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Old 12-08-2013, 09:03 PM
 
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Lower/working class men seem more likely to wear an undershirt around the house. It's even better if they are wearing suspenders also. Don't ask why.
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I thought it referred to the article of clothing, not those who wore it.

I actually only learned of it relatively recently, maybe 10 years ago?

I always just called it a 'singlet', which is what it's known as here. But apparently Americans are unfamiliar with this term?
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Northville, MI
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That's it. I am wearing sleeveless to bed tonight because oddly, I am sweating LIKE CRAZY after working 45 minutes in snow. Need to free up my body a bit. This is very odd. I am usually very cold sensitive, why do I suddenly feel very hot when its cold outside .
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:47 PM
 
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These kind of shirts never made sense to me. They leave out one of the most important areas of the shirt: the underarm. Hello!
In warmer climates where a full or even short sleeved undergarment for men is too much it makes perfect sense. Also the original intent was also to have some sort of covering so a man's chest hair would not show if he had the top shirt buttons undone. Also again in warmer climates where a man might want to do away with an undershirt altogether these various "tank" styles functioned much like a woman's slip or camisole; they provided an layer that helped provide "modesty" (nipples and or chest hair showing under a shirt).
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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That's it. I am wearing sleeveless to bed tonight because oddly, I am sweating LIKE CRAZY after working 45 minutes in snow. Need to free up my body a bit. This is very odd. I am usually very cold sensitive, why do I suddenly feel very hot when its cold outside .
Were you seriously letting slang determine what pajamas you were going to wear?
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Northville, MI
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Were you seriously letting slang determine what pajamas you were going to wear?
No, I always wear them to bed in the summer. Usually cover up more during the winter but was burning up yesterday night for some reason. Why would I adjust my PJ's just because of slang. Nobody is going to see me anyways.
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Northeast Ohio
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These kind of shirts never made sense to me. They leave out one of the most important areas of the shirt: the underarm. Hello!
Yep. I never understood them either. Maybe they're a throwback to the days when everyone starched their laundry to within an inch of its life; I imagine they'd protect a man's nipples from the scratchy fabric of a superstarched dress shirt.

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Old 12-12-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: FROM Dixie, but IN SoCal
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Yep. I never understood them either. Maybe they're a throwback to the days when everyone starched their laundry to within an inch of its life; I imagine they'd protect a man's nipples from the scratchy fabric of a superstarched dress shirt.
Good Heavens! You're clearly not male...
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Northeast Ohio
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In warmer climates where a full or even short sleeved undergarment for men is too much it makes perfect sense. Also the original intent was also to have some sort of covering so a man's chest hair would not show if he had the top shirt buttons undone. Also again in warmer climates where a man might want to do away with an undershirt altogether these various "tank" styles functioned much like a woman's slip or camisole; they provided an layer that helped provide "modesty" (nipples and or chest hair showing under a shirt).
I should have read the rest of the thread before responding to OzzyRules myself. This post clears things right up!

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Good Heavens! You're clearly not male...
Actually, I am... I just have very sensitive skin!
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Athletic undershirts (aka a-shirts or wifebeaters) are the type that I wear under my dress shirts and casual shirts, and I am a white collar professional. So, the stereotype of who wears them does not always apply. The soft cotton feels much better against my skin than the shirt fabric. Plus, they provide enough coverage without binding under the arms like a t-shirt (crew or v-neck). Like Adi, I also enjoy wearing an a-shirt to sleep in.
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