Crew neck

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A crew-neck T-shirt.

A crew neck (or crew-neck) is a type of shirt or sweater that has a round neckline and no collar, often worn with other layers.[1][2] The T-shirt crew neck was developed in 1932 as an undergarment that would absorb sweat and prevent shoulder pads of American football players from causing chafing.[3] The U.S. Navy was the first of the U.S. armed forces to adopt the crew-neck T-shirt or "Gob Shirt".[3]

In some German American neighborhoods in the North East parts of the United States, "crew neck" sweat shirts are still referred by the German word "Schrank". This is especially true for grey crew neck sweatshirts.[citation needed]

Often the material around the neck is ribbed and added to the t-shirt as a separate piece.


  1. ^ "Crew neck". Merriam-Webster Online. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Sweaters Go Bulky". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 25 August 1957. p. 2. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  3. ^ a b Kirby, Michael B. (Spring 2008). "90th IDPG History of the T-shirt During WW2". 90th Infantry Division Preservation Group. Retrieved 2 August 2010.