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While style’s certainly about what you wear in terms of outer layers, it can sometimes be just as much about what lies beneath. Some brands have made it their mission to upgrade the basics guys wear closest to their body – for the record, today we’re talking about undershirts. It’s not as noteworthy a Style Pick as a pair of tailored trousers or a great short-sleeve shirt perhaps, but the details are absolutely worth checking out, too. And making a splash in a rather niche area is certainly something that RibbedTee has done in the past few years. They’ve gained some attention through pieces on sites like Effortless Gent, and the brand is definitely continuing to grow. If you’ve been looking around for an undershirt brand to really get into (literally), look no further. Some absolutely prefer not to wear undershirts (especially in the heat), but as it gets a bit colder later this fall, wearing an extra layer could prove insulating and comfortable. And an undershirt from RibbedTee would be an excellent way to go regardless – these are designed to wear year-round, and the fabric, comfort and fit make it easy to see why.
The thing about RibbedTee’s undershirts is that they don’t feel scratchy or starchy like other undershirts sometimes do. After checking out a set of three undershirts earlier this week — the Tri-Blend Heather Grey V-neck, the CoolWear Supima V-neck in White and an exceptionally soft MicroModal Black V-neck — I’m sold. In addition to the popular V-neck options that the brand was kind enough to send me, they also stock crewneck T-shirts, tank tops and a scoop neck pocket tee designed for everyday wear. I don’t normally wear undershirts all that often but when I do, I’ll be reaching for one of these. Although they come in multiple collar styles, the V-neck collar sits perfectly beneath a buttondown collar shirt sans tie (helping you avoid what I’ve coined the visible-undershirt-beneath-a-buttondown syndrome). Note however, that the deeper V-neck on some of their options means you likely shouldn’t wear the shirt on its own — just as it should be! On a positive note, the fabric is remarkably soft and breathable. And the lack of a tag on the back of the shirt prevents that dreaded collar itch. Plus, the longer shirttail is designed to stay tucked into pants even beneath other shirts. So while you might not find yourself reaching for an undershirt now, a pack from RibbedTee is worth pulling out your credit card for when the temperatures drop down – or even right now.