It’s Mid-July and so hot it feels like those high heels might just melt against the pavement. And since it’s not acceptable to strip down and go nude to work, our next best option is to cut off those sleeves and minimize. This week, we show you three stupid-easy ways to cut up a plain white tee, beyond the beloved crop-top and muscle-tee silhouettes.
The cousin of the muscle tee, the cap-sleeved cut-off t-shirt is easy as pie. Take an oversized tee that has sleeve seams that extend just beyond your shoulders. Cut the sleeves off just outside the seam, but leave a small “cap” at the shoulders. 2" does the trick.
This look could work with an oversized or fitted tee. Cut off one sleeve, halter-style, leaving the neckband attached. Don’t go too low under the arm or you’ll have a Julias Caesar wardrobe malfunction. Roll up the other sleeve to keep the asymmetrical proportions spot-on.
Get a tee that has some extra length. Cut off the sleeves as you wish. I wanted a 50’s silhouette, so I cut the sleeves off right at the seam. To make the tie-front, cut at least 7" off the back from seam to seam. Cut a slit in the front middle the same length. From the side seams, cut angles from seam to end of slit. Tie it in a knot, and you’re done.
I recommend either stretching the cut-off ends or washing the tees to get the desired rolled-up look.
By Whitney S. Williams
Photos by Angela Miller, Tee Graphic/Photo by Whitney