The sweater and or longsleeve itself is centuries old (its ancestor went under chain mail). By the end of the nineteenth century, fashionable clothing had become more relaxed as outdoor and leisure pursuits grew in popularity, and knitted underwear transformed into outer-wear and sport-wear.
In spite of the handicap of an unattractive name, (Its dictionary derivation is a garment to sweat in.) sweaters and longsleeves have become the modern way of life.
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