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The Evolution of Graphic T-shirts

 

 

A wardrobe without cool, comfy and quirky t-shirts is like a cup of tea without any cup – it’d be directionless, uneasy and, oh well, too hot! In the past few years, we have seen a real resurgence of Graphic tees in the fashion industry. From luxury labels to high street ones and even independent designers are offering their art for sale for once considered being mainstay of a man’s undergarments drawer. Yup, did you know your wardrobe staple, short sleeved crew neck t-shirt was first adopted as unofficial standard-issue gear in the U.S. Navy? Basic tees first came into existence in 1913 originally intended to be worn under military uniform or suit. The t-shirt as a single statement item came into vogue in 1940s and so did the graphics on them.

The Launch of Graphic Tees

 

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The iconic movie, The Wizards of OZ, was the first movie ever to feature graphic t-shirts on the big screen, a sight for everyone to behold.  

 

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Another breakthrough point for this trend was the appearance of an Air Corps Gunnery School tee on the cover of Life magazine in 1942. Soon after which graphic tees became a rage among major retailers celebrating various pop culture properties, primarily for self-expression, political views and individuality. By now, everyone was obsessed to make a style statement with notably tees.

The Era of Advertisement Tees

Few companies like Tropix Togs, a Miami based company, acquired exclusive rights to brands like Disney and started the “advertising t-shirts” trend in the early 60s.

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The 70’s and 80’s saw music bands and large fashion houses promoting their logos on t-shirts. The 90’s saw this trend expanding to small businesses and even individuals using this medium to express themselves through the work of art and slogans conveying their emotions, expressions and allegiances.  

 

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When it comes to T with graphics, one can experiment with a plethora of looks  that may involve teaming up your basic tees with skirts, trousers, chinos, shorts – in short, just about with anything and everything and your staple pick will never let you down. Check out these looks to know how to wear graphic tees without looking like a fashion victim.

Your closet has probably seen many trends come and go, but the basics are forever. Go on, invest in some graphic tees today and you can be rest assured that these key pieces will never go out of style. Whether you’re looking to update your season wardrobe or wanting to start over, shop our picks now!

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