The History of T-Shirt
We love t-shirts, no news! But you do know the history of this classical?
The history of the t-shirt started a long time ago in the Middle Ages and was an undergarment worn by men; it was made of woven cotton or linen that provided a layer between the body and the garments worn over the top. If the man was wearing a clean piece, it showed off a gentleman’s wealth.
In the 19th century, new technology meant that t-shirts could be mass-produced in a more form-fitting shape and a wider range of textiles. British sailors had begun wearing white tees under their uniforms. At the end of the century, the British Royal Navy began allowing their sailors to wear these undershirts when working on deck.
In 1880 the working class adopted T-shirts as outerwear for the weekends; the US Navy included a loose-fitting shirt with its uniform; in 1913, it adopted a white, cotton-knit T-shirt official underwear.
The T-shirt business boomed in the early decades of the 20th century. In 1938, big American retailers began offering white cotton t-shirts for sale.
By the Second World War, the US Army and Navy wore white t-shirts, and post-war helped popularize the association between the T-shirt and masculinity/heroic.
In the '50s, actors began donning white T-shirts to signal their character's rebelliousness. By the 1970s, thank you, God, the T-shirt was unisex. In 1977, the icon Jacqueline Bisset scandalized her wet white T-shirt in the movie The Deep.
The 90s was the year of t-shirts, rappers, celebrities, Princesses... wore t-shirts and created fashion with the piece.
Today, the piece has more than a century and brings comfort and modernity to the look, and it isn't easy to imagine a wardrobe without it.
After everything you've read, will you appreciate this classic wardrobe even more?