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Old 03-23-2017, 07:19 AM
 
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I hope this is the appropriate forum to be posting this in. I have been struggling to find good/comfortable undershirts to wear under my work uniform/shirt for years, and I probably have 30-40 of them right now, and I don't particularly like any of them. Many of these undershirts are too thick for my liking, and basically none of them are long enough to stay tucked in on me, so the search continues. And the main problem is that I can not get my shirts (both my undershirt and my work shirt) to stay tucked in. My thinking is that my undershirt being too short is causing/at least somewhat contributing to both of the shirts coming untucked. So, I am thinking that having an undershirt that is maybe 2-3 inches longer would help both of my shirts to stay tucked in.

FYI, for my job, I am a poker dealer at a casino, so I am frequently reaching out and moving my upper body all around the poker table, to bring in the poker chips going in to the pot, and grabbing the cards as the players fold, as well as pushing the pots to the players after the hand is over. And because of this, basically, every time that I get up from a table to go deal the next table (which is ever 30 minutes), my work shirt and undershirt are untucked out of the back of my pants. Which is really annoying, and also brings attention to me and often gets me a comment form one of my supervisors, if they notice it.

I should also mention that I have something of a gut/fat stomach, and I'm sure this is also contributing to the shirts coming untucked so often. I would love to lose 15-25 lbs. and get rid of my fat belly, but that's probably a little more difficult and time-consuming than finding some better-fitting undershirts is; so, for now, I'd really like to at least find some longer, thinner undershirts that are more likely to stay tucked in.

In case it matters, I am 5'10'' tall and weigh around 200 lbs. and I usually buy size XL crew undershirts.

For the record, I have bought, and currently have in my closet, Fruit of the Loom, Hanes, Gildan, and Jockey basic/plain undershirts/t-shirts, and none of them stay tucked in on my very well.

I do want to point out, though, that I have some older Fruit of the Loom "crew neck" shirts/undershirts, that I probably bought anywhere from 3-6 years ago, that I really like. These shirts seem to be thinner and longer than all of the other shirts I've bought more-recently, but I don't know if they are a different type of basic, plain shirt/undershirt, or if they're just stretched out and thinner from having been washed and worn so many times over the past few years. Also, these longer/thinner/more-comfortable Fruit of the Loom shirts are in grey and in blue colors, while my work undershirts are all black; so I was also thinking that maybe the black-colored shorts are just thicker than these shirts of other colors.

Also, I should point out, I am specifically looking for "Crew/Crew Neck" shirts, and *NOT* V-Neck shirts, in case that needed to be clarified. And, I need them to be Black in color. I actually may be able to wear white undershirts now, but I really don't know. So, black in color is what I'd like to try to find for now. And I typically spend about $3-$5 per shirt, but I would probably be willing to spend up to $10 for a good undershirt, if it comes highly-recommended and will be likely something that I will like and will actually stay tucked in on me.

And I had actually been thinking about buying and trying out Tommy John undershirts, that is, until I went to the site and saw that they cost like $45 each; and that even with a 20% off coupon, they would still be over $35 each. If someone has worn Tommy John undershirts and can comment on the fit and comfort of them, please feel free to reply, as I can't help but be curious how nice they are; but I just realistically can't afford to spend that much on undershirts (of which, I would need at least 4).

As usual, sorry for the lengthy post. If anyone wants to reply and offer some suggestions for good undershirts - preferably, that are a little lengthier and/or thinner than regular crew neck shirts/undershirts - please know that your feedback would really be appreciated!

Also, if you do want to recommend/suggest something, if you could please try to let me know the brand name, where you got it from (in-store or online and a link, if you'd like to provide one) and the cost, that would be great! Thanks!
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Old 03-23-2017, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I wish I could help you but a lot of my undershirts are too short too. So I would love to have an answer too because in my life I have yet to find what you're looking for.

Nordstrom brand ones were longer than some of the other ones, they're not bad...I'll check at home and get back to you.

Plain white T-shirts will be longer, but they're obviously going to be a lot thicker than an undershirt. They're too thick for me but that's one route that will get you the length you need.

