While what men wear on top stays fairly consistent from year-to-year in terms of fabrics and options, men’s underwear has undergone quite a shift from traditional tidy whities and cotton crew neck undershirts to a range of fabrics that promise to deliver highly on performance, comfort, functionality and style.
One of the latest entrants to the world of men’s undershirts is UnderFit Shirts, a made-in-the-USA company launched by Paul Beck to give men a slim-fitting, comfortable and stylish base layer under both work and casual wear.
The shirts are cut extra long so that they stay tucked in throughout the day, and have a good amount of stretch so that they move with you, instead of tugging and working against your body’s natural movements. In addition, they are anti-microbial to help fight odors and offer a moisture wicking fabric that works to keep you dry.
The company recently sent a sample over for review, and after several weeks giving it a thorough wash-and-wear test, I’m fairly impressed. The first thing I noticed is just how long the shirts are; Beck said they were cut long and he wasn’t lying, as they can easily stretch down past one’s rear end. While this helps keep them tucked in, depending on the length of your torso you might end up with the opposite problem of your shirt slipping out, which is that in bunches below the belt.
If you’ve tried other next-generation undershirts, the fabric will feel fairly familiar; it’s a 95% ProModal/5% Lyrcra fabric blend that is soft and comfortable and feels like a thin, stretchy cotton more than the synthetic fabrics that you might have encountered from other manufacturers. It does at times feel a bit thicker and warmer than others that have a more airy feel, but that feeling seems to go away pretty quickly once you’re dressed.
One of the things I really like about the v-neck version, which I would recommend almost unanimously over the crew neck version, is that the fairly deep v-neck keeps the shirt hidden from sight under almost every shirt you would wear, allowing you to unbutton two buttons on your oxfords, dress shirts and casual button up shirts. I’m not a fan of the visible undershirt, and the UnderFit gave me nothing to worry about in that regard.
After repeated washings, the UnderFit Shirts sample held its shape and color very well, and feels just as comfortable as it did when it came out of the package.
Currently the company only offers white shirts, which to me still feel like a bit of a throwback. I’d love to see black and light grey versions available, as I find the latter to often be preferable to white, especially under a white shirt. Sizing is pretty standard and is available from a small to extra large, which should cover most men but the lack of an XXL does limit the market just a bit.
While I’m not sure this is the perfect undershirt–if there even is such a thing–it certainly comes close, and is worth considering if you need to restock or are looking for some new options that offer a lighter weight and more performance than what the typical cotton undershirt offers.
The shirts sell for about $25 each, though you can get a discount of up to 10% with a purchase of ten or more.
You can see more from UnderFit Shirts, as well as purchase the shirts, at the company’s website. If you’re unhappy with your purchase, the company also offers a 100% money-back guarantee.