For years I’ve owned a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It has all of the trimmings: a great sound system, sunroof and leather. The one kicker? My A/C is dead and I live in Atlanta. Did I mention that the leather is black? Let’s just say, not sweating through my shirt is a challenge – so what do I do?
You don’t need a stronger, antiperspirant. You need an undershirt.
Undershirts protect your good clothes by creating a moisture barrier between you and your nice fitted shirt. Not only will undershirts prolong the life of your expensive dress shirt, a good undershirt will wick away moisture and prevent the potentially embarrassing “underarm sweat” whether you’re at the office, or playing frisbee in the park. Undershirts for men are as important as bras are for women. Not wearing them should be a special case.
- Every polo. Every button down. Every time.
Option 1: Cheap and Thick
I was pleasantly surprised by this shirt from H&M. It’s 100% organic cotton, so it’s breathable, and it stretches so it will fit close to your body preventing any unsightly bulges or wrinkles under your shirts. These tend to run slim, but they don’t shrink. I’m 6’1″, 195lbs, wear a size 42 jacket and a large fits me just right. I’ve owned one of these for just over a year, and it’s holding up very nicely.
Option 2: The one you can pick up today
p>This Fruit of the Loom undershirt is an updated classic. You can order it from Amazon or easily pick it up at Walmart or Target if you’re under the gun. These are going to sit a lot slimmer than the shirt you’d typically get from Hanes, but they will be baggy. Make sure to tuck it tight to prevent extra fabric buildup under your shirt. These will shrink, but run large. I’d buy a large here.
Option 3: Sometimes brands are trustworthy
Calvin Klein has been making underwear desirable for years, and these are no exception. I picked up a 3 pack of these at Ross about 18 months ago, and they have held up like a champ. The collar maintained it’s shape, and they are plenty thick enough to shield my shirts. I wear a large.
Option 4: Premium American-made
American Apparel shirts are well loved because they are made in America, and because they are the softest shirts you’ve ever worn. They’re costly, but if you’re willing to spring for it, these shirts will last for years, and fit like a glove. I also love that they come in some off white colors that are closer to my natural skin tone. The greys won’t show nearly as much under white shirts. They don’t shrink much, but I get a large so that it will stay tucked.
Did you notice the similarities between these undershirts?
Yes. All of these under shirts are white or near white so that you can wear them under white button down shirts. But more importantly, all of these are “standard” (not deep) V-neck t-shirts. If there was a cardinal rule with undershirts for men, it’s:
Undershirts should be felt, not seen.
Most guys I know are not required to wear ties very often , but I do wear button down shirts regularly. I like to leave the first button or two undone, and when I’m wearing a V-neck, I can do this without showing off my undershirts. Trust me, if you pick the crew neck instead, that little bit of white undershirt poking out from your unbuttoned shirt can be the difference between “almost” and “nailed it!”