What is a T-Shirt?
A T-Shirt, is an informal style of clothing usually called a tee shirt, short sleeved shirt, crew necked shirt, or just simply shirt. Traditionally, it usually has short sleeves with a rounded, V-shaped neckline and long, straight sleeves, called a crew neck. T-shirts tend to be made from a light, washable and flexible fabric and are relatively easy to care for. They can be used to create a casual yet stylish look in a range of colors, patterns, and sizes. Most of them are also machine washable. T-Shirts are one of the most familiar, versatile and enduring clothing staples of all time. They are also one of the simplest fashion and design entries in the women’s fashion industry. As such, they have become synonymous with “fun” and “wearable” and have come a long way from their origin as workwear for textile workers in early America. They are also considered an important element of the urban style and most urban outfits today incorporate some element of the t-shirt into their design. The versatility of the t-shirt is perhaps one of its most well-known attributes since it can easily be worn on a variety of occasions and by a variety of people. The t-shirt became a truly successful apparel staple with the advent of mass production. Today can be found not only in clothing stores but also in almost every store selling consumer goods from shampoo and laundry detergent to heavy gear equipment and accessories. Wearing them can be both enjoyable and practical. For instance, walking around with a light, cotton shirt under a thick jumper is an ideal way to keep warm and keep dry during a fall day. Likewise, wearing a plain t-shirt under a business suit or dress shirt is just as functional and helpful. Some even wear a t-shirt at a job interview! While they are available in a variety of fabrics, including cotton, polyester, nylon, and many others, the classic favorite is cotton. There are several reasons for this, including being the most durable of fabrics (as they are extremely thick), resistance to staining, and comfort. Cotton T-Shirts can be dyed to match just about any color, although those with natural dyes tend to be more expensive than those that use synthetic dyes. Additionally, T-Shirts made from natural fibers tend to retain their shape and strength longer than those that are synthetics. All in all, t-shirts are an excellent apparel staple, and their ability to remain versatile despite their simplicity makes them a true essential. Many people think that t-shirts resemble workwear or uniforms – which, they most certainly do, but in truth, they have evolved far beyond that perception. In fact, the garment has become something more along the lines of a semi-formal, everyday garment that can be found in a multitude of styles, colors, and designs to accommodate any wardrobe, personality, or lifestyle. Today’s t-shirt is not just a staple clothing item, but a fashion statement as well. As you can see, the garment has experienced its fair share of evolution throughout the decades but still has a lot left to offer in the 21st century. A perfect example of this is the now-iconic “Not Ready for Prime Time” t-shirt. While the phrase may seem to depict someone who has just recently lost weight, the t-shirt itself tells a different story. Instead of portraying someone who is too fat, the image on the t-shirt tells us that the wearer is ready to be seen and noticed, but doesn’t quite know how to let others know just how great they are. Whether you call it a staple or not, the t-shirt is here to stay and will continue to garner attention from all walks of life.