Should guys wear undershirts? That is a no-brainer. Today, vests or undershirts are worn for many reasons. During the colder months, an undershirt helps to keep warm.
Undershirts protect your outerwear from sweat and deodorant stains. Performance undershirts are supposed to keep moisture away from your body.
Now, you may still wonder whether you should wear an undershirt at all. Simply a matter of personal preference, there is no right or wrong here.
Some of the advantages of wearing a vest for men:
1. If you sweat profusely, wearing an undershirt will help absorb the sweat.
2. Evening shirts with a stiff front for black tie and white, undershirts can help avoid chafed skin, and it is invisible underneath the bib shirt front.
3. If you are always cold and you’d like an extra layer of cloth to stay warmer, an undershirt will help.
4. A vest under formals can restrict chest hair from glimpsing on the surface of the shirt.
5. Without an undershirt, your dress shirts will inevitably get deodorant and sweat stains.
6. Well cut undershirts, are not visible in the collar area even if you wear your top two shirt buttons unbuttoned.
Benefits of wearing an undershirt under formals
The basic purpose of an undershirt is to absorb your sweat. It provides a defensive layer between your body and your more expensive clothing.
A good undershirt can also provide insulation when needed, and some lend shape and support to the upper body. But for the most part, it’s a sweat-absorbent material.
The easiest way to define men’s innerwear vest is to equate it with underwear, but for your upper body. Some guys skip it while many have their own preferred style, but for most of us, it’s a basic necessity that keeps the rest of our clothes from getting gross.
A thick, knit undershirt with long sleeves and high collar is more winter suitable. For humid countries, a short-sleeved cotton-blend variety with a deep V-neck or scoop neck is more apt.
Add in the really high-tech ones — athletic gear and compression shirts, mostly — and you’ve got a wide range of products. Some are plain and utilitarian; the upper-body equivalents of plain white cotton briefs.
Others are stylishly designed for visible wear, especially in the athletic sector and performance wear.
Showing your undershirt can be looked upon as a bit crass. But the lines have blurred in modern fashion. High-performance athletic garments are functional “undershirts,” and made in stylish cuts with designer patterns, in the assumption that they’ll be worn as the top layer. 2019 gave rise to loungewear being worn as outerwear on the ramp.
Actors in major motion pictures routinely strut around in light knit shirts and nothing more on their upper bodies — think Robert Downey Jr. in all the recent Iron Man films or Daniel Craig in Skyfall.
Let us take a look at the best undershirts for sweat, why wear an undershirt? What are the various undershirt styles?
White Cotton Tank Tops
In the lowest rung in the style ladder lies the negligible white cotton tank top.
These are decidedly undershirts. They shouldn’t make an appearance as your outer layer. In fact, they shouldn’t make an appearance at all, except when you’re dressing and undressing. These are really only useful for those who don’t sweat a whole lot, or for men who want to wear very short-sleeved and low-necked summer shirts.
Crew Neck T-Shirts
The original T-shirt style stemmed from an undershirt, and soon was a ubiquitous youth garment by the 1950s. You can style it either way and a closely-fitted look works best. Mostly, though, these are also best as undershirts. They provide good sweat protection, especially if they’re fitted close in the chest and under the arms.
Replacing the crew neck with a V-neck is the obvious solution for men who want to wear a shirt with a few buttons left undone. The depth of the V-shape can vary, but most are cut so that you can wear at least one button of a typical dress shirt open without showing your undershirt.
These are a more practical option for undershirt purposes, and retain the same good absorbency of the T-shirt style, but they’re even more casual when visible.
These have moisture-wicking properties as athletic shirts and designed much like traditional undershirts. These use micro-fibre and synthetic material to create a garment that stays light and dry much longer than a basic cotton shirt.
The high performance of a lot of these tops is offset by a style that’s not really designed for “under” wear. Most male versions come in dark or vividly bright colours, with logos and patterns that are meant to be seen.
A quick glance at the best Undershirt Fabrics!
Undershirt fabric should be fairly thin and stretchy to prevent it from showing through. You have a wide choice of good options:
- 100% cotton is durable and trustworthy. Go for higher-quality cotton like Egyptian or Pima cotton if possible.
- Another good choice is stretch modal blends, a combination of cotton and synthetic fibres that create a smooth look and stretchy feel that retains its shape.
- Bamboo fabric is the most cutting edge in vest fabrics currently and great for activewear.
- Finally, there are modern technical fabrics, often synthetic, that are specially designed with sweatproof or moisture-wicking properties.
Looking back at some of the men's undershirt rules one should follow!
Summarizing what we have written in this blog:
- Undershirts are underwear. Don't let them show unless they're hiding chest hair, tattoos, or other marks.
- Your undershirt should be thin, stretchy, and close-fitting.
- If you have light skin, your best undershirt colours are white, light grey, or beige.
- If you have dark skin, your best undershirt colours are brown, dark grey, or black.
- Collar and tie: Wear a crew neck.
- Collar, no tie, smooth upper chest: Wear a deep V-neck.
- Collar, no tie, hairy upper chest: Wear a crew neck.
- Your t-shirt is not an undershirt.
- Your undershirt is not a t-shirt.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What kind of fabric is used for vests?
Fabric for vests is mostly moisture-wicking and breathable like a cotton-modal mix or a bamboo!
Are vests in for men?
Yes, they definitely are.
Should the vest be tight or loose?
They should be close-fitting. Neither tight nor loose.