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Best Undershirt For Tropical Weather

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If you live in a hot or humid climate, and curious which of our undershirts is best suited for that type of climate, read on!


I live in a VERY hot and humid place so I need your suggestion for the best undershirt for tropical weather.

By the description I think the fabric from the Execwear would be the best undershirt for me, but the v neck opening looks less pronounced, I think it will show up.

It actually doesn't look like an undershirt and I kind of like it as a t-shirt with jeans.

The supima cotton looks to have more "cleavage", more like a true undershirt, so it is maybe more discreet under a dress shirt but probably hotter and not as wicking.

What's your opinion?


Best Undershirt For Hot/Humid (Tropical) Weather

Hello Daniel,

Thank you for contacting RibbedTee Customer Service and for your interest in our undershirts!

We'd be happy to assist you with identifying which of our undershirts would be ideal to wear in a hot, tropical climate.

In warmer or humid climates, the two most important factors are:

  1. staying cool (not overheating) and 
  2. having enough sweat protection to minimize the possibility of getting sweat marks on your outer clothes

As such, we'd recommend something from our Extra Lightweight Undershirt category.

Within that category, we have both fitted and relaxed fit options.

You can see a comparison between these two fits here.

EVO TENCEL (Fitted, 130-135gsm)

Our EVO TENCEL undershirts are lightweight and fitted, with a touch of Lycra for stretch and recovery. They will wear close to the body, feel cool on the skin, and offer some smoothing around the chest area.

TENCEL is one of the best performing yarns with moisture transport and management, as it will distribute moisture (sweat) quickly through the structure of the fabric, minimizing how much reaches the outer surface of the fabric where it can come in contact with your outer-shirt.

This item also has a deeper v-neck design.

The fabric is absolutely mind-blowingly soft, and it will likely be the most luxurious fabric you'll have ever had the pleasure of feeling.

We offer our EVO TENCEL Undershirts in White, Grey, and soon Tone/Wheat!

Retro Fit (Relaxed Fit, 110gsm)

Alternatively, we have our Retro Fit undershirts, which offer a relaxed fit.

Our Retro Fit undershirts come in two fabric options:

(a) White 50/50 Cotton/Polyester, and

(b) Heather Grey Tri-Blend (Cotton/Polyester/Rayon)

These are offered in a deeper v-neck style as well as crew neck.

Both items have the same pattern/design/fit, however the different fabric blends provide a slightly different wearing experience.

The 50/50 blend Retros will "cling" a bit to your body, and the Tri-Blend will drape more.

Also, the Tri-Blend fabric, with its Rayon content, feels a bit cooler on the skin.

Both types are extremely soft - 50/50 will be a smoother fabric, and Tri-Blend has a very slight slub-like texture.

Both are amazing undershirts!

What about Execwear & CoolWear Supima Cotton?

Both items are great undershirts, that individually offer a fantastic wearing experience.

The fabric weight of our Execwear CoolNylon & CoolWear Supima items are slightly heavier at 146gsm & 150gsm (grams per square meter) respectively.

Due to the CoolNylon fabric wicking performance in Execwear, it is possible sweat will pass through to your outside shirts more quickly.

Also, since our CoolWear Supima undershirts are made from 100% Supima Cotton, they will absorb more sweat and take slightly longer to dry.

Based on this, we believe our EVO TENCEL & Retro Fit undershirts will offer a slightly better balance of thinness (to keep you cooler), absorption (to minimize sweat-through and getting sweat marks on your shirts), and faster drying time.

That said, if you're looking for an amazing performance shirt, you should definitely give our Execwear CoolNylon shirts a try!

We hope the above information will help you decide between our hot weather undershirt options.

Please do let us know if we can be of any further assistance :)

An Embarrassing Issue: Nipples That Poke Out

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A customer writes in asking us for some advice on what undershirt would help mask & flatten his chest:

Hi, I have a question about your Undershirt itself.

I like to wear Tshirts and polo shirts too but try not to wear them because of an embarrassing issue.

My nipples tend to stick out more and makes me concious of how I look especially if it's white or lighter color shirts.

So my question is will these undershirts help in my situation?

Will they make the shirts thicker?

Thanks, Ed.

Our Response:

Hello Ed,

Thank you for contacting RibbedTee Customer Service, and for your interest in our undershirts!

Your question is a great one, and we'd be happy to assist you :)

Generally speaking, there are three types of protruding nipples on men:

  1. Puffy nipples
  2. Pointy nipples
  3. Moderate gynecomastia

One of the best ways to mask any of the above, is to wear a "fitted" undershirt.

Fitted undershirts offer slight compression, while still being comfortable to wear.

If the condition above is more prominent, it is best to wear a compression/slimming (shapewear) undershirt.

We unfortunately do not sell any men's shapewear undershirts at the moment, but our friends at Underworks do offer a great selection of these.

Our most fitted undershirt is our EVO TENCEL, so you may want to give that undershirt a try first, and see if it helps you feel more confident when wearing a t-shirt or polo. If not, we'd recommend buying something from Underworks.

Please do let us know if we can be of any further assistance :)