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Classic Cotton T-shirt: The Eternal Style Icon

Classic, short sleeve cotton shirt.

A piece of clothing everyone has in their closet. It comes as no surprise – you can wear it anytime, anywhere.

Cosy in bed? T-shirt. Walk around the block? T-shirt. Headed to the gym? T-shirt. Going out? T-shirt.

These fashion chameleons can be retro, modern, classic, fancy or casual. They are worn by men, women, children, grandmas and grandpas; they can be classic white or in a thousand colours, with or without print.

T-shirt is a piece of clothing that will always be fashionable, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.


boy in blue t shirt with print

classic white t shirt

girl in basic white t shirt

Well then, how did the T-shirt come to be and when? The answer is…

… a long, looong time ago!

How long, you ask? In the Middle Ages!

That’s right, classic white cotton T-shirts first appeared in the Middle Ages as undergarments, their job was to stand between the skin and the rough exterior clothing. They also had these strange tails that were tied between the legs so that the shirt could stay put.

Luckily, 19th century modern technology enabled mass production and simpler sewing processes, which in turn made these models more appropriate for the body and removed the need for those weird tails.

Women were perhaps the luckiest ones when T-shirts appeared as undergarment because they soon replaced those uncomfortable corsets. However, the first ones who wore T-shirts as clothing, and not underwear, were British sailors. Working-class men saw them and decided to follow this trend.

And then, pop culture led the way to a T-shirt boom!

Rebel hunks such as James Dean and Marlon Brando made T-shirt a fashion trend in the 50s and 60s. Female style icons such as Brooke Shields and Kate Moss grew fond of it, it was used to send social activists’ messages, musicians decided to use it as band merch, and today it walks the catwalks around the world.

To sum things up, from Middle Ages undergarment, our classic cotton shirt became a symbol of high fashion. What a time to be alive!

Marlon Brando in classic white t.shirt

Girl in cotton classic white t-shirt

James Dean in classic white t-shirt

Why cotton?

T-shirts come in many forms and can be made of various materials – cotton, polyester, viscose, well it can even be made of jute if you like such a thing. However, at Caspar we really, really like cotton. Why?

Because it’s so cosy! Because a cotton T-shirt can be worn anytime, anywhere, for any occasion – perhaps it could even make an appearance at a wedding. Unless it was worn by the bride?

In any case, cotton T-shirt is a piece of clothing that is equally loved by both kindergarten children and their grandparents. Still, Caspar likes doing things differently, so we decided to take it to the next level.

Our cotton shirts have GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certificate, labelling the products whose manufacturing process fulfils social and ecological standards. In other words, this is organic cotton that goes through production process in which everyone receives fair wage, and no harm is done to nature.

But we didn’t stop there!

All Over Print

Had today’s technology been present in the 50s, perhaps even Dean and Brando would have had second thoughts about those classic white shirts.

At Caspar, you can choose your model – women’s slim fit, unisex or oversized T-shirt dress –  and place your custom print all over its surface!

How? Simply select your model and size, and have fun in our customizer. Don’t worry, we even prepared a blog that will clarify the entire process for you!

T-shirts aren’t the only products that have the all over print option – find more of them in our webshop!

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