The versatility of t-shirts
T-shirts are by far one of the most comfortable and versatile aspects of any woman’s wardrobe. Whether they are loose and baggy or body-hugging, t-shirts are one of those reliable articles of clothing which can be added to any type of attire, formal and otherwise. They suit all body shapes and sizes, and are available in different cuts and colors. Their versatility extends to their ability to be turned into other outfits without much modification, and they are a staple addition to those who like the DIY [do it yourself] approach to modifying their outfits. Here are some traditional, as well as non-traditional examples of the versatility of t-shirts.
The most common way of wearing a t-shirt is with jeans. The classic jeans and t-shirt look is a staple look for both men and women, and are often accessorized with a belt and boots or sneakers. Creative means by which this staid look can be enhanced is by modifying the sleeves. Shortening the sleeves or cutting them and leaving the ends jagged provides an edgy look, while bunching up the bottom half of the shirt and tying it to one end gives dramatic effect, and is good for those with tattoos and piercings. For a more modest look it is a good idea to go for a layered look by wearing an under-vest or camisole in a contrasting color and then tying the t-shirt half way.
T-shirts can be modified into a number of other outfits, which is what makes it a favorite among craft enthusiasts and fashion designers. A large t-shirt can be turned into a beautiful summer dress by gathering and sewing a line at about 3/4th length [above knee] so as to create a skirt like effect. If sewing is not preferred, the process is much quicker and easier; simply use a large belt and wear it mid-waist as you would with a pair of pants. This applies to t-shirts which are at least 2 sizes too large; this is therefore a great opportunity to use hand-me-downs from male relatives and create your own work of fashion at little or no additional cost!
The wide range of plain t-shirts creates further opportunities for art lovers and those who enjoy recycling t-shirts. Cutting off the sleeves, snipping a round neck t-shirt down the center and creating a v-neck, can all provide a new look to this garment. Ethnic wear too is not left behind since the sleeves of a plain t-shirt can easily be modified and accessorized to create a modern blouse. While this can be a time-consuming process, it is possible to get excellent results!
In terms of pairing t-shirts with shorts, skirts and various lengths of pants, one important rule to keep in mind is to ensure that the t-shirt fits your body correctly. Those who are generously proportioned can actually add length to their bodies by selecting a v-neck t-shirt, while those who want to appear slimmer can choose vertical stripes; naturally this means that those who are skinny and want to appear wider in the chest area should choose horizontal patterns.
T-shirts span across all fashion genres and sub-cultures, inspire creativity and provide comfort to the wearer. The fact that they are easy to modify makes them a cost effective investment which can simply be turned into another article of clothing or an accessory once wearing them gets boring. Invest in a variety of them, look up some tutorials online on how to convert them, and who knows, you could land up being the proud owner of a t-shirt dress or other creation!