Call me a little bit biased (ok, maybe a lot biased), but I definitely don’t think that undershirts suck.
Earlier today I ran across a post that included a video from Atlanta-based men’s image consultant and stylist Aaron Marino where he defiled our glorious undershirt!
Well, he really wasn’t that bad, but he did suggest that under some circumstances, wearing an undershirt is un-stylish.
Since I started this blog, I’ve posted a ton of information about undershirts and their value to the male wardrobe.
I’m really surprised that I’ve never thought to include any articles or information of opposing views, but after I watched Aaron’s video today, I thought I’d broaden my horizon’s a bit and share this video with everyone here (and of course, include some of my own viewpoints along the way).
Let me summarize what I believe is Aaron’s position on undershirts:
- wearing an undershirt is less stylish – it breaks up the visual streamline from head to feet
- wearing an undershirt is less comfortable
- wearing an undershirt looks terrible
- wearing an undershirt adds unnecessary bulk underneath your clothing, especially when you tuck in your shirts
- if you have to wear an undershirt, make sure you wear a v-neck or a wifebeater so it doesn’t show
To be fair, I think I understand why Aaron has that opinion.
If you watched the entire video, you’ll recall that he said if you have to wear an undershirt, you can pick up a pack of Hanes v-neck undershirts (or wifebeaters) really cheap.
Ah Ha! There in lies the problem my friends.
Truth-be-told, and I mean no offense to Hanes or FoTL, but if you’re buying a 5-pack of plain white crew neck undershirts for $10 – $15, you’re not buying them because you’re worried about how stylish you are. You’re buying them for their utility.
What Aaron may not know is that there are literally hundreds (or more) of different undershirts to choose from that not only serve their utility purposes (sweat protection, flattening/smoothing, keep outer shirts cleaner longer, etc.), but they can look stylish too when paired correctly.
Also, if you really think about it, the term “stylish” has a very broad meaning.
No doubt, Aaron does look good, but not everyone could or should pull off his look.
I know if I tried the no-undershirt unbuttoned shirt look, all my chest hair would be popping out for the world to see – and that would make me feel very uncomfortable.
All that said, I do agree with him that wearing an undershirt in some circumstances and combinations will not look appropriate or stylish.
He demonstrates one of them in his video, although it exaggerates the point a bit. I really doubt that anyone would ever wear a crew neck undershirt like that with their outer shirt unbuttoned that far, but it does show that an undershirt can look out of place at times.
Granted, if you buttoned up that shirt and replaced his white crew neck with one that had a complimentary color, it definitely would look more put together.
Or, if you prefer, change out the crew neck for a colored v-neck and that outfit would probably look pretty stylish.
For what it’s worth, an undershirt doesn’t have to be worn 100% of the time.
If you do need to wear an undershirt when you’re trying to style-it-up, be sure you pair the right undershirt with your outfit so it actually compliments what you’re wearing instead of it taking away from the look you’re trying to accomplish.
Thanks again to Aaron for putting together the video and for trying to help guys look their best!