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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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