My big gripe with undershirts is collars that fold/roll. I guess it's cuz the material is so thin they don't hold up. I went to V-necks because they seem to be less like to fold/roll than a round collar due to shape.
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Old 03-23-2017, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Evanston
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Default Yep...Tommy John

Tommy John are the way to go. I'm a total convert. I'm 6'0", 175 lbs, and I wear a Medium. It has enough stretch to be slim but not constricting, it is on the longer side, and stays tucked. Also the collars (I wear v-necks) don't ripple. I get them at Nordstrom Rack for much less than retail. I have no idea if they're exactly the same as the ones they sell in a regular Nordstrom, but they're the best I've ever owned.
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Old 03-24-2017, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Have a look at Duluth Trading Co. They carry long tail knit wear, that is really long tailed, and are meant to stay tucked. Just Google Duluth Trading CO and select men.
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Old 03-27-2017, 01:28 PM
 
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I wish I could help you but a lot of my undershirts are too short too. So I would love to have an answer too because in my life I have yet to find what you're looking for.

Nordstrom brand ones were longer than some of the other ones, they're not bad...I'll check at home and get back to you.

Plain white T-shirts will be longer, but they're obviously going to be a lot thicker than an undershirt. They're too thick for me but that's one route that will get you the length you need.

My big gripe with undershirts is collars that fold/roll. I guess it's cuz the material is so thin they don't hold up. I went to V-necks because they seem to be less like to fold/roll than a round collar due to shape.
I also agree with you about the collars not being very durable, so that's another good quality to want to look for on an undershirt. However, I don't know if it will be possible to find what I'm looking for (a thin, long style) with a string collar that won't fold/roll easily. If you come across one that you can suggest, please do let me know. As for V-necks, I realize that they're quite popular, but I absolutely hate the way they look on people, so I have no desire to even try one one. I realize this may seem somewhat foolish, but I am legitimately annoyed by seeing V-necks on people, so I haven't ever even thought about buying one to wear myself.


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Tommy John are the way to go. I'm a total convert. I'm 6'0", 175 lbs, and I wear a Medium. It has enough stretch to be slim but not constricting, it is on the longer side, and stays tucked. Also the collars (I wear v-necks) don't ripple. I get them at Nordstrom Rack for much less than retail. I have no idea if they're exactly the same as the ones they sell in a regular Nordstrom, but they're the best I've ever owned.
Well, it's good to hear that you like them and that they are of good quality, but, for the prices, they damn sure should be! I'm curious, do you only wear the Tommy Johns underneath other shirts? Or do you sometimes wear them as your only shirt? And do you think they are worth the cost? Are they comfortable AND durable (i.e. keep their shape well)? And how much do they cost you when you get them at Nordstrom Rack? I don't think I've ever been in one of those stores, but I'm guessing they likely have one in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area (which is where I work - but is about 80 miles away from the small town here in Az where I live). Do you now if you can order them form Nordstrom Rack online and have them shipped?

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Have a look at Duluth Trading Co. They carry long tail knit wear, that is really long tailed, and are meant to stay tucked. Just Google Duluth Trading CO and select men.
Thanks for the suggestion. I've seen their commercials (which I think are quite funny), but hadn't actually considered them for myself, as they seemed to be geared towards people who work real jobs outdoors. I don't doubt that the shirts are comfortable and durable, but I can't help but think of them as being pretty thick/heavy. Assuming that you own and wear them, how thick/heavy are they to you? Do you specifically/only wear them as an undershirt? Or do you also wear them as a your main/only shirt while out and about? And do you recall about how much they cost you?


Thanks for the replies, all of you, by the way! And sorry for not responding sooner. I actually ended up ordering 2 different types of undershirts on eBay last week (shortly after posting this thread, if I recall correctly) and they are supposed to be delivered today, I think. I will plan on posting my thoughts on them after I've washed them and tried them on.

Btw, one type of shirts I ordered are 'Hanes ComfortSoft Men's Big & Tall Crewneck Undershirts' and the other is 'Fruit of the Loom Men's Tall Man Crew Neck T-Shirt'. I think the Hanes were 3 shirts for $18 and the FotL were 4 for $15. I'm really hoping and thinking that these shirts are going to have the extra length that I'm looking for, and if they are, I will be happy to be able to buy some more of them, as these prices are affordable.

EDIT: The shirts were delivered while I was posting the original reply a few minutes ago, so I went and grabbed them from my mailbox and opened up both packages and both the Hanes and Fruit of the Loom shirts are significantly longer (like 3-4 inches) than the regular-style crewneck shirts I've been using as undershirts. So, I am really impressed with what I've seen after checking out these shirts and think I'm going to be satisfied with them. However, if the experience (comfort, durability) with other brands like Tommy John and Duluth Trading Co. are even better (which, I suspect, may be the case), I would really like to try them out, as well. Hopefully, I can come across a sale or discount code and get to check these brands out myself some time soon.

