Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Mr. 'H', Oct 21, 2006.
Apologies re the title of this thread!
Do the guys here wear 'em?
Under casual shirts for a light layer in warm weather, and somtimes to bed.
..only when beating the wife.
Just joking honey bunny!
I must say I was quite shocked when I found out that sleeveless undervests were called "wifebeaters". Matt Deckard told me.
I could never understand the purpose of a wifebeater. Let's face it, men sweat - a sleeved t-shirt is going to prevent some unsightly stains. And they remind me too much of the disco cugine days of Brooklyn.
You're no Wartime Consiglieri!
Strange at it may seem to me they are a comfortable underlayer for cooler winter days in So Cal.
I like to wear them when in suit or tux.
I also think of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather (I) where there is one or more scenes of Sonny in wifebeaters.
A offensive term
I find the term "wifebeater" to be highly offensive and see it as an ethnic put down to all the Italians, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans who wear them exposed on hot days. If someone made a thread about "light in the loafers" I'm sure it would be immediately closed.
Sorry Lincsong but I certainly didn't pick up on any cultural innuendos as the term is not used in Ireland.
I wear them under a dress shirt if it's cold enough. Or as a piece of Golden Era clothing in the summer.
I still can't get over the American habit of wearing a T-shirt under a dress shirt.
Especially(well mainly)when it can be seen through the shirt. Looks like someone has a T-shirt on beneath the shirt... if you know what I mean.
Lincsong- if you mentioned "light in the Loafers", I doubt if anyone would be familiar with it.(but they do now). It's a pretty LAME one anyway.
But yes "Wifebeater" is a bit mean, if that's where it's pointed.
i never assumed it had anything to do with certain ethnic minorities. i thought it was more a stereotype of the slobbish drunk husband with food stains on his vest (english for wifebeater/sleeveless undershirt).
Ah, so you are familiar with the term "light in the loafers".
Anyway, back to topic, wearing a t-shirt under a dress shirt is in my opinion, highly recommended especially if said man has an abundance of hair on his chest, stomach and back. What would be more lame, looking at a t-shirt underneath a dress shirt or looking at a sweaty, hairy gut?[huh]
I'd never heard of wifebeater as a putdown of any specific minority.
I don't wear them; i don't wear any kind fo undershirt.
Apparently, from wikipedia (which does discuss the anti-Italian-American usage): "In the UK and Ireland, the term is occasionally used as slang for the Belgian beer Stella Artois. Although this is also used in Scotland by some, its main usage remains as a vest type sleeve-less shirt. In British culture, Stella Artois is associated with a drinking culture in which domestic abuse may follow a bout of drinking at the local pub."
How could you see the hairy gut if it is under a shirt?
Young men in my small town, one summer day in 1937.
If it's a white shirt and you're able to see a t-shirt underneath it, you will definetely see a very, very hairy gut. I'm not talking about a couple hairs, but a gut that looks like a bear skin rug.
this is why you wear a waistcoat!
The bodybuilders often shave their body hair off. Or do they use Nair?
Ick never! i hate how they look and feel. i prefer crew neck undershits. CK tagless undershits are my first choice.
True words! I am always surprised when I get a shirt and they have made the tag out of something as uncomfortable as a piece of plywood sewn in the collar. I wind up cutting out those lables with the scissors.
I find the term "slobbish drunk husband with food stains on his vest " to be highly offensive and see it as a put down to all slobbish drunk husbands with food stains on their vests.
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