Saturday, December 5, 2020

Y Neck T -Shirt

Y Neck T -Shirt  

The t-shirt as we know it today is an apparel staple. The simple garment is so deeply ingrained in world culture that it’s easy to forget that, relatively speaking, the t-shirt itself is quite young.

The origins of the t-shirt date back to the late 19th century, when laborers would cut their jumpsuits in half to keep cool in warmer months during the year. 

The first manufactured t-shirt was invented between the Mexican-American War in 1898, and 1913 when the U.S. Navy began issuing them as standard undershirts.

Even then, it took until 1920 for the actual term “t-shirt” to be inducted into the English dictionary, thanks to F. Scott Fitzgerald being the first person to publish the word in his novel This Side of Paradise. 

Not only was the t-shirt as an outer-garment becoming acceptable, but it was also being associated with a movement of rebellion.

“It was rebellious, because T-shirts were actually undergarments … It was a tough political statement,” says Dennis Nothdruft, curator of the exhibition titled T-shirt: Cult — Culture — Subversion, which showcased the radical history of the t-shirt at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London last year.

If anything, embracing a Y-neck is simply living up to the example of the Marlon Bandos and James Deans of the world who were ready to embrace a new form of fashion that may have seemed shocking or ridiculous to others.  Plus, one might make the argument that, since crew neck tees are still popular as undergarment shirts, wearing them still runs the risk of making it seem like you just didn’t put much effort into your wardrobe.  Crew necks have been around for over a hundred years; maybe it’s time for the Y to reign.



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