Since 1933, the tennis shirt was so popular, that it has become one of the standard categories of clothing. Virtually every major clothier makes some version or variation of Lacoste’s tennis shirt. Today it is worn by both men and women in numerous non-athletic contexts.
In contemporary Western fashion, tennis shirts are considered more casual than woven button-front shirts while still being slightly dressy.
It is also a favored shirt for those working outside, such as groundskeepers and maintenance workers, due to its ruggedness and style. During the 1990s tennis shirt became the standard informal business attire for the high-tech industry and then spread to other industries. Nowadays Polo shirt is often used in retail industry as staff outfit, because it’s less casual than suit, shirt and tie, but more elegant than a regular T-shirt.
In the early 1980s (and also revived briefly in 1997) polo shirts became popular among young professionals in the Nordic countries. This was especially the case in Helsinki, Finland, where blue chip professionals would wear Fred Perry polo shirts in a range of pastels, such as pink and yellow.
Over the years the golf shirt has become a favorite giveaway at many corporate events, and is a fashion style that may be worn with jeans, shorts, slacks and gym shorts. Embroidered Golf Shirts have become the single most popular embroidered product for corporate events.
Terry cloth is a fabric with loops that can absorb large amounts of water. It can be manufactured in two different ways: by weaving or knitting. Terry cloth is woven on special looms that have two beams of longitudinal warp through which the filler or weft is fired laterally.The first industrial production of terry cloth towels was by the English manufacturer Christy.
There are two types of terry fabrics:
Towel Terry is a woven fabric with long loops that can absorb large amounts of water. Its content is usually 100% cotton, but may sometimes contain polyester.
French Terry is a fabric, used in men’s, women’s and children’s clothes. One of its sides is flat, while the other side has cross loops. It is either 100% cotton or contains polyester or elastine like lycra. It is often warp knitted, and the term French Terry is colloquially used for all warp knitted Terry.
It is the length of loops that determines how much fluid is absorbed by the cloth as longer loops provide more surface area to absorb and come in contact with the fluid.
Items that may be made from terry cloth include babies’ diapers, towels, bathrobes, bedlinen, and sweatbands for the wrist or head. Terrycloth is also sometimes used to make sweat jackets. Terry towelling hats with a shallow brim were once popular with cricketers (like English wicketkeeper Jack Russell) but are no longer in fashion.
A letterman jacket, also known as varsity jacket or college jacket.
The term comes from the practice of awarding college sports team participant a “letter” cloth , which is usually the school’s initial or initials.
Today, in order to distinguish “lettermen” from other team participants, schools often establish a minimum level of participation in a team’s events or a minimum level of performance in order for a letter to be awarded. A common threshold in American football and basketball is participation in a set level, often half, of all quarters in a season.
In individual sports such as tennis and golf, the threshold for lettering is generally participation in one half or sometimes two-thirds of all matches contested. Frequently, other members of the team who fail to meet requirements for a letter are awarded a certificate of participation or other award considered to be of lesser value than a letter.
Some schools continue to base the awarding of letters according to performance, in team sports requiring a certain number of scores, steals, baskets or tackles, according to position and sport. In individual sports letters are often determined according to qualification for state meets or tournaments.
This term is not gender-specific; a qualifying participant in women’s basketball or other women’s sports is properly referred to as a letterman, as would be a qualifying female participant on a co-educational sports team.
As a decorative clothing item, the varsity letter has a huge number of variations and no set standard is made to any school on how it should look.
Chenille letters come in many different forms and shapes. Some institutions use Old English or script style, two or three letter monogram, 3D shading, chenille bordered or the traditional straight block style. Students generally receive only one actual letter, but can win the distinction multiple times. These additional designations are shown by adding embroidered sport insignias, modeled metal insert pins, or bars that are attached to the letter. Some schools may embroider non-athletic letters with their award title, such as “Academics” or “Arts”.
Hoodie – also called hooded sweatshirt or hoody.
Most of hoodies have a muff sewn onto a lower front panel and a hood for head protection. The hood often has a drawstring for adjusting the hood opening. Some hoodies has a vertical zipper down the center like most of jackets.
The garment’s style and form can be traced back to Medieval Europe when the normal clothing for monks included a long, decorative hood called a cowl attached to a tunic or robes, and a chaperon or hooded cape was very commonly worn by any outdoors worker. The hooded sweatshirt was first produced in the United States by Champion starting in the 1930s and marketed to laborers who endured freezing temperatures while working in upstate New York. The term hoodie entered popular usage in the 1990s.
The hoodie took off in the 1970s, with several factors contributing to its success. Hip hop culture developed in New York City around this time, and the hoodie’s element of instant anonymity, provided by the accessible hood, appealed to those with criminal intent. High fashion also contributed during this era, as Norma Kamali and other high-profile designers embraced and glamorized the new clothing. Most critical to the hoodie’s popularity during this time was its iconic appearance in the blockbuster Rocky film.
By the 1990s, the hoodie had evolved into a symbol of isolation, a statement of academic spirit, and several fashion collections. The association with chavs or neds in the UK developed around this time, as their popularity rose with that specific demographic. Young men, often skateboarders or surfers, sported the hoodie and spread the trend across the western United States, most significantly in California. The rise of hoodies with university logos began around this time. Tommy Hilfiger, Giorgio Armani, and Ralph Lauren, for example, used the hoodie as the primary component for many of their collections in the 1990s. A crystal-studded hoodie made by rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs was acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
In 1926 Mr. Rene Lacoste at the U.S. Open championship has worn his new invention – a Polo shirt. Tennis players at this time wore “tennis whites” consisting of long-sleeved white button-up shirts (worn with the sleeves rolled up), flannel trousers, and ties. As you can imagine this garment set was creating problems for ease of play and comfort of wearing. Lacoste’s shirt has eliminated all of those problems and perfectly settled down in the tennis industry. Now every tennis player is wearing Polo shirt.
But why a tennis shirt is called “Polo”?
Before Lacoste’s 1933 mass-marketing of his tennis shirt, polo players wore thick long-sleeve shirts made of Oxford-cloth cotton. This shirt was the first to have a buttoned-down collar, which polo players invented in the late 19th century to keep their collars from flapping in the wind (Brooks Brothers’s early president, John Brooks, noticed this while a polo match in England and began producing such shirt in 1896). Brooks Brothers still produce this style of button-down “polo shirt”. Still, like early tennis clothing, those clothes presented a discomfort on the field, and when polo players became aware of Lacoste’s invention in the 1930s they readily adopted it for use in polo. In 1920, Lewis Lacey, a Canadian born of English parents in Montreal, Quebec in 1887, haberdasher and polo player, began producing a shirt that was embroidered with the logo of a polo player, a design originated at the Hurlingham Polo Club near Buenos Aires.
The term polo shirt, which previously had referred only to the long-sleeved buttoned-down shirts traditionally used in polo, soon became a common use name for the tennis shirt; no later than the 1950s, it was in common usage in the U.S. to describe the shirt most commonly thought of as part of formal tennis attire. Indeed, tennis players often would refer to their shirt as a “polo shirt”, notwithstanding the fact that their sport had used it before polo did.
Nowadays you can see this shirt worn by players of sports like baseball, football, golf, rugby and many more.