Fashion has given us many inventions that have saved lots of time on many things related to clothing. Most of the inventions are actually useful to us and can help us in times of emergency, while others are there for pure cosmetic reasons. Though, fashion has evolved tenfold since the prehistoric man wore the first leaf to hide its nether regions and people of Greece wrapped themselves in sheets, something have been left as a reminder of the past on our clothes that may come in handy to us in present and one of such things is the loop on the back of the shirt, mostly men’s shirts. We have the reason why these loops are there in the first place and what they do to help us?
The shirt and the loop behind the shirt
Men’s shirt is a lot different from women’s. The history of a garment worn on the upper body goes back to 3000 BC which gave us a linen shirt that was highly sophisticated and luxurious. It was found in the tomb of First Egyptian Dynasty at Tarkan. In the middle ages, it was a garment worn under regular garments and was used as undergarment. But by the 1900s, wearing just a shirt became a fashion and there were lots of different types of shirts. But in the modern era, there has been one thing peculiar in all the men’s shirts. They seem to have a loop on the back of the shirts for some reason. We did a little digging and came up with the real reason.
The reason behind the loop on the shirt
You must have seen this kind of loop on the back of factory made shirts that you buy. These loops are known as locker loops and they were invented in a time when people didn’t used to have wardrobes to store their shirts. Hence, the shirts were hung using the loops in the hallway and they also helped the shirt to have a perfect form and not get a wrinkle. Back in a time when techniques of ironing the shirts had not been invented, hanging the shirts like this to dry was the only way to ensure that little or no wrinkles formed on the shirt. Now however, we have many techniques of ironing and some of them are displayed in the video below. Take a look.
Who exactly started the trend?
Originally, the loop was used by the East Coast sailors, who used to hang their shirts on the hooks on the ships, when changing clothes. Soon enough, this detail came on to the streets and the Oxford button down shirts of the US started including it in the 1960’s. In fact, later the loop even became a part of the Ivy League dating culture as well, where they were used to show interest in the person and also to denote relationship status. Interestingly, young ladies used to rip the locker loops of the shirts of boys they found to be cute, and sometimes, this would even result in the ripping of the shirt itself. And sometimes, the guys would themselves remove the loop to show to the girls that was taken by some other girl.
Now, you see, these little loops also have a story to tell. Really, who knew?!