The plain white T-shirt (with accompanying pocket) dates back to the Spanish-American War. But was truly popularized in the post-WWII period, when GIs brought the habit of wearing the “undergarment” back to the states. Shortly thereafter it became an icon of working-class masculinity as the Everyman sought to embody the virility of such matinee idols as Marlon Brando (a la Streetcar), Steve McQueen, and James Dean. Men’s fashion inevitably evolved, yet somehow the iconic white T has managed to stick around and even branch out as an accessory to a variety of different looks. Which is why Primer Magazine has put together this 5 Ways to Wear a White T-Shirt that you ought to checkout and try pilfering their style thoughts. Especially for those of us looking to minimize our wardrobes, I can personally attest to the versatility of this classic article of clothing.
Let us know what you think and if you have a favorite plain white T look that hasn’t been mentioned.