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.
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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?