How Should I Wear V-Neck Shirts as a Man?

Particularly if you've grown up wearing crewnecks, pulling on a V-neck top suddenly feels like a vastly different experience. While the difference is simply a pointed notch of missing fabric, this neckline lends itself to a variety of new outfit options. Rather than shy away from the V-neck shirt, consider the ways in which this garment can expand your wardrobe by understanding some fundamental guidelines for making it work.

  1. Add leather to your look for an urban-inspired approach to styling around your V-neck. Pull on a black V-neck, short-sleeve T-shirt to begin. Add a pair of distressed, dark gray or black jeans with a close-fitting, straight-leg cut. Slide your feet into a pair of black-on-black, low-top Oxford-style sneakers or casual black driving moccasins. Top your look with a fitted, black leather jacket with a stand collar or moto styling.

  2. Combine your V-neck shirt with other classic separates. Pull on a V-neck sweater in a solid hue, such as Army green. Add a pair of deep gray or black twill cotton pants in a relaxed, straight-leg silhouette and slide your feet into low-profile sneakers. Pop on a pair of dark Wayfarer-style sunglasses and a leather-strap, round-face watch and your sleek-meets-casual look is complete.

  3. Dress up your V-neck by adding a sports coat to your ensemble; this is an easy way for a man to mix casual and polished dressing. Put on a medium gray, V-neck T-shirt with a pair of dark rinse jeans and brown ankle boots. Top the outfit with a navy blue wool or corduroy, double-breasted sports jacket. Dress it up a bit more by pulling on black V-neck sweater over a pale blue button-front shirt. Slide on a pair of black slacks and black Oxford-style dress shoes. Top the look with a gray tweed, single-breasted sports coat.

  4. Accessorize your V-neck shirt to accentuate the detailing of the top's neckline. Wear a casual outfit, such as a black or white cotton, V-neck, short-sleeve T-shirt with a pair of medium blue relaxed jeans and taupe or beige chukka boots. Fasten on an oxidized silver chain-and-pendant necklace just long enough to tuck beneath your shirt or reach for unstained wooden beads. These masculine pieces add a unique edge to your style.


    For a lightweight, breathable V-neck, choose 100 percent cotton, or for a more vintage appeal, reach for a cotton/polyester blend. For a shirt that moves with your body while keeping its shape, look for cotton tops with a hint of Spandex.

About the Author

Tarah Damask's writing career began in 2003 and includes experience as a fashion writer/editor for Neiman Marcus, short fiction publications in "North Texas Review," a self-published novel, band biographies, charter school curriculum and articles for various websites. Damask holds a Master of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of North Texas.