Photo by Salt Water New England

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The Fun Shirt

Muffy Aldrich wearing her 1980s Fun Shirt.

 In the 1970s, a Brooks Brothers' factory trainee, when practicing putting together shirts from scraps of fabric, assembled a combination that attracted the attention of VP Ash Wall, who commented, "These are some fun shirts."  

Brooks Brothers decided to offer these "Fun" shirts to the public, and other clothing companies copied.  I bought this one from the Sero factory in the late 1980s.  

The Fun Shirt format has also been riffed upon, with "Fun" tartan shirts being one example. 

Fun Shirts should be worn judiciously.  As with critter pants, patterned socks, and rowing blazers, they can very easily come off as a bit overenthusiastic.

Photo Credits:  Salt Water New England




13 comments:

  1. I wear mine from time to time. It always gets compliments. I have had people offer me money for it.

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  2. I had one ages ago. It never provided fun. So I gave it away.

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  3. I enjoy seeing them on other people, although I probably wouldn't wear one myself. It can seem like trying a bit too hard.

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  4. In the UK there was a brief fashion for wearing these with a tuxedo. Opinion was divided!

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  5. Very much appreciate the term 'overenthusiastic' used in this context. There can be a fine line between tasteful, sartorial wink and preppy cosplay, and sometimes it can be difficult to fall on the right side of that line--best to control for vectors of occasion, environment and locus. Under the heading of discretion is the better part of valor, never want to be seen as overenthusiastic.

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  6. I just bought a new one for the summer.

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  7. I have had a few in my rotation beginning in the 80s. The first was a winter one from Gant. I wear them mostly in the summer now. A couple from Polo and 3 from the Brothers Brooks. I particularly like wearing them when I sit in my Adirondack Chairs.

    David J. Cooper

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  8. I have an old Tommy Hilfiger. I never knew they called were fun shirts!

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  9. As Talleyrand said: "surtout, pas trop de zèle" – above all, not too much enthusiasm.

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  10. A must have! Truly a wardrobe staple! Thank you so very much!

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  11. I have an old Polo one which, while it doesn't get worn much, I would never give up. Yes, it's "fun". But for me, it's all about the 80s nostalgia when I put it on.

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  12. HA! I remember these from the 80's. Love them!!! I had forgotten all about them! They're so cool because they go with a bunch of colors. Remember the VW Golf back in the day that was painted similarly - green door, red hood, blue fender, etc? --Holly in PA

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  13. Brooks Brothers had the option to customize a fun shirt a few years back and I couldn’t resist. I do wear it sparingly.
    JM, VA

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