The Reason For The Loop On The Back Of Your Shirt Is Actually Amazing.


We've all seen this shirt loop, but probably not given it too much thought.

Over the years, one thing about popular culture that ebbs and flows the most is fashion. Think about it: At one time or another, it was considered chic to lace yourself into a corset, add a massive skirt, and top it all off with some kind of heavy cloak. Men's fashion has been just as fleeting, but their clothing has carried on some of its smaller details over the years, old-timey bits and bobs making their way into modern fashion without anyone really noticing.

Take, for instance, the shirt loop. You've all see them before, but probably don't know the history behind them -- or why they were invented in the first place. The answer is pretty fascinating, especially when you consider that most men's shirts are still made with them today. Who knew that such a small detail would be one of the few things to stand the test of fashion time?

Does anyone have a clue what their real purpose is?

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Well, maybe you can guess.

Instead of hangers and closets, these loops were used to hold the clothes on a wire line to dry, and to hang on hooks in your home because there weren't really any closets.

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According to fashion history, the loops were originally used by East Coast sailors.

One excerpt reads that "sailors would hang their shirts on ship hooks when changing. This detail soon found itself off the ships and onto the streets. The trend started with the US made Oxford button down shirts in the 1960′s."

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Back then, they were called locker loops.

Shirts began having loops in 1960 and they helped men hang their clothing neatly inside gym locker rooms.

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Many thought that this would prevent the need for things like hangers.

After all, it's much easier to pop this loop over a hook than it is to hang your shirt on an actual wire hanger.

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In some circles, they even had a bit of social significance.

Most notably, shirt loops became part of Ivy League dating culture.


Young ladies would rip the locker loops on the shirts of boys they found cute, which would sometimes result in the shirt ripping off.

Additionally, guys would cut their loops off to prove that they were already taken by a girlfriend.


Strange to think that shirt loops were like an old school promise ring.

We suppose every generation has its customs, right?

It's true that the shirt loop has a slightly strange and rich history.

But the fact of the matter is, they were also insanely practical.


Now that closets and wardrobes exist, these loops are just for decoration.

But you can still go ahead and hang your shirt by its loop -- you know, for old time's sake.

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Next, here's why there's tiny buttons on your jeans.