Everything You Need to Know about the History of T-Shirts

Iris | 06 - 16 - 2021

Everyone loves t-shirts and it has been considered a fashion staple of world culture. But how many of you know about the history of t-shirts? And what makes people wear t-shirts more and more? To know the answer to all your questions go through our fashion facts about T-shirts and t-shirt sales statistics here at Trivia Sharp. 

History of T-shirts 

T-shirt (Tee shirt) is a style of clothing that was named after the t-shaped body and sleeves structure. They originally appeared in the United States during the period of the Spanish Civil War of the 19th century. T-shirts were issued to personnel of the US Navy to wear under their uniforms as undergarments. 

The first form of t-shirts was called Union suits, a one-piece white color undergarment with buttons in the front and they were from New York. Soon later, t-shirts gained popularity and underwent various transformations and now t-shirts are more trendy and fashionable according to one’s style preferences. 

How Many T-Shirts Are Sold Each Year In the US?
  • A. 2 Billion
  • B. 1.5 Billion
  • C. 1 Billion
  • D. None of the Above

Fashion Facts about T-Shirts

If you have thought that T-shirts are just a fashion essential then you are completely wrong. There are a lot more fascinating facts behind t-shirts that you have never heard about.

  • Around 91% of Americans have so many favorite t-shirts in their wardrobe.
  • T-shirts are more than just a piece of casual clothing. Gucci, Chanel, D&G, Prada, Armani, Versace, Guess, Valentino, and Fendi are just a few of the world-famous luxury labels that create them.
  • T-shirts come in a variety of sizes, and you can even have a custom-tailored tee at most tailoring shops. Believe it or not, even  Jennifer Anniston does the same with her T-shirts.
  • There are so many different styles of T-Shirts, each with varying sleeve lengths, embellishments, and neck shapes. Even tank tops are technically considered as a form of T-shirt.
  • T-shirts have been created from a wide range of materials throughout history, including alligator leather, cotton, yarn, polyester, gold, and even human hair.
  • The world’s costliest t-shirt cost about $4,00,000 as it was woven with 16 diamonds.
  • The very first promotional t-shirt was made in 1939 for “The Wizard of Oz.”
  • In 1905, T-Shirts were adopted as part of the US Navy’s uniform, which required a buttonless white cotton undershirt. A few years later it was then adopted by the United States Army during World War 1.
  • The Guinness World Record for the largest number of T-shirts worn simultaneously is 257 was achieved by a Sri Lankan. 
  • A single T-Shirt consumes 2700 gallons of water. That’s enough water for a single person to drink in 900 days.
  • In October 2014, the world’s largest T-shirt was displayed in Navegantes, Santa Catarina, Brazil, measuring around 306 feet long and 206 feet broad.
  • T-Shirts originally became popular in the 1970s, prompting the development of new mass manufacturing methods as their popularity grew throughout the 1980s.
  • During the 1960s, rock and roll bands popularised T-shirts by using bespoke screen printed shirts to promote their music.
  • T-Shirts were once considered a manly garment, with a tight fit and broad neck meant to flaunt the masculine form.
  • T-shirts were first sold as undershirts for bachelors who couldn’t sew or change buttons.
  • In his novel This Side of Paradise, published in 1920, author F. Scott Fitzgerald coined the term “T-shirt.”
  • T-shirts didn’t become popular for many years. Later, in the 1930s, T-Shirts were labeled “skivvies” and “jim shirts.”

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