Art of wearing undershirts

This blog post is for men who want to look like a gentleman. This post is about gentleman’s undershirt, especially while wearing white dress shirts.

Some of us understand the art of wearing undershirts. Some don’t.

Any man who claims that undershirts are bothersome do not understand the art of wearing undershirts.  It’s nothing to brag about. It’s like saying “Jazz is boring”. It only proves that you don’t understand music. Ignorance is nothing to brag about.  It doesn’t make you look cool but it does opposite. There is art of dressing up like a gentleman, and undershirt is a part of it.

Can you see what’s wrong with this picture?

The outline of his undershirt is embarrassing.  Undershirts are important when you wear light colored shirts, shirts made out of thin fabric, or any shirts that are transparent.

Long time ago, a gentleman never took off his jacket in public. Because dress shirts were the undergarments. It will eliminate the need for undershirts if you never take off your jacket.

To get to the point (above picture)- he needs to replace all his white undershirts with skin colored undershirts.  Color of your undershirt should match your skin color or come close to it.  The goal is to make your undershirt invisible.  You can achieve that by wearing skin colored undershirt.  Unless they are looking very closely, your skin colored undershirts will be pretty much invisible to the others.

* Dress undershirts should be thin, stretchy, and should fit you tight. Dress undershirts are distinctively different than t-shirts that are made to wear outside

The most important reason for undershirt is to hide men’s nipples from showing through.  I can only guess that women share the same priorities when they wear shirts that are transparent. Any other reasons, such as comfort, will be far less important.  It is crucial for a man to prevent his nipples from showing through.  “Showing through” also means having protruding nipples that people can see the shapes of your nipples from outside. They are absolutely disgusting to look at.  Never, ever show a hint of nipples in professional environment.

** Some people put bandages over their nipples.  Although I don’t practice that method, I can see how that can work for some people.

My closet, July 1, 2018

Undershirts I own: Skin colored ($35 each – Amazon)Gray ($43 for pack of 3 – Amazon).

 

I own about a dozen undershirts, but none of them are white.

Why I wear undershirts.

  • To hide nipples. This is usually an issue with white shirts.  Colored shirts are usually safe.
  • To keep my body warm.  No matter how hot it is outside, a normal office is too cold for just a dress shirt.  Sometimes, I put on or take off my undershirt at work as the office temperature changes.
  • To keep my body fresh and dry.  Without undershirt, some days my armpits would feel damp all day.  Undershirts fix that unpleasant feeling. This is somewhat similar to reason why men wear underwear. It just feels better.

My closet, July 1, 2018

Undershirts I own: Skin colored ($35 each – Amazon)Gray ($43 for pack of 3 – Amazon).

 

Every morning, when I pick out my clothes, I also plan my undershirt according to.

  • On a cold day, I would wear a long sleeves undershirt.
  • On a very hot day, I would wear a short sleeves undershirt with a colored dress shirt in thin fabric (poplin).  I never wear white dress shirt on extreme hot days. Because all my white shirts are thick.  Thin white shirts are too transparent.  I would never buy thin white shirts.
  • If I will be outdoor on a very hot day (California weather), I may not wear undershirt. I will wear a colored shirt.
  • If I wear white dress shirt, I may wear sleeveless undershirt to eliminate sleeve outlines around upper arms.
  • Skin colored undershirts are the best choice.  But, I have number of gray colored undershirts, because they are cheaper.  I wear gray undershirts under colored dress shirts.
  • I cut all my undershirts around neck (front side only), so I can open top 2 buttons.  Most deep v-neck undershirts are cut too deep, so I cut them on my own.

Finally, the bad news.

I don’t know why Hanes and Jockey do not sell skin colored undershirts. The only decent skin colored undershirts I like are over $30.00 each (all brands).  I order my undershirts from Germany via Amazon. They are about $35.00 each.  Gray undershirts are cheaper, but they are still about $14 each.  Gray undershirts are better than whites.

I hope this was informative and enjoyable to some people.

Have a nice day.  🙂

Costco Shopping – March 09, 2018

12th Costco shopping in 2018 – $98.02 (today) / $522.38 (this year)

I bought 2 pairs of Calvin Klein Twill Pants (item #1173014, link while available).  They are made out of thin stretchy cotton. They are slim straight fit and comfortable. Most of all, they look pretty good out of dryer without ironing.  So, they pass as realistic, everyday pants for normal people. I like these pants.

I am sick

I am sick.  I may be slow with my blog updates for a while.

As you know, this flu season is different.  My flu shot couldn’t save me this time. I am miserable and have no will to live.

I am taking medication and… I’ve been eating this Super Food Veggie Cakes (Costco item #966072). They are frozen cakes that I microwave for 1 minute. They are convenient and good for me. 

I received these cakes from GardenLitesGardenLites makes healthy, gluten free, allergy friendly, frozen food.  They are sold in Costco nation wide (#966072).  They have good reviews. I like them.

I am supposed to review them (I will).  But, I am so sick.  I am just eating these cakes before I review them.  I am glad I received these Veggie Cakes just in time.  It’s so quick, easy, and good.  I am almost glad I have flu. Haha.. cough.

