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The T-Shirt From The 19th Century To Today

Ever stopped to think where the T-Shirt came from? Probably not. I know I haven’t! So let’s take a few steps back in time together and find out where our most taken for granted, comfortable item of clothing comes from.

Photo by satomi

Named T-shirt due to its shape, the T-shirt evolved from undergarments used in the 19th century. Around this time, miners made it their trademark item of clothing.

T-shirts, as a slip-on garment without buttons became popular in the United States when they were issued by the U.S. Navy during or following the Spanish American War. These were crew-necked, short-sleeved, white cotton undershirts worn under a uniform. However it soon became common for sailors and Marines to remove their uniform “jacket” and wear only the undershirt.

Soon after that, the T-Shirt became popular as a bottom layer of clothing for workers in various industries, including agriculture. The T-shirt was easily fitted, easily cleaned, and inexpensive, and for this reason it also became the shirt of choice for young boys.

Marlon Brando in A Streectcar Named Desire via:safinaz.com

T-Shirts achieved massive popularity in the 1950s after Marlon Brando wore one in A Streetcar Named Desire. This caused the T-Shirt to finally achieve a status of fashionable, stand-alone, outer-wear garment. In the mid-1980s, the T-shirt became even more fashionable after actor Don Johnson wore it with an Armani suit in Miami Vice.

Don Johnson, left via:julkkikset.fi

Ever since, the T-Shirt has remained a staple item of clothing in practically everyone’s wardrobe. You’ll find that the only people today who don’t own a T-shirt are probably nudists!

Source: Wikipedia

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