This review was very difficult to write because I wanted to make a short video-blog that would visually compare the Tommy John undershirt to some of the other types of undershirts I've already reviewed. The challenge; every time I would wash and fold the Tommy John undershirt, intending to use it the next morning for my video, my husband would somehow find it and wear it before I could stop him. I guess this speaks volumes on it's own. I'll post the video with the Tommy John undershirt as soon as I get an opportunity.
Why am I reviewing this undershirt? I recently posted an article called Men's Undershirts: Do You Need to Wear One? Which One is Best? As a result, I received an email from the The Undershirt Guy who respectfully questioned how I knew the information I did (which is a fair question considering I am a woman). I explained to him that I have been buying, washing, and folding undershirts for my husband for well over a decade and feel pretty confident in my knowledge of them by now. I further explained I am the one who sees my husband wearing these undershirts daily and as a Trunk Club expert, it's my job to know the proper fit, function and style of men's clothing.
However, Undie Man had a point. So, I decided to write an article based on a man's review. Since I already reviewed the other low to mid range undershirts, an opportunity arose for my husband to try out a premium undershirt. At $36 per shirt, it's priced for men who earn a comfortable income, value quality and budget accordingly. It's not astronomical if you consider it's the piece of clothing you actually wear against your skin all day long. However, as a realist, I understand many men who can afford a $36 shirt, don't yet value the idea of investing in quality undergarments. These men prefer buying (and regularly replacing) cheaper undershirts.
To cut to the chase, my husband is a man who doesn't enjoy shopping and sees clothing as more of a necessity than a fun and exciting aspect of life. He looks nice for work (thanks to Trunk Club) but isn't what I would call a Fashionisto. So, when he volunteered to wear the Tommy John undershirt after it arrived in the mail, I nearly fainted. To my surprise, he actually wore it the very next morning. I purposefully didn't bug him about it to wait and see what his honest feedback was (if any). Later that night, I nearly fell over (picking up my jaw) as he initiated conversation about his experience wearing the Tommy John shirt! He isn't a hugely talkative man, so please don't expect volumes. However, he said a lot more than I would have expected. Here is literally what he said:
"I like the new (Tommy John) undershirt." (Lisa: FAINT! Tell me what you liked.)
"It feels good."
"I like how it feels on me."
"It feels good under my shirt likes it's not going to ride up."
I asked him if he would recommend it to other men. He said "Yeah." I asked if the length bothered him. He said "No." Do you think it's worth the money? "Yes." Super chatty guy, huh?
Lisa's Review: The undershirt is very soft and thin, but isn't as transparent as it looked on the website (however, my husband, who is a runner, is a lean build and doesn't pack big guns like the model on the Tommy John site). It was extremely stretchy, but held it's shape well and was comfortably fitted. I think it would work well for most body shapes and sizes. It's longer than most, which helps it stay tucked-and thus helps keep your dress shirt tucked in. I also think the length would be a great benefit for larger men. I don't think the length would be a problem for shorter men since the shirt stretches a lot and when un-stretched, it's not overly long. It does have a side seam, but didn't seem to bother or chafe at all. My husband most recently wore it in 80 degree weather and didn't report he was too warm or sweaty wearing it under his dress shirt. It looked masculine on him and most importantly, he liked wearing it.
I spoke with the CEO of Trunk Club and recommended the Tommy John product for Trunk Club members. I think it's a good option to have available. It may not be right for all men, but I do believe for most, it's an ultimate undershirt.
-Lisa Bruckner Trunk Club Consultant