A male reader of Jill Haney's Image Rules column writes in to ask about wearing undershirts in summer. RibbedTee's founder is asked to provide some insight on the topic.
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.”
Mike 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.