T-Shirt 101: A History

One hundred years ago the short sleeve t-shirt was considered an undergarment. Before washing machines, t-shirts were worn to protect clothes from sweat and oil. Most people you would spot in t-shirts were laborers, factory workers, and military men combating heat while on the job. T-shirts were NEVER considered as an item to be worn in public.

Marlon Brando in  A Streetcar Named Desire

Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire

Then, in 1951, A Streetcar Named Desire hit theaters with Marlon Brando donning that iconic look of wearing a white t-shirt without anything over it. The garment, once considered immodest or low class, became sexy. Rock ‘n Roll, the counterculture, and hip-hop helped evolve the t-shirt into what it has become today: a blank canvas for expression. This humble garment broadcasts who we are and who we want to be.

Thank you, Hollywood!

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