The White T- Shirt: The Forever Present Fashion Piece

The White t-shirt is an essential feature in our wardrobe. Historically speaking, the most traditional version – a white cotton jersey crewneck that became standard military issue in World War II, originates from undergarments worn by Navy men in the 1910s. However, it was decades later that this fashion piece transformed itself from a masculine, to a unisex garment – arguably one of the most important moments in the evolution of Fashion and Gender.

Fast forward to the 90s, when the white t-shirt was becoming a fast fashion staple/ must – have. It even got the attention from the likes of Fashion Designer, Karl Lagerfeld, who back in 1991 famously layered Chanel’s signature tweed cardigan jackets over white tees. Following on from this, sales of the basic white t-shirt boomed, and it soon became a fashion look synonymous with being cool and ‘en vogue’.

The white t-shirt is quite easily one of the most simplistic pieces of clothing to exist. Its ‘ blank canvas’ style means it has the ability to look versatile on each and every person, and amongst all different types of walks of life. It can be worn with pretty much anything and everything due to its modest nature of style. It’s an inoffensive fashion piece that culturally within the Western world of Fashion, and in the realms of Popular Culture, “we get”.




Words: Lucy Oben-Pepra



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  1. In my opinion everyone should have at least one white t-shirt in their wardrobe. It is a universal piece of clothes that can be combined almost with everything. My favorite combinations are with midi skirt and beautiful necklace for elegant outfit or with white sneakers and colorful scarf for casual look.

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