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Q-KIPEDIA: THAT 50'S BOWLING SHIRT

by Han San Chong May 02, 2016

Q-KIPEDIA: THAT 50'S BOWLING SHIRT

That 50's bowling shirt....a retro revival style seen on the fashion runway or some 50's themed Hollywood movie lately? I bet everyone has some impression of this shirt style or perhaps even own a piece or two of them. How did this style of shirt comes about and what's the history behind it? 

Bowling has been a very popular sports in the US for a very long time and there's even a bowling alley inside the White House in Washington D.C. for Presidential use. But why exactly is the 50s bowling look so iconic? The 50s was the golden decade of Hollywood glamour and the rise of 'Rockabilly' - one of the earliest style of Rock and Roll music and the Rockabilly fashion trend at that time was open collar shirt with two-tone prints or panelling.

The influence of Rockabilly fashion infiltrated into the bowling sports fashion. Different teams wore shirts with different tones of panelling on their shirts. Signature details include the wide collar (some calls it Hawaiian collar), straight hem, two tone vertical panellings and boxy silhouette.

In today's latest menswear trend, the bowling has come back in a big way with designer brands showcasing men's shirt in bowling shirts detailings. Take a look at 3 of the re-interpretation of the 50's bowling shirt trend. 





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Sizing Chart
SHIRT SIZING

Size

Chest (Shirt) Chest (Body) Collar Shoulder Sleeve Length
46 40" / 102cm 36" / 91cm 15" / 38cm 17" / 43cm 25" / 63.5cm 28.5" / 72cm
48 42" / 107cm 38" / 96.5cm 15.5" / 39.5cm 17.5" / 44.5cm 25.5" / 65cm 29" / 73.5cm
50 44" / 112cm 40" / 102cm 16" / 40.5cm 18" / 45.5cm 26" / 66cm 29.5" / 75cm
52 46" / 117cm 42" / 107cm 16.5" / 42cm 18.5" / 47cm 26.5" / 67.3cm 30" / 76cm
54 48" / 122cm 44" / 112cm 17" / 43.2cm 19" / 48cm 27" / 68.5cm 30.5" / 77.5cm
56 50" / 127cm 46" / 117cm 17.5" / 44.5cm 19.5" / 49.5cm 27.5" / 70cm 31" / 78.5cm