For decades, T-shirts have been one of the most popular items of clothing. In fact, it stands right behind the underwear category. But just because we’ve been wearing them daily and own a lot of them, we’re probably not fully aware of what’s behind this wardrobe essential.
Here are some facts about T-shirts that you probably didn’t know about.
1. Intimate Origin
His union suit (a kind of romper that covered almost the entire body) was an underwear most commonly used in the early nineteenth century. It was a one-piece made from cotton and considered the predecessor of the t-shirt. This was accomplished when the suit was cut in half, leaving the shirt loose on one side and the pants (or shorts) on the other.
2. Military Expansion
As part of the uniform, during the First World War, the European military used light tees, which allowed them to feel comfortable during the summer. For WWII this garment became a key garment in the navy and army uniform.
The shirts were called T-Shirt for the shape of its silhouette (of the letter of T) in English once
unfolded and laid down flat on the surface. The term as such first appeared in the 1920s in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
4. Battle Uniform
During the time of the Great Depression, T-shirts became the battle clothing of peasants and
Farmers. Later, it was also adopted by the workers, who appreciated the comfort and freshness of this garment.
5. Curious Messages
The use of t-shirts as a means of propaganda began in 1939 to promote the film on Wizard of Oz. Little by little, what was a plain garment became the best showcase for sharing messages. Thus, in the 70s, multiple prints and legends emerged that became iconic, from the happy face to the I (heart) New York. Since then, the link between pop culture and t-shirts has not been broken and continues to be the origin of multiple designs.