How many of you here have 237832 t-shirts in your closet but have no idea what to do with them? *raises hand* How many of you here have 459384 t-shirts in your closet that are frankly quite old, and you know you should throw it out, but for whatever reason even you cannot fathom, you just don’t have the heart to do it? *raises hand sheepishly* Don’t worry gurlll (or guy), I got you. I mean, I perfectly understand that t-shirts are awesome. It’s casual, it’s comfortable and it’s the perfect choice if you’re way too lazy to look decent but you’re not allowed to go out in your pyjamas.
I don’t know about the millennium babies, but to those born in the 90s, I’m sure we can remember all those super cool graphic and slogan tees back in the 2008–2010 era when they were still considered as um, cool. I know a lot of girls who don’t wear t-shirts when they go out these days, including yours truly, but if you still have a tonne of old tees that look like they are in pretty good condition, here are some handy ideas on how you can style your 394949 t-shirts!
1) Wear it as a dress
Disclaimer: Only applicable if it’s an oversized tee that reaches all the way to your thighs. If it’s a t-shirt that only goes down to your waist and you’re hell-bent on trying out this style, we’re not going to bail you out if you get arrested for indecency.
You know how shirt dresses are all the rage right now? You can do the same thing with an over-sized tee instead of buying one and looking like a million other girls in Malaysia who are into this current trend (one of those million girls might include me). Just belt it to avoid looking frumpy, pair it with cute sandals and maybe a couple of accessories, and you’re good to go.
2) Amp it up with accessories
I’ve written about this before, but let me talk about it again cause this style can go a long way. Never underestimate a plain tee with jeans/shorts. It’s simple but nice, and you can play it up by layering on necklaces or just one solid statement necklace. It’ll really bring your whole outfit up a notch.
3) Crop it
One of my favourite things to do with the t-shirts that I constantly steal from my boyfriend is to roll up the sleeves, tie it up, and pair it with high-waisted shorts. You can be creative and pair it with anything, really.
You can do it with a body-con skirt that will balance out the look and give you shape, or even contrast it with boyfriend jeans for that edgy vibe. It’s easy, effortless and the best part of it all? It’s free!
4) Throw an outerwear over it
Personally, I’m not a fan of outerwear because this is Malaysia and we’re experiencing a terrible heat wave, and even if it’s not crazy hot season, it’s still pretty damn hot on a daily basis. But to those of you who can tahan the heat, this is a great way to style a normal tee, especially if you own a number of outerwear.
You can throw a flannel, an oversized cardigan, a denim jacket, a bomber jacket, a blazer, a frying pan over your t-shirt to make it seem like you put a lot of thoughts into styling your outfit, but in reality, you’re just throwing stuff over your 8025803 t-shirts lying around.
5) Wear it with cute bottoms
A lot of people have this perception that just because a t-shirt looks boring, they have to pair it with boring bottoms too. That is far from the truth, people. Whenever I feel like my top is too plain, I will usually go for nicer bottoms like printed skirts/shorts or high-waist jeans to jazz up the look.
You can do the same thing with all your old tees. Don’t just stick to typical shorts and jeans. Try wearing it with a skater skirt, ripped jeans or even a midi skirt if you’re feeling bold. The possibilities are endless, but I’d suggest you stop at wearing it with undies.
6) DIY it
I believe this is a good tip for all those crafty girls. You can always experiment with cutting off the sleeves to turn it into a muscle tee or a tank top, or even try making it off-shoulder. Maybe spice up the back by cutting fun patterns?
To be honest, I’m not the best person when it comes to DIY-related advice because all the DIY stuff that I’ve tried making looks nothing like the end result from YouTube videos or magazine tutorials, so I’d stick to the other five ideas above. But hey, don’t let me stop you if you’re an artistic person! Go have all the fun with it, you lucky person who doesn’t screw up simple DIY steps!
If my article has somehow inspired you to further build up your t-shirt collection, you’re going to want to check out our CotM, Boleh Pakai. Head over to their pages to check out their fun and cool selection of tees!