SUMMER: CUT OFFS (ON TOP)

MAN TANK TOPS: Marlon Brando, Tough, Muscle T-shirt, Hipster cut-off 

 

  Let's Play... Ball

As you know, I'm obsessed with the style of Summer right now - not peplum, not pastels, not laser cut leather, not booties and sundresses - all great Summer Trends...
But the Style of Summer where our styling choices reflect the things we love to do in Summer.

In this season of playing outside, a very intriguingly dressed baseball player stepped onto my train ride home, and I could not stop looking at his uniform. 
The tank style top was unique to the traditional style of baseball uniforms.



I befriended the trendsetter, Shawn, and when I inquired about the choice of sleeveless uniform he said, "It gets really hot when your in Central Park playing ball." It's as simple as that, I suppose.

After a bit of research, I discover Shawn is not the first. But they are far and few between.

Men in Tanks

Marlon Brando on the set of "A Streetcar Named Desire

TOUGH: 

Marlon Brando probably started the tough, sexy look of a man in a tight fitting tank top that turned into the cool Greaser look of the 50s.



The evolution of the tank into the Muscle Shirt
MUSCLE T-SHIRT: 
In the 80s, it became widely known as a muscle t-shirt and just had a pretty negative connotation. Not cool anymore.


Hipster represented: Lumber jack on the face/ graphic tank top on the skinny white body/ admission to riding a bike

Urban Outfitters: Corporation that preys on the Hipster culture

HIPSTER:
Then the Hipster, who was able to take everything that was once Ugly (and still is), made it cool again. No muscles required for tanks, just a lot of confidence. See cut off shorts.


...but Shawn is bringing the buff back, into tanks.

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