Those subcultures came together in a pop culture vortex over the course of the '90s, with fashion and popular entertainment birthing a new clothing staple.
And for some reason this is offensive to nobody. Let's start at the beginning. Way back in the medieval era , when knights and lords and queens ruled the European land, there was such a thing as a " waif beater.
That man, left abandoned on the field and certainly ready to be speared, was called a "waif beater," with "waif" referring to an abandoned person and "beater" as in he's about to get beat. So when did it become synonymous with a man's white undershirt?
It seems the association of male anger with white tank tops built slowly over the course of decades, starting around the midth century — with a viral news story, of course. In , a man named James Hartford Jr. Post-World War II, filmmakers became transfixed with films about violent, abusive and outright dangerous men, and the tight white tank top became a regular onscreen occurrence.
Think A Streetcar Named Desire. Think Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Think Bonnie and Clyde. In each of those films, as the men started to get increasingly heated or upset, their go-to move was to rip off their shirts — only to reveal a white, sweat-stained undershirt.
Those subcultures came together in a pop culture vortex over the course of the '90s, with fashion and popular entertainment birthing a new clothing staple. As for fashion, popular rappers like Snoop Dogg commonly wore undershirts, as did fashionable women with their oh-so-'90s flared jeans — picture Kate Moss in her Calvins.
In the same era, movies like Goodfellas and TV shows like Cops — in which men wearing white undershirts made regular appearances when being arrested for beating their wives — were becoming pop culture staples, as was hip-hop music as America's prevailing musical genre.
Why we still say it: Search this thread only Search this forum only Display results as threads. Feb 19, 1. I take an oath right now to solemnly swear to never use the above mentioned tank top as a fashion statement! That out of the way, who makes the best fitting ones? I need to wear 'em sometimes in the hotter months instead of t-shirts under shirts.
So I can barely tuck them in and they bunch up halfway up my stomach, which is really irritating. I can seldom find one that stays in place. Suggestions on ones that are long enough to stay tucked and yet keep their composure? Do you need an absolute perfect posture at all times to keep one on? Feb 19, 2. Feb 19, 3. This is the best and most iconic brand. We call them "Marcels" after the French 's boxer Marcel Cerdan who wore them when training.
Feb 19, 4. Feb 19, 5. Does anyone make these pre-distressed like bluejeans? Feb 19, 6. I tend to wear either Gap or Nautica brand and like them both Gap is longer and thinner and come in white, grey, and black.
However, they do shrink lengthwise over time. Nautica are not as long but are thicker and I have yet to shrink one. They're available in white and, I think, navy blue. Feb 19, 7. Feb 19, 8.
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