*photos by jana laurene
If you haven’t noticed, the 90’s are totally back right now. Grunge is showing up all over the place, crop tops are huge, and I’m even seeing tie dye everywhere. But my favorite, most wearable 90’s trend is tying a shirt around your waist. It’s a fun accessory to add to your outfit that gives your look a casual, laid back, thrown together feel. However, they can also be a little tricky to style without looking like you’re trying too hard, or looking bigger than you really are (and obviously, no one wants that).
Try these 4 tips to wearing a shirt around your waist, in true 90’s fashion.
1. Choose a lightweight shirt instead of a jacket. Some people think that they’re camouflaging their backside by tying a jacket or shirt around their waist. But if the jacket or top is at all bulky, it just makes you look bigger. So opt for a lightweight chambray, flannel, or sweatshirt instead of a denim or anorak jacket.
2. Double knot your sleeves. The most annoying thing about getting dressed is styling your outfit exactly how you want it, and then having it move and slip and readjust throughout the day so you end up looking disheveled or disproportionate within a few hours. A shirt tied around your waist is sure to move, so double knot those sleeves to keep it in place. (also, it’s much easier to double knot the sleeves of a lightweight shirt than a jacket!)
3. Button or no button? Keeping your shirt either unbuttoned or buttoned up creates two entirely different feels for your outfit, so decide which one fits your outfit best. Keeping it buttoned up creates more a pulled together and clean look, which I think looks better when pairing it with a dress and heels. For a more casual, thrown together look, keep the shirt unbuttoned and wrap it around your waist more haphazardly when pairing it with distressed or black denim and an oversized tee.
4. Tuck the collar. When we’re trying not to add extra bulk to our backside, keep the collar of the shirt in mind, because it can add bulk when it’s tucked back in the back. If your shirt is buttoned up, it will definitely add bulk, so fold it under and flatted it down as much as you can. Then position it right in the small of your back, at the smallest part of your waist. Having it sit against your hips will add more width to them, which you don’t want.
Think you can style it? Tell me any other secrets you have for styling this trend!