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From:Melissa Phong <melissap@...>
Date:Thursday, December 2, 1999, 18:17
>Umm. Here is American men's wear terminology, from the inside out:
>undershirt: the garment nearest the skin, sometimes in the form >of a T-shirt, sometimes in the form with two shoulder straps >("tank tops", though that term is also applied to shirts in this >form).
Just to clarify, for those that are still confused. Nobody actually wears=20 these anymore, (except my grandfather) at least not where I'm from.=20 (Northwestern U.S.) They are not like long johns (they have short sleeves or no sleeves and are= =20 much more light weight). They are not part of the "layered" look either. Th= at=20 is, it's not just a regular T-shirt or tank top that you would wear under a= =20 sweater or something to keep you warm.=20 My mom always called them under T- shirts, and they look kind of like that,= =20 except that (at least the ones I've seen) are always white, and are clearly= =20 not meant to be seen by the general public. They are underwear (or=20 underpants) for the top half of your body. Most similar to briefs.=20 They are not just for men either. My mom made my sister and I wear them unt= il=20 we were old enough for bras. Finally, I read once that they went out of fashion when Marlon Brando did t= he=20 movie, "A Streetcar Named Desire." He was clearly not wearing an undershirt= =20 in that film so it became "cool" and "manly" not to wear them.