It’s Tee Time

Photo courtesy of Charlie Hustle
Photo courtesy of Charlie Hustle

Wear your hometown pride with fashionable T-shirts from local labels

If you’re from Kansas City, chances are you’ve seen Charlie Hustle’s iconic “KC Heart” T-shirt. Hometown celebrities like Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet and George brett have all sported the tee, as have Selena Gomez and Joanna Gaines.

But Charlie Hustle isn’t the only brand in the local T-shirt game. Other labels like Ocean & Sea, Normal Human and LocalE have put their own spin on K.C. tees. And whether you’re wearing one to a Chiefs or Royals game or throwing one on for a day of errand running, the message is the same: K.C. is the place to be.

Here are five of our favorite designs:

1. Blue Kansas City Football Tee from localE


LocalE was created by twin sisters Emily and Elizabeth, who originally jumped on the fashion scene through their blog Fashion Column Twins. The duo’s desire to create resulted in their own brand, which produces fun, fashionable tees like this K.C. football shirt. The vintage feel of the tri-blend fabric mixed with the sequin letter patches makes it the perfect game-day shirt. The shirt retails for $44 and can be purchased here.

2. KC Wheat Arrow Women’s T by Normal Human 

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What’s a Kansas City T-shirt without a reference to wheat? This shirt is by Normal Human, a local screen printing shop that handprints its designs in small batches, so you’re sure to get something unique. Not only are we fans of the wheat arrows, but also of the color scheme. Wear this tee to a Chiefs game, or if you can’t make it to Arrowhead Stadium, throw it on at home to show your support for the hometown team. The wheat T-shirt is priced at $28 and can be purchased here.

3. Charcoal Pennant Tee by Bellboy Apparel


Besides its one-of-a-kind pennant design, this T-shirt by Bellboy Apparel promises a slimming look, so it’s flattering for a wide range of body types. The shirt also comes in light gray and red if charcoal isn’t the color for you. Bellboy Apparel was created by the owners of Westside Storey, and their designs feature a comfortable, vintage feel. The pennant tee is $32 and can be purchased here or here.

4.  LA KC NY Tee by Ocean & Sea

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Maybe you grew up in Kansas City, but have since relocated to the East or West Coast. No matter where you currently live, this T-shirt by Ocean & Sea spreads the message that K.C. is the heart of America. A bonus: According to its creators, the tee is “soft as clouds” and is also on sale for $20. Purchase your own here.

5. Hustlers Tank by Charlie Hustle


As local apparel company Charlie Hustle so eloquently puts it, this shirt “is for the creators and the makers, the farmers and the bakers, the game changers and the hustlers making the heart of America a special place to live.” Layer your favorite flannel or denim button up over this tank in the fall, or check out the short-sleeved version if you want more coverage. The tank is on sale for $21 and is available here.