3 small businesses to shop for pop culture T-shirts

Have you been searching for some cute pieces to update your style *and* represent your niche interests? Look no further, bb! Whether you're looking to rep your favorite artist (Harry Styles crewneck anyone?), show off your diehard love of a classic novel (how about a Pride and Prejudice tote bag?) or sashay to class with a sassy slogan on your shirt (wait, a Y2K baby tee identical to the one Rachel wears in Friends?), these three shops have all the adorable attire you could ever want.

The Common Room


Brimming with bookish apparel and accessories, The Common Room is guaranteed to have items for all your fave fandoms. An aesthetic remake of the classic orange Camp Half-Blood T-shirt to appease your inner half-blood? Check! Cozy, Hogwarts house-inspired sweaters (perfect for curling up for a much-needed wizarding world rewatch)? Yep! Oversized graphic tees merging your most recent hyper obsessions (Hearstopper x Harry Styles or Little Women x Taylor Swift, the choice is yours)? You've got it! With new launches every Tuesday, each pertaining to new pop culture or fiction-inspired lore, the only thing we love more than the shop's Harry Potter-inspired name is its plethora of amazing items.

Favorite Child Collective 


A year after having gone viral for having designed the original (that's right, the original) "Bella, where the hell have you been loca?" baby tee, Favorite Child Collective has expanded to include a wide variety of T-shirts and tote bags alike. While you can still purchase the OG Jacob-inspired tee, you can now find an entire collection devoted to the iconic Twilight characters. But that isn't all. More tees and totes with graphics ranging from Mitski and Lana Del Rey lyrics (sad girl Tumblr rise) to the Pride and Prejudice hand scene or the Little Women sisters (plus Jo's iconic speech on the back). All must-haves to show off your immaculate taste—and look amazing doing it!

Romantic Blue


Although Y2K style has totally taken over in the past few years, it can still be tough to find baby tees that perfectly sum up what you'd like to say *and* look adorable. Not to worry, Romantic Blue has you covered. The shop is full of shirts with catchy sayings, all pertaining to pop culture. Popular amongst micro-influencers on TikTok (you knew you'd seen that "New York is my boyfriend" tee somewhere) and including pieces that fit perfectly into outfits for trending aesthetics (downtown girl or rockstar GF, anyone?), the shop is on its way to becoming the next small business to take over the internet. Better yet- you'll be able to say you were one of the first to hop on the bandwagon! 

Now that you've seen for yourself all the fashionable finds these shops have to offer, don't hesitate to shop small! When your bestie inevitably asks where you found your totally unique tee, don't hesitate to tell her all about your fave new online business, including the "Steve's babysitting" shirt you spotted that will indulge her ongoing Stranger Things obsession. You'll not only be serving looks but also showing off your greatest asset—your personality.

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by Madeline Morrow | 11/21/2022