For me, the simple little cute T-shirt is a fashion staple.
Cotton tees are versatile and timeless. As cheap tops, T-shirts come plain or patterned, in every color imaginable, with short or long sleeves, scoop, square, boat or V-neck.
A cool women's t shirt can fit loosely or snugly on the body, depending on mood and/or activity.I can be casual in a plain white, well-fitting tee with a decent pair of jeans and classic mules. I can throw a jacket over that and a scarf, and I'm ready for a day in town or at the park.
But my cotton tee can do so much more!
I can put on a red or blue striped tee with a pair of neutral pants, some sandals and a snazzy little straw fedora, and I feel nautical and nice.
When I trade the stripes for solid and the jacket for a shawl, I am on a different style adventure.
I can layer a cotton tee shirt under my comfy cozy sweater for a day in, or wear a snug little silky number under a silver-threaded cardigan, some slim black pants, some sparkly accessories and my dancing shoes for a night out. (That's when I put on the red lipstick.)
And of course, I can layer cute T shirts in so many ways for work.
I do have other tops, I really do.
But I find myself turning to t-shirts most of the time. A cool women's t-shirt shows off my curves in a gentle way, so I feel just a little bit sexy in it.
What woman, young or old, doesn't like to feel like that?
The T-shirt dress is almost as popular as the cotton tee-shirt itself.
Does any woman go to the beach or on a cruise without at least one in her suitcase?
A touch of Spandex or Elastane revs up the simple cotton jersey knit so it becomes appropriate for both professional and evening dresses.
These and other synthetic fabric additives lend exceptional drape in wrap and ruched styles. Roll it up, pack it up, and it will shake out when you get where you are going.
Polyester and other fiber combinations also may add luster to the fabric.
A nifty blazer takes the T shirt dress to work. Glamorous jewelry and high heels create a fashion-forward ensemble for evening.
Admit it: You have at least one set of cotton knit PJs with a T-shirt top, and you can't wash them fast enough for the next wearing!
Cotton knit pajamas are another comfortable and popular use for this versatile cotton fabric. I see them with every kind of label, from designer names to unknown imports.
Soft to the skin, breathable for those nights of menopausal sweat and chills, cute T-shirt jammies may look so much like yoga wear, they can even make a short trip to the mailbox or neighborhood grocery store.
The cotton T shirt was quite the innovation in its day.
Before the circular loom was invented, people wore itchy knit wool garments that easily stretched when washed.
What makes cotton tees distinctive is the interlocking knit weave, called jersey. This fine knit dates back to medieval time, according to .
Tubular, seamless cotton for the body of the T shirt was rolled out just in time for the Spanish-American War in 1898 (Wikipedia).
Imagine the relief of soldiers storming San Juan Hill in the sultry subtropical climate of Cuba, freed from the prickly weight of woollen skivvies.
"A T-shirt (or tee-shirt, or tee) is a style of fabric shirt, named after the T shape of the body and sleeves. It is normally associated with short sleeves, a round neck line known as a 'crew neck,' and no collar," Wikipedia explains.
Cotton crops take a lot of fresh water. If you've been paying attention to the news, you know that drought, population growth, and climate change as stressing fresh water supplies as the planet moves toward environmental crisis.
The WWF (World Wildlife Federation) estimates 7,000 to 29,000 liters of water are needed to produce one kilogram of cotton fiber he Impact of Cotton on Freshwater Resources and Ecosystems, 1999. That makes one tee-shirt and jeans.
Because insects and diseases love soft, comfy cotton as much as humans, cotton is a crop that relies on pesticides.
So organic cotton is even more expensive to produce.
Despite these obstacles, women's cotton clothing remains a popular choice for both winter and summer garments.
Soft to the skin, moisture wicking, easy to dye or silk screen with an infinite variety of colors and patterns, cotton and cotton-blend fabrics are sought-after by shoppers who value natural fibers.
Cute T-shirts of comfy jersey knit and the eminently versatile T-shirt dress make cotton affordable and attractive.