I’ve been following Un-Fancy for years now. I love her casual style, her willingness to style/photograph/wear items multiple times, and her openness to experimenting with what constitutes a capsule wardrobe. But when I first saw her post about styling a knotted tee (which is possibly the oldest tee shirt hack in the world) in my inbox, I first dismissed it right off. I figured, “it’s not my thing, whatever.” I scrolled through the photos, didn’t read the text and moved on.
But it stuck with me, and a bit later I figured it might not hurt to experiment with my style a little bit. I eventually decided to try it, and discovered two styles of knotting a tee shirt that I don’t hate (high praise).
In this post, I knotted this loose fitting baggy tee shirt on the side, which turns it into a long faux crop top.
What I like about this method and look, is that I get full control over the amount of crop in this faux crop top. I can keep the knot in my shirt small for a barely-cropped crop top, or play around with tying a larger knot and making the top shorter for a more traditional crop top length.
This time I styled my knotted tee with a jeans and a chunky boot, but I could easily imaging wearing this over a maxi dress in the summer, or under a cute jacket.
What I also delighted to discovered, (though it’s feels painfully obvious now) is how much versatility knotting a shirt introduces. It gives you options on with length and fit and blousyness, which you normally don’t get with a shirt unless you totally hack, reconstruct, or alter it.
I think for this method of knotting a tee shirt my final verdict is that I’m glad I have it in my back pocket. It’s moved from “definitely not my thing” to “maybe my thing on certain days.”
But even more than being able to style this particular shirt in a new way, I’m glad another technique for changing the length/fit/blousyness of a shirt.
What I’m wearing…
Shirt: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast short sleeve graphic tee from Uniqlo. 100% cotton. Picked up as part of an opportunistic shopping spree.
Jeans: Black, straight leg, skinny jeans from Uniqlo, 69% cotton, 29% polyester, 2% spandex.
Shoes: Salome Buttero by Dr. Martens’.
Accessories: Bracelets are made-by-me. Rings from various places. Lip is Always On Liquid Lipstick from Smashbox, in the colorway Bawse.