Basic Shirts first appeared on Chictopia's streetstyle gallery in Fall 2008 seen on Los Angeles blogger TheStylishWanderer. She styled her blue vintage mens shirt with a blue Levis Vintage Collection vintage jeans, purple Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, and beige Converse shoes. Since then, Basic Shirts have grown in popularity as bloggers from Los Angeles, Manila, and San Francisco have discovered them. Popular brands of Basic Shirts are American Apparel, vintage, Forever 21, Zara, and H&M.
There are currently 5017 streetstyle photos of bloggers wearing Basic Shirts. Most recently, blogger Fashionella of cooknfashion.blogspot.co.il wore her white Mango shirt with a nude asos boots and ivory Lefties pants.