The T-shirt had humble beginnings. It 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 classic endures today. Our picks preserve the original T-shaped design, with several updates agreeable to modern sensibilities. Comfort is key; pre-washing and shrinking ensure it. Small luxuries include hand-cut patterns and hand-sewn stitches, and remember: simplicity is still striking — no overshirt necessary.
Additional contribution by John Zientek.