i was born in 1976, the heydey of the t-shirt.
in those days, t-shirts were soft, made in the USA, and the graphics were hand-drawn, bold and colorful.
|5th birthday party in an apple schnapps t-shirt|
my grandfather, flops, was a liquor salesman in providence, rhode island. he would get boxes of booze-related promotional giveaways to pass on to bar owners. he passed a lot of those t-shirts onto my brother and me. lucky!
|poured in the USA boss berry schnapps raglan tee|
our nightshirts were schnapps t-shirts.
|happy birthday yukon jack whiskey|
we wore a “pott & coke” shirt until it disintegrated. (pott is a brand of rum) (we were 5 years old)
one of my first t-shirt memories is this cruzan rum shirt. so simple! so soft! so beautiful! we also had the matching beach towel.
a good 3/4 of my wardrobe is now and has always been designed for men or boys. i don’t like being ‘dressed up’ and value comfort and texture over everything.
|10 years old in a men’s surfers alliance t-shirt|
i continued loving t-shirts as i got older. i got them as souvenirs. i started going thrifting in high school looking for old t-shirts.
|budweiser ringer and a bichon|
over the years, i have amassed a closetful of about 100 soft, thin vintage t-shirts that i wear every day. i still have and wear a handful of the original t-shirts flops gave to us in the 80’s. yukon jack is a clear winner.
in the coming months, i will highlight a few of my favorites here. stay tuned!