Who doesn’t love a comfy and stylish V-neck tee! It’s versatile, more exciting than your classic crewneck and can be worn in endless ways, from an undershirt for your buttondown to a statement piece for a night out in town.
However, many guys often take a beat when wearing a V-neck in an office or work event. Is it going to look out of place? Does it violate some code?
We’re taking a look and investigating whether V-necks are unprofessional.
Professional or not?
Let’s not beat around the bush and get straight to the point. Are V-necks tees professional? Our answer is yes, though there are a few “buts” and “ifs” attached as a condition.
We’ll address those later, but let’s talk about why and how you can wear one of the best v-neck t-shirts for men in 2022 and still look fashionable to go to work and not be embarrassed.
A V-neck is a perfect substitute for a stuffy button-downOxford shirt in any situation with a business casual dress code.
Such dress code generally includes slacks, chinos or khakis, dress shirt or blouse, open-collar or polo shirt, optional tie or seasonal sport coat or a tailored blazer, and loafers or dress shoes.
You can easily wear a blazer or a sports coat on top of your V-neck, which looks more put together and sophisticated than crewnecks in this case.
You can also pair the tees with your work trousers for the office, business lunch or dinner, or a work event to feel stylish yet comfortable and modern.
V-neck is the ideal layering piece for all seasons. In spring and summer, it’s perfect as is under your blazer and in winter, you can layer it under your shirts, cardigans or sweaters without worrying about the peaking collar!
Lastly, to make your professional look stand out and still stylish, choose from the many available colors, from the classic navy and black to charcoal, olive, and burgundy for a little twist.
Mistakes to avoid
Now that we’ve established that a V-neck is perfectly appropriate for work and other official settings let’s take a quick look at a few “no-no’s” to avoid common mistakes.
Size and fit
Since you’re going to be wearing your V-neck under a blazer or sports coat, you want it to fit nicely. Choose a tee that hugs your figure well yet isn’t too tight (you’re not going to a club in Ibiza!).
Some guys make the mistake of wearing a too big V-neck, but you don’t want the neckline too sloppy and have the look of a dad running Sunday errands!
Too much cleavage
We’re all for body positivity, but when it comes to the depth of your V-neck for work, you want some modesty. Too much skin or chest hair (shudders) looks unprofessional and out of place, so always opt for a shallower cut!
It may seem like a no-brainer, but actually, wearing your V-neck under a sweater with the same neckline will not look good and is one of those fashion faux pas you need to be mindful of.
So if you’re planning on wearing a V-neck to work, op for a polo or crewneck tee under it!
Time for a new one!
One of the most common mistakes guys make is wearing their V-necks too long and allowing them to get stretched out.
This is a terrible look for anywhere but especially in a professional setting, so if you’re in doubt of whether your tee still “has a few wears in it”, it’s time to get a new one and use the old one as PJs!