The Undershirt Dilemma
Generally, when it comes to undershirts, we say go with a simple v-neck. Crew necks that show under an unbuttoned dress shirt match well only with shaggy hair, chinos, and a white backwards hat. Maybe some Doc Martens too. And while upper-body-commando sometimes works well, you’d hate to be caught unprepared on a hot, muggy, pit-stain inducing day.
But unfortunately, it’s not always that simple. For example, v-necks often don’t go well with white dress shirts if you are buttoning them all the way up. They show through, and then you’re left with the shadow of a “V” framing the knot of your tie. Here are a few common scenarios that should keep you covered (or not):
- White dress shirt, buttoned all the way - this is a case where the v-neck probably isn’t a great call. Go with the body-conforming crew neck (Polo Ralph Lauren, $23 for two), or, if it’s a formal occasion, consider going without. On the most formal occasions it’s best to have no sign whatsoever of an undershirt.
- Dress shirt with top button open - this is what the v-neck is best used for. Get the benefits of a bottom layer without the unseemly sight lines of a crew neck. (Polo Ralph Lauren, $23 for two).
- Dress shirt with more than one button open – Sometimes one button undone just isn’t enough. If this leaves some of your v-neck exposed, you’ll need something deeper. Try the American Apparel ($51 for 3) version, unfortunately without the stretch but still a slim fit. And if you’re wearing something light and summery, of course you should just drop the undershirt altogether.
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