UNIFORM | The T-shirt
Photos L to R: Actress Madge Evans in 1933 by George Hurrell; SNL cast member Laraine Newman in 1978 by Lynn Goldsmith; Lauren Hutton in 1983 by Neal Preston.
T-shirts evolved from undergarments when miners and dockworkers cut one-piece union suits at the waist in the late 1800s. The shirt really caught on when the United States Navy issued them after the Spanish-American War, and then in the Depression as a cheap means of clothing. But some argue that the T-shirt wasn't actually fashionable until Marlon Brando wore one in the 1951 film A Street Car Names Desire.
In casual Los Angeles, the land of $100 t-shirts, it's quite the uniform. There are so many options from low to high, and I, admittedly have tried most of them. My recent t-shirt obsession though is definitely Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's line, StyleMint. They're $29.99 a pop and soft as butter. Full disclosure: I am kind of an Olsen stalker; between Elizabeth & James, The Row, and this blog, I don't know where to start.
StyleMint operates as a free membership with access to a new limited edition of tees each month. Oh, and the style quiz on their site is (nerd alert) really fun. They are thrilled to offer Tomboy Style readers a discount too: 10% off if you enter TOMBOY as a promo code. Check it out!