The History of The T-Shirt
A t-shirt is often associated with the most effortless and comfortable piece of attire a person could own. You can wear it to chill around the house in, or even with suit trousers for a comfortable yet casual look. The t-shirt is a versatile, easy, and comfortable piece which almost every person in the world owns.
The history of the t-shirt dates back to the early 19th century. Laborers would often cut their jumpsuits in half to keep them cool during the warmer working months. Thus, the t-shirt was born.
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In 1989 the first manufactured t-shirt went on sale in the Mexican-American market. Then in 1913, the US army started wearing them as undershirts and the fashion industry has not looked back since. They are a staple in any wardrobe, from children to adults.
Now, you can get branded logo t-shirts, fun doodle t-shirts, or formal t-shirts. There is an array of t-shirt styles available on the market to suit everyone’s needs. Who knew that a cut-up jumpsuit could create such a genius invention?
Back in the early 19th century, the t-shirts would be kept long enough for the workers to tuck back into the bottom half of the jumpsuit when the weather got cold again. Yet now, t-shirts are available in all shapes and sizes.
After the labor workers founded them and they were a big hit in the war, these workers and veterans continued to wear them as part of their everyday uniform. They would wear them around the house and introduced them to their children who attended school and college.
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The t-shirt became an integral part of the American football kit in the 1930s. Again, this was worn as an extra layer just like in the US army. Its main purpose was to regulate body heat and prevent chafing. Now, the t-shirt is used for style purposes as opposed to practicality in most cases.
Later in the 1950s, the t-shirt was seen as a style piece. Since Marlon Brando’s look in 1951’s A Streetcar Named Desire, the t-shirt has been worn by males, and females, to show off physique.
The 1960s was the beginning of printed t-shirts, which is when they became more of a fashion statement than anything else. The 1960s was the era when fashion really took off and the t-shirt was one of the much-loved items that introduced the garment as being a staple piece in anyone’s wardrobe.
Nowadays, a t-shirt is a go-to item for anyone. Whether you wear it casual or smart, the tee’s timeless appeal will suit any look. You may have a well-stocked inventory of basics, but there's no harm in updating your t-shirt collection for each season. No longer are they a practical purchase, they are bought for styling reasons. Long gone are the days of wearing a t-shirt as an undergarment only. Some people have endless t-shirt styles to suit their mood, outfit, or occasion. From sleeveless to long-sleeved and plain white to polka-dotted, the choices are endless.