How to Make a Slashed 80s T-Shirt

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How to Make a Slashed 80s T-Shirt
1980s slashed T-shirts have come back into style recently in a big way. (Dynamic Graphics/Creatas/Getty Images)

As 80s trends and fashions cycle back into popularity, it's becoming more common to see slashed T-shirts again. Typically, the shirts sport an 80s themed logo (possibly a neon colour) and have obvious slashes through a portion of the chest. The style was popularised by Madonna and other pop culture icons during the decade and quickly spread to the masses. Many people now opt for a modern twist on the style by using clothing that is now culturally relevant.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • X-Acto knife
  • T-shirt
  • Flat surface
  • Ruler
  • Fabric Pencil

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  1. 1

    Find a cheap T-shirt or slightly thicker fabric at a thrift store. Look for old band shirts from the 80s like Bon Jovi, Van Halen etc. Opt for a neon coloured shirt sporting an outdated logo from the 80s like Nike or Reebok if a band shirt is unavailable. Alternately you could use a more current T-shirt if something older is not available.

  2. 2

    Cut off the bottom portion of the shirt to make it smaller. Show off your midriff with a shorter shirt or a cut off.

  3. 3

    Set the shirt on a flat, level surface. Hold the sides of the shirt in place by putting something heavy on the corners like a book. Insert a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to protect the back, unless you want the back slashed also.

  4. 4

    Use a ruler to measure straight cuts with the knife. Avoid making the cuts too large and causing excessive fraying. Mark the desired cuts with a fabric pencil for further assistance.

  5. 5

    Slash the chest in diagonal lines (or small straight lines down the centre) using the X-Acto knife or a pair of scissors. Hold the shirt down firmly with one hand and drag the open blade in an angle along the shirt and next to the ruler.

    Cut 5-7 lines in the breast area.

  6. 6

    Try on the shirt. Add more slashes or cut the shirt shorter as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Add glitter highlights or fabric paint to spice up your slashed T-shirt.
  • In the "1980s (Fashion Sourcebooks)" John Peacock recommends "wearing your slashed T-shirt with light coloured leggings".
  • Exercise caution when working with an X-Acto knife or scissors otherwise serious injury could result.
  • Cutting some fabrics may cause the fabric to fall apart, avoid thinner and noticeably worn fabric.

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