The Evolution Of T-Shirts As A Way Of Expressing Ourselves

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T-shirts, probably the most popular clothing items of the modern era along with jeans, a garment, that  definitely to be found in most people wardrobe. Some people prefer them plain maybe even only white or black, some likes to wear branded logos, others prefers them colourful, stretchy or baggy. In 2020 we truly live in the world where literally everything goes in fashion.

Some people like vintage styles, mixing them with modern, mixing retro and different decades of the 20th century, it all seems a mix and match nowadays and people express more of their fashion taste and their personality more than ever. Fashion is not limited anymore to seasons, collections or trends. People want to carry a very own, personal message and express themselves through the way they dress.  

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History of T-Shirts

Originally, t-shirts were part of the extensive repertoire of undergarments, people used to wear. It is originated from the 19th century, the one-piece men’s union suit or long johns underwear was cut into separate top and bottom garments, with the top long enough to tuck under the waistband of the bottoms. So now you have a separate top.

With the buttons removed the t-shirt (or bachelor undershirt) first evolved into an army garment (early 20th century, during the first World War), so it was quick and easy to put it on and maintain. It was designed to wear under the uniform. They were short sleeved and with a crew neck. This was first used in the U.S. Navy, so there you have it why the T-shirt is such an classic American thing. (Just like jeans.)

Because they were cheaply made of cotton, easy to clean (only talking about white t-shirts now, which could be easily bleached) and lasted a long time – and also because of the army fascination – younger boys then started to wear them too. It also quickly gain popularity for the above reasons amongst blue collar workers: people who worked as builders, farmers and miners. It was lightweight, good for hot weather or. when doing physical work and absorbed sweat.

When film stars started to wear them too in the late 40’s and early 50’s, that’s when the most popular garment of all times made its transition to be part of every people’s life and became fashionable. And in the 1960s, printed T-shirts gained popularity for self-expression as well for advertisements, protests, and souvenirs. Since then, T-shirts have flourished as a form of personal expression which I mentioned at the beginning of the article. Around this time, the early 60’s was that when woman’s t-shirts became popular as well.

And so ever since like most fashion garments, t-shirts are not only just a clothing item, but they are much. more than that.

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