First thing’s first. No, that is not me in the photos below. I like you a lot, but not enough to go taking photos of myself in my underwear.
I was reading GQ while at the beach over the weekend and they have a little section where guys ask the “fashion expert” for advice. One guy asked about whether or not it was OK to wear crew neck T-shirts under dress shirts and casual button-downs.
The expert said yes, but I’d like to challenge that a bit. Oh, but before we even get there, lets discuss why T-shirts are important under dress shirts.
Some guys walk around sporting their Miami Vice look with no T under a button down, but once they start to sweat you’ve got instant sweat stains… and that’s nasty. That being said, undershirts help block the fact that you are sweating your [insert word of choice] off to the outside world.
Crew neck T’s fit closer to the neck, which means they are going to show unless you have the top button on your shirt buttoned. And, unless you are wearing a tie, that won’t be the case (or shouldn’t be). [Calvin Klein crew seen above.]
The fix? It’s time to invest in some v-neck T’s.
Wearing a v-neck T will keep you looking fresh on the outside, but dips low enough in the front so that it’s not a focal point underneath your button-down. White is generally a good idea when it comes to dress shirts, but you might mix it up and use a color for more casual shirts.
The shirt above is made by Calvin Klein and can be bought here for $32.50.
Let’s take a moment to kill the “I hate v-neck thought process.”
Most guys that cringe at the thought of wearing v-necks do so because they envision a shirt with a deep v that exposes a lot of their chest – seen above. If you compare the two v-neck shirts you’ll notice that the first has a higher cut, and is the style I suggest. [Calvin Klein seen above.]
If you’ve been a v-neck hater, I highly suggest you give them a try. My friend Matt used to despise the thought of wearing a v-neck, but after I showed him a style that wasn’t low cut… he’s now a believer and has worn them a ton over the summer.
The moral of the story. V-necks help you not be “that guy” sweating through his clothes, and also up your style a bit. Give them a shot.
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