Just a girl in a t-shirt…

So many t-shirts so little time

Row 1: HS Favorite | Hometown Sports | Vinyl
Row 2: The Pointing Finger | Elvis | Hula Pinball (Similar here)
Row 3: Tourist Destination 1 | Tourist Destination 2 | Favorite Author/Book
Row 4: Favorite Band/Album | Hometown Sports | Tourist Destination 3

Ever since the 2019 Camp Met Ball I’ve been thinking a LOT about t-shirts. And while a t-shirt can certainly be camp (with a few appearing on the red carpet the night of the Gala) it can also be much much more. The right T can silently communicate your life philosophy, favorite sports team, travels, tribe or musical preferences. T’s are like the workhorses of the clothing world: no other type of clothing serves as many diverse purposes for its wearer. It’s really a rather remarkable when you think about it. Did you know:

  • International t-shirt day is June 21st
  • The word “T-shirt” was first used in 1920 by author F. Scott Fitzgerald in his novel, This Side of Paradise. 
  • The first promo t-shirt was produced for The Wizard of Oz in 1939 (sadly no image exists fo this art)
  • The first t-shirt to bear a slogan was the “Dew-It with Dewey” shirt made for Thomas E. Dewey’s 1944 presidential campaign.
  • Tropix Togs was the first company to decorate T-shirts with pop culture icons and slogans in the early 1950s.
  • In the late 60s tie-dye t’s became popular, largely due to Rit Dye ad mogul Don Price. Rit gave away hundreds of dyed shirts at Woodstock, starting a counterculture trend still in style today.
  • Coca Cola was the first brand to promote itself using t-Shirts
  • Over 2 billion t-shirts are sold worldwide every year.
  • 60% of American have more than 10 t-shirts, which is enough to circle the earth 34 times.
  • At least once per week, 89% of Americans put on a t-shirt.
  • The Salvation Army receives several million t-shirt donations every year and auctions them off by the pound, exporting them to third-world countries.
  • T-shirt recycling keeps 5 billion ton of textile waste out of landfills annually

I am, unfortunately, part of the 40% of Americans who owns less than 10 t-shirts. I plan on rectifying that situation over the summer by adding a few choice designs purchased during my upcoming summer travels. How about you? Do you wear t-shirts? Do you own more or less than 10 t-shirts? Are you a plain t or design t advocate? What’s the best t you ever owned? Drop me a line…I’d love to know.

*Girl in A T-shirt – ZZ Top

Hot stuff, can’t get enough…

This weekend begins a 12-week schedule of travel (details here) and I am looking to pack as light as possible for each trip. My summer clothing leans heavily towards inexpensive pieces that I only need/want to last a season (although many items last a lot longer). Regardless of temperature, my wardrobe always consists of lots of black and blue basics mixed with pops of color.  As I rack up the miles I’ll be packing an interchangeable wardrobe that can see me from work to play and day to night. I like to think of it as Garanimals for adults.

The black…

Coldwater Creek Sleeveless Shell   |   Gilmour Academy T-shirt   |   81 Times Keith Richards tank top   |   Pashima Wrap   |   Fiorelli Blakely Foldover Backpack   |   Bandana   |   Vince Camuto Linen Drawstring Trousers   |  H&M Skinny Jeans   |   Classic Keds   |   Celina Floral  Ballet Flats


…and the Blue

Umgee Boho Mini Bell A-Line Dress   |   Breton Classic Striped T   |   Modcloth Ruffled Tunic   |   Becksondergaard Tasseled Backpack   |   Asos Jacquard Scarf   |   Caslon Stretch White Jeans   |   Paige Denim ‘Regina’ Maxi  Dress   |   Dr. Scholl’s Sandals   |   Celine Ballet Flats