Wearing V-Necks with Valor

The men’s V-Neck t-shirt is a classic that can add flair to your wardrobe.

Men’s V-Neck t-shirts are the very definition of that old cliché—a double edged sword. One edge of that sword is perfect for adding a little extra style to your look or beating the heat, but the more dangerous edge of that sword involves looking like an embarrassment in public. V-Necks can be slimming for larger men and add a unique, but simple flair to any man’s wardrobe. This short, but hopefully informative piece, will spell out a few basic dos and don’ts for incorporating this classic garment into your look.

Don’t Sink
Let’s face it—a V-Neck shirt can easily have a neckline that plunges too low. Certain men in their twenties can pull off an ultra-low V-Neck, but most people just can’t make it work. Stick with the classic cut for a V-Neck t-shirt and you’ll be safe. Always opt for classy instead of trendy or daring.

Size Matters
Super tight V-Neck shirts don’t work for very many people. Use the same sizing standards with a V-Neck that you’d use with any other shirt in your wardrobe—it should fit your figure without looking like a potato sack or a second skin. The V-Neck is supposed to be flattering, and the size of the shirt is the most important aspect of its nature. Also stay away from thin, flimsy shirts—pre-shrunk cotton is always a safe bet.

Go Graphic
It never occurs to a lot of people, but graphics work perfectly with V-Neck shirts. In fact, they can generally be treated just like other graphic and funny shirts. They add even more style and personality to the t-shirt as long as they’re kept simple and colorful. An extremely busy V-Neck t-shirt never works, but a classic, solid design is the perfect addition.

Perfect Pairing
A V-Neck can stand on its own, sure—but it works as a perfect complement to a variety of clothing. Sleeveless undershirts work harmoniously with a V-Neck, and they also match up quite well with plaid and flannel over-shirts. Avoid wearing a V-Neck under your dress shirt and tie.

Color Code
Black and white are both classic colors for any shirt, but you’re wearing a V-Neck in order to add a little bit of spice to your wardrobe, right? V-Necks give you the perfect opportunity to try a color you don’t normally wear. Try something bright or just try out a color you’ve never thought of wearing before. It’s really hard to go wrong with most sensible solid colors.

With a little bit of common sense applied, the V-Neck t-shirt is a fantastic addition to any man’s fashion arsenal. Use caution and good judgment when picking out your V-Neck, but wear it with gusto and confidence the second you put it on.


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About Adam Farwell

Adam Farwell is a writer, blogger and designer. He generally blogs about design, marketing, small business branding and the various creative projects he’s involved in. He currently writes for funnyshirts.org, where you can design your own funny shirts.


  1. Servaas Hofmeyr says:
  2. I keep looking at that photo of the male equivalent of a size Zero and wondering just how big a V neck it would need to cover my ……?

  3. Let’s face it—a V-Neck shirt can easily have a neckline that plunges too low. Certain men in their twenties can pull off an ultra-low V-Neck, but most people just can’t make it work. …

    I broadly agree, thought not about the age, it is more about body type.
    The plunging v neck is similar to the plunging V of that dismal failed piece of male formalwear – the lounge/busines/tuxedo suit. I feel the triangle of the plunging V works best on chests [male or female] that pronounce further than the belly. The aesthetic interplay between the V, the cleavage and the chest shape forming a most pleasing shape on such bodies.

    A plunging V looks good men whose chests and bellies have the same protudence, but it is unremarkable.

    In my mind, a plunging V tshirt is not recommended for most men [although a loose plunging V shirt can work]. As most men have ‘gorilla bellies’ – bellies that promenade before their chests. I do too, im six foot,140lb, and have a pot belly. How the V sits on the torso giving the body an unbalanced appearance. As the belly is larger than the chest, the V pointing too and emphasising the stomach in an unflattering manner – terrible.

    I finish off by saying, Im talking about how the clothing strikes personally to me. Of course people are free to wear what they wish

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