Undershirt Collar Showing At Neck Of Sweater?

January 7, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More

Here’s a fun style-related question from a reader and wearer of crew neck sweaters:

Hi Tug,

When I wear my crew neck undershirt under a particular crew neck sweater the undershirt is exposed at the neck.

Does this mean my sweater has too large of a neck hole, or my undershirt has too small of a neck hole, or is it acceptable for the undershirt to be showing?


Undershirts Under Crew Neck Sweaters

My response…


White crew neck undershirt under crew neck sweater. Is this look ok? photo credit: thebestfashionblog.com

heya bob,

good to hear from you and a great question indeed!

to be really honest, i don’t think it means either of those two, but it does present a bit of a styling quandary.

my recommendations would be as follows:

  1. if you’re going for a layered look, i’d suggest finding a colored crew neck undershirt (or lightweight t-shirt) that would blend/contrast/match well with your crew neck sweater. a stark white undershirt can only look matching under certain colored sweaters
  2. if you’re going for the clean, unlayered look , you’ll need an undershirt (or lightweight t-shirt) that has a larger neck opening that won’t show at all. a good direction here is either a scoop neck undershirt like the ones from collected threads, or possibly go for something like ryan gosling wore in “only god forgives” which was a wide-neck undershirt/t-shirt
  3. if you really aren’t concerned about a little undershirt showing or if your white undershirt actually looks good stylistically under your crew neck sweater, then don’t change a thing.

hope that information helps buddy. let me know if you have other questions and keep me posted on what you wind up doing! sound good?

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  1. goalseeker


    Personally my wife loves my look when i have a hint of my undershirt under any shirt. Makes her want to rip my clothes off, so all is good!! ;)

  2. Antonio C says:

    I wouldn’t worry too much about it, an undershirt peeking underneath makes a great layering look. If you’re really worried about it showing- I would opt for V neck or an undershirt with a wider or lower neck as mentioned but again, nothing to lose sleep about :)

  3. Grant says:

    I wouldn’t stress over it. It’s OK to show some shirt. I personal have worn crew tees under crew and v neck sweaters. It’s not something that will detract from your look. I only recommend going without a tee in warm weather where you’re expected to show more skin and want to avoid overheating. Stay stylish!

  4. B says:

    This is a good thing. Part of your shirt should always show underneath your sweater at the neck opening, 1.) because layering is good, and 2.) if it doesn’t, it looks like you’re wearing a sweater with no shirt on underneath, and that’s weird.

    Don’t think too much about it.

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