T-shirt: the building block of fashion
As season changes from summer to monsoon and monsoon to winter, fashion trends also change accordingly. But after every three or four months the majority of us do not have the time or the need to buy new clothes. Then the question comes: What kind of casual dresses or garments will change you according to your range of styles, colors and mood? – Obviously the T-shirts.
T-shirts have always been believed as the mere essentials – those basic requirements that form the base of fashion – the building block of fashion. If you want to know how much fashion trend in T-shirts have changed in the last couple of years, take your measure tape.
Fashion, which had started in the 50’s, became inspired with its sociological and industrial advances. It was a noble time to be young, and fashion became a rip along the position of age. In the 60’s people started to wear the tie dye and screen-printed cotton T-shirts. Improvement in printing and dyeing stood out for more variety and came in to fashion and it bloomed in the 60’s.
Tight trend of the seventies
In the 1970s the disco scene was enormous, concert dancing was popular with dance parties and tight pants with T-shirts were a trend. The whole ’70s trend was form-fitting – ‘very tight’, where the extra-large, loose-fitting, urban-influenced tees moved out and tight T-shirts with tight polyester, usually with bell-bottomed men’s pants escorted by standy shoes were used to attract the young girls seeming for romance, were very popular.
Chemin de fer pants, Elephant Ear Pants, embroidery on pant legs, flag pants, Gabardine Pants, HASH Jeans with Bonds T-shirt (raglan cut T-shirt with ribbing around neck and sleeves), Rock Concert T-shirts (with a logo picture of a rock star or a rock band or trademark of rock band) and tie-dye T-shirts (homemade T-shirts with stripes and curved in different colors of dye) were generally popular in 70s and women generally were short mini skirt, maxi dress, midi skirt or hot pants with T-shirts.
The eighties: Iron-on T-shirts with stonewashed jeans pant trend
In 80s Iron-on, the coolest kind of T-shirts was popular. Tight Stonewashed Jeans, Parachute Pants, Corduroy Pants, Tight Leather Pants, Super Tight Minis with Fido Dido, Ocean Pacific T-shirts, Long T-shirts, and Hard Rock Café etc T-shirts were popular among them.
The nineties – Baggy and bright denim trend
Levi brand T-shirt that had “Button Your Fly” written in very large letters were very popular in 90s. Flare Jeans, Baggy & Bright denim, the schoolgirl look of baby doll dresses with puffed sleeves and thigh-high stockings, slip dresses worn over T-shirts became popular and was a trend of 90s.
Fashion of 2000
T-shirts with “Boys Are Great”, “I Make Boys Cry”, etc slogan T-shirts with zip off at or around knee pants were popular in 2000. Duller colors were more popular at the beginning of that decade and V-neck sweater and have accents woven in around the neck, waist was very popular.
T-shirts have passed through every social, cultural and economic level of human life and got a great acceptance in day-to-day life from big cities to small towns all over the globe.
Age option: Feel young forever with T-shirt
T-shirts are not only a chief item, but have become stylish and nice career apparel. Fashion has always been impelled by younger people, of course, and not anything says young like the T-shirt. As usual, the young are looking for something out of the ordinary. Wearing T-shirts in old age provides a lifestyle option rather than an age option and gives feeling of younger.
Women T-shirt: A separate identified market
During the last two-three decades, women’s participation levels in the corporate houses, business, fashion, jobs, sports, exercises or yoga etc have reached an all-time high all around the world. The old unisex T-shirts became a thing of the history; today women require T-shirts that fit them that wash and feel comfortable at work place or while transporting and adopting a more feminine approach to styling, have made a big difference in the variety of designs and products. Women are also considering T-shirts as a multi-purpose garment and by both ways the women’s T-shirt market is growing. Today, women have so many options in the market as many T-shirt producers have seen the bright prospectus and are producing better women’s T-shirts in quick changing scenario of demand, which covers better fabrics, latest designs, good color combinations, great styles etc. And the women’s T-shirt is going to acquire a separate identity from men’s T-shirt.
Co-relation of T-shirt and ink demand
Fashion or selection of colors also vary, when season or trends changes. Color is considered as a serious business when it comes up to T-shirts, as a key differentiation in wearable apparels.
T-shirt printing is in fact silk-screening or, more properly, screen printing. The 70s brought huge improvement in T-shirt printing began with making screen-printing machines in the basements and garages and these printed T-shirt business referred as Imprinted Sportswear Industry in general. In the 1980s the advancement in ink business enhanced and T-shirts became part of every aspect of our culture, promoting businesses, government, and non-profit organizations. Retailers discovered the significance and eminence of T-shirts and have bought tons of products in various themes, brand-name and styles.
The most important advancement during the 80s was the boom created by the automatic T-shirt printing machine, enabling screen printers to print a many T-shirt printing in a single day. Automation changed the whole thing and with the coming of the 90s, the computer was fetched into the mix of designs and patterns in T-shirts. In the end of 2000 the over all textile screen-printing industry had passed through a very difficult stage, but as development of printing technology successfully achieved the need of ink and screen printing technology, sustained still and gained better position. And now with the improvement and development of latest printing technology, you can have a number of options like two-dimension and three-dimension; digital printed, animated or printed T-shirts. Today the ink or printing is exclusively depends on T-shirt industry/productions while considering textile printing industry.