Reader curious as to whether or not a v-neck undershirt would be more suitable to wear under a t-shirt in place of a crew neck undershirt.
I have a question about undershirts.
First thing, I wear crew neck undershirts under everything, a t-shirt, button down, polo, hoodies worn w/a t-shirt and an undershirt under that.
I don’t like wearing nothing under any one my shirts, even under my t-shirts and under the t-shirt I wear under my hoodies.
They are visible, but are crisp and go along the collar/neck of the shirt.
I’m fine with the undershirts showing when wearing a button down or polo, but feel weird with it showing when wearing t-shirts.
My question is, if I wear v neck, will they be visible with the t-shirts and other types of shirts I wear?
Wearing V-Neck Undershirts Under Crew T-Shirts
good to hear from you buddy and thanks for your question!
there isn’t a direct yes or no answer to your question of whether or not a v-neck undershirt will show under a t-shirt, because the answer is that it depends.
depends on what?
well, it depends on your t-shirt’s collar design & color, and your undershirt’s collar design.
if your tee has a somewhat open collar line, or a larger neck opening, if your undershirt (crew or v-neck) has a smaller neck opening, your undershirt collar line will likely be visible on the sides.
so just wearing a v-neck undershirt won’t unequivocally solve your problem.
if you want to ensure that no undershirt is showing under your t-shirt, then you have to find an undershirt with a collar line that will under-lap the collar line of your t-shirt.
the challenge is that’s it’s not very easy to find find an undershirt with an open collar line, and even more difficult finding a crew neck collar undershirt with an open collar design.
what makes matters a bit more complicated, is that if you wear a v-neck undershirt, there is a possibility that the “v” shape of the undershirt will be visible (the outline) under your t-shirt.
this is especially true if your crew neck t-shirt is somewhat see-through. for example, if you’re wearing a white t-shirt, you may see the “v” shape of the collar through your white crew neck t-shirt.
i’d say your best bet, to avoid all the above challenges, is to:
- test some v-neck undershirts that have a wider side-to-side opening. a lot of the micromodal and tencel blend v-neck undershirts have wider neck openings, or at least open up from side-to-side because they stretch quite a bit
- try an open collar undershirt like the ones from Collected Threads — though they may be a little to deep
- try a lightweight crew neck t-shirt (as an undershirt) that has a more open collar line. companies like urban outfitters, asos, and others in the same category have a great selection of these types of undershirt
- if you don’t need underarm sweat protection, try wearing a tank top under a t-shirt. i see this a lot. can’t say if this is a good luck or not, but it is one that i see pretty regularly.
there are some “looks” where small parts of an undershirt show, but they appear to be more of a layered look like the photo here to the right. the undershirt isn’t real, it’s a mock undershirt, but it gives you the basic layering idea.
here’s an article from a while back that also addresses the topic of wearing an undershirt under a t-shirt, so check that out too.
hope the info above helps! keep me posted and let me know what you wind up doing or trying (:
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