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    Posted: 19 Sep 2017 at 5:38pm
Hey All,

Like any self-respecting man, I do not wear undershirts underneath my shirts. I know -- there is going to be a tidal wave of backlash agains this -- but honestly, it really isn't sexy to wear an undershirt beneath your shirt. Not only do undershirts add bulk, but I feel they affect the fit of the shirt, take away from the casual yet bold presence that a shirt can really project, and nothing looks worse than a white undershirt peaking out of an unbuttoned button down (and mind you, buttoning the top button is a big NO NO in my book also -- in fact, I always leave the top two buttons undone).

So yeah -- there's going to be a bunch of people who disagree with me. Say what you will.

Now -- because I am a huge fan of denim westerns shirts and own multiple LVC, Iron Heart, and Mister Freedom pieces, I am running into problems! Because I don't wear undershirts, I have to wash these shirts after every wearing! I hate to wash these shirts after I wear them just once -- not only do multiple washes affect the fit, but they also are affecting my ability to really work on the fades and patina of these shirts...

So -- any ideas?! How do I wear my shirts without an undershirt and avoid washing them after every wear? So far I have been washing just the underarms -- because honestly, that's the only issue here (the smell) -- but that's a pain and sometimes the underarms just smell like BO and soap combined after I wash them with a sponge in the sink.

Any help appreciated!

...also they should sell stick-on disposable underarm protectors for shirts!

Thanks everyone!
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Originally posted by brpac brpac wrote:

...also they should sell stick-on disposable underarm protectors for shirts!

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^ I can’t do any better. Pay the man Shirley.
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On a serious note, I recall hearing of a home dry cleaning product a while back. I think the process took place in a tumble dryer. Might be something worth investigating.
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I agree with you on the undershirt issue, but I do wear a v-neck t-shirt as an undershirt sometimes.  I also feel like I can wear a shirt many times before there is a BO smell, though...

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Iron Horse Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Sep 2017 at 12:13am
Originally posted by robroy robroy wrote:

^ I can’t do any better. Pay the man Shirley.

You know, I was just joking...but apparently armpit pads exist. Pig




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Honestly, if it's the BO, then you could probably look into changing the deodorant/antiperspirant you are using. Pretty sure BO is because of bacteria, and not entirely because of the sweat itself (if that makes sense). I was actually looking into switching deodorants myself.

Anyhoo, dry-cleaning could be an option, but I've never done it for shirts. I'm not too sure what effect the chemicals they use will have on denim shirts. Alternatively, some people say to use vodka + water in a spray bottle, but that could be another one of those "put your jeans in the freezer" things - in the end, the bacteria and stuff will still be caked in the garment. Does airing your shirts do anything?

My dad is a lucky person where he sweats, but doesn't smell (and he doesn't use deodorant either). Unfortunately, I sit one node back in the primate phylogenetic tree, so I haven't got those magical powers.
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I just shave the hair out of my armpits and never have any issues with armpit discoloration. Must be that the deodorant/anti-persperant actually gets to the sweat glands without the hair in the way. 
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Holy (bleep).  A legitimate question, to be sure, but when you land on the bottom of the page and have to scroll your way up to figure out why there are images of sanitary napkins and arm pads attached to brassieres, you question many things.
 
Here's my (devalued) two cents.  As a female, I have no problems seeing an undershirt peeking out from under guy's a shirt.  It's just a charming part of the man-scape. 
 
Surprisingly (or maybe not), women are obsessed by the appearance and output of their pits.  To protect dry clean-only dresses, they have been sewing in or sticking on underarm pads for eons.  The best kind of tailored clothes often have easily-replaced cotton underarm pads sewn in.  I suppose feminine napkins (with wings) might work as a substitute but you might find it easier to stop by your local sewing supply store. 
 
However, personal comfort is also at stake here.  As is the case with all items that rely on a plastic barrier (cough, sanitary napkins included, cough), underarm pads can be more smelly, damp and miserable to wear than a nice, breathable cotton undershirt.
 
My sense is that underarm stains arise from a combination of bacteria and chemicals (i.e. antiperspirant).  The only way to avoid stains while not resorting to tee-shirt or pads, therefore, is to stop sweating. 
 
If you want to accomplish that, there are some harsh chemical solutions you can turn to (e.g. Drysol) that don't leave a stain but do chew their way through cloth like piranhas at an all-you-can eat steak Tartar festival.  Not pretty.
 
Some have been known to submit themselves to Botox treatments, essentially stunning their sweat glands into cowering submission.
 
Unless your situation can be categorized as morbid and requiring medical intervention, might I suggest embracing what is a perfectly normal part of being a human being (and maybe wearing an undershirt with the shirts that you truly cherish)?
 
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Just buy some tight fitting v-necks.  They won't add bulk and won't show with an unbuttoned collar.  
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