I’ve got a back-log of questions I have to get to, but in the meantime, here’s a question from a reader who wondered if it was ok to wear a tank top undershirt / wifebeater under his work t-shirt.
I am an electrical service tech and need to look presentable for customers.
I wear a cheap navy blue screen printed Fruit of the Loom t-shirt as my uniform. Even in the winter, I am given only this type of shirt to wear no matter what.
In these autumn months, I find it easier to use an undershirt rather than a hoodie to fend off the sniffles.
I don’t care for sleeved undershirts because of the difficulty in tucking away the inner sleeves.
So, I have tried the Jockey Echelon muscle tee to avoid the telltale neckline of a tank top undershirt.
However, I much prefer the fit and toasty comfort of a ribbed tank.
My question is this:
Is it perceived as “weird” to wear a tank top undershirt under a thin, tightish t-shirt?
That is – is it weird to see the shape of the lower-cut neckline rise through?
While we’re on the issue, how about under an even tighter “fitted” short sleeve shirt?
Thanks a lot.
Wearing Tank Top Undershirt Under A T-Shirt: Example
Wearing A Ribbed Tank Under A T-Shirt – My Response
Good question. Couple of comments here:
Undershirt Sleeves Extending Past T-Shirt Sleeves
If you are finding that the sleeves of a regular undershirt peek out from underneath your regular outer short-sleeve t-shirt, the undershirt either doesn’t fit you right in the shoulders, or the sleeves are really too long.
In general, I’ve found the problem with sleeve length on an undershirt to be more about the shoulders not fitting right, where the shoulder seam falls down on my bicep area instead of in line with the corner of my shoulder.
Also, as you have probably already found if you’ve experimented with jockey products, there are a lot of lightweight fitted undershirts available now-a-days that will fit nice and close around your arms/biceps.
So if you find something that fits you properly, you shouldn’t have to tuck in your sleeves.
Wearing Tank Top Under T-Shirt
With regard to whether or not it’s ok to wear a tank top undershirt under a thin t-shirt, where you might be able to see the u-shape tank neckline underneath, it is absolutely ok for a couple reasons.
First, it is providing a benefiting function (keeping you toasty) that allows you to stay comfortable without over dressing.
Second, I think the look of a tank outline underneath your outer shirt looks perfectly fine.
In fact, I’ve been seeing this “look” a lot lately out in the LA/Hollywood area and the look is really growing on me.
Not that it really matters that a bunch of other guys are doing it, but at least you won’t be alone out there!
Lastly, if you’re in relatively good shape, I’m sure the ladies won’t mind looking at you in a tight fitting tank/t-shirt combination either ;)
Good luck and keep me posted on what you decide to do!
While it might be ok to wear a tank under a t-shirt, there are some circumstances where you don’t want to wear a tank under a dress shirt.
Here’s a picture I found today on veritas men’s style blog that demonstrates how a tank (and a crew neck) can look under a light-colored button up dress shirt.
Personally, I think the crew neck undershirt look is ok here, as long as the collar on the undershirt is crisp and new looking.
I’m not a big fan of the tank look here to the left under the pink shirt.
Although, I will say that a tank can have it’s place under a button up shirt. Case in point, a picture of our beloved President.