The T-shirt started as the standard-issue undershirt of US soldiers, buried beneath the military overshirt. Then, after WWI veterans returned from abroad, the tee moved outward, being worn not as undershirt, but as a garment independent of an outer layer. By the ’50s, the white tee had become mainstream and iconic: think Henry Winkler or Marlon Brando.
The enduring appeal of the t-shirt can largely be attributed to its versatility. Pair a t-shirt with jeans, and the resulting look is as cool today, as it was at its inception in the 1950s. A classic t-shirt worn with good tailoring is unbeatable when it comes to achieving effortless style.