Should men wear undershirts? It depends on the type of shirt you’re wearing. Here’s your complete guide to undershirts and how to wear them.
The Purpose of an Undershirt
Undershirts are made to protect your dress shirts from getting sweat or deodorant stains. This will help keep your dress shirts last longer and stay in good condition.
The undershirt is also very helpful during colder weather. It adds an extra layer, which will help keep you warm.
When Should Men Wear Undershirts?
Wear an undershirt if you:
- Sweat very often
- Would like an extra layer because it is cold
- Want to protect your dress shirts from getting stained
- Want to hide your nipples and chest hair from being seen through your dress shirt
When you are wearing an undershirt, make sure it doesn’t show.
Can I Use a T-Shirt as an Undershirt?
No. T-shirts and undershirts are two different pieces of clothing, with two different purposes. T-shirts are thicker and looser than an undershirt.
Undershirts hold close to your body and are thinner than t-shirts. So you should not wear an undershirt by itself and you should not wear a t-shirt as an undershirt.
Undershirt Neck Styles: Crew Neck vs V-Neck
When should you wear a crew neck undershirt and should you wear a v-neck undershirt? It depends on what you are planning to wear.
If you are wearing a collared dress shirt and a tie, wear a crew neck undershirt.
If you are wearing a collared dress shirt with no tie, wear the v-neck undershirt.
What About a Tank Top?
The tank top is a very popular shirt that many men have in their wardrobe. Skip the tank top as an undershirt because it does not work.
An undershirt is meant to absorb sweat. With the tank top, it will not be able to function as it should because your armpits are not covered.
Why Is It Called Wife Beater?
Tank top style undershirts are known as “wife-beaters” because they were worn in a lot of American movies from the 1930’s to 1940s in which husbands wore them while abusing their wives physically and/or emotionally.
Should You Wear an Undershirt Under a Polo?
No, because this will make you look bulkier and it looks unnatural. Polo shirts are more close-fitting, which will make the undershirt or its lines appear.
Undershirt Color Guide
The color of your undershirt depends on the color of your skin. If you have lighter skin, white, beige and light grey are great options for you. If you have darker skin, black, dark grey and brown would be great options.