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In the past 10 or so years, we've seen the T-shirt as fashion go from human billboard Calvin Klein logo tees to Independent tees to Urban Outfitters-bought ironic-statement tees to overpriced (but sweatshop-free! Andyou'll match at least 15 other people wherever you go!) solid American Apparel tees with a V-neck so plunging it shows off your fine, fine carpet of chest hair.
And really, guys, we can all breathe a sigh of relief now that everyone seems to be over the "Everybody Loves a (Jewish/Asian/Irish/Blond/Brunette) Boy/Girl" shirts. They really weren't all that cute in the first place.
The logo T-shirt has kind of lost its steam now in the 2000s (is that what people are calling it these days? The '00s? How is that pronounced, anyway? "The Uh-Ohs?"), with most opting for American Apparel's cut du jour. The vintage tees, though, still seem to be around. And, of course, the grosser-looking the better: That old New Kids on the Block concert T-shirt you picked up at their 1989 tour opening for Tiffany? Definitely cool (and has been for a while) again. What? Your mom used it as a dust rag for three years? That just upped the hip factor 10 points.
Since its inception by Hanes during World War II for American troops, the tee has been used for everything from political statements (with 1948's "Dew-it with Dewey!" supposedly being the oldest printed T-shirt on record) to just looking like a general badass who doesn't care—but actually really does, thanks to its first cameos in Hollywood worn by James Dean in Rebel Without a Causeand Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire.
And, of course, there are the dissenters—even they wear T-shirts. People have been turning shirts inside-out as their own way of making a political or personal statement—sporting that Coca-Cola or company-logo T inside-out may just be their way of wearing a giant middle finger on their chests to corporate America. (Or so they say.) And then in high school, there was that punk kid with the 20-hole Doc Martens who wore his inside-out T-shirt with a message written with Sharpie across the front every day: "This is not a Fugazi shirt."
This lovely girl spotted at OCMA has chosen to wear her vintage tee inside-out and paired with a cute, cute, cute shrunken vest—something I've been seeing a lot of, especially lately on those adorable (well, some of them . . . ) hipster girls that have swarmed Silver Lake and other such areas. Many have opted to turn their vintage tees inside-out, with the arm holes cut so wide they drop down to right above their waists—showing off their bras and, most important, a bit of side boobage.
Who doesn't love a bit of side boobage?