I’m gonna lay down now… (cough)

Makin’ bacon

Yesterday, I had a quick chat about frying bacon with a friend far away.  I made pancake breakfast for my friend years ago.  She wanted to imitate my style.  That gave me a craving for bacon as well.  So, I made a pancake breakfast after my glorious Sunday morning Costco shopping.

One thing lead to another, we ended up exchanging pictures of our bacons.  How naughty!

I am scheduled to fly to see her on April 2024.

Above is my friend’s plate.

Below is my plate, I cook pancakes with butter, so I don’t need additional butter when I eat. Eggs were fried in bacon fat. I warm up my syrup in a small container.  I don’t slobber syrup all over the cake like a savage. 🙂

I think my bacon looked better because they are Costco bacon.  I bet her bacon was cheaper quality brand.  Acutally, everything on my plate was from Costco (bacon, eggs, syrup, pancake mix, butter… even the pan I cooked with).

That beautiful plate was $1 at a garage sale.  It’s from England.  I like pretty plates.  So does my friend.

Costco Shopping – February 25, 2018

11th Costco shopping in 2018 – $68.59 (today) / $424.36 (this year)

It was a glorious Sunday morning Costco shopping.  I did car wash first.  I bought my normal green stuff, lunch salads, strawberries, and a bag of coffee.  For my annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, I bought a bag of Bill Bailey’s® Irish Brand Corned Beef Brisket.

I used my Citi Visa Costco reward rebate check and recevied $279.94 in change (cash).

I came home before noon.

Costco City Visa Reward Rebate check, 2018

I received this year’s Citi Visa Costco reward rebate check amount of $340.54. This check doesn’t make me happy.  To me, this is a reality check.  I spent 60% more money compared to the year before. 60% is a huge jump on credit card spending. I need to be careful with money. Seriously…

Below is rebate checks from last year, (2017)

Sign of Getting Old – Cufflinks

I started to wear dress shirts with cufflinks at work.

We have “T-Shirts & Jeans” dress code at work.  But, I enjoy wearing white dress shirt with cufflinks that match my shoes. All my cufflinks are vintage sterling silver with some kind of gemstones. My shirts are…. expensive.

So, out of 700 – 750 employees at work, I think I am the only person who wears cufflinks.

*I am still planning to tell you about my shoes… later…

My father had this watch for about 10 years.  The battery ran out and he moved on to another watch.  I got this watch from my father and kept it for about 10 years.  I finally put in a new battery last month.  It works.

Costco Shopping – February 20, 2018

10th Costco shopping in 2018 – $47.29 (today) / $355.77 (this year)

Fit Crunch guy looks like Mr Clean.

My Vitamix Routine

I’ve been using Vitamix twice a day, non-stop, for last 6 years.  Below is a picture of my typical mix (one serving – 2 tall glasses)

First of all, I don’t use Vitamix for taste.  Vitamix is a chore.. I just gulp it down and move on with my life.  I make one when I wake up, and make another one when I come home from work (before dinner).

It takes so little time to make Vitamix juice. I cannot think of any faster way to eat.  So, in part, I do this because I am lazy.

I put some ice and water to start.

I put:

  • Flax seeds (of Chia seeds) – About 1 tbl spoon.
  • Celeries – 3 or less (depends on how thick)
  • 1/2 apple – normal size
  • some carrots
  • Spinach to fill the container to top (or green mix)
  • Ginger to taste (when I feel like it)
  • Lemon to taste (when I feel like it)

There is no rule.  I may buy random vegetables whenever I see them on sale.

Costco Shopping – February 14, 2018

9th Costco shopping in 2018 – $32.78 (today) / $308.48 (this year)

Happy Valentine’s Day.

I bought my usual greens for my everyday diet.

I bought roses for Valentines Day ($15.99 for a dozen).  I trusted that there would be roses at Costco, and Costco didn’t let me down.  Costco continues to provide me a convenient and economical life-style.  Roses were so cheap that I felt little guilty.

Costco Shopping – February 6, 2018

8th Costco shopping in 2018 – $44.05 (today) / $275.7 (this year)

Nothing special today.

I put 2 CK shirts in the cart at first.  Then I changed my mind and bought just one.  They are slim fit.  As a grown man, I favor tailored fit over slim fit.  I find slim fit shirts too young and hip (facial hair, vaping, etc… ).  This skinny fit trend will go away soon.  I will just keep one.

Costco Shopping – February 2, 2018

7th Costco shopping in 2018 – $28.15 (today) / $231.65 (this year)

What you don’t see is a take and bake pizza at the bottom.  I am getting ready for Super Bown 2018.  I bought a bag of chips and salsa.  Super Bowl is not the same without pizza, hot wings, chips and salsa.

Go team~!!

I don’t even know who’s playing on Super Bowl.  I will give NFL a chance if players stop being political.

Costco Shopping – January 30, 2018

6th Costco shopping in 2018 – $21.66 (today) / $203.50 (this year)

Boring… I buy same things.. ZZzzz..

Costco Shopping – January 19, 2018

5th Costco shopping in 2018 – $32.23 (today) / $181.84 (this year)

As usual, I didn’t buy anything special today. Boring..

I took passport photo today at Costco.  I have no plan to leave country.  I always keep my passport current just in case.