To Wear OR Not To Wear a T-Shirt & Why A TShirt Is Not Your Best Option

To Wear OR Not To Wear a T-Shirt & Why A TShirt Is Not Your Best Option


Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! In
today’s video, we discuss whether it’s wise to wear or not to wear a t-shirt. We’ll discuss
how the t-shirt became so popular, when to wear it, when not to wear it, and what you
can wear instead of a t-shirt that makes you look even better. Denim jeans and t-shirt is probably the most
popular garment in the men’s world today but just because something is popular doesn’t
mean it’s the most flattering for your body type. So how did the t-shirt get so popular?
First, it started out as an undergarment for laborers and workers and before then, they
would wear a union suit which was a combination of undergarment of pants and shirt then they
cut it apart and the t-shirt was born. Sometime between 1898 and 1930, the US Navy adapted
a t-shirt as an undergarment and issued it to their soldiers. In the beginning, it was
a white cotton crew neck t-shirt that had short sleeves. It was only meant to be worn
as an undergarment below a uniform so it’s never to be seen, or in hot climates, or in
a submarine. Sometimes soldiers would take off their uniform and just use the cotton
undershirt and eventually, that became very popular because it was easy, it was comfortable,
it was easy to clean, and inexpensive. As such, it made its way to the public and it
was particularly popular as a boy’s shirt because it was cheap. You could have different
colors and it was functional. The term t-shirt did involve around the 1920s but ever since
it has conquered the world. Today, t-shirts are popular with men for the
same reasons; first of all it’s cheap. It’s cheap to make, it’s relatively inexpensive
to buy, on top of that, it’s easy to put on, you don’t have to worry about it, and so a
lot of men wear it all the time. Even though the retail price is low, a t-shirt is actually
very inexpensive to produce because you have very few seams, the fabric is produced in
such a bulk volume that it’s very cost effective, and so you can produce a t-shirt today that
costs less than one dollar if you go to low-cost countries. Even if you produce a higher-end
t-shirt of a better fabric, maybe with some more details, usually couldn’t produce them
for under ten dollars. In terms of retail, you can buy them anywhere
from $3 all the way up to thousands of dollars depending on whether it’s a designer like
Dior or not. Even if the retail price is really up there, it’s still a cheap shirt that was
meant to be worn by boys and as an undergarment by laborers. So, it’s not ideal if you want
to show the best side of you. So to wear or not wear t-shirt? That is a
question. So when can you wear a t-shirt? I think it’s great if you have work to do
in the yard, if you mow your lawn, for example, if you go to the gym. When involved in a physical
activity, rather than using plain cotton, you might want to go with more advanced fabrics
that have a moisture wicking property such as modal. Cotton can absorb up to 27 times
of its own weight in moisture and if you keep it at your body it might be drafty and uncomfortable.
As such, the cotton t-shirt will stick to your body and be uncomfortable, so when you
workout, go with something more moisture wicking and avoid cotton. If you do lots of training
with weights, you need more arm movement consider to skip a t-shirt and go with something that’s
sleeveless; it’s gonna be more comfortable and more effective for your work out. You could also wear a t shirt as an undershirt,
however, that’s not very smart because t-shirts typically have this crew neck, sometimes of
a v-neck, but it’s quite high and if you wear a dress shirt on top of it, you can see it
peek out from underneath the collar which looks extremely cheap and bad. Also undershirts
are typically tailored differently, they’re longer so they don’t come untucked, they had
a much deeper cut out so you don’t see the collar and typically they come in colors closer
to skin tone so they won’t show underneath let’s say a white dress shirt. If you wanna
learn more about undershirts, please check out our in-depth guide and video here. A t-shirt can also be great as a PJ substitute
and a lot of men like to wear it when paired with underwear. Another popular place for
t-shirts is clubs or when you go out at night and frankly when I was a teenager, I wore
t-shirts. And in order to stand out sometimes, I would go for more designer shirts and remember
I was once in Hungary and I got this really cool shirt for a very low price and it was
a party and someone wanted to have it desperately, so I sold it to him on the spot for $150.
I felt like and million bucks that night, problem is, if you wear a t-shirt when you
go out to a club, you really don’t stand out, you just fit in because that’s what most other
people wear and unfortunately, it doesn’t flatter your body style very much unless you’re
in great shape with big shoulders, big biceps, and a very trim v-shape. And even then, the
t-shirt is very thin and it just doesn’t flatter you as well as other garments would. Sometimes,
people want to express themselves by using a logo t-shirt and well the slogan may be
great like haters will always hate, or whatever it is, it makes you look rather immature.
