TEE’S SUCCESS MAIN CULPRITS (THE HISTORY OF T-SHIRT)
Tee shirt was concieved at the begining of 20th century as an evolution of the ‘union suit’, a kind of all-in-one underwear usually wore by workers. It was cut in two so you could wear a top and the ‘long johns’ separately. The time bottoms were removed and sleeves shortened T-shirts gained their name because they look like the letter “T” when laid flat.
But who were the main culprits of its success…?
1) US NAVY
As slip-on garments without buttons, the earliest t-shirt dates back to sometime between the 1898 Spanish – American War and 1913, when the U.S. Navy began issuing them as undergarments. These were a crew-necked, short-sleeved, white cotton undershirt to be worn under a uniform.
Their purpose was to absorb sweat primarily, but also they were used as a second layer that the marines could get dirty, to preserve the cleanliness of their uniforms.
The name ‘crew neck’ comes from the boatmen that manages and operates a ship. The style was later adopted by stevedores and miners, as it provided a convenient covering in hot environments.
2) AMERICAN FOOTBALL
In 1932 University of South California asked Jockey International Inc.to develop a lightweight, absorbent garment its football players could wear underneath their jerseys to prevent their pads from rubbing and chafing. The resulting style t-shirt was a huge hit with the team and it wasn’t long before students began popularly wearing them.
Sports teams and other institutions were quick to adopt the white crew tee in the same way as the Navy did. By the 1940s, tees had become ubiquitous in high schools and students sometimes customized them with sew-on patches and fringe.
3) WWII VETERANS
The decisive push for mainstream acceptance of the t-shirt as an outer garment started at the end of WWII, when soldiers returning home began incorporating them into their casual wardrobe. Veterans continued to wear pants, undershirts or RayBan sunglasses and a new trend began to emerge. The white crew tee was born into everyday society and it wasn’t just being used only as an undershirt anymore.
4) 50s MOVIES
Celebrities such as Marlon Brando, James Dean and Elvis helped to popularize the use of t-shirts as outerwear. Many actors showcased t-shirts in films and close fit shirts were heralded as sexy, masculine must-have.
Thanks to films like ‘A Street car Named Desire’, ‘The Wild One’ or ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ t-shirt finally achieved status as fashionable, stand-alone, outerwear garments.
OUR CREW T-SHIRT
Almost 5 year after been founded, Boxer Union launches its first t-shirt in the collection. Our crew slim fit tee has been designed in a way you can wear under or outerwer, just choosing between your normal size or a bigger one if you prefer a casual look. It has been manufactured in Portugal with the best 100% cotton in white and grey melagne.