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2004: Napoleon Dynamite wore his "Vote for Pedro" tee in the film "Napolean Dynamite".

100 years of the T-shirt

Seems hard to believe something as ubiquitous as the T-shirt was ever . . . new. But that's what it was back in 1913, when the U.S. Navy ordered them for sailors to wear under their uniforms. To celebrate the fashion staple's 100th birthday, we've gathered a quick look at its history and some classic and not-so-classic tees to keep you cool the rest of the summer.

1913: The tee is
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1913: The tee is "born" as official undergarment to be worn under Navy uniforms.

1951: Marlon Brando in
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1951: Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire" renews interest with his muscle-baring torn crewneck. "Stellaaaaa!"

1960s: Underwear becomes outerwear with iconic styles like
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1960s: Underwear becomes outerwear with iconic styles like the tie-dye and Che Guevara tees (ironically, the pro-Communist fighter for Cuba becomes an icon of capitalist merchandising).

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1970s: Tees soar in popularity, and tux, smiley-face
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1970s: Tees soar in popularity, and tux, smiley-face and message tees are all the rage--especially the "I Love NY" tourism campaign tee, spawning an "I (Heart)" movement.

1980s: Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas wore
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1980s: Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas wore T-shirts with blazers in hit TV show "Miami Vice".

1980s:
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1980s: "Miami Vice" offers the tee-with-suit look.

2004: Napoleon Dynamite wore his
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2004: Napoleon Dynamite wore his "Vote for Pedro" tee in the film "Napolean Dynamite".

Rebecca Taylor's current line includes various modern takes
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Rebecca Taylor's current line includes various modern takes on the tee--from abstract prints to all-leather to this one in silk and lace; $265 at Rebecca Taylor, Manhattan, and rebeccataylor.com.

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Corporations love the humble tee, if only because
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Corporations love the humble tee, if only because somewhere along the line we swallowed the notion that it’s not only fun but cool to be a walking billboard with free advertising emblazoned on our chests--as on this men's Mountain Dew graphic tee; $12 at JCPenney stores and jcpenney.com.

You don't have to be a sports fan
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You don't have to be a sports fan to like the sporty look of the classic, two-tone baseball tee, with raglan sleeves; $24.95 at select Gap stores and similar styles at gap.com.

Some wear their hearts on their sleeve-others all
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Some wear their hearts on their sleeve-others all over their t-shirts, as in this collage-print tee from Route 66; $10.49 at select Kmart stores and kmart.com.

3.1 Phillip Lim's grunge-inspired line includes this
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3.1 Phillip Lim's grunge-inspired line includes this "I Love Nueva York" tee in cotton jersey; $145 at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and saks.com.

Sheer, sexy and sporty-Splendid's baseball tee in Lurex
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Sheer, sexy and sporty-Splendid's baseball tee in Lurex with shirttail hem, scores in both style and comfort; $75 at Scoop NYC stores and scoopnyc.com.

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Some tees can be dressed up or down,
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Some tees can be dressed up or down, like J. McLaughlin's Catalina tee in a garden print, made of the brand's signature Catalina cloth, a nylon/spandex jersey that resists wrinkles (pack it and head to the real Catalina) and drapes just so; $135 at STORE TKTK, Locust Valley; STORE TKTK, Southampton; and jmclaughlin.com.

To celebrate the tee's centennial-and its military origins-CustomInk
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To celebrate the tee's centennial-and its military origins-CustomInk is hosting monthly t-shirt fundraisers for each branch of the armed forces. July's "Semper Fi" tee honors the Marines; $20 (with profits-at least $10 per shirt-benefiting the Yellow Ribbon Fund, a nonprofit supporting injured veterans and their families) at tshirtbirthday.com.

Colorful caviar beads adorn this burnout tee; $38
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Colorful caviar beads adorn this burnout tee; $38 at A/X Armani Exchange stores and armaniexchange.com.

Crews, tanks and v-necks sport vintage illustrations of
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Crews, tanks and v-necks sport vintage illustrations of Disney's Mickey Mouse; $12.94 and up in men's, women's and kids sizes at Old Navy stores and oldnavy.com.

Upscale men's knitwear brand Orley has been on
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Upscale men's knitwear brand Orley has been on the scene just a couple of seasons now but that's long enough to make a statement and get noticed, thanks to their bold color-combos and innovative patterns. Not for every guy-clearly-but fashion-forward types who appreciate a glimpse of unexpected edge will dig items from the spring line-like this silk/cotton Petra tee-inspired by intricate tapestries in the Islamic Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; $395 at Bergdorf Goodman, Carson Street Clothiers and Fivestory, Manhattan; or for info visit orley.us.

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Before summer's out, catch a wave, or at
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Before summer's out, catch a wave, or at least this tee from the new The Tourist by Burkman Bros. collection for guys; $24, at JCPenney stores and jcpenney.com.

This season it's all about the pocket--you'll find
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This season it's all about the pocket--you'll find them in different colors, ripped off the shirt, or oversized, as in Rag & Bone's basic pocket tee in leather; $325 at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and saks.com.

Graphic and logo tees for young men from
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Graphic and logo tees for young men from Calvin Klein, Sean John and more; $28 to $34.50 at Macy's stores and macys.com.

The Navy's
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The Navy's "light undershirt" of 1913 had sleeves "only long enough to cover the armpit," but you can bag sleeves entirely with this U.S. Youth tee from Second Sunday; $44, look for the line at Mr. Tique, Woodbury; Impulse, Westhampton Beach; or secondsunday.com.

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