So if that’s the look you’re going for, go ahead and wear those t-shirts otherwise, I
suggest you upgrade. So why should you wear a t-shirt? Basically, it’s easy it’s convenient, you
don’t have to think about it, but if you’re honest with yourself, if you just invest five
more seconds, maybe choose a dress shirt, and you button up the buttons, it will give
you an entirely different look. On top, of that it makes you stand out from the crowd
and you’re not perceived as cheap but as stylish, isn’t that good? So why shouldn’t you wear a t-shirt? First of all, it shows every imperfection
your body. Take a look at me for example, I have sloping shoulders and you can easily
see the wrinkles right away because the fabric is so thin and that’s just unadvantageous.
At the same time, my right shoulder is more sloped than my left one and so if I move around
a little bit, usually especially with a wider crew neck or v-neck, the t-shirt shifts and
it makes me look at asymmetrical. Now, humans are programmed to find symmetrical
faces and things to be more attractive and so a t-shirt makes me look less attractive
just because my body is not symmetrical and neither is yours. A t-shirt is also not flattering
if you have thin arms because the contrast highlights your thin arms. At the same time,
if you have a little bit of a belly,, maybe some love handles maybe man boobs, a t-shirt
will always accentuate all those flaws and why would you want? I would even go so far to say that a t-shirt
makes you always look worse than you are because it has very thin fabric and it dramatizes
your bodily imperfections. If you want to learn more about what type of garment and
what style of garment suits your body type I suggest you check out this guide and video
here. Of course, if you’re in great shape, if you have that desirable V shape, if you
have big guns, yes go ahead and wear well for the t-shirt, it will flatter your look
but at the same time, it’s not proper for formal situations or if you go out an evening. What should you wear instead? Ideally if you want to take it one notch up
from a regular t-shirt. I suggest to invest in a Henley shirt. Basically, it has the same
properties of a t-shirt, however, it has a heavier fabric that drapes better and it also
has a fly with buttons which just is an interesting detail that makes you instantly different
than other people around you who wear t-shirts. If you want to take the next step up, I would
suggest to add a collar such as here on this polo shirt. Make sure not to get those flimsy
collars. To learn more about polo shirts that fit, what to look for, what fabric to go for,
I suggest to check out our in-depth polo series which is several videos and everything you
want to know about great polo shirts. If you want to look different, I suggest to
go with a popover shirt specifically this summer and it’s basically a dress shirt that
has a fly that goes only to the middle so we have to pop it over your head just like
you would with a t-shirt. Since it’s a little more casual than a dress shirt, I suggest
to go with a summery fabric that is breezy, ideally you add some linen to the mix, just
like the shirt I’m wearing here right now, because it has a more summery casual character
that is just in line with summer. Usually, those shirts come long-sleeved but you can
roll them up and if you want to learn how to do that please check out our guide here. You want to take it even a further notch up,
go with a dress shirt. Here, I’m wearing a cotton dress, it has like a check pattern
and some colors; it’s more interesting than a plain white oxford shirt or maybe a light
blue one. At the end of the day, if you just wear a dress shirt, add some color, otherwise,
it just looks like you’re using your regular white and light office shirts and wearing
them at night and that’s not ideal. Now, I know it’s a far cry from a t-shirt but if
you want to go in more formal and stylish, I suggest you add a blazer to the mix with
your dress shirt because it just looks very handsome and debonair. So in conclusion, it’s clear, a t-shirt has
very limited use and you can wear it if you work outside, if you do physical activity,
or if you go to the gym, otherwise, I suggest you always upgrade and it probably won’t come
as a surprise that I personally wear t-shirts very rarely. I just like the dressier side
of things because I’m perceived in a different
way and people look at me in a very different way because they don’t think of me as cheap
but rather as competent, stylish and smart. in today’s video, I was wearing a range of
outfits. the t-shirt was just a plain Hanes one
that we got at the local Target, otherwise, I was wearing some polo shirts with a collar
here I’m wearing the shirt that is checked that is rather trim fitted with a button-down
collar and if you want to learn more about the button-down collar shirts please check
out this guide the jeans are from Tommy Hilfiger bought them in 2006- 2007 so obviously
you can see I don’t go through a lot of jeans.the pair of boat shoes are I think from Sperry
and made of a horween leather in a bold preppy style red orange leather If you enjoyed this video and doing more like
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100 Replies to “To Wear OR Not To Wear a T-Shirt & Why A TShirt Is Not Your Best Option”

