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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The History of T-Shirts, Part 2

Due to the fact that the T-shirt was so cheap, it became the favorite garment among the youngsters who also like the various colors and patterns which had become available by then, but it was also favored by the veterans after WW II who frequently wore the shirts and uniform trousers as a casual outfit.

The T-shirt made it to the status of fashion, when Marlon Brando wore one in the 1950s in the movie 'A Streetcar Named Desire'. It was in that same time period when T-shirt printing companies started up and began to embellish the shirts with images.

Popularity grew even more and the shirts became highly fashionable and a staple for youth and rock-and-rollers in the 1960s with the introduction of the ringer T-shirt: a Tee with one color for the shirt and another for the collar and the sleeve bands.

During this period, the shirts also became a widely used means of advertising and decorating and texts, slogans, fine art, emblems, and commercial advertisements were printed onto them. Throughout the 70s, ringers remained the most desirable and favorite apparel and several of the shirts from this era are highly sought after at present.

During the 1980s, other fashion styles pushed the ringer into the background, but it made a come-back in the early years of 2000, although not as strong as it once was. Maybe the ringer didn't, but the general T-shirt can be found in every wardrobe and is seen worn by young and old alike.

That is not surprising; it suits us to a Tee! :-)

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