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Dean's Red Plaid Shirt of Angst

Dean's Red Plaid Shirt of Angst

Dean’s Red Plaid Shirt of Angst is really what inspired this entire project. I noticed that more often than not, when Dean was having a “moment” he was wearing this red/grey plaid shirt.

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In Home (1x09), Dean wears the Red Plaid Shirt of Angst when Sam tells him about his visions...

...when they talk with the current owner of their old house, and when Dean calls John...

In Shadow (1x16), Dean wears the Red Plaid Shirt of Angst for the entire episode:

In an unprecedented move, Dean wears it when he is not angsty at all in Provenance (1x19). He wears it from after they find the dead old woman, until he burns the doll’s hair and saves the day (or at least Sam and Sarah). Dean is pleased with himself:

Setting us up for its most well known appearances, Dean wears the Red Plaid Shirt of Angst for the entire episode of All Hell Breaks Loose Part 1 (2x21):

We come to the shirt’s iconic scene in All Hell Breaks Loose Part 2 (2x22), when Dean is still wearing it long after Sam’s death, as he kicks Bobby out and then performs his soliloquy over Sam’s dead body, and when he makes his deal....

...and when he hugs Sam after his resurrection...

...and when he’s trying to get Sam to rest instead of heading back into the fight:

Dean barely wears it in S3-S5, but it does still make angsty appearances. In Metamorphosis (4x04), Dean takes it out of the motel closet and shoves it in his duffle bag, as he attempts to dramatically leave Sam in anger:

I believe Dean wears it extremely briefly in Yellow Fever (4x06), in the scene where they discover that he is “haunted”:

In Sympathy For The Devil (5x01), Dean moves it out of the way in his duffle, as he searches for the information on John’s storage locker, just before Meg attacks and Bobby is injured:

In Meet the New Boss (7x01), after a full season’s absence, the shirt makes its return while Dean is fixing the Impala and listening to a radio report of Castiel killing people:

In Shut-Up, Dr. Phil (7x05), Dean wears it when he is having nightmares, and then comforts himself with a glass of whiskey and a potential hunt, while Sam tries to figure out what’s going on with him:

In How To Win Friends and Influence Monsters (7x09), Dean wears it at the beginning of the episode as they settle into the abandoned house and go over the case with Bobby – and Dean wonders if there’s any point to saving a suicidal world:

In Repo Man (7x15), Dean is wearing the shirt during the flashback to “3 years ago” when he and Sam must torture a demon in the hopes of finding information on Lilith’s lieutenants:

In Everybody Hates Hitler (8x13), Dean is wearing this shirt when he returns to the bunker after having gone on a run to check on Kevin, and he asks Sam if there’s been any word from Cas (there hasn’t) and then Sam tells him about the case he just found, which means that Dean has to go out again even though he “just got back.”:

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Jul. 5th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
I find myself a little too impressed that they use the wardrobe as props, too. Who'd notice, without going over it as carefully as you have? It tells me that those working in the less-noticed aspects of production think about these things just as much as those in charge of the more visible parts (writing, direction, etc.)
Jul. 5th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm quite impressed with that myself. There's a few scenes that have Sam's shirts as props too. It's neat.

Also, I find it really interesting that the Winchesters take the time to hang up their clothes when they are staying some place. I don't travel nearly as much as them, and I tend to literally just live out of a suit-case when I do.
Jul. 6th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
oh very cool post!
Jul. 6th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
(no subject) - trystan830 - Jul. 6th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 6th, 2010 06:58 am (UTC)
I'm imagining that in the wardrobe trailer, the shirt is hanged with a sign in front of it saying "Dean: Wear when angst-ing!" LOL
Jul. 6th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
LOL - that's pretty much what I picture too ;)
Mar. 14th, 2011 07:46 am (UTC)
I am amazed at what you have done with this whole If clothes could talk project - it's unbelievable! I'm kind of in awe that you actually paid so much attention and went back to write about it and provide pictures and references... wow. Kudos! And this little entry has been my favorite so far! I love the pattern of this shirt being angsty for Dean!

And about it not being angsty in Provenance? Well, it could be - because the entire episode, Dean is angsting about Sam and how he hasn't been with anyone since Jessica and he's worried for Sam and keeps pushing him to be with Sarah... :) (or for us wincest lovers, we could presume that he's jealous of Sarah (even though he's pushing Sam to be with her cuz he's an awesome brother and wants Sam to be happy) for attracting Sam's attention when Dean wants him all to himself? :D)
Mar. 14th, 2011 08:10 am (UTC)
I didn't pay this much attention the first few times through the series! I went back through the episodes specifically with this project in mind once I decided to do it. Now, though, I can't shut off my brain! When I watch a new episode I'm constantly getting distracted and giddy over what they are wearing :P

Arguably, EVERY episode of Supernatural ends up being angsty in SOME way...but Dean doesn't shed any tears in Provenance - nor does his chin wibble, so I count it as a non-angsty appearance ;) ...but yes, technically, it doesn't COMPLETELY break the pattern.
Mar. 14th, 2011 07:48 am (UTC)
Oh, you got the red plaid shirt! Your label "of angst" is even the one I'd assigned it. Well done!

