August 17, 2012
So, what of the T-shirt?
The T-shirt first evolved in the late 19th century through cutting the one-piece union suit undergarment into an individual top and bottom. T-shirts were then adopted by laborers in underground mines and on shipping docks the as a way to keep cool while working in hot environs.
In the United States, T-shirts became more popular after the crew-necked, short-sleeved, white cotton garments were issued by the U.S. Navy, to be worn under uniform, during the Spanish American War. Named the T-shirt - or simply, tee - due to the shirt's outline, this inexpensive, lightweight top soon became popular amongst farmers and ranchers as a comfortable bottom layer.
Following World War II, it was not uncommon to see veterans wearing uniform trousers with their T-shirts around town as casual clothing. Finally, when T-shirts were worn as outfits in films of the 1950's - including A Streetcar Named Desire - the garment's status as acceptable, stand-alone attire was cemented. With the onset of the 1960's, both men and women began wearing T-shirts with frequency and ease.
Our Women's Long-Sleeve Tee continues the tradition with comfort and panache. Soft cotton. Fitted. Longer cut. Throw this on for Sunday brunch or just walking your pooch around the block.
The latest trend is T-shirts bearing statements with any manner of words, graphics or photos, on display for all the world to see. In essence, the tee has become a vehicle for self-expression, shall we say.
What's your best vehicle for self-expression? T-shirts? Bumper stickers? Swing dancing? Opera singing? Or maybe it's Facebook, Twitter, or your trusty Peterman's Eyedentity? Go on - express yourself!