Today we’re going to be looking at famous t shirts from movies and T.V. Movie apparel can be tied to a plot point or show off a characters personality. The clothes of some popular characters, or from a popular movie, can become iconic and a popular t shirt that we start to see worn in the real world. Here are 8 famous t shirts and famous apparel from various movies, specials, and T.V. shows.
Vote For Pedro from movie Napoleon Dynamite
This shirt from the movie Napoleon Dynamite, was worn by the main character Napoleon to support his friend Pedro, who had decided to run for class president against popular girl Summer Wheatley. This shirt is the prime example of an iconic t shirt. After the movie Napoleon Dynamite came out in 2004, the popularity of this shirt spread like a wildfire and it’s still an extremely popular shirt today. It’s also popular as a pin, and I’ve seen it on blankets, hats, and a variety of other things.
Charlie Brown’s Shirt from Comic and Cartoon Peanuts
Charlie Brown is an American comic strip, that is illustrated and written by creator Charles M. Schulz, that has been in newspapers since October 1950. Later this comic strip had very successful television specials as well, such as It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (a personal favorite of mine around Halloween). The main character of the comic and T.V. specials is a young boy named Charlie Brown who always wears the same yellow shirt with the black zig zag stripe going across it that is instantly recognizable whether you are a fan or not.
David Wooderson’s Shirt in Dazed and Confused
So, I can honestly say that I have not seen this movie (I know, I need to watch it), but when I asked some friends about iconic t shirts most of them instantly mentioned this shirt. In the cult classic movie Dazed and Confused, Matthew McConaughey plays character David Wooderson, a man in his early twenties who continues to socialize with teenagers. On his t shirt is the cover on Ted Nugent’s album from 1974 named “Tooth, Fang and Claw” on a white t shirt.
“One in the Oven” Cut Off Slogan T-Shirt from movie Police Academy
Again, this is not a movie I’ve seen, but I do recognize the shirt. The “One in the Oven” shirt worn by main character Carey Mahoney, a man who has been given the choice of joining the police academy or going to jail. I’m not 100% sure when the shirt is worn, but I believe it was worn when he arrives at the police academy (if I’m wrong message me and let me know!)
College Shirt from movie Animal House
I know this shirt well, there are many college dormitory walls that have a poster of actor John Belushi, playing character John “Bluto” Blutarsky, wearing the iconic ‘College’ shirt. John is one of the members of the misfit fraternity members that the movie follows. When we meet him, he is urinating outside of the fraternity’s house.
Shirt worn by character Alan from the movie The Hangover
A comedy film that came out in 2009, The Hangover became almost instantly popular. Everyone has heard of the movie, and knows the entire plot, even if they haven’t seen it. This shirt is worn by the socially inept character Alan, the man who seems to be the reason this group of friends keep getting into trouble. He is probably the most well-known character from the movies, when anyone mentions The Hangover he is the first thing that pops to mind.
Flash’s T Shirt from the movie Flash Gordon
FLASH! AAAHHHHaaahhhhhh! Another cult classic, Flash Gordon is a comic strip turned science fiction movie, following a NY Jets quarterback who is tricked into a ship that takes then to an alien planet where he and Dale Arden must escape from, as well as save the Earth from the planet’s Emperor Ming. While wearing his Earth clothes, character Flash Gordon is wearing the iconic white t shirt with his name FLASH written across it in red lettering.
The Puffy Shirt from T.V. series Seinfeld
And last but not least, we can’t talk about iconic shirts without mentioning the puffy shirt from an episode of the popular T.V. show Seinfeld, a sitcom that aired from 1989 to 1998. This shirt appeared in the second episode of Season 5, in an episode known as “The Puffy Shirt.” In the episode Jerry is feeling embarrassed while being forced to wear the shirt, referred to as the “pirate” shirt, on The Today Show. The original shirt worn in the episode is on display at the National Museum of American History.
These are 8 iconic t shirts from movies, specials and T.V. shows. If I missed your favorite famous t shirt let me know! I’d love to learn about more, and maybe even add to the list. Until next time!