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Old 09-20-2013, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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28 year old guy here. I like the function of an undershirt (live in the south - hot and humid for a good part of the year) but I have never ever liked the undershirt being visible around the collar. I wear deep V neck undershirts made of thin material to minimize any visibility of the undershirt itself. I also tend to wear solid color or patterned dress shirts that don't allow you to see through to the undershirt either.

I like dressing well and buy fairly high quality, nicely cut dress shirts and even get the arms tailored when needed (if I see a shirt I love but it doesn't fit quite right). Wearing an undershirt lets me get a few wears out of a dress shirt before I have it cleaned and pressed and also keeps it lasting longer in my opinion.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:10 AM
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The de-masculinization of America continues....

"I don't like to see my man's chest hair or nipples through his polo shirt." Well I don't care what you like! I don't shave my chest & I don't wear a t-shirt....because I'm a MAN! I ooze testosterone! Most of my golf shirts have self-wicking abilities built in, as well as SPF protection, so no need for a cumbersome t-shirt.

REAL men have hairy chests & nips that poke out through their shirts.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:14 AM
 
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I never realized some people wear undershirts with polos. That doesn't make sense to me as it is completely different material and worn at different functions, generally.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:15 AM
 
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^^Not a fan of golf shirts or polos myself. If I am at something semi casual that a lot of people may wear a polo at, I tend to wear one of my normal nice dress shirts and then just roll the sleeves up in a casual manner. In any case, I don't want my actual dress shirts wicking away my sweat though.

Undershirts don't HAVE to be cumbersome. I buy undershirts made of thin material. I get deep V necks so that my chest is still showing. No I don't shave and yes you can see some of my chest hair.

I don't care either way whether other people wear them or not. I think it is tacky if you can SEE the collar, but outside of that it is an individual opinion. I don't see how undershirts aren't manly though. They were a standard part of a man's wardrobe during some of the most "classic" periods of mens' dress (which also happen to serve as the basis for modern suiting and fashions considered stylish for the working man today). So it's odd to me that someone would consider something so insignificant as an undershirt unmanly.

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Old 09-20-2013, 06:32 AM
 
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Okay this is going to be the undershirt issue revisited. Do you realize how ridiculous you look with a t shirt sticking out of your polo collar, or the outline of a wifebeater under your dress shirt? There is no reason to worry about "too much chest hair" unless you have unbuttoned THE FIRST FOUR buttons. I realize many many people do this but I think it is a ridiculous look, and doesn't look very "proper."
Anyone that calls an undershirt a "wifebeater" clearly has no clue about the proper use of an undershirt.
This thread is over.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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I have never worn an undershirt. I just don't get the idea of having two shirts on...I wear one shirt at a time. I suppose the idea of the "undershirt" came from when doing laundry as a major task and to keep your nice shirt clean longer...you wore a protective undershirt...Now that doing laundry is easy...there is no need for an upper under garment...although the underwear at the bottom end of your body is still needed for obvious reasons.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:39 AM
 
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^^Not a fan of golf shirts or polos myself. If I am at something semi casual that a lot of people may wear a polo at, I tend to wear one of my normal nice dress shirts and then just roll the sleeves up in a casual manner. In any case, I don't want my actual dress shirts wicking away my sweat though.

Undershirts don't HAVE to be cumbersome. I buy undershirts made of thin material. I get deep V necks so that my chest is still showing. No I don't shave and yes you can see some of my chest hair.

I don't care either way whether other people wear them or not. I think it is tacky if you can SEE the collar, but outside of that it is an individual opinion. I don't see how undershirts aren't manly though. They were a standard part of a man's wardrobe during some of the most "classic" periods of mens' dress (which also happen to serve as the basis for modern suiting and fashions considered stylish for the working man today). So it's odd to me that someone would consider something so insignificant as an undershirt unmanly.

I'm starting a new job in a week and it is at a place where no one wears ties. I've been wearing them for work for the past 10 years or so. I just realized that none of my undershirts are V neck. Thankfully, they're cheap. I guess I have to hit the clothing store tomorrow. Ah well. I would never have thought about it prior to this thread.
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:52 AM
 
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Anyone that calls an undershirt a "wifebeater" clearly has no clue about the proper use of an undershirt.
This thread is over.
That is a common slang name for the plain white tank top under shirt, the slang goes back at least thirty years that I know of. I think the term got popular from the show "Cops" as many domestic situations the guy seems was always wearing one.
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:31 AM
 
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A lot of times without an undershirt your nipples will pop out through shirts. Undershirts help dampen the visibility. V neck definitely though.
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:01 AM
 
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The de-masculinization of America continues....

"I don't like to see my man's chest hair or nipples through his polo shirt." Well I don't care what you like! I don't shave my chest & I don't wear a t-shirt....because I'm a MAN! I ooze testosterone! Most of my golf shirts have self-wicking abilities built in, as well as SPF protection, so no need for a cumbersome t-shirt.

REAL men have hairy chests & nips that poke out through their shirts.

Are you being serious? The de-masculinization of America?Undershirts are not a new phenomenon; they've been around for a fairly longtime. Unless you want to go back to the days of cavemen, there is nothing wrongwith a man that wears an undershirt. I realize that men have chest hair andnipples, but that doesn't mean they have to be on display 24/7. Have some decency.
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