Look at the message imprinted on the girl’s T-shirt above! Does it give you some message? Or, is it just for fun? Whatever it is, how many people did you come across today, on the way, at your workplace, school or college or any where? Well, may be many people! Or none at all if you remained indoors, and none visited you, or no one in your house wears them!
If you saw some people wearing T-shirts (T shirt or simply tee), can you tell me, how many of them wore T-shirts with no messages, or just plane T-shirts? Mostly, the answer may be, “None”, just because most people do not consider a plane T-shirt “COOL”. It seems the very idea that makes T-shirts worth wearing are the funny messages or images printed or otherwise created on them! Sometimes, the messages are just advertisements making the person wearing them human billboards.
These casual outer garments really evolved from the inner garments in the 19th century, and used to be knitted and worn under shirts or other garments. And, initially T-shirts were button-less and collarless with a round neck and short sleeves, and the shape they gave when spread flat gave the idea of a T that gave the garment its name!
Some records say that T-shirts were initially used by miners and stevedores during the late 1800s. They became commonplace in the United States when they were issued by the U.S. Navy during the Spanish American War, but they were to be worn under a uniform.
T-shirt became popular because of their easy fit, ease of cleaning and their cheap price structure. By the time of the Great Depression, most people made it habit to use them while doing farm or ranch chores. After the World War II, war veterans could be seen wearing their uniform trousers with their T-shirts as casual clothing.
But Marlon Brando made all the difference to make the Humble T-shirt an item of fashion or style wear when he wore a tee in the movie “A Streetcar Named Desire”. Then there was a wave or tsunami of crazy followers of the actor wearing it as a means of self-confessed proclamation, “I am one of the most fashionable”, and gave it a respectability. Suddenly, the T-shirt, once considered a poor man’s garment, became a fashion symbol even for the rich!
The era of the Hippie culture, especially the stormy 1970s, revolutionaries the status of the T-shirt as a ‘MUST’ have garment in anyone’s wardrobe.
Coming back to the question of the message or image depicted on a T-shirt, now it seems, even the most vulgar or obscene word printed on the tee makes the wearer the COOLEST person around!
The most vulgar are the most fashionable! Keep this in mind when you shop for some tees next time!