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Crew Neck or V-Neck?

You are getting dressed in the morning and you plan on wearing some sort of a collared shirt. Do you put on a V-neck undershirt, or a crew neck? Why?

I've heard many people say that you always wear a V-neck, as having your undershirt showing is as bad as having your underwear showing (eek!), but I like the look of a white t-shirt underneath a dress shirt (think Michael Bluth in Arrested Development). I feel goofy whenever I wear a V-neck undershirt, and much prefer the crew neck undershirt (like a T-shirt). I also like to wear colored shirts under button up shirts, so I very rarely wear white undershirts anymore. Regardless, the question is still interesting...

EDIT: James brings up a good point: there is also the option of the tank top / A-shirt / "wife beater" style undershirt.
 
A better question. Which would people rather see sticking out the top of a collared shirt where the top botton in undone, the collar of a crew undershirt or a patch of chest hair? Unless you're going for the '70s pimp look give me the collar of a crew shirt over the patch of hair anyday!
 
For me it all depends on whether you're putting a tie on with your button down shirt. If you are wearing a tie then a crew neck undershirt is appropriate. If you're not wearing a tie and have your collar open then a V neck is appropriate, this is especially true in corporate. I personally do not wear undershirts when I wear open collar shirts but I always wear a crew neck undershirt whenever I wear a tie.

Chris
 
I go for the V, as a rule. I keep only the collar button undone in the work setting with most shirts, because undoing the second button will show either way too much chest hair, or the V neck undershirt (now THAT is a sloppy look). I see a lot of guys in the corporate world wondering around with two buttons undone, and no undershirt. Do these guys wax, or what? Why no chest hair showing?

Also, I agree, if wearing a tie, then always a crew neck. This is especially important with a white shirt, since the undershirt can be seen through most white dress shirts to some extent, and a V ends up looking very unsightly under your tie.

Also, when casual, I usually either don't wear an undershirt, or go with a crew....
 
EL Alamein said:
For me it all depends on whether you're putting a tie on with your button down shirt. If you are wearing a tie then a crew neck undershirt is appropriate. If you're not wearing a tie and have your collar open then a V neck is appropriate, this is especially true in corporate. I personally do not wear undershirts when I wear open collar shirts but I always wear a crew neck undershirt whenever I wear a tie.

Chris

ditto.
 
Why do you hate v-necks? is it a comfort thing? if so you have crappy undershirts.. try even some middle range types from banana republic or brooks brothers, you'll notice they are much more comfortable.

I'm a v-neck guy, except when I'm not :)
 
here is no "right" answer to this - it really depends on what look you're going for - the exposed collar is a more of a student/preppie look - saw a ton of this while in Maine a few weeks ago.

Whatever you do, make sure that your white/light shirts are thick enough so that you can't see your undershirt through the shirt.

Personally, I don't like undershirts - for me, they just get soggy and take longer than the shirt to dry out.

I do agree that quality makes a big difference - especially with crew necks, as the collars on better undershirts (I have some for wearing around the house) hold their shape much better/longer, which is important as it will be on display.
 
Suzuki said:
Whatever you do, make sure that your white/light shirts are thick enough so that you can't see your undershirt through the shirt.

That is a good theory, which I try for. However, I have noticed that white dress shirts almost never fill this demand. On every white dress shirt I own, you can see where the undershirt sleeves end. This is everything from $40-$60 Polo and Nautica to $150-$200 Ungaro and Valintino. Does anybody else find this to be the case?
 
I'm clearly in the minority here, but I don't like the feel of an undershirt under my dress shirt.

They are hot, and feel bulky--and as an already, shall we say, robust kind of guy, I don't need anything adding more bulk to my profile.

I know that not wearing an undershirt probably decreases the life of my dress shirts, but as a teacher I'm not buying too many shirts that cost enough $ to worry about that too much.:redface:
 
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Sam

There is no way I can keep an undershirt from appearing below my white dress shirts unless it is an oxford cloth shirt like a Polo dress shirt. I am going back to the crew t shirts as it looks wierd for a v-neck under a shirt and tie. Ill keep two or three v necks to wear with sweaters. the wife beaters as they call them, well, i like something under the underarm for sweat purposes and not to ruin a silk sweater or shirt

sam
 
Okay, while we're talking about dress shirts, I have a question for you guys. (Sorry to hijack the thread). Does anyone else need 36/37 length sleeves? I can almost never find them and when I do the selection is near non-existant (especially since I also require a 16.5 or 17 neck). Grr. Anyway I just wanted to rant about dress shirts (and my last search was at Macy's so they should have a decent selection of dress shirts and sizes, and they do just not my size).
 
fuerein said:
Okay, while we're talking about dress shirts, I have a question for you guys. (Sorry to hijack the thread). Does anyone else need 36/37 length sleeves? I can almost never find them and when I do the selection is near non-existant (especially since I also require a 16.5 or 17 neck). Grr. Anyway I just wanted to rant about dress shirts (and my last search was at Macy's so they should have a decent selection of dress shirts and sizes, and they do just not my size).

Adam! I can feel for you, Man. I am 6'5" and have a hell of a time finding pants or shirts that fit (I have what SWMBO calls an "Ape Index" of 3).

While they're not a great source for dress shirts, Gap XL Tall shirts fit quite well, and are good for casual kind of wear (some of their shirts are dressier, and they make a plain oxford style shirt in white and blue that I should probably try out).

Do let me know where you find shirts that fit, though!
 
You are getting dressed in the morning and you plan on wearing some sort of a collared shirt. Do you put on a V-neck undershirt, or a crew neck? Why?

I've heard many people say that you always wear a V-neck, as having your undershirt showing is as bad as having your underwear showing (eek!), but I like the look of a white t-shirt underneath a dress shirt (think Michael Bluth in Arrested Development). I feel goofy whenever I wear a V-neck undershirt, and much prefer the crew neck undershirt (like a T-shirt). I also like to wear colored shirts under button up shirts, so I very rarely wear white undershirts anymore. Regardless, the question is still interesting...

EDIT: James brings up a good point: there is also the option of the tank top / A-shirt / "wife beater" style undershirt.

A-Shirt is the way to go, no matter what they say!
 

Sue

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