Show your attitude with Tees
T-shirts are a perfect attitude wear, writes PRATHIBHA PARAMESWARAN
Photo: M. Moorthy
ATTRACTIVE Trendy T-shirts
Wanna dictate an attitude. Wear a T-shirt of your choice.
Its that simple.
T-shirts are those simple, comfy cotton casuals, an influence of the West, which blends easily with Indian style of dressing.
T-shirt, if the funny name makes you wonder, here is the history. The name apparently is credited to its simple design.
When spread out, the shirt forms a `T' and hence the name! But to think that the trendy Tees we see today emerged in fact, as an innovation on part of the American soldiers during World War II, is a surprisingly interesting fact.
So what's new about this attire? Well, nothing save the fact that this is one trendy piece of dress that has caught the fancy of youngsters and adults, girls and boys alike, even in a rather conventional city like Tiruchi.
A peep inside casual wear stores here suggests that T-shirts have a presence that cannot be ignored and also have an ally even among the not-so-fashion-conscious people here.
A splash of colours, a few funky words do a mighty bit towards endearing them to any crowd, young or old. T-shirts now serve as the easiest canvass for a piece of art ranging from a Superman to political slogans.
The scope of playing around with words and wearing it on you is tremendous.
You wear what you want to and that perhaps best defines your attitude.
"All kinds of T-shirts move easily here. There are a few who are choosy about their styles, while most settle for whatever figures on the shelves", says A. Rajesh Khanna at the Options Fashion Boutique on Salai Road.
While girls shy away from wearing T-shirts much, boys go about in the casuals a lot.
While the sleeveless ones are mostly packed away to be worn at home, long sleeved ones, the skin-tights and the ones with three-fourth sleeves are all flaunted at the nearest opportunity.
Salman Khan's biceps specials, the netted T-shirts, are not yet out of vogue.
"Tiruchi might not measure up to other cities in its sense of fashion, but T-shirts are always in. People are becoming more trend-conscious these days that some even come prepared with their ideas and sentences and ask us to make it for them," Mr. Rajesh laughs.
Movies play major role
Movies play a major role in inducing the youths to trendy shirts.
"Sometimes people notice a new collection only after the hero wears them in movies. In the north though, the trend is set by the hero himself," he adds.
Most of the T-shirts are procured from Bangalore, Mumbai, Ludhiana or Tirupur.
The T-shirt fabric does not necessarily remain cotton these days. Mixed cotton, polyester, nylon or crushed fabric all make a T-shirt.
"People of all age-groups buy T-shirts. If we have to satisfy them, we need to replenish our stock every fortnight", says S. Vijay, a salesman at the Fifth Avenue Plus showroom at Thillai Nagar.
"Guys mostly choose T-shirts with funky wordings or a few bright phrases painted on top of the shirt with fabric or oil colours. Girls go for short T-shirts, sometimes plain, sometimes with patterns, depending on the person" Mr. Vijay infers.
Collared T-shirts preferred
Basement Blues Manager at Tabs Complex points out: "Older people prefer mostly collared T-shirts which branded names like Reebok line up. We keep a stock of everything to please everyone. The Witco Hi-Fashion boutique near the Head Post Office offers T-shirts at random, for all age groups.
"Kids are more in to Pokemon and Spiderman still. We have a range of T-shirts with cartoon characters, exclusively for them", informs E. Salma, a saleswoman.
In the fashion world, T-shirt as a sought-after attire is second to none.
They have jelled well with traditional Indian wear and become indispensable in the lifestyle of common folks.
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