Modern Living: The Breakout of the Undershirt

Undershirts received an almost fatal blow in 1934, when Clark Gable stripped off his shirt in It Happened One Night to reveal only a bare chest underneath. Suddenly this summer, the undershirt is very much back in—but not as an undergarment. Violently colored and decorated with cartoon characters (Mickey Mouse), symbols of dissent (a marijuana plant) or simple slogans (Fly the Friendly Skies of Cambodia), the shirts are a bright new trend for the kids—and the Over-30s too. Much more than other clothing, they are designed to convey the wearer's feelings. Hearts on...

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