Mar. 14th, 2011 08:04 am (UTC)
:) Thanks! This entry was fun to make. I do admit that I read the title of the shirt on someone else's journal and stole it (I cannot remember whose! But it basically inspired the entire project...so, I thank them immensely.)
Mar. 15th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
A friend just told me about this. I am in awe of you for undertaking this massive project. Thank you so much for doing this!

The Red Shirt of Angst is my all time favorite Dean shirt, and Sam's Brown hoodie is my favorite Sam piece, although I have a piece of the Angst shirt and also Sam's white/blue stripe from AHBL. They are my treasures now.

The Angst and the Hoodie are have the most history of anything else. I really hope when the show wraps up they will auction the most important pieces for charity (and the amulet and other jewelry the guys wore). The fans will really show what we are made of with the money raised.

Thanks again! You are Awesome!

Mar. 15th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)

I'd love to own one of their shirts. I'm not sure what will happen when the show ends - they'll probably just have a set-sale like everyone else. Maybe Jared and Jensen will end up with a few pieces in their wardrobe, since they're always accidentally wearing things home...but hopefully someone is brilliant enough to think of a charity auction. :)
Mar. 16th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
SQUEE! My favorite Dean shirt! Though I call it The Purple Flannel, but, that's only because it looks purple to me. Thank you for this entry, I hand't realized just how many appearances my fave shirt made on the show. I could only recall a handfull of episodes off the top of my head. Dean/Jensen look sooooooooooooooooooooooo gooooooooooooooooooood in this shirt!
Mar. 16th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
:) It's really the shirt that inspired the whole project!

And yeah, I really went back and forth on whether to call it red or purple...in the end, I went with red, but I have a feeling a lot of people probably disagree. :P
Jul. 30th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
wow this is amazing
Dean's Red Plaid Shirt of Angst

This is my fav Dean shirt of all times (I always thought it was purple lol)
thanks for this!
Aug. 2nd, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
Re: wow this is amazing
I've actually had a lot of people tell me that it's purple! Colours are so subjective sometimes :P

This is my favourite Dean shirt too. It's actually the one that inspired the ENTIRE project!
Dec. 8th, 2011 07:27 am (UTC)
Dean's Plaid Shirt of Manly Angst
He was also wearing it in Meet the New Boss while working on the Impala. Continuing the theme, Sammy may be loosing him mind and they just lost Cas to the dark side.
Dec. 8th, 2011 07:34 am (UTC)
Re: Dean's Plaid Shirt of Manly Angst
Very true!! I'll be adding that next fall (I like to catalogue the season all at once from the DVDs). I'm really happy that he still has this shirt. I love it!
Mar. 27th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
This is my favorite Dean shirt though I've always thought of it as The Purple Flannel because it doesn't look very red to me. My desktop wp is a photo shoot promo-pic of Jensen in this shirt.

Edited at 2012-03-27 09:49 pm (UTC)
Mar. 27th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's very hard to tell colours correctly on the show (not to mention that colour perception itself is actually subjective)...a lot of people think the shirt is purple too, not just you! :P

It's my favourite Dean shirt too - and actually one of the main reasons I started this project in the first place! :)
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Aug. 26th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Someone posted this on Facebook without giving you credit.
I was shocked to see a Supernatural fan group share your entire post including photos on their page without even mentioning the source or giving you credit. It's not a new thing for them to claim other people's work as their own, has happened on other occasions too. Here's a link:
Aug. 27th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
Re: Someone posted this on Facebook without giving you credit.
Thanks for the heads up. This is bound to happen, and I'm not sure it's worth raising a fuss over it. It's good to know that at least some people recognize it as my work though! :)
Dec. 24th, 2013 08:16 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for doing all this work, you're amazing!
Dec. 24th, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks and you're welcome!

I'm still working on getting S8 info completed. But, Dean also wears this shirt in Everybody Hates Hitler, briefly.
Feb. 16th, 2014 08:02 pm (UTC)
Dean's shirt
Hey, does anyone know where i can buy one of these or one like this as I would like to wear it to cosplay day at school.
Feb. 16th, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Dean's shirt
Unfortunately, I have no idea. A few friends have tried to track it down and failed. My suggestion would be to go to your local thrift store and see if you can find something similar, even if it's not the same.

Otherwise, if you'd like to cosplay as Dean, I'd suggest looking at Carhartt clothing, while not as iconic as this shirt, Dean wears a lot of Carhartt shirts. :)
Mar. 9th, 2014 11:35 am (UTC)
this is fantastic! "the red shirt of angst" makes me laugh so hard and this is so fabulously put together, I love it when a fandom goes all in, well done
Mar. 9th, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
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