Saturday, December 5, 2020

V-Neck T-Shirt

V-Neck T-Shirt   

The history of the V-Neck  T-Shirt

While T-shirts have been around since the late 19th to early 20th centuries, V-necks have only been around since about the 1960s.  They’ve particularly gained in popularity in men’s fashion in the past decade or so, now becoming just as much of a staple of men’s fashion as the traditional T-shirt.

Interestingly enough, traditional necklines – exemplified by a crew neck – and V-necks have created two camps of supporters in men’s fashion, with each side declaring that its own style is the best.  To get to the bottom of this, let’s check out why V-necks emerged, the fashion principles behind them, and whether or not they’re for you.

From T to V

T-shirts are so named because of their shape, with the torso and arm portions forming the letter T.  Traditionally, these shirts have featured a rounded collar known as a crew neck, with this being the most enduring image associated with T-shirt styles.

Ironically, while t-shirts are a major staple of men’s fashion these days, coming in a variety of colors, patterns, and styles, when they first appeared as a piece of men’s clothing they were used as an undergarment.  Technically speaking, then, what we wear around town today would have been like wearing your underwear into your local grocery store back then.

T-shirts started becoming more of an all-day everyday piece of clothing in the 1940s and 1950s, especially after being worn in posters by military personnel and being seen on popular Hollywood actors of the time, such as Marlon Brando and James Dean.  At this point t-shirts were still commonly white and perhaps their sense of rugged daring came with a sense of still be associated with undergarments.  What else could seem more rebellious and different?

In the 1960s, with both WWII and the Korean War over with, all kinds of colors were coming into use now that industry didn’t have to deal with shortages and rations, and had the boom decade of the 1950s to invest in new designs, colors, and cuts.  By this time the traditional t-shirt needed some sprucing up – a little variation.  Hence, the birth of the V-neck and other styles of t-shirt.

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