Mark Twain once said, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
He’s right. Fashion trends prove daily that one iconic piece of fabric can make the average individual look exceptional. Actually, a few iconic t-shirts can help them make history.
Iconic t-shirts are historical, aging back and beyond fashion runways.
Dating back to the 1960’s, iconic t-shirts have enabled the regular joe to articulate subliminal truths, cultural expression, and political declarations sans the bullhorn.
Here are the top 7 most iconic t-shirts of all time.
I “Heart” NY
When Milton Glaser received an invite to design a logo that would celebrate the state of New York, he had no idea the design would make history.
As the story goes, Mr. Glaser took to the back of an envelope and sketched the logo “I Heart NY”. He expected the love fest for New York to be short-lived.
Forty years later, it the most historical OldSchoolTees.com to date.
Mick Jagger’s Rolling Stone’s Tongue t-shirt is one of the iconic t-shirts of the century
The famous lick, a mimic of Mick Jagger’s popular stage expression, is a prominent symbol of rock ‘n’ roll.
This symbol has transcended the front of t-shirts. It’s an emoji and everyday expression for the love of rock’n’ roll.
Some eighties years ago, the first Superman comic burst onto the scene, with vintage Superman Tees dating back to 1978.
The iconic s on the chest is a fashion symbol for pop culture. And as Henry Cavill, star of the recent Superman reboot, Man of Steel, says, “It’s not an ‘S’. It’s a symbol of hope.”
Mickey Mouse T-shirt
Mickey Mouse is like the Bill Gates of the rodent world.
This fictional fan favorite debuted almost ninety years ago and still manages to bring the kid out of the most rigged adults.
When people see Mickey on a t-shirt, they are reminded that imagination is a safe place and it’s okay to be a kid again.
Just Do It by Nike
Nike figured out a way to convince couch potatoes that they could be world athletes.
How? With three little words: Just Do It.
Nike campaigned fashion with fervor and persuaded the world to move more, run more, or simply, just do it.
Adidas may be the only brand able to encourage millions of people to rock their branded shirt without having even owned a pair of their shoes.
Back in the 80’s, if you owned both and donned them at the same time, you were an icon.
Named after it’s creator, Adolf Dassler (Adi + Das = Adidas), the Adidas brand is a symbolic piece of fashion.
When hip-hop artists burst onto the scene, the logo took on many meanings–All Day I Dream About Sports to others things that can only be mentioned on stage by a really cool rapper.
The Fake Tuxedo T-Shirt
The fake tuxedo t-shirt is a classic staple for men who hate to dress up but like to look a little fancy.
It’s the perfect “I have to take my girlfriend somewhere dressy, but I’m not wearing a tux shirt”.
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Fashion influences the world. T-shirts play a part in the overall impact. They aren’t just for comfort, they’re for making iconic statements.
The seven t-shirts are timeless fashion staples that are essential and will be around for decades to come.
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