The t-shirt had humble beginnings as an undergarment worn by the US Navy during wars and blue collar workers due its light weight and inexpensiveness. In the 1950′s it was Marlon Brando who moved t-shirts into the fashion spotlight. His portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ got the attention of the public and his fitted plain t-shirts were what led to the ubiquitous item that it is today.
Aside from being a stand-alone item of clothing, the simplicity of a plain t-shirt means it has the ability to tone down an outfit from becoming ‘too much’. At the same time it can frame another item like a great trench or a bold check shirt. For example Belstaff signed David Beckham to promote their luxury outerwear and he wore white t-shirt which brought attention to the very cool leather jacket. Similarly, Tinie Tempah favours scoop neck t-shirts which allow him to show off his chiselled chest as well as the flecked blue suit in the photo below.
There are plenty of cuts and colours to choose from; if you want to be spoilt for choice then stroll into an American Apparel store. For me, Gap provide excellent, 100% cotton t-shirts below £10 – you cannot go wrong. Uniqlo has a lot of big fans so I would also recommend them. Don’t be afraid to branch out into coloured different colours such as a conservative navy or blood red.