Here’s another great question from one of our readers:
Tug, What do you think?
Have been looking around for decent under-shirt replacement for a while… and just can’t seem to find something that meets my conditions…
I wear button up shirts to work every day and like to have the undershirt on beneath for comfort … however … I don’t like it when it shows in the collar so would need something with a deep v-neck. Also, I’m quite tall and find that most undershirts tend to not stay tucked in … and so starts to appear very baggy around my waist. Finally … I’m living and working in the tropics … hong kong … it gets steaming hot out here and so something that’s thick just won’t do …
Guess my question is … in your estimation … whats the best undershirt that’s long fitting, light and with a deep v-neck?
Thought the c-in2 with deep v-neck might be the way to go … but since you’re the expert thought of asking you first …
Thanks for your email and your question!
I can see how challenging it might be for you to find that perfect undershirt based on what you are looking for. But, I’m sure we can find something for you
Your unique challenge is your requirement for a deep v-neck and something that’s long enough to stay tucked in. Here’s the problem as I see it, if you are taller specifically in the torso area it might be a little hard to find what you are looking for since there are fewer companies that actually make good fitting, comfortable undershirts for taller men. Keep in mind, if your torso is average length, but your legs are longer, it’s not as much a problem to find something that will fit you right.
The deep v-neck from C-IN2 is a nice choice, specifically because they offer shirts made out of pima cotton or a nice modal fabric which will likely feel very nice on the skin. While that one will meet your needs in the deep v-neck area, I wouldn’t count on it being cut long enough to stay tucked in. For example, the C-IN2 deep v-necks available on FreshPair.com are only 18 ½ from underarm to hem. That’s shorter than I like and I’m 5’9”. Since you are quite tall, you should be looking for shirts that are at least 21”-22” long from underarm to hem and you may only find that in tall-men undershirts.
American Apparel offers deep v-neck white shirts that could likely serve as an undershirt, but again, they may not be long enough for your build to keep them from untucking.
Here are two possible alternatives for you to consider:
- Here in the U.S. there’s a store called Casual Male XL. They do offer a Large Tall Jockey V-Neck undershirt that appears to have a little deeper v-neck but it’s hard to say whether or not the v-neck is deep enough for your purposes. But, it gives me hope that they specifically have a size called “large tall”.
- TommyJohn offers a nice soft tailored undershirt that is cut a little longer and uses something called “TailoredStretch” technology to keep the bottom of the shirt from untucking. In simple terms, the bottom is narrower than the chest and the fabric at the bottom is stretchy (using 10% lycra spandex), but snug so it hugs your bottom pretty nicely and it stays in place rather well. Unfortunately, the v-neck might not be deep enough for you and the fabric may not be light enough for the climate you are in.
Let me know if you wind up trying one of the shirts above and whether or not it worked for you!
In the meantime, if any of our readers have a suggestion, please feel free to email me or post a reply here so we can help our friend out.
Thanks for reading!
Sites That Link to this Post
- Undershirts for Tall Men | The Undershirt Guy Blog | September 3, 2008
- Ask Tug Update: What do you think? Deep V-Neck for Tall Men | The Undershirt Guy Blog | August 20, 2008
- Ask Tug | The Undershirt Guy Blog | July 18, 2008