How to side tie a shirt

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How to side tie a shirt
Make a boring shirt interesting. (T-shirt image by Antonio Oquias from

You can spice up a boring T-shirt by tying it to the side or up the side, if you want to modify it. Tying a shirt up the side makes it tighter and lets you show off a little midriff or the sides of your stomach. Tying your shirt to the side works best with a shirt that's a few sizes too big.

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Things you need

  • Shirt
  • Scissors

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    Grab the shirt near your right or left hip and hold the end where the seam is, then pull it out as tight as you want it.

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    Make a loop of the shirt's material using the fingers of your other hand and run it down the stretched fabric to make a rope. Twist it up if that doesn't work for your shirt's material.

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    Tie the length of shirt into a knot, keeping it as close to your body as possible so it's tight and won't slip out.

  1. 1

    Cut a slim triangle in the right or left side of your shirt. For an even bolder statement, cut one on both sides. The top point of the triangle should end a few inches below the armpit of the shirt.

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    Trim the triangle of fabric that you have cut out of the shirt into strips about three to four inches long and an inch or less wide.

  3. 3

    Make holes on both sides of each triangle a few inches apart. The holes should match up on each side. For a more risque look, only cut one or two.

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    Push a strip through a hole in one side of the triangle cut-out, then other side and tie it into a knot. Repeat as desired. Experiment with different ways of tying the shirt for your own unique look.

Tips and warnings

  • Some stores sell shirts made to be tied to the side.

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