Did You Know?
Today, ninety-one percent of Americans profess to owning a "favorite" T-shirt.
Thirty-four percent say white is the color of their favorite T-shirt, nearly doubling the votes received by the second and third choices: blue and black, respectively.
Sixty-two percent claim to own more than ten t-shirts (that alone is 1.5 billion T's! Line them up, and they'd circle the globe 34 times!)
Overall 70 percent of men and 54 percent of women have more than 10 t-shirts.
Of the younger crowd (18-24 years old) 79 percent have more than 10 t-shirts.
19 percent of that younger group owns more than 30 t-shirts.
And (drum roll please) the number-one reason cited by survey-takers for loving their t-shirts? COMFORT.
Results were tallied from a survey sponsored by Jerzees Activewear(a division of the Russell Corporation) and conducted by Opinion Research Corporation International, which posed t-shirt questions to 1009 adults.
What Exactly is a T Shirt?
A T-shirt (or tee shirt) is a (A garment worn on the upper half of the body) shirt, usually with short sleeves and a round neck, put on over the head, usually without pockets (though terms such as long-sleeved T-shirt and sleeveless T-shirt are sometimes used, suggesting that T-shirt by itself has a more general meaning.)
It was originally used as undershirt. This is still done, but it is also often worn as the only (A covering designed to be worn on a person's body) clothing on the upper part of the body (except that women often wear a (An undergarment worn by women to support their breasts) bra under it).
The length varies, but it typically reaches the waist. One (The latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior) 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 (The region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis) abdomen with the (Click link for more info and facts about belly button) belly button. T-shirt fashions include styles for men and women and styles for all age groups, including baby, youth and adult sizes. T-shirts are often decorated with text and/or pictures.
T-shirts are manufactured by the textile industry. The surface feel of most t-shirts is due to the jersey stitch knitting method used to commercially produce the fabric, typically using either cotton(Erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers), polyester (Any of a large class of synthetic fabrics), or a mix of the two fibers.
T-shirt Quick History
The idea of the T-shirt came to the USA during WWI when US soldiers noticed the light cotton undershirts European soldiers were using while the US soldiers sweated in their wool 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. Marlon Brando and James Dean all wore them on national TV. At first the public was shocked but by 1955 it had become acceptable. The T-shirt became cool when James Dean wore it in the filmRebel Without A Cause.
In the 60's, people began to tie-dye and screen-print the basic T-shirt and variants such as the tank top, muscle shirt, scoop neck, V-neck etc. became popular.
Since then T-shirts have become an accepted medium for self-expression and advertising, with any imaginable combination of words, art and even photographs on display.
Other methods of decoration used on t-shirts have included airbrush, applique,embroidery, and the ironing on of either flock lettering, heat transfers, or Dye sublimation transfers. Laser printers are capable of printing on plain paper using a special Transfer Toner containing sublimation dyes which can then be permanently heat transfered to T-shirts.