Identi-Tees: More On Fashion’s Most Outspoken Basic

Thom Browne Navy Butterfly Print T-Shirt

Your t-shirt says a lot without you saying a word. From subculture identifier to protest slogan canvas, let’s take a deeper look at the t-shirt’s many messages.

From functional underwear to pop and youth culture icon. Not unlike its great ally, the blue jean, the t-shirt’s evolution into a totem of modernism speaks to its status as a new and emblematic uniform. Unlike its antecedent the button-down shirt, which needs pressing to look its best, the appeal of a t-shirt lies in its wash-and-go ease and adaptability – qualities that render it perfect for a message.

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Comme des Garçons Play Black & Red Logo T-Shirt

Comme des Garçons Play Black & Red Logo T-Shirt

Paul Smith Pink & Blue Mari Print T-Shirt

Paul Smith Pink & Blue Mari Print T-Shirt

Givenchy Black Floral Print T-Shirt

Givenchy Black Floral Print T-Shirt

Raf Simons Navy Collage T-Shirt

Raf Simons Navy Collage T-Shirt

Thom Browne Navy Butterfly Print T-Shirt

Thom Browne Navy Butterfly Print T-Shirt

Y-3 Black Hibiscus Accent Polo

Y-3 Black Hibiscus Accent Polo

Hood by Air Black Body Scan T-Shirt

Hood by Air Black Body Scan T-Shirt

Marc by Marc Jacobs Orange Floral Patchwork T-Shirt

Marc by Marc Jacobs Orange Floral Patchwork T-Shirt

J.W.Anderson Black Tie Knot T-Shirt

J.W.Anderson Black Tie Knot T-Shirt