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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The PS Undershirt – Everlasting Fashion

For the previous 5 years or so, I’ve been sporting Hamilton & Hare’s tubular T-shirts beneath issues. 

They’re what I put on beneath knitwear, what I put on beneath a shirt, even what I sleep in. They’re one of the best fine-cotton tee I’ve ever worn, partly because of the uncooked materials, but additionally the seamless development with its sportswear-like panels. 

I’ve a pair which were worn over 100 instances, and so they’ve aged effectively: not misplaced their form, not misplaced softness or deal with. 

Nonetheless, there have been a few issues I at all times needed to enhance. The primary was that to get the appropriate match within the physique, I needed to take a dimension Small, which was a relatively shut match across the shoulders. 

The second was the neckline, which is just a little 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 try to change these items, nevertheless, till I noticed how well-liked the PS Tapered T-shirts had been final 12 months. They’ve offered by means of many times – so I assumed it could be good to try 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 every thing 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 beneath the Cashmere Rugby or Dartmoor (if I needed the neckline to indicate) plus the one factor high-quality sufficient to put on beneath the upcoming Most interesting Crewneck

Nonetheless, I ought to make it clear that this T-shirt will 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 inclined to desire heavier, Japanese-style T-shirts once I’m sporting one by itself, however I do know some readers (significantly in sizzling nations) will probably be totally different.

This additionally means, importantly, that should you’re sporting it beneath a sweater, there’s nothing stopping you taking that sweater off (not like a vest or Henley-style undershirt). 

So what makes this such an excellent undershirt? 

First is the high-quality, open-weave cotton of the physique. That is extremely breathable, and its lightness is a giant a part of the explanation I can put on it and utterly neglect I’ve it on. 

The fabric suits intently to begin with, however then grows, adapting to your physique. This sort of stretch is one thing you discover in plenty 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 explanation I needed to vary the sizing in comparison with the H&H model. I discovered a Medium grew to become too huge within the physique for me, so I needed to dimension all the way down to a Small, however with a 39-inch chest and 34-inch waist, I’m not likely 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 a daily 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 operating up the facet physique, which add breathability and take away the facet seams. It’s an fascinating addition, as this development approach is absolutely solely used elsewhere on sportswear – with soccer tops for instance. 

The panels are very delicate – as you possibly can 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 should you put on it by itself. 

The underside of the T-shirt is completed with a ribbed hem. This provides it some grip, however there’s no gathering or elasticity – it sits flush with the physique. I’ve had tees previously 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 plenty of readers will probably be accustomed to that match now, but when anybody isn’t you possibly can see it on the unique article right here, as effectively after all within the photographs at present. It’s comparatively excessive, in the front and back, however with out being tight. I’ve a fairly large head (60cm) and it goes over simply.

By way of sleepwear, I’ve by no means actually favored 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 (outdated Non-public White ones) within the Winter however Hamilton & Hare ones the remainder of the time. Everyone seems to be totally different after all, but when anybody wears a T-shirt at evening, they may discover this essentially the most comfy model. And actually 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 beneath 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 once 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).

Product particulars:

  • 100% high-quality cotton
  • Tubular knit, with no physique seams
  • Flat, ahead seams on the shoulders 
  • Mesh pique panels within the facet physique
  • Ribbed hem

Match particulars:

  • Physique suits barely slim, however grows as you put on it, adapting to dimension
  • Consequently, can match as much as two inches bigger in width than proven within the chart under; 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 means


Small Medium Massive Further massive
Chest width 47cm 50 53 56
Hem width 45.5 48.5 51.5 54.5
Again size 68 70 72 74
Neck width 18 19 20 21
Bicep width 18 19 20 21

Navy knit proven: Fender II from SNS Herning at John Simons. Tailoring outfit: PS chambray shirt and Sartoria Ciardi jacket, in element right here.

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