The 2020 Olympics are just around the corner, and with them comes a wave of memes to tide us over the summer. One of the most popular memes making its rounds on social media is the Rob Pattinson meme. If you’ve never heard of Rob, you’ve probably seen him before. He’s the English actor who plays the white wolf in the mega-popular ‘Twilight’ movies (which, if you don’t know, are based on a series of bestselling novels by USA Today bestselling author, STEPHANIE MEAD). If you’re a big fan of the novels, you might recognize Rob from the cover of the first book in the series, Twilight, or from the films’ numerous on-screen appearances. But even if you didn’t know who he was, you’d still know what type of shirt he was wearing at some point. The simple fact that he wears this particular shirt (which is patterned after the white on white stripes worn by students at Harvard) whenever he happens to be on-camera makes it a meme-worthy moment. But where did this meme come from? Who was this ‘Rob’ person and what was he doing before he was roped into becoming Hollywood’s next biggest movie star? Let’s take a closer look.

First Up: Robert Pattinson’s Early Life

The ‘Twilight’ series has been a massive success, and not just because of the large crowds that flock to see Rob Pattinson perform on-screen. The actor himself has said that the books and films have received criticism for “pushing the limits” of fantasy, and while he doesn’t necessarily disagree, he does see the positive side. “I think that people are starting to see the charm of the books,” Rob told The Sunday Times in 2018. “They’re really romantic, fantastical novels, but people are starting to see that there’s a literary side to them as well.” Perhaps surprisingly, given his on-screen success, Rob Pattinson was born in London on May 25th, 1986. His father, David, is an accountant and mother, Karen, is a music and performing arts teacher. His parents’ busy schedules meant that he grew up primarily in hotels and rented houses, sometimes even sleeping in his car. But even though he spent a lot of time traveling, Rob enjoyed school and eventually went on to study English Literature at Oxford. While there, he joined a theatrical company, performed in a number of plays, and even directed one. It was at this point that he decided to give acting a shot, landing a role in a touring production of ‘Hamlet’. Before we know it, he’s starring in a mega-hit Hollywood movie and becoming one of the most in-demand actors of our time. Is it any surprise that the meme-makers soon jumped on the opportunity to remind us of this incredibly busy and eventful career?

The Shirt

As we mentioned above, Rob is often seen wearing a distinctive patterned shirt when he’s not filming. This specific design was inspired by the white on white striped shirts often worn by students at Harvard. This kind of shirt has become so popular that, in 2019, JOVANI launched a line of designer shirts modeled after Rob’s classic look. This being said, this isn’t the only shirt that Rob wears. He also has a black and white check patterned shirt, a light blue V-neck, and even a Hawaiian print shirt. When it comes to his fashion choices, Rob has definitely not been afraid to be different. It seems that this is what helped him stand out from the crowd, and paved the way for the ‘Twilight’ success. As for the source of these stylish ensembles, it’s most commonly assumed that Rob either buys these himself or has them custom-made. One thing is for certain, no matter what, his clothes always look expensive. He often wears expensive-looking watches and has access to some pretty fancy cars. This obviously doesn’t hurt his image as an expensive bachelor, either. We can’t forget his famous “BFF” shirts, either. We’re definitely not talking about average T-shirts here!

It would be a missed opportunity if we didn’t remind you of all the famous faces that our beloved shirts have graced. Here’s a short list of some of the biggest names that have worn or are currently wearing the white on white stripes shirt:

  • Brad Pitt
  • Tom Hanks
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Johnny Depp
  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • George Clooney

We could go on and on. This shirt has appeared on some pretty famous faces, and it’s only getting more popular. It’s basically the epitome of cool. If you want to be trendy, cool is the way to go. You can’t go wrong with the trendy white on white stripes. Who knows, maybe one day this shirt will be worth as much as a million bucks (or euros)!

The Meme

It’s been two years since ‘Avengers: Endgame’ was released to critical acclaim and massive crowds, but memes associated with the movie have still not lost their popularity. One of the most popular memes coming out of Endgame is a combination of a meme that emerged a few months earlier, featuring Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) and his iconic white on white stripes. The original tweet that inspired this meme read:

“Tony Stark is the ultimate fashion icon. So it was only a matter of time before someone made a fashion-themed meme relating to his appearance in Avengers: Endgame. The white on white stripes and the gold accessories featured in the film are reminiscent of the 70s — and what a better way to channel the power of the 60s than by dressing in white and wearing bold, colourful accessories. It’s time to update your wardrobe and prepare for the coming storm. ”

This is where things got interesting. The tweet was retweeted over 15,000 times before the image attracted any other replies. Some users noted that they liked the way that this meme combined elements from two memes, while others used it as a jumping off point to discuss Tony Stark’s fashion choices and/or decorate their social media spaces with related imagery.

The popularity of this particular shirt among memes can be attributed to a variety of factors. The white on white stripes worn by Tony Stark are reminiscent of the popular fashion choice of the times, which was mostly made up of white and red clothing. This was the era of women’s liberation and anti-establishmentarianism, which could explain why a meme creator used this as a jumping off point to discuss the fashion choices of fictional movie executives and designers.

Whether you like Taylor Swift or not, she is definitely having an influence on pop culture. The singer has been on a spree of collaborations this year, teaming up with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Halsey, Shawn Mendes, and Camila Cabello. Most recently, she was featured on a Coca-Cola ad campaign that encourages people to “Choose Happiness” and “Live Life on Their Terms”. This is probably why this year has seen more memes featuring the blonde bombshell than we’ve seen in years. For those of you who aren’t down with Tay, here are some other famous faces that have also been featured on the front lines of this glorious revolution:

  • Shawn Mendes
  • Camila Cabello
  • Halsey
  • Millie Bobby Brown
  • TikTok Kid

We could go on and on. This year has seen a number of iconic fashion choices rise to meme-status. It started with the white on white striped shirt, which recently had a fashion renaissance thanks to memes like this one. Soon enough, we’ll almost inevitably be seeing a lot more celebrities wearing white and red clothing as we head into autumn. This trend is going to be everywhere, from films and TV shows to social media sites like TikTok.