Now that it’s heating up, there have been a lot more questions about wearing undershirts in the summer.
The questions range from whether or not it’s ok/practical to wear undershirts in the summer to which undershirts are the best undershirts to wear under certain shirts.
I think I am not the only one who suffer from those awful armpit stains from sweat at summer. Some deal with them using antiperspirants. Although I use a deodorant, I don’t want to use antiperspirant. The undershirt seems like a solution for me.
So, is it appropriate to wear undershirt at summer under a shirt, a polo, a T-shirt?
It gets pretty hot in our places (45C/110F), won’t I heat more?
What other recommendations can you give?
Thanks in advance.
well, my friend that is a great question about wearing undershirts during the hotter summer months and is something i actually addressed recently in the following article on my site:
it is definitely appropriate to wear an undershirt under button shirts, polos, and t-shirts, but here’s a quick rule of thumb:
- button-up dress shirt with a tie: crew neck
- button-up dress shirt without a tie: v-neck
- polo: v-neck (since you generally wear the collar open on a polo)
- t-shirt: crew neck or tank top
- if your button up shirts are light colored or semi-transparent, consider wearing a heather grey undershirt since they won’t show through as much as white. there are nude colored undershirts too, but i’m not a big fan of the color
- exception: in any of the above cases, you could opt to wear a tank since those will generally wear cooler than full undershirts, but since you seem to need the underarm protection, a tank top (a-shirt) might not be right for you. but, maybe someone else who doesn’t sweat as much
if your undershirt is to loose/bulky or heavy/thick, you’ll generally feel warmer and slightly uncomfortable. so, it’s best to go with a light, close or form fitting undershirt. there are plenty of those to choose from nowadays, so be sure to look through the options. many of which you’ll find on my website.
fabric: best to stick with cotton or a cotton/modal blend. cotton breathes really well and modal absorbs more than cotton. stay away from polyester, nylon, or anything “moisture wicking” as those will be more prone to transport wetness to your outer shirt more quickly.
if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Undershirt or Not?
Here’s something that was forwarded to me today from Jill Haney’s Image Rules column over at the Cincinnati.com
QUESTION: I don’t like to wear undershirts in warm weather because it just makes me hot and uncomfortable. My wife thinks it’s gross to not wear an undershirt. What are your thoughts?
I must agree with your wife. I prefer that men wear undershirts with their dress shirts as it provides for a crisp, clean look. I like to joke that if you look like an Abercrombie model, have no chest hair, and don’t perspire than it is ok to go without. Very few men fit into that category.
Research shows that on average we produce 2 cups of sweat per day. That’s pretty gross, especially if it is seeping through our clothes. Remember the old saying: “Never let ’em see you sweat.”
Mikel Schwarz, founder of ribbedtee.com undershirts, offers a number of reasons why undershirts are a must in every professional man’s wardrobe.
“While it might not be apparent, wearing an undershirt in the summer months or in hotter/more humid climates can be a huge help. First, undershirts provide an additional layer of protection between you and your clothing. Not only will they help keep sweat from reaching your outer clothing, they will also help protect your outer shirts from body oils, odor and underarm perspiration stains.”
Schwarz adds that wearing an undershirt allows you to wear your dress shirt more than once between washings, thus saving you money and extending the life of your clothes. The key is to find lightweight undershirts that are either form fitting or have a slimmer cut. “Wearing undershirts that are too thick or too bulky will wind up making you feel warm and uncomfortable,” he says.
Try it, and let me know. With the right undershirt you can stay cool while still looking fresh and crisp.