A semi-regular column answering
questions about clothing.
Welcome to Part One of our “Completely Exhaustive Encyclopedic All-encompassing and Completely Unnecessary Extremely Long Look at the Tee Shirt (or T-shirt)” where we’re still answering last week’s question from Dan S.: “Which T-shirt should I wear under a white dress shirt?” Today’s episode: why men should or should not wear T-shirts (or tee shirts) in the first place.
A T-shirt keeps a good quality dress shirt from coming directly in contact with your skin. Which may (or may not) prolong the life of your shirt. Roughly 50% of the “online experts” (as they like to call themselves) have said with certainty that a T-shirt does NOT prolong the life of a dress shirt. The other 50% state conclusively that it DOES. You’re on your own here, so pick a side.
A T-shirt absorbs sweat so your shirt doesn’t. You may (or may not) need this. It depends a lot on what you’re doing in your dress shirt: mining coal or sitting quietly in an air-conditioned office waiting for 5:00 so you can get home and enjoy a refreshing beverage.
Here’s a fun science fact about sweating that may (or may not) be true: it’s not sweat that causes yellow stains on shirts. According to other “online experts” like “Boatman445” and “Hoocheemama271,” it’s the aluminum in your antiperspirant. “Cap’nBilly084” suggests that if you’re wearing a T-shirt to prevent staining, switch to a non-aluminum antiperspirant and skip the T-shirt. Bad idea, Cap’n Billy. It’s clear that you don’t sell T-shirts for a living.
Finally, a tee can provide a layer of warmth. It doesn’t have to be winter in Wisconsin – your office may be super air-conditioned in summer. Or you may be planning to visit Neptune where surface temperatures can reach -346° F, so another layer could be useful there as well.
In conclusion, a T-shirt can (or cannot) do several things you may (or may not) need. Meantime, for a good T-shirt, look here.
Next time: Part Deux of The Completely Exhaustive Encyclopedic All-encompassing and Completely Unnecessary Extremely Long Look at the Tee Shirt (or T-shirt).
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