A T-shirt is a
shirt with short sleeves,
a round neck, put on over the head, without pockets. It
was originally used as undershirt. This is still done, but
it is also often worn as the only
clothing on the upper part
of the body (except that women often wear a
bra under it).
The length varies, but it typically reaches the waist. One
fashion is an "oversized" T-shirt,
a more recent trend are tight and short T-shirts for women that frequently
show part of the lower abdomen with the belly button. Often a text and/or
picture is printed on it: a slogan, something funny, about an event.
The idea of the
T-shirt came to the
USA during WWI when US soldiers noticed
cotton undershirts European soldiers were
using while the US soldiers sweated in their
uniforms. Since they were so much more comfortable they quickly
became popular among the Americans, and because of their design they got
the name T-shirt.
During WWII the T-shirt had become standard issue underwear in both the
US army and navy. After WWII the T-shirt started appearing without a shirt
covering it. John Wayne, Marlon Brando and James Dean all wore them on national
TV. At first the public was shocked but by 1955 it had became acceptable.
The T-shirt became cool when James Dean wore it in the film Rebel Without
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