Tale of the T-Shirt

The t-shirt comes with a history not too familiar. Flipping through the T's in the dictionary one might take for granted that the word T-Shirt has been a constant, but it wasn't until the early 1920's that the word tee shirt was actually defined.

The Tshirt phenomenon crept in during World War I. Extremely hot temperatures left American soldiers sweltering on the front lines in the standard wool uniforms. It took the cool t-shirt wearing European soldiers to start the trend of cotton undershirts in war times.

As the years progressed, tshirts were still making their presence known, mostly with the help of famous actors flaunting the t-shirt versatility. Movie stars of the 1950's carried the t-shirt craze to the next level. James Dean, a true "Rebel Without a Cause," brought tee shirts to the big screen and into the mainstream media.

It took the casual wardrobe wave of the 1960's for T-Shirt popularity to not only hit the mark, but to take off. With advertisers of the 1960's grasping for a chance to capitalize on the growing tee shirt trend, tie-dyeing seemed like the next best move and Woodstock t-shirts proved to be the perfect place to start.

With t-shirt design innovations developing at a rapid pace, it was only a matter of time before the celebrities of the 1970's, and beyond, started selling concert screen printed t-shirts. Sports teams, universities, sororities, fraternities, seniors in high school, and drama workshop casts soon took hold of the market with creative t-shirt designs spelling out their brand.

Today, Tshirts rank high on the list of wardrobe choices. Tee shirts cross the boundaries of race, religion, and socioeconomic status. Anyone can proudly wear a tee shirt and be free from judgement. T-shirts are the "go-to" shirt in the closets of many. No longer considered a trend, but rather a staple of fashion, the t-shirt is here to stay.