During W.W.I, American troops wore wool uniforms during hot summer days in Europe and noticed European soldiers wearing lightweight cotton undershirts. This cool apparel caught on fast with the Americans and by W.W.II, both the Army and the Navy included them in their uniforms.
Up until the 1950’s, t-shirts were still considered underwear, until John Wayne, Marlon Brando, and James Dean shocked Americans by wearing their “underwear” on T.V. In 1955, James Dean helped make the T-shirt a standard item of clothing in Rebel Without a Cause.
Advances in Screenprinting gave people the opportunity to print on T-shirts in the 1960’s.
This meant that the simple plain white t shirt could be printed upon giving rise to all sorts of designs. One of the first groups to catch on to this was the music industry offering band T shirts These are still very popular with people today.
next the slogan T shirt made an impact,again due to band influences, Remember Frankie says relax?
T shirts now can have anything on them from slogans to peoples faces or names. However one thing remains they are as popular now as they ever were.
Our favourite T shirt of late is this Will and Kate version
Whats yours do you have a favourite?