Selecting the Correct Undershirt

I don’t want to seem like a know it all but there are a few things that, once you learn them, just make sense. Today, I’m going to share one of those things with you, as well as provide reasoning behind why it makes sense.

First of all, let’s go over the practical purposes for wearing an undershirt. Undershirts:

  • provide a layer of cloth to soak up our sweat.
  • keep parts of our anatomy from being seen through thin shirts.
  • provide a level of protection for shirts against natural oils that our bodies secrete.
  • streamline our bodies, providing a slender and more toned look.

When wearing a collared shirt that is buttoned to the top button, you should have on a crew neck tee shirt underneath. A crew neck is better than a v-neck because, if the undershirt is white, its v-shape can be seen against your skin through a light colored dress shirt.

However, if you unbutton the top button of the shirt, a v-neck undershirt should be worn. I, personally, prefer a black v-neck with my white shirts because it provides a more seamless look but, white or black, as long as it’s cut low enough that it’s not seen (but not so low that it looks extra v-like), you’re good to go.

A-shirts are great undershirts for graphic tees or, if you must, v-neck sweaters. That’s about it. They provide little coverage and don’t prevent underarm sweat from staining shirts. Additionally, when worn under white/light dress shirts, they are unsightly, providing a U shape that can be seen through the shirt. All in all, they are the least functional undershirt.

Now, if you’ve been doing this wrong for years, it’s alright. For about two thirds of my life, I had it wrong too (like in the throwback cover photo for this post). The beautiful thing about tomorrow is that it’s a new day and, going forward, you can do better.


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UnderFit: Because All Undershirts Aren’t Created Equal

If you know me, whether personally or virtually, you know that I am a stickler for details. That being said, I am a major proponent of having everything on fitted so that it makes your entire outfit look seamless. When I say everything, I mean everything. The same way that women choose undergarments that will allow them to flaunt their best features, we men should do the same. Now I’m not saying go out and buy thongs because that’s just not the move to make. But underwear should work well with your suits/jeans/sweats.

Now, underwear aren’t just the boxers, briefs, or boxer briefs that you choose to wear. They are also the shirts that you put on underneath your polos and button downs. When it comes to undershirts, I will not lie, I do have quite a few generic brands you can find at any supercenter store because those are the ones I grew up wearing. But I also grew up wearing traditional fit dress shirts that looked like they were cut in the mid-1700s. Now that I have all of my shirts tailored at best or, at worst, buy them already cut into a trimmer fit, I knew I needed to go with a different brand of undershirt. I am currently in the process of transitioning all of my undershirts to the UnderFit brand. UnderFit has been my undershirt of choice for the past year and I can honestly say I never have enough. The fact that it has a tailored fit makes it feel as if I’ve got a layer between my skin and my dress shirt but not one that will take away from the well-tailored look that I’m going for. It is light enough to wear through the summer but still protective enough to keep the winter wind from hitting my bare skin between the buttons. One more thing: Guys, you know when you stretch your arms and your undershirt comes untucked but your shirt stays tucked in and it feels extremely uncomfortable but you’re not in a position to re-tuck your shirt in? You won’t have that problem with UnderFit shirts. There are three extra inches at the waist of the shirt so that it stays tucked in throughout the day. Awesome right? Right. I’m getting married later this year and my groomsmen and I will definitely be buying UnderFit shirts for the wedding simply because I want all of us to look our absolute best on that day.

Being a stylist at Nordstrom in the men’s clothing and furnishings department, I see an array of undershirts and have tried on most brands that Nordstrom carries. Without directly naming any brands, I will say that UnderFit is still by far the best that I’ve ever put on. It is made of ProModal and Spandex, which is a costly combination but you can feel the difference. I strongly recommend you all try it. Ladies, if you’re looking for a great gift for the significant other, try getting him an undershirt that will add to his confidence when he walks into a room. Try them out and let me know what you think. We’re at the age where we really need to invest in our wardrobes as opposed to buying new 5 packs of cheap cotton shirts every 6 months.

To learn more about UnderFit and purchase a few, visit The site is great and they have an awesome blog. I guarantee you’ll love it and, in the unlikely event that you don’t, you can return them with ease. But definitely try them out. You won’t be disappointed.