  1. T shirt and undershirt are not the same. A t-shirt is designed to be worn as a shirt and an undershirt is as the name implies, to be worn underneath a shirt.

  2. Living at a tropical area, it's an absolute staple to use a T-Shirt or the heat will melt you like ice cream!

  3. LOL Hearing my man address "Haters gon hate" was worth watching alone, not to take away from the rest of the content, which is always great. 🙂

  4. Not all t-shirts are made equal, Gucci and Louis Vuitton make great t-shirts. You can't compare them to regular shirts until you feel the quality of the materials, the cut, stitching etc in person. They work well with a bomber jacket, or the like, as the lack of a collar helps hold the jackets shape. There are also many popular nightclubs that enforce strict dress codes where you need to "dress down".

  5. A t, shorts, and flip flops is all you need for the summer. Short sleeved button ups are fine too, and some kind of fashion sneakers . No way I'd wear boat shoes even tho I'm a naval engineer…

  6. The pop over shirt looks so nice on you. I can't wait to get my husband one. Never heard of linen pop overs they are very flattering. Your videos are interesting. My teenage daughter found the history of the t-shirt very informative.

  7. Please, don't talk like that ugly servant from Home alone 2. It is summer now, i am sweating a lot, so i wear just a white t shirt with jeans shorts. Cheap look? Ahaha, i don't care, as far as im comfortable and not sweating like a jerk wearing shirt or long sleeve t shirt on a beach. Good channel, bro.

  8. A video about social class and clothing would be interesting. Why do different social classes wear different clothing, is there social pressure to dress a certain way, etc.

  9. about 10 percent of people can pull off a t shirt. Most people look ridiculous. Leave t-shirts to kids and high schoolers. Grown up should only wear one when changing a tire or at the gym.

  10. Can I simply say that I appreciate your small “in between clips”? Takes self confidence to talk about imperfections and show them on camera and the fact that you acknowledge them makes you THE MAN!

  11. You look so young wearing a t-shirt lol! Especially compared to Antonio Centeno and Aaron Marino, you got a baby face lol!

  12. Ur jeans are too tight and the boater shoes need throwing out since their past worn out. The jeans has several X creases in them.

  13. You want us to improve all aspects of our lives but may be you would like t shirts better if you were actually active. You’ll look better if you work out

  14. If you live in an American suburb or rural area and doing some quick errands like going to the gas station and supermarket, it’s ok to wear a T shirt. Nobody will think you’re out of place

  15. stylish and not cheap!!! is that what you think hahahahaaaa are you sure your not a comedian as well as a complete prat!!! i love watching your videos as you make me feel better about myself as your clueless!!!

  16. Hi I find your channel informative would you however be able to suggest in your opinion a channel or perhaps know of one for women for good dress attire as well. Thank you

  17. A T shirt under a shirt looks bad. Why do it? If you perspire a lot, use antiperspirant rather than deodorant. A Henley shirt also looks like a T shirt to me. Polo shirts with flat collar also does nothing for me. Stick with a collar, properly fitted.

