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10 Facts you didn't know about T-shirts

by Komal Bhutada on April 24, 2017

Since decades, the T-shirt has been one of the most popular items of clothing. In fact, it stands right behind the underwear. But, just because we’ve been wearing them daily and own (at least) 10 styles of them, we’re yet not aware of what’s behind this wardrobe essential. Fret nothere are 10 facts about T-shirts that you probably never knew about!


  1. While it might seem like a case of basic, common sense—we bet you don’t know that the T-shirt is named after the letter “T” that it makes when unfolded.  

  2. In ideology, the T-shirt was evolved out of long underwear or union suits. Hugely popular in the early 19th century, people began separating union suits/long underwear to turn them into pieces known as the ’T-shirt’ we know today.      

  3. We use the word T-shirt on a daily basis. But, do you know when & where did it first appear? The word “T-shirt” first appeared in the Merriam-Webster dictionary in the 1920s. Prior to that, it had already been worn for over two decades, which makes it an 117-year-old garment today.  

  4. The first promotional t-shirt was printed in 1939 for the movie “The Wizard of Oz”.  

  5. In the 1960s, t-shirts got even more of boost when rock and roll bands and professional sports teams started to print on t-shirts to sell. These shirts quickly became part of mainstream fashion, and some of those t-shirts are still popular today.      

  6. The Guinness World Record for wearing the most number of T-shirts at once; i.e. 155 T-shirts, was presented to Matt McAllister on September 15, 2006. Which was eventually, broken by Sanath Bandara from Sri Lanka in the year 2011. The record is now at 257 T-shirts worn at once. Woah!World record for the most number of T-shirts worn at once 

  7. Did you know it takes about 6 miles of yarn to make one T-shirt? Amazed?

  8. You’ll be surprised to know that the largest T-shirt is 305 ft 9.28 inches long and 205 ft 9.68 inches wide, and was unveiled by Equilibrios Camisetas Promocionais (Brazil) in Navegantes, Santa Catarina, Brazil, on the 11 of October in 2014.

  9. The record for the most expensive T-shirt in the world is held by Superlative Luxury. The t-shirt costs a whopping $400,000! It's purely green in nature, as it's made using solar energy without emitting any carbon dioxide. What’s more? The circular pattern on the T-Shirt is complemented by 16 certified diamonds, which justify the t-shirt’s exorbitant price.

  10. We sure love tees! But now, you’ll love them even more. At least 5 billion tonnes of waste is avoided in the world every day, by recycling innumerable t-shirts every single year.


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