Last edited by Arizona Renegade; 03-27-2017 at 01:44 PM.. Reason: Shirts were delivered, wanted to update and give some feedback
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Old 03-27-2017, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I had the same problem and I wasn't about to pay $40+ for one freaking undershirt. I just started wearing tank topso. They don't give you the same level of sweat protection, but they're better than nothing.

On a side note, my Adidas brand undershirts have thinned out a lot after a year of washing. Still not ideal, but much better than they were out of the box
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Old 03-27-2017, 02:35 PM
 
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Nothing better than my husband's cheap tee shirts from Wal-Mart, either Fruit of the Loom or Hanes.

I wear one to sleep in, with shorts, etc.
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Old 03-27-2017, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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Is XXL not an option?
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Old 03-27-2017, 02:56 PM
 
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I also agree with you about the collars not being very durable, so that's another good quality to want to look for on an undershirt. However, I don't know if it will be possible to find what I'm looking for (a thin, long style) with a string collar that won't fold/roll easily. If you come across one that you can suggest, please do let me know. As for V-necks, I realize that they're quite popular, but I absolutely hate the way they look on people, so I have no desire to even try one one. I realize this may seem somewhat foolish, but I am legitimately annoyed by seeing V-necks on people, so I haven't ever even thought about buying one to wear myself.


Well, it's good to hear that you like them and that they are of good quality, but, for the prices, they damn sure should be! I'm curious, do you only wear the Tommy Johns underneath other shirts? Or do you sometimes wear them as your only shirt? And do you think they are worth the cost? Are they comfortable AND durable (i.e. keep their shape well)? And how much do they cost you when you get them at Nordstrom Rack? I don't think I've ever been in one of those stores, but I'm guessing they likely have one in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area (which is where I work - but is about 80 miles away from the small town here in Az where I live). Do you now if you can order them form Nordstrom Rack online and have them shipped?

Thanks for the suggestion. I've seen their commercials (which I think are quite funny), but hadn't actually considered them for myself, as they seemed to be geared towards people who work real jobs outdoors. I don't doubt that the shirts are comfortable and durable, but I can't help but think of them as being pretty thick/heavy. Assuming that you own and wear them, how thick/heavy are they to you? Do you specifically/only wear them as an undershirt? Or do you also wear them as a your main/only shirt while out and about? And do you recall about how much they cost you?


Thanks for the replies, all of you, by the way! And sorry for not responding sooner. I actually ended up ordering 2 different types of undershirts on eBay last week (shortly after posting this thread, if I recall correctly) and they are supposed to be delivered today, I think. I will plan on posting my thoughts on them after I've washed them and tried them on.

Btw, one type of shirts I ordered are 'Hanes ComfortSoft Men's Big & Tall Crewneck Undershirts' and the other is 'Fruit of the Loom Men's Tall Man Crew Neck T-Shirt'. I think the Hanes were 3 shirts for $18 and the FotL were 4 for $15. I'm really hoping and thinking that these shirts are going to have the extra length that I'm looking for, and if they are, I will be happy to be able to buy some more of them, as these prices are affordable.

EDIT: The shirts were delivered while I was posting the original reply a few minutes ago, so I went and grabbed them from my mailbox and opened up both packages and both the Hanes and Fruit of the Loom shirts are significantly longer (like 3-4 inches) than the regular-style crewneck shirts I've been using as undershirts. So, I am really impressed with what I've seen after checking out these shirts and think I'm going to be satisfied with them. However, if the experience (comfort, durability) with other brands like Tommy John and Duluth Trading Co. are even better (which, I suspect, may be the case), I would really like to try them out, as well. Hopefully, I can come across a sale or discount code and get to check these brands out myself some time soon.

I wear women's Duluth undershirts all the time in the winter. They are thinnish and they they stay tucked in. I love mine, frankly.
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Old 03-27-2017, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Evanston
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I'm curious, do you only wear the Tommy Johns underneath other shirts? Or do you sometimes wear them as your only shirt? And do you think they are worth the cost? Are they comfortable AND durable (i.e. keep their shape well)?
I only wear white undershirts under other shirts. My go-to tees for wearing alone are Target's Merona brand. They only last one season, maybe two, but cost like $10 so I don't care. They fit great and look good until they wear out.

As for the Tommy Johns, I don't remember what they cost at Nordstrom Rack....maybe $30 for a two-pack? Not sure, and I didn't see them online. But they're worth it at that price or whatever the Nord Rack price is. They do keep their shape and have been plenty durable.
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