Crop tops are making a comeback this summer and for good reason – they’re versatile, comfortable, and perfect for beating the heat. Whether you’re looking to upcycle an old shirt or spice up your wardrobe, there are plenty of ways to turn any shirt into a crop top. Here are four creative hacks to try out:
Scissors and safety pins
The first method to turn any shirt into a crop top is by using scissors and safety pins. This method allows you to have more control over the length of your crop top compared to other methods where you have to tie the shirt. To start, find a shirt that you want to transform – pick something with a looser fit as it’ll be easier to work with. You’ll need a pair of scissors, a guide (like a ruler), a measuring tape, and safety pins.
First, put the shirt on and mark where you want the crop top to end with a safety pin. Then, take the shirt off and use the guide to measure and draw a straight line where you want to cut. Next, use the scissors to cut along the line you just drew. Make sure to cut slowly and carefully to avoid any mistakes. Once you’ve trimmed the excess material, try on the shirt to see if the length is the way you want it.
If you need to adjust the length, use the measuring tape to make sure that both sides are even before pinning the desired length with the safety pin. Finally, use the safety pins to secure the shirt at the desired length. You can use more than one safety pin if you feel it’s necessary to keep the shirt in place. And voilà! You have a DIY crop top from an old shirt.
The “Bra” hack
The “Bra” hack is a simple and effective method that won’t require any cutting. All you need is a bra with straps and a shirt that you want to transform. Put on the shirt and then put the bra over the top of the shirt and slip your arms through the bra straps. Ensure that the bra is sitting in the right position for the desired crop top length and style. You can use safety pins to secure the shirt to the bra straps if necessary.
The advantage of this method is that you can adjust the length of the crop top by adjusting the position of the bra. This method also works well if you want to keep any logos or prints on the shirt intact or if you’re not confident in your cutting skills. It’s a quick and easy way to transform any shirt into a crop top.
The Hair Tie hack
The hair tie hack is another DIY method that doesn’t involve any cutting. This hack is perfect for casual outfits and is easy to do. All you need is a shirt and two hair ties or rubber bands.
Put the shirt on and twist the fabric on both sides, then tie the twisted fabric together using a hair tie. Flip the tied part of the shirt underneath, and you’re good to go! This hack works well on boxy or looser shirts as it creates a more defined waistline. It’s a great way to add a touch of femininity to a tomboyish outfit.
The Crewneck twist
The crewneck twist is a unique way to turn a long-sleeved crewneck shirt into a crop top. This method is more complex compared to other methods, but it creates a more interesting and dynamic style. Here’s how to do it:
Start by putting on the shirt and gathering the two sleeves together on one side of your body. Twist the sleeves together as tight as you can, then bring them to the back of your body. Tie the sleeves together in a knot or with a hair tie, and tuck any excess material under the knot. Next, take the other sleeve and twist it over your shoulder, then tuck the end of the sleeve in the knot at the back. Adjust the length of the shirt to your desired crop top length.
This method creates a unique look that’s perfect for a night out or a summer concert. It’s an easy way to add some flair to a plain crewneck shirt.
In conclusion, crop tops are back in fashion, and there are plenty of ways to make any shirt into a crop top. Whether you go for the scissors and safety pins method or try out the crewneck twist, you can turn any shirt into a trendy and breezy crop top.
The beauty of DIY crop tops is that you can customize them to your style and preferences. You can add ruffles, lace, or embroidery for a personal touch. Experiment with different materials and patterns, and create unique crop tops that reflect your personality.
Remember, there are no rules when it comes to fashion, and DIY crop tops are a great way to express yourself while staying on-trend. So, grab an old shirt and get creative!