You can tell a lot about people by looking at their t-shirts: There are the hipsters sporting logos for bands you’ve never heard of, geeks with Einstein or Latin quotes emblazoned across their fronts, and Jersey girls who think spelling words like “Princess” or “Bitch” in faux-Swarovski crystals on their boobs is the height of fashion. Somewhat recently, we’ve seen casual wear go highbrow in the form of a raft of small, literature-inspired t-shirt lines. And while we’ve found a ton of covetable designs, we do want to make sure that those of you buying book-nerd clothing understand the silent messages you’re sending. After the jump, we read between the lines of 10 literary t-shirts.
Oscar Wilde: “I talk witty shit about you behind your back.”
Kurt Vonnegut: “I am a curmudgeon in training.”
Virginia Woolf: “Smart, whimsical, and self-dramatizing writer seeks same.”