40s/50s-style quarter-length sleeve T-shirts?

BigBrother

New Member
For years and years I've been very interested in the very short-sleeve style of T-shirt you see on WWII service members, Marlon Brando, and the like. References:

https://maritime.org/pres/potrack/pots.htm

https://49fe30bb3aa7406c16dc-5c968119d095dc32d807923c59347cc2.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/2013.150.202_1.jpg

http://www.bungojungo.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/kenclark21.jpg

https://img.posterlounge.co.uk/images/big/1870228.jpg

https://media.newyorker.com/photos/5ac3a6d7fcbcc5334fdfad94/master/pass/571109_r31901.jpg

https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/a73c...at&fit=max&s=6def5b687b07c9db1810438fe32119da

I've found nothing pre-made that's cut like this for men today (I even tried women's cuts which did somewhat well, but failed in certain parts.) My best approximation is a style of Uniqlo T-shirt that fits well and I roll the sleeves. I had my tailor try fixing the roll, and then just shortening the sleeves, and neither worked out well.

Do you know anyone who might make these today?

There are a few WWII repro vendors who make these but they're usually very expensive and sold overseas from me:

https://www.eastmanleather.com/318/us-navy-plain.jpg

and aren't available in the usual spectrum of T-shirt colors available today (I'd like different grays, black, etc. in addition to white.)

Thanks all!
 

katon

Super Member
If you haven't asked already, I would suggest asking the folks down at the Fedora Lounge, as they love not only Fedoras, but 1930s/40s style in general, often to the finest details.

Trad folks appreciate WWII and 50s items, but tend to be a bit more forgiving. A black made-in-Malaysia non-iron buttondown that doesn't roll might cause them to protest, but if there's a white undershirt that has longer sleeves, not as many people will go looking for alternatives. Sometimes this is hard to predict, though, like the vocal minority that seem willing to die on the hill of drawstring pajamas rather than elastic, or the long tail on a polo shirt. :)
 

BigBrother

New Member
If you haven't asked already, I would suggest asking the folks down at the Fedora Lounge, as they love not only Fedoras, but 1930s/40s style in general, often to the finest details.

Trad folks appreciate WWII and 50s items, but tend to be a bit more forgiving. A black made-in-Malaysia non-iron buttondown that doesn't roll might cause them to protest, but if there's a white undershirt that has longer sleeves, not as many people will go looking for alternatives. Sometimes this is hard to predict, though, like the vocal minority that seem willing to die on the hill of drawstring pajamas rather than elastic, or the long tail on a polo shirt. :)
Yep, I’ve already had a few conversations over there about this very same topic :).
 
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