Hindsight Fashion: The Baby Tee

30 Sep

Throughout the decades, teenagers have attempted to prove their coolness by wearing questionable accessories, hairstyles and items of clothing. Hindsight Fashion is a new section about those trends that, in Hindsight, we probably wish we hadn’t worn.

This week’s Hindsight Fashion is the Baby Tee.

The Baby Tee (any t-shirt that is both tight and short) was a trend that arose in the mid-nineties, largely in response to the massive teen movie hit, Clueless. Celebrities such as The Spice Girls, Pamela Anderson, and Britney Spears were all fans of the Baby Tee.

The Baby Tee was often seen with a graphic element across the chest, such as the heart pictured on the late Brittany Murphy on the Clueless movie poster (right). Other popular Baby Tee graphics included happy faces and tie-dye patterns.

The Baby Tee was largely a female trend. Its short length exposed the midriff of its wearers, highlighting an emerging trend at the time, navel piercing.

Baby Tees sustained their popularity through the nineties via their usage in the Band Tee realm. I personally can say that I had Baby Tees proclaiming the names of each of my favorite teenaged bands: NOFX, Less Than Jake, The Planet Smashers, the list goes on.

Popularity of the Baby Tee began to wane in the early 2000’s as low-rise jeans became the norm. T-shirt hemlines began to creep downward to meet the waist of lower rise styles. Current popular hemlines hitting at or below the hip have nudged the Baby Tee out of the spotlight in favor of a slightly more modest look.

Will the Baby Tee return to our closets once more? Britney Spears likes to think so. And maybe that answers our question.

9 Responses to “Hindsight Fashion: The Baby Tee”

  1. Beth-Anne September 30, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    Thanks for the flashback and reminding me why baby tees need to stay buried in the backs of closets everywhere. Britney, are you listening?

    • thehindsightletters October 1, 2010 at 9:08 am #

      Sadly, I don’t think Britney shares our opinion 🙂 Thanks for reading, Beth-Anne! I really love your blog 🙂

  2. Mom's Me Time September 30, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    visiting from bloggy mom’s…now following you on twitter http://twitter.com/momsmetime

    • thehindsightletters October 1, 2010 at 9:11 am #

      Thanks for the visit, and the follow! I’m following you now too 🙂

  3. yoursonginmyear September 30, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    I laughed when I saw this, because, last week while looking for a choker picture… I found a pic of me, around 12, wearing a baby tee, and a big metal ball choker. Too funny. **Clueless was always such an inspiration, to this day, I really really want to leave the house in knee high socks. Think I could be too old now. 😉

    • thehindsightletters October 1, 2010 at 9:17 am #

      That is super awesome. The epitome of 90’s style 😉 I totally share your knee-high socks dream- they are back in this season! Sadly, I think they might be a bit risque for the playgroup circuit, so I don’t think I’m able to partake either 😦


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