For the previous 5 years or so, I’ve been carrying Hamilton & Hare’s tubular T-shirts below issues.
They’re what I put on beneath knitwear, what I put on below a shirt, even what I sleep in. They’re one of the best fine-cotton tee I’ve ever worn, partly as a result of uncooked materials, but in addition the seamless development with its sportswear-like panels.
I’ve a pair which were worn over 100 instances, they usually’ve aged effectively: not misplaced their form, not misplaced softness or deal with.
Nonetheless, there have been a few issues I at all times wished to enhance. The primary was that to get the appropriate match within the physique, I needed to take a dimension Small, which was a slightly shut match across the shoulders.
The second was the neckline, which is somewhat low, significantly on the again. I couldn’t get that good line of white exhibiting above knitwear, and I didn’t discover the profile on the again flattering.
It didn’t happen to me to attempt to change these items, nonetheless, till I noticed how standard the PS Tapered T-shirts have been final 12 months. They’ve offered by way of repeatedly – so I believed it might be good to attempt to produce an ideal model of the opposite mannequin of tee I put on.
That is the brand new collaboration that was flagged up in our round-up of of Spring/Summer season merchandise a number of weeks in the past: the PS Undershirt.
I’m happy with how effectively it suits in with the whole lot else. The T-shirt is one thing I’ve worn and talked about on PS for years, and it is what I’d put on below the Cashmere Rugby or Dartmoor (if I wished the neckline to indicate) plus the one factor high quality sufficient to put on below the upcoming Best Crewneck.
Nonetheless, I ought to make it clear that this T-shirt may be worn by itself as effectively, if you wish to. It doesn’t look unusual or clear – merely like a light-weight tee. I are likely to choose heavier, Japanese-style T-shirts after I’m carrying one by itself, however I do know some readers (significantly in scorching nations) will probably be completely different.
This additionally means, importantly, that in the event you’re carrying it below a sweater, there’s nothing stopping you taking that sweater off (not like a vest or Henley-style undershirt).
So what makes this such a great undershirt?
First is the high quality, open-weave cotton of the physique. That is extremely breathable, and its lightness is an enormous a part of the rationale I can put on it and utterly neglect I’ve it on.
The fabric suits carefully to begin with, however then grows, adapting to your physique. Any such stretch is one thing you discover in loads of good undershirts – such because the Lee Kung Man undershirts from Bryceland’s for instance, the one one I’ve discovered as comfy.
That stretch was a part of the rationale I wished to alter the sizing in comparison with the H&H model. I discovered a Medium turned too huge within the physique for me, so I needed to dimension right down to a Small, however with a 39-inch chest and 34-inch waist, I’m probably not a small.
So on our model, I took the physique match of the Small and paired it with the shoulders of the Medium. This feels extra like an everyday match to me now – definitely, the form of match readers will probably be used to from PS shirts and knitwear.
The Undershirt then has panels of a pique mesh cotton working up the aspect physique, which add breathability and take away the aspect seams. It’s an attention-grabbing addition, as this development method is actually solely used elsewhere on sportswear – with soccer tops for instance.
The panels are very refined – as you may see within the picture above. You’d barely discover them in the event that they weren’t identified, which once more is why it doesn’t look odd in the event you put on it by itself.
The underside of the T-shirt is completed with a ribbed hem. This offers it some grip, however there’s no gathering or elasticity – it sits flush with the physique. I’ve had tees prior to now that had this, from Iron Coronary heart for instance, however the ribbing was tighter and it form of crimped the hem, which didn’t look nice.
Hamilton & Hare additionally put the care directions on the within of that hem, lowering the variety of labels wanted inside.
The neckline has been modified to be nearer to that of our Tapered Tee.
I do know loads of readers will probably be acquainted with that match now, but when anybody isn’t you may see it on the unique article right here, as effectively in fact within the photographs at present. It’s comparatively excessive, in the front and back, however with out being tight. I’ve a reasonably large head (60cm) and it goes over simply.
By way of sleepwear, I’ve by no means actually preferred pyjamas – I discover they pull as quickly as transfer or flip, and journey up. I’ve some good ones from Anderson & Sheppard, however I put them on within the morning, for the hour and a half between getting up and my first alternative to have a bathe.
I sleep in underwear, with maybe a merino T-shirt (previous Non-public White ones) within the Winter however Hamilton & Hare ones the remainder of the time. Everyone seems to be completely different in fact, but when anybody wears a T-shirt at evening, they may discover this probably the most comfy model. And in reality in the event that they put on nothing on prime they may even prefer it too, as they’re unlikely to even discover it.
I actually hope you just like the shirt, and it turns into as a lot a go-to for you as it’s for me.
I do just like the look of a T-shirt below a shirt lately (above, as mentioned beforehand) and that is the one one which I discover works effectively. It is nearly so long as the shirt itself, suits comfortable to the physique however grows the place it wants it, and does not journey up out of the trousers in consequence.
And after I placed on a sweater the remainder of the time – any sweater, however significantly one thing slimmer like a Colhay’s or finer like a Smedley – that is at all times what I put on.
The Undershirt is offered on the PS Store now, value £55 (together with VAT).
- 100% high quality cotton
- Tubular knit, with no physique seams
- Flat, ahead seams on the shoulders
- Mesh pique panels within the aspect physique
- Ribbed hem
- Physique suits barely slim, however grows as you put on it, adapting to dimension
- In consequence, can match as much as two inches bigger in width than proven within the chart beneath; will really feel comfortable when first worn
- Simon wears a Medium and has a 39-inch chest, a 34-inch waist
- Within the photographs, it has been worn all of it day and loosened to dimension
- Lengthy within the physique, designed to be tucked in and keep that method
Navy knit proven: Fender II from SNS Herning at John Simons. Tailoring outfit: PS chambray shirt and Sartoria Ciardi jacket, in element right here.