets such as Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Target and Ross. For a three pack of the white T-Shirts at these locations the price is generally around $9.99. These brands can also be purchased at more expensive outlets including Macy's, Robinson's May, Bloomingdale's, Saks Fight Avenue and Neiman Marcus. At the aforementioned department stores, expect to pay upwards of $18.99 for the same three pack. Therefore, it always makes sense to make your purchase of the T-shirts at the discount retailers.

What Size TShirt To Purchase -

Selecting the appropriate size undershirt / TShirt is a very important task because you do not want the TShirt to attract any attention however you want it to be fully functional and achieve its important purpose. Despite the size of the clothes you wear, your undershirt / TShirt should be a size that "fits" you. The TShirt is not baggy, nor constrictive, however fits your body correctly. In order to determine which size is right for you, start by using the recommendations on the back of the shirt packages. Different sizes S, M, L and XL will provide you with jacket sizes that the size was created to fit. When you find the package that matches your jacket size, pull the shirt out of the package in the store and try it on. Again, this shirt must fit. It must not be too tight to constrict your movement, however it must also not be too lose and thus be seen protruding out of your dress clothes. Continuously trying on the different sizes and brands is the most effective way to achieve the correct fit.

Positioning Your Undershirt / TShirt -

The positioning of your undershirt / TShirt is crucial for your outfit's overall success. You have spent the time carefully selecting an undershirt size that fits you appropriately, now you must position it correctly under your dress clothes. Start by putting on the undershirt in front of the mirror. Next, place your dress shirt whether it be a T-shirt or collared shirt over the undershirt / TShirt.

Initially, if you placed a trendy "dress" TShirt, ie. Ed Hardy, Famous Stars and Stripes, Diesel, True Religion, etc. you will probably see the TShirt around the neck area and the under / TShirt will be bunched up around your shoulders. Use your hand to pull the shirt down from the base successfully pulling the neck area down so that it is hidden under the Dress TShirt. Next use your right hand to pull the shirt from under your right arm down so that it is not bunched up near your shoulder, however evenly distributed under your dress shirt. Repeat the same with the left arm under the right sleeve. While standing in front of the mirror carefully balance the undershirt / TShirt under your dress shirt so that it cannot be seen. Once you are satisfied, the top half of your outfit is ready to hit the town.


(On the right arm you can see the white TShirt extending to the end of the sleeve. It is concealed under the neck.)

In Summary -

It may take a few events and nights on the town to get fully used to an undershirt / TShirt under your dress clothes, however once you do, it will have a significant effect on the response from women and friends. The undershirt / T-Shirt is particularly effective if you sweat considerably however it is also a necessity if you rarely sweat in order to serve as a buffer between sweat, body oils and your dress shirt, to keep and preserve the quality of your clothes and as a low cost and effective outfit necessity.

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16 Comments

You are SO RIGHT

I have been looking for quality info on crew neck undershirt wear / Tshirt wear for ages.

You're three guiding principals for 'proper wear' are well thought out, and to the point. I sometimes get put down for wearing my crew neck undershirt wear / Tshirt around the office, but they just don't realize how important it is!

I will forward your site to everyone I interact with at the office. So many people will thank me!!!

Tank tops should only be for

Tank tops should only be for the gym, they serve no purpose as an undershirt. The whole point is to protect your dress shirts from sweat, a tank top's open armpits does nothing for you.

Tank top Undershirts

It is baloney that tank top undershirts are only for the gym.

They are very comfortable, they keep you warm in winter and cool in Summer, and my girl thinks they look good. That is enough for me! I see more and more guys at the office switching to tank tops.

Tank tops should only be for

Tank tops should only be for the gym, they serve no purpose as an undershirt. The whole point is to protect your dress shirts from sweat, a tank top's open armpits does nothing for you.

So Necessary

This is great. I had a boyfriend once who refused to wear undershirts. I thought it was gross. Especially in the summer. Any and all fabric will eventually retain body oil and odor after multiple uses. Wearing an undershirt extends the life of the shirt.

Shirts

It's gross to wear an undershirt! Just wear A shirt, - best air circulation. Wash the shirt after wearing. Be real.

What about style?

Your many reasons for wearing an undershirt are interesting, but you ignore the issue of style. I like to see (and wear) a white crew showing at the neck of a tie-less business shirt, just because I think it looks good. It's got to be done properly (your recommendations on positioning apply here) - the T shirt neckline not higher than the outer shirt neckline, and sitting straight. And the T shirt should be a grimeless white with the collar flat, not turned in or stretched. For casual gear none of that applies: I like to wear an untucked shirt with the sleeves half rolled up, a couple of buttons undone and a V-neck undershirt showing a bit underneath, not too arranged. For some people the reasons for an undershirt are practical but for many I think it's an American cultural thing. Like others have said, they were always brought up that way. There's also the military thing: no uniform is complete without the bright white T under the flat-collared khaki shirt. I have colleagues who wear a polo or Banana Republic style top without a T shirt, but whenever they wear a business shirt, no matter if it's 100 degrees, without fail there's a crew underneath. They feel underdressed without it, and increasingly, I feel the same way. But mainly, I just like the look.

