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  • What do you wear under your wool sweaters?

    Just curious what people wear under their wool sweaters? At work for me it's always a button up shirt with a collar (flannel, twill, OCBD, etc.) for any type of sweater other than a turtleneck. Off duty I will wear just a crew neck t shirt under crew neck sweaters, but won't wear a crewneck or V neck T under a V neck sweater - some people do this and it is not a fashion crime but IMO the point of the V neck is to show off the shirt (or shirt and tie) under the sweater - T shirts generally aren't "show off" worthy so I'm not personally a fan of the look. Ditto for cardigans, except if they're a light weight spring/summer fabric, in which case they look OK with a crew neck or v neck T - kind of it's still a little chilly but I'm nodding towards summer. The exception to this rule for cold weather is maybe for a chunky shawl collar cardigan...I think they can look OK with a T shirt in casual situations.

    Another option is a cotton turtleneck t shirt - this was a popular look in the 1980s into the early '90s (both under wool sweaters and under button up shirts). Not sure how people feel about it these days but as that era is having a moment maybe it has potential for the next few years.

    As for wool turtleneck sweaters, I usually wear a cotton turtleneck under them, primarily because wool, even soft merino, irritates the sensitive skin around my neck. Also because as my beard stubble comes in throughout the day, it starts snagging on the wool and causes a lot of pilling. So the cotton turtleneck protects the far more expensive wool sweater from pilling at the most highly visible spot. I generally try to more or less match the color of the underlying cotton turtleneck to the sweater I'm wearing over it so it doesn't stand out too much.

    Does anyone go commando under their wool sweaters? I almost never do unless they're built for tech wear (e.g. a smartwool base or mid layer designed specifically for activewear). Mostly I don't do this because I can wear my sweaters A LOT more between washing if I wear a layer underneath, and since hand washing wool sweaters is a chore, I want to get as many wears between washes as possible. Also knit lambswool, shetland wool, really anything other than merino or cashmere, itches me pretty badly when worn right next to the skin.
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    button-down. usually an OCBD.

    i only have either cardigans or v-necks though. crew-neck, i might could be convinced to go full monty underneath (which technically negates the descriptor but i digress)
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    • #3
      All v neck sweaters get a button down. Some more casual crew neck sweaters I have I’ll wear an undershirt. I don’t like the T shirt under b neck sweater look.
      Last edited by idvsego; October 31, 2019, 02:08 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by hockeysc23 View Post
        All v neck sweaters get a button down. Some more casual crew neck sweaters I have I’ll wear an undershirt. I don’t like the T shirt under b neck sweater look.
        sorry, I accidentally edited your post in a hurry. I think i put it back right though.

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        • #5
          Always a button down under a v-neck. For crew necks, its usually either a button down or a crew neck undershirt/t-shirt. I tried it with no shirt one time and didn't like the way it felt.

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          • #6
            I do button downs with a vneck. On very casual occassions I will do just a vneck undershirt...but thats a look not many can pull off and I am not sure I do it well...but i still do it lol.

            Crew neck I will do a non visible undershirt or a button down.

            cardigan might be anything, even a tee. Although the tee wont be a vneck unless its a very subtle v.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hockeysc23 View Post
              All v neck sweaters get a button down. Some more casual crew neck sweaters I have I’ll wear an undershirt. I don’t like the T shirt under b neck sweater look.
              exactly this. V neck is only meant for a button down for me. Crew neck sweaters get a vneck undershirt.

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              • #8
                Always a cotton shirt underneath my sweaters, both for comfort and because I wear anti-perspirant that is nigh impossible to safely remove from wool.

                I'll wear a crew neck T-shirt underneath a V-neck sweater, but in a low-contrast pairing such as dark grey under black. As my crew neck t-shirts tend to have relatively high, tight collars the look is more deliberate, than sloppy with the low-contrast colours creating a smoother transition akin to a mock neck. As a slender fellow with reasonably broad shoulders, I find the V-neck opening by itself (with a V-neck t-shirt hidden underneath) exaggerates the slimness of my head and neck.

                That said, I mostly chose V-necks sweaters for semi-casual and office wear, so that a button-down shirt or shirt-and-tie fits comfortably.

                My crew neck sweaters generally have high enough openings that a t-shirt isn't visible, but for those I'll usually wear a V-neck shirt underneath to make certain.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mark4 View Post

                  Does anyone go commando under their wool sweaters? I almost never do unless they're built for tech wear (e.g. a smartwool base or mid layer designed specifically for activewear). Mostly I don't do this because I can wear my sweaters A LOT more between washing if I wear a layer underneath, and since hand washing wool sweaters is a chore, I want to get as many wears between washes as possible. Also knit lambswool, shetland wool, really anything other than merino or cashmere, itches me pretty badly when worn right next to the skin.
                  I often do go commando. It's so warm around here, even in the "winter", that I'd rarely get to wear them if I layered them. And yes, I wash them every time. And I don't have any that are pure wool, I don't think--mine are probably all pretty cheap--my wife got them for me.
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                  • #10
                    Crew neck: t-shirt in either gray or the same color as the sweater in case the sweater neck is a bit low and shows the tee. I would do a button-up under a crew neck, but it always seems the office thermostat is set way too high in the winter, so I'd just end up taking off the sweater. I tend to play the low end of biz-cas, though, so for me a nice wool sweater often takes the place of a shirt during winter.

                    V-neck: deep-v undershirt that doesn't show in the v-neck opening. The caveat is that I only wear v-necks with a shallow V, so I'm not going full Jersey Shore Winter. For some reason I just don't like the button-up under a v-neck look (yes, even in Skyfall), and I definitely don't like a crew neck of any color showing in that little triangle.

                    Button or zip mock neck: gray tee or button up if cold enough.

                    Shawl-collared cardigan: when I had these, I was fine with a crew or shallow v-neck tee underneath...reminds me of a look Statham pulled off well in one of his films, as well as Craig in Casino Royale. Or a collared shirt if the thermostat isn't too damn high.

                    Don't own any true turtlenecks or non-shawl cardigans. I never go commando underneath. I try to wash wool as little as possible, so I always wear in cold weather with a layer between the sweater and my skin. I've been burned before by hand washing merino sweaters according to the instructions only to have them turn into Under Armour.

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                    • #11
                      I go commando too. I'm not a big layering fan. I might wear an invisible undershirt, but only if the wool is very scratchy. I'm partial to Sloan invisible undershirts. I like that they have a barely there look and feel. The only problem is they are not cheap.

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                      • #12
                        I've purged my wardrobe of most wool sweaters as I just don't get a lot of use out of them. (They are too informal for my jacket-and-tie work wardrobe and too high maintenance for my jeans-and-Henley casual wardrobe.) The two I still have are big plushy cardigans that I typically wear over a long-sleeved button-up shirt of some variety.
                        Ben

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                        • #13
                          V-Neck or Crew beck OCBD.

                          Under a heavy shawl sweater: T shirt, henley, ocbd.

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                          • #14
                            With v necks I usually wear a polo with button down collars.

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                            • #15
                              Either a button down or long sleeve crew/vneck/henly t-shirt depending on what type of sweater it is. If going with a t-shirt whatever is least visible and try to wear a color that won’t contrast much.

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