Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Trends in T Shirts

T-shirts were originally worn as underwear but they now have evolved into a fashionable wardrobe staple,especially after Don Johnson wore it with an Armani suit in "Miami Vice".

T-shirts have become a great medium of self-expression and advertising, combining words, art and even photographs. Variations on the original T-shirt have developed - tank tops, crew necks, muscle shirts, scoop neck, and V-neck. Hip hop fashion calls for 'tall-T"s which may extend down to the knees. In the 1990's women wore tight fitting cropped T-shirts. Layering - wearing a short sleeved T-shirt over a long-sleeved is also popular.

In the early 1950's several companies based in Miami started to decorate T-shirts with different resort names and characters. The first was Tropix Togs, the original license for Walt Disney characters. 
In the 1960's the ringer T-shirt with it's signature contrast neckline became a staple for teenagers and rock-n-rollers. Tie die and protest T's were popular.

The most common form of T-shirt printing is screen-printing. Relatively inexpensive, it uses plastisol inks that are applied through a mesh screen. Designs can also be applied with airbrush, applique, embroidery and embossing techniques. In the 1980's thermochromatic dyes were used to make shirts that changed colors when subjected to heat. Direct to Garment printing was introduced at the beginning of the 21st century allowing customers to design their own T-shirts online with no minimum orders.

The T-shirt pictured to the left is a great example of screenprinting that expresses a lifestyle - in this case skateboarding.

You will find an ever-changing assortment of T-shirts in my Addoway store. Most of the time I will only have one of a particular design and style, so order early to avoid disappointment.