  18. I found this channel a few days ago and how anyone can take style tips from this dork is beyond me. I think this video shows how pretentious this guy is

  19. I love all your videos, and thank you for the fine content. I'm currently transitioning out of the Army after five years of service and I'm getting an MBA in the fall and transitioning to the business world; hence, I need to up my suit game (which now consists of a few Express suits, shirts, and ties). Luckily, my girlfriend knows way more about fashion then I do. Just to clarify — and before joining the military, I had no idea — service members (SM's) in the Army are soldiers; SM's in the Air Force are airmen; SM's in the Marine Corps are marines; and SM's in the Navy, which you mentioned in your video, are sailors, not soldiers. Not a huge deal, just wanted to point that out if you made another reference to the military in future videos. Thanks again for all your great content!

  20. Ahhhhhhhh!!! tee shirts!!! …just DON'T!! 🙂
    Under wears worn as outer wear were sort of OK when Madonna was 25
    30 years ago…

  21. Point of correction: The navy has “sailors”, not “soldiers”. The army has soldiers. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

  22. So I’ve been watching your videos for awhile and I believe I have fallen in love with you ♥️ in a good way. I think it’s your accent and humor. Thank you!

  23. I live in South Louisiana which is a semi-tropical climate meaning a hot, humid, ten month long summer. Unless you’re part cyborg, you are going to perspire…profusely…even during a short walk from an air conditioned automobile to an air conditioned office.

    If you do not wear a T-shirt, perspiration will soak through your shirt and be visible to God and everybody else.

    So I wear a T-shirt as an undergarment, even with my white dress shirts. Unfortunately they do nothing to conceal perspiration around the collar which is why I rarely wear a tie in summer.

  24. No!no!no! I respectfully disagree! They are not one and the same. There is the "T-shirt" and there is the "undershirt." The undershirt still exists; it is underwear; it comes in white only; it is sold in the socks and underwear department of menswear, it comes in counts of 3-5 and packaged in a plastic bag. I buy them for my husband every year. Undershirts are supposed to be worn under dress shirts (and originally in the military, the uniform) [especially] in summer to absorb sweat when you have to wear a suit jacket or sport coat to the office. It avoids embarrassing wet armpits and perspiration stains soaking through dress shirts and cuts down on your suit's and uniform's dry cleaning bill. And under lightweight summer shirts it keeps your chest hairs and nipples from showing through! I know grandmothers who would have taken a switch to the boys if they went to church in their Sunday best without an undershirt! Like going out without socks or underwear. You weren't modestly and properly dressed! A "T-Shirt" on the other hand is a casual garment; it is always colored; it is a heavier weight fabric than underwear; it has on it, logos, messages, sports teams and pop culture icons of all sorts; its wear is dictated by the circumstances of your day – With proper respect for the company logo, tucked in, clean, non-faded and without "bacon neck" if you are attending the company picnic or you are the away team at your son's little league game. Untucked and washed a few times, (the more faded the better) if its your favorite rock concert.😉 Well-worn tour shirts are a sign of true devotion! Rule of thumb is there really isnt any excuse for being sloppily dressed no matter what you're wearing or why for. Just look in the mirror before you go out and ask if your grandmother would take a switch to you if she saw you like that in public?

  25. that's why when I'm in the greaser mood (that I actually am) I always wear an hawaiian shirt or simply a shirt under my leather jacket

  26. rule of thumb for wearing a t-shirt(or any shirt) when untucked lift up your arms if you can see your belly button the shirt is to small for you.

  27. T-shirts are far more versatile and useful, utilitarian if you will then what you wear, it's kind of like the difference between a basic bare bones Glock pistol and a fancy $3,000 nickel plated 1911… yeah one is prettier to look at and it is functional you can use it but the other one is the one you're not afraid to get dirty. I'm all for wearing nice dress shirts and all that when going out on the town on date nights or when you're invited to a get-together that is a little more formal but in my everyday life it would be a little ridiculous to wear it all the time

  28. Before I got into classic menswear, i owned 300 logo t-shirts and that was the only shirts i ever wore. i still wear them on occasion, but they no longer dominate my wardrobe.

  29. AM I the only one in the world that thinks a t shirt that covers the gap at the top of a button up shirt actually looks sharp? I didnt know that was a fashion no-no

  30. I kept buying shirts with pockets to my husband while he preferred t-shirts until I pointed out how he looks like Raphael at 6:14

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