A question that I often get from men is which type of t-shirt is better: a v-neck or crew neck?
Well, with warmer weather just around the corner, I figured that I would take the opportunity in this article to answer that question.
First, regardless of whether your t-shirt is a v-neck or a crew neck, the most important factor above all else is fit. If a t-shirt doesn’t fit your body then it won’t look good, period. I don’t care if it’s a v-neck, a crew neck, or a $300 designer t-shirt you got for Christmas. Fit is still the most important aspect.
However, once you’ve addressed any issues with fit, then you can move on to the next question: whether you should go with a v-neck or a crew neck. Personally, I favour the v-neck t-shirt for two very basic reasons:
- The natural shape of the v-neck t-shirt does a great job of framing your face, which is exactly what you want it to do. Remember, your clothing should always bring attention to your face.
- Secondly, a v-neck t-shirt shows off a little bit of your chest and if you’ve been spending time in the gym this is a great way to highlight your hard work without walking around in a tank top 24/7.
Lastly, and this sort of follows from the initial two points, a v-neck t-shirt just looks a hell of a lot better when it is worn underneath something like a cardigan.
Don’t believe me?
Let’s explore a case study.
In the following image we have Daniel Craig wearing a v-neck t-shirt paired with a classy shawl collar cardigan and some dark denim jeans:
Although it’s hard to say for sure if Daniel Craig is wearing a v-neck t-shirt in the image (I think it could easily be Henley as well), the end result is still the same: he looks bad ass.
Now compare that look to something like this:
While he certainly doesn’t look awful here, I still think it’s fairly obvious that the first outfit looks much better on him.
The problem with the second look is that the combination of the crew neck t-shirt and a completely buttoned up sweater makes him look overly stiff and reserved. Contrast this with the example above in which Craig has left a couple of buttons undone on his cardigan and is showing a bit of his chest with the v-neck t-shirt/Henley. He looks rakish, rugged, and eminently masculine.
Now do you see why I favour the v-neck t-shirt?
How deep should my v-neck t-shirt be?
Ideally, I wouldn’t go any deeper than what you see Craig wearing in the first example. That is an ample amount of male cleavage to be showing.
Honestly, the last thing you want is an aggressively cut v-neck t-shirt that literally exposes your sternum. It may be a look that’s trendy right now, but most guys won’t be able to pull it off convincingly.
What if I have chest hair? Can I still wear a v-neck t-shirt?
As long as you are well groomed and keep the hair maintained, then I see no problem wearing a v-neck t-shirt if you have a hairy chest; and if you are still overly concerned, then opt of a v-neck t-shirt that isn’t cut too deep.
Are crew neck t-shirts really that bad?
Not at all, and I don’t want to give you guys the impression that I think you should NEVER wear one.
Just remember that if you are going to opt for a crew neck t-shirt make sure that it fits and doesn’t have any obnoxious logos on it. My only other recommendation would be to NEVER wear a crew neck t-shirt underneath a cardigan. As the Daniel Craig example above illustrates, it’s just not a good look.
On the other hand, a crew neck t-shirt worn on its own with a pair of jeans and a lightweight jacket is still a classic look that will get you plenty of attention. Just remember to not tuck in your t-shirt like a dweeb.
While t-shirts are an indispensable item in any man’s wardrobe, they confer a particular advantage to guys who are already in shape.
That’s because a well fitting t-shirt is one of the best ways to display all of your hard work in the gym, provided that you choose wisely.
And the best way for a well built man to cash in on the t-shirt is by focusing on the fit, eschewing any and all obnoxious logos, and choosing a v-neck cut.
With the warmer weather just around the corner it will be t-shirt season before you know it. Make sure you choose wisely.