I actually started not to

I actually started not to wear undershirts with darker colored dress shirts. It is so much more comfortable and I "heat" up less. I had problems with getting too warm when I was in meetings that resulted in my brow beading up. Switching to no undershirt has let me able to stay cooled down. I actually keeps me from sweating. No wonder women do not sweat. In the board room we all remove our jackets and I usually had 2 layers while the women had a thin short sleeve top.

Tank Top Undershirt

The tank top or A-Shirt undershirt is by far the most comfortable undershirt one can wear. Once a man tries the tank top, he will understand. I never understood why they evoke such emotion from some people. Comfort is what matters.

Tank Top Undershirt

I completely agree that the sleeveless undershirt, or tank top, is the most comfortable of all. I wear them under light or dark colored dress shirts and all types of casual shirts and have been for over 25 years, since my junior year in high school. Not only are they soft and comfortable, but they look good.

Undershirt

I was raised to always wear an undershirt with any kind of collared shirt. It is just as natural and proper as wearing underwear, for many of the reasons cited above. I do not agree that the collar of the undershirt must be hidden at all times, when wearing a standard polo shirt it is acceptable for the undershirt to be visible underneath. The one thing that does bug me is when people wear dress shirts that are so threadbare that you can clearly see their undershirt under their dress shirt when they remove their jacket. Without an undershirt under my polo shirts my chest hair would be visible should a button come undone. Not proper.

Shirts

It is perfectly fine and proper to show chest hair. Not proper to be overly packaged. Air out.

undershirt

Great comments on undershirts. how to make it look right by "balancing it" under your outer shirt. It's fun to read your articulate explanation. I thought I was the only one who adjusts the neckline.

As for why to wear one, would be the confident and well dressed feeling which an undershirt gives I could even say it makes me feel power.

I like 2xist brand shirts, the cut is body fitting without binding, the arms are snug so when you pull on the top shirt the under t is not bunched at all. The neck is a little high though.

My undert's show a little like your pictures I don't like v neck T's at all. I do wear undershirts under polo shirts and dress shirts too and then it is more visible but seems to look pretty good and I like having it on.

My friends don't wear them much so it's nice to see someone else finds the advantages. Most people think it's going to make you too hot and like yu say it could take a while to get used to if you had not been wearing one much. When I was a kid most all guys wore them all the time, as a matter of fact it was kinda NOT cool to not have one undrneath.

Comments

Thank you for the great comments. I will try that brand of undershirts as well. You are right most people do not wear them because they believe that they will be too hot. These are the same people that sweat profusely through their dress shirt. In all actually a good undershirt is extremely breathable and will absorb any sweat. Where do you purchase your undershirts?

where purchase

Hi Marvin,

The 2xist T shirts are available at Mervyns in Tucson, and probably any Mervyns in the western states. What city do you live? Be sure the label says made in Thailand. It's the classic T in a pack of 3, not the specialized pack of one which is a different thing. I purchased some last year, same brand, same packaging but were made in Peru and the quality was different.

You are probably going to like the snug sleeves but might not like the high neck, under some shirts it's hard to make the undershirt less obvious but under some shirts it looks really cool and snug. Either way, the feel is great with the snug neck and sleeves.

There are black ones available too, which are really nice because the light fabric is the same as the traditional white ones. I usually go for white but once in a while a black one looks good.

I wear the undershirts for work too and about the only time I don't wear one is when I'm biking. People are pretty used to seeing one under my collars.

What is your favorite brand? Some brands have sleeves way too long which could extend out under a snug T shirt or polo.I don't know why they even make them like that. I could use some with not quite so high a neck, but still body conforming with snug short sleeves.

Do you think women admire you for having the confidence and presence of self to wear one? I think some like it. After all, they are used to bras most of the time and probably figure "if I can wear a bra, he can certainly wear an under t shirt" I think some guys notice too and probably even think it looks good though they don't have the sense to put one on themselves. Does anyone, male or female ever ask you about it?

Lee

I am just running across your comment. I live back and forth between Los Angeles and Scottsdale, so obviously close to phoenix. I wear Polo brand Tshirts that I purchase at Marshalls. Size medium is the perfect fit for me as an undershirt. Girls don't like guys that sweat and this allows me to dance and do what I need to do without sweat absorbing into my dress shirt. People ask me all the time about undershirt wear and I believe it is essential. Off to old town now!

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