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6 iconic T-shirts we simply love

Do you wear your T-shirt like James Dean or Kanye West?

 

“It’s the first thing I put on in the morning, and the last thing I take off at night”

The words belong to fashion guru Giorgio Armani, and the preface of the book “The White Men,” which unravels the extensive history of the T-shirt.

Over the last 100 years, the T-shirt has gone from being an anonymous part of underwear to a essential feature for all occasions — whether it shows up at a party, at work or on a date.

The T-shirt has never been forgotten in the back of the closet, and neither have these iconic styles: Which one is your favorite?

1950s – Clean

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James Dean deserves credit for making the T-shirt a clothing stample as well as a head turner. After the symbol wore the classic «white T-shirt» in “Rebel Without a Cause” in 1955, the T-shirt was soon on everyone’s lips – not to mention bodies.

James Dean´s white, tight and timeless T-shirt is just as sharp in 2016 as it was in 1956, and it´s simply unacceptable not to have one of these in your wardrobe. Here you can find your own classic James Dean style!

1960s – Pattern

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Throughout the 1960s, it became widely popular to play around with the classic T-shirt, and the clothing was massively adopted by the hippie and rock movement. Tie-dye shirts and T-shirts with band logos on the front plundered Woodstock.

The flowery Hawaiian shirt also set its mark on the the decade. When Elvis Presley sung of his love for Hawaii, while covered in clothes with palms and tropical flowers, the Hawaiian pattern became iconic. The Hawaii print is back on the T-shirts this season. Here you can find your Hawaiian T-shirt favorite.

1970s – Loud

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This decade the T-shirts got louder, and political slogans which criticized status quo, song lyrics, dirty sayings and rock bands like The Who adorned the T-shirts. At the same time, The T-shirt became an it-item for the American punk movement – immortalized by The Ramones  – who went for a laidback fit with tight jeans, leather jackets and worn T-shirts.

The relaxed style is just as cool in 2016 as it were back in the days. Here you´ll find T-shirts and tanks that fit perfectly underneath the leather jacket.

1980s- Playful

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In the 1980s, tees inspired by athletes and sports made a solid punch. It became immensely popular to print everything from American baseball teams to your favorite Santa Monica-beach on the front, and here we see bodybuilder and future movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger with a fun variant of the trend.

We never get tired of the playful and sporty style of the 80s! Here you see our favorite sporty tee style, which is definitely an item both on and off the field.

1990s – Stripes

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Ever since the Breton stripes uniformed French sailors in the late 1800s, the black and white stripes has been a stayer in fashion. In the 1920s, the stripes were mainly associated with the French aristocracy, and in the 1960s they were adopted by high brow artists such as Andy Warhol, who was often seen in narrow, striped T-shirts.

However, the stripes got their renaissance when Kurt Cobain made them a Grunge-item during the 1990s, with wearing both long and short-sleeved T-shirts. Today the stripes are very much healthy and alive in the world of fashion, where you find the stripes in all sorts of varieties and colors.And thanks to Kurt Cobain, they are not only synonymous with the preppy sailor-style.

Find your favorite stripy tee here!

2000s – High quality

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In recent years, the T-shirt has literally grown. Present icons like Kanye West and Justin Bieber are often seen with loose, thigh length T-shirts, which has elevated the street-smart hip-hop style to new heights. Not least, the 2000s T-shirts are of higher and finer fabric quality, which makes the item just as suitable under a fine blazer as on a football match.

In 2014, Kanye West launched a T-shirt of 100 % cotton for the neat sum of $ 120. Although the price might be a bit too much, there is no doubt that the newfound T-shirt of higher quality both looks better and lasts longer – even after many tumblings in the washer.

Here you find our favorite T-shirts in premium quality, at a reasonable price.

 

Top photo: James Dean. Credit: Flickr/tom-margie/CC BY-SA 2.0 

Photo 1: Elvis. Credit:Flickr/Alisha Vargas

Photo 2: The Ramones. Credit: Flickr/jame’s noname noname

Photo 3: Arnold Schwarzenegger. Credit:Flickr/Tripp Pelfrey

Photo 4: Kurt Cobain, street art. Credit: Flickr/Interiorrain

Photo 5: Kanye West. Credit: Flickr/Brandon Winters