The man’s singlet - pros and cons of wearing it!
If you're wondering if you should wear an undershirt, then I can tell you: it depends on several factors.
There is no right or wrong answer here. It's just a matter of personal preference.
Ultimately, however, it depends on two things: comfort and appearance.
I personally only don’t wear undershirts in the summer and winter, when I know that the temperatures “allow“ it (Whenever it’s not too hot or cold). I like to wear undershirts below stiff dress shirts to avoid scrubbing.
At the end of the day, it is a personal decision to wear an undershirt.
However, an absolute no-go is to wear a T-shirt under a shirt without tucking in the hem.
It's important to point out that a singlet is NOT identical to a T-shirt. An undershirt is thinner and lighter in general. Undershirts are traditionally ribbed because a ribbed shirt stretches more and is therefore more comfortable. If you want to wear an undershirt, you should not use a t-shirt because it tends to be too big, too stiff and too thick to be comfortable under a tuxedo.
What speaks for it:
1. If you sweat so much that even your jacket is dripping wet under your arms, then wearing an undershirt will help you.
2. With stiff closed shirts and black ties, undershirts can help prevent skin scouring. However, they should be invisible.
3. If you are always cold and you need an extra layer of fabric, an undershirt will help.
4. If your chest looks like Thomas Magnum or Figo, be sure to wear an undershirt.
Undershirts prevent chest hair from bumping through the surface of the shirt.
5. Without an undershirt, your shirts will inevitably get deodorant stains. Although you can remove these stains with Deo-Go, it is less stressful to simply just wear an undershirt.
6. If you like to leave the two top shirt buttons unbuttoned, use only well-cut undershirts that are not visible in the collar area.
What speaks against it:
1. In the past, elegant men such as Clark Gable wore no extra underwear under their shirts.
2. In terms of comfort, wearing an undershirt should reduce the feeling of constriction that is inevitably associated with wearing multiple, similarly shaped layers.
3. In addition, the extra fabric layer is usually undesirable in the summer, and an undershirt is clearly visible through an open-weave shirt, no matter the color.
4. Cold in the winter? A heavy shirt fabric is an excellent alternative to adding an undershirt layer.
5. Supporters of vests sometimes argue that it is more hygienic to wear vests. However, if you shower regularly and wash your shirts after wearing, you should not have a problem.
6. My experience has been that my shirts last a long time, and I have not found any evidence that an undershirt extends the life of a shirt.
Do you or do you not wear a singlet and why?
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