Crewneck tees have been a wardrobe staple for decades now. A V-neck, though, is the younger brother that had a more challenging time getting established in the fashion world.
What started as an undershirt has become something guys wear on its own or under blazers and button-down shirts. However, the V-neck has gone through a rough patch in the early 2000s and has never recovered in some people’s eyes.
So today, we’re looking closer at the V-necks, the occasions it’s appropriate for, and who should wear them.
What is a V-neck
A V-neck tee is s a t-shirt with a neckline in the shape of a V. For many years, it was an undergarment that men loved to wear and not worry about the collar peeking out.
V-necks appeared on the market in the 1960s when fashion designers finally had the money and the public the desire to wear something new after the war.
Men loved that V-necks were less formal and felt more adventurous than the ole crewnecks and started wearing them as outerwear. Everything seemed to be going well for the V-neck.
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However, the celebration of a V-neck didn’t last long. In the new Millenium, it became associated with douchy guys at Florida, Jersey or Ibiza nightclubs.
In all honesty, it’s not just the V-neck’s fault as it’s the men who decided to adopt these deep-cut tees as part of their ripped jeans, fake tan and tacky jewelry uniform who made it toxic!
It took over a decade to redeem the V-neck, and boy, and we’re glad it happened!
How to choose
Choosing a suitable V-neck is imperative to avoid associations with the early oughts fashion.
It should not be too tight yet not too baggy. And while we have nothing against chest hair, if yours resembles a rug, we encourage you to consider crewnecks.
Now, let’s talk about the depth of the V-neck. Of course, you don’t want a deep cut. On the other hand, don’t be too cautious; otherwise, you might as well stick to the crewnecks.
According to GQ, the point of the collar should fall somewhere horizontally between the top of your shoulders and your armpits.
Who should wear it
We do not believe in telling people what to do or what to wear; however, we can make suggestions as to who, in our humble opinion, would benefit the most from a V-neck in their wardrobe.
A tighter V-neck is the perfect piece of wardrobe to show off those gym gains. It hugs the figure nicely and highlights the shoulders, arms and chest.
We love a crewneck, but a V-neck offers even more styling possibilities for those fashion lovers who dare to try new trends. V-neck tees showcase the personality and look more put-together in combination with pretty much anything, but especially bright colours, fresh silhouettes and the latest designer ideas!
V-neck elongates the body visually and creates an optical illusion of being taller. So if you’re vertically challenged or simply want to appear to have a couple of inches more, go for it!
Business casual crew
You can replace the stuffy button-down shirt with a sleek V-neck tee for a modern and fresh take on office attire in most business casual situations. You can even wear one under your suit for summer events like weddings or garden cocktail parties!
V-neck makes an excellent undershirt whether you’re a fashion forward or a conservative guy.
Wear this tee under pretty much anything except V-neck sweaters (too much of the same thing!).