Your plain white t-shirt may be a wardrobe staple, but it is also boooooring. If you’re looking for something to pair with your new DIY jean shorts, try one of these easy t-shirt hacks. Then you can call yourself a designer for wearing an outfit you sort of designed. The best part is you don’t need the skills of a Project Runway contestant to do them. There’s minimal hand sewing involved. The hardest part is figuring out which top you want to beautify first.
Get your scissors and glue gun ready, here are 16 hacks to update your boring t-shirt:
While studs are cool, they aren’t exactly new, but studs and cutouts is something I haven’t seen before.
2. Bow Back
I never would have thought a t-shirt could be described as girly, but this bow-backed one is–and there’s no pink or sparkles in sight.
If you have ever accidentally spilled bleach on your favorite t-shirt, here’s a great hack that turns it from a mistake into a masterpiece–or at least something better than what it was.
Instead of buying a vintage t-shirt with nasty armpit stains, go buy a new, sweat-free one and soften it up.
5. Cutout Back
Cutout t-shirts remind me of freshman week in college where everyone decides to be creatively slutty with their new school t-shirts. This hack shows that you can cut your t-shirt into a design that doesn’t guarantee nip slips.
Guys can have their pocket squares, we’ll take the embellished pockets.
8. Slashed Back
This slashed design is a great way to show off a cute bra in public. I say go for a purple one.
No t-shirt hacks list would be complete without at least one tie-dyed DIY. Groovy baby.
10. Bleached Stripes
If you don’t feel like going the hippie festival tie-dye route, these stripes are the preppy way to DIY with bleach.
Yes, you have to cut off the back before you twist it. Trying to do it when the t-shirt is intact won’t yield the same results. Trust me, I tried it.
12. Braided Fringe
If you are braid obsessed, why don’t you take your hair braiding skills and apply them to a t-shirt?
13. Dip Dye
Note: this tutorial is how to dye t-shirts only, it is not meant for ombré hair.
14. Cutout Neckline
This t-shirt looks so cool that it doesn’t matter about the weird tan lines.
15. Bleach Bride
I’m not sure if this will be the next wedding dress trend, but it is a much better idea for bachelorette parties than a stupid pageant queen sash.
16. Bleach Design
Slogan tees aren’t the only things you can create with a bleach pen. The design possibilities are endless. Just make sure you practice first.