The humble t-shirt is a favourite wardrobe essential for many people all over the world. Maybe it’s their throw-on-and-go ease or because that they’re an extension of the wearer’s personality. Or it could be that they’re just so comfortable and can be worn just about anywhere and anytime. 

Whatever it is, there’s no doubt that tees have enjoyed a steady rise in popularity since they became mainstream. We can thank Marlon Brando and his famous scene in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ for managing to turn the working man’s shirt as outerwear, rather than underneath their ‘proper clothing.’


By their very nature, we know that t-shirts are collectively inexpensive. That’s because they’re touted as casualwear and are so versatile that you can wear one today and it’ll still be popular in a decade. 

Elegance is always in style… there are all different kinds of elegance.
It can be silk; it can be a t-shirt.” – Donatella Versace

So, how much would you be willing to spend on a t-shirt? We’ve listed 5 of the most expensive tees in the world. Start saving if you want to throw on one of these!

‘Karl Loves Fendi’ by Fendi, $890

We’re going to start modest here, with a t-shirt by Fendi. Featuring an applique Karl Largerfeld on the chest, this limited-edition tee features the iconic Karl in leather with black studs.

Karl Loves Fendi T-Shirt

‘Run DMC’ by Adidas, $13,000

Designed to promote the RUN DMC concert back in the ‘80s, this simple cotton shirt features the group’s iconic logo in black, white and red block colours. We think you’ve really got to love the band to want to part ways with 13 large. 

Run DMC T-Shirt

Home by John Lennon, $16,000

With the same name as his restaurant scrawled across the chest, John Lennon’s black and white ‘Home’ tee will set you back around $16,000 or thereabouts.

Home T-Shirt by John Lennon

1996 Olympics T-shirt by Hanes/UNICEF, $42,000

Would you spend $42,000 on a plain t-shirt? Well, maybe if the funds went on to help poor children all over the world. This tee was auctioned off to the highest bidder for the price of a down payment on an apartment in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Big karma points coming right up to that buyer.

Olympics T-Shirt

Superlative Luxury, $400,000

This diamond-studded tee is tricked out with 9ct of both black and white diamonds on the front. Enough said.

Superlative T-Shirt by Giorgio Armani
“I’ve always thought of the t-shirt as the Alpha and Omega
of the fashion world.” – Giorgio Armani

We think that Ashton Kutcher said it best: your best t-shirt should be like your bed - it just feels like you are home when you’re in it. Here at By Bel, I’ve combined my love of art with fashion and sustainability to create tees that reflect my personality and values as an artist. Because my t-shirts really should feel like home and make a statement that tells people exactly what you like or how you feel.

My affordable collection of printed unisex tees is inspired from the heart – and my imagination. With a range of designs from the absurd to the simplistic, there’s a tee for everyone here.

Annabel x