Literary Paraphernalia: Shakespeare Shirts

Want to look literary this summer? You could always walk around with a book or two, or you could wear some awesome Shakespeare inspired shirts. If you’re interested in owning any of these shirts, click on the image and you’ll be taken to the Etsy.Com page where the shirts are for sale.

Our first shirt features a quote from Twelfth Night. Orsino is crushing hard on Olivia, and Olivia doesn’t return his sentiment so, of course, as any love struck person would do, Orsino listens to music while plotting a new way of winning Olivia’s favor. For more, read the play. To look cool, wear the shirt.

Beat the heat in this cropped shirt featuring none other than The Bard’s face. Wearing a dude’s face on your shirt is cool, right? I think so, at least.

Heck yes I do. I mean we do. I mean, you should wear this shirt because it’s cool. There’s just something about a man with a mastery of words that looks awesome on a t-shirt.

This slouchy-shirt is long sleeved, but will keep you cool nonetheless. Want to hear a funny story? I did this scene from Henry V in class, and I was playing Kate and my scene partner was playing Henry. We originally agreed to NOT do the kiss, and to capture the surprise that Kate would have when Henry kissed her without her permission, my scene partner did the same, in class, during our final. At least we got the A.

For those that don’t know, there are multiple versions of Shakespeare’s text, called Quartos and Folios. This t-shirt is the first page of the first quarto of Hamlet. And I want it. You should too. It’s a pretty bitchin’ shirt.

This t-shirt quote comes from The Merchant of Venice, a comedy featuring one of Shakespeare’s strongest women, Portia, and most persecuted Jew, Shylock. Read the play and wear the shirt, because both will make you the most awesome kid on the block this summer.

Ah, the Elizabethan stage at The Globe Theatre. This shirt features a drawing of the stage, before artists had developed the concept of perspective, so it’s a little wonky, but hey, it’s still cool looking.

This hand-painted tank top features a quote from The Tempest, a play that begins with a terrible storm stranding the passengers on their way to Italy. But don’t worry, the weather is supposed to be pretty nice this summer, and this tank top will look good while you enjoy the sunny weather.

The liberal, peace loving, sentimental Shakespearean in me loves everything about this shirt. I would not only rock this shirt this summer, but I’d hug anyone else wearing it as well.

What can I say? When a t-shirt is right, it’s right. Romeo and Juliet isn’t so much about love we should emulate as much as it is a warning against the destructiveness of family feuds.

Bonus item! This isn’t a t-shirt, but I found it on Etsy.Com and it is pretty awesome, so I had to share it here:

Hamlet leggings!


About ThePandaBard

Amanda is the Managing Editor at The Poetics Project and of The Socialist, the national magazine of The Socialist Party USA. She graduated with a BA in English Education and a minor in Political Science. She is currently enrolled in an English MA program with an emphasis in Literature. During her free time, Amanda enjoys writing poetry, reading, traveling, crocheting, watching entire seasons of campy shows on Netflix, and, of course, writing blogs. You can follow Amanda on Twitter @ThePandaBard, on Pinterest @ThePandaBard, or on Medium @ThePandaBard. You can also find her research on Academia.Edu at Cpp.Academia.Edu/MandaRiggle.
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