DIY Ripped white T-shirt
A couple of weeks ago, I saw this really cool white ripped t-shirt. It looked distressed but not trashy and had a couple of rips and holes but all in the right places, not too big either. I was soooo close to buying but luckily, my boyfriend was a friendly reminder to tell me that shirts with holes should not cost 30€. And he’s right. They shouldn’t. So with a heavy heart, I left the t-shirt behind at the store and went home. Thinking about when and where I would’ve worn it, how to create a similar piece by myself… As you will see in the pictures, I couldn’t help myself after all and simply had to get a plain white T from Zara only to rip it. I don’t know what it is with me and distressed clothing but I just really like it for the casual days. This shirt gives every outfit a relaxed vibe without looking trashy or cheap. And at the end of the day, it’s still a plain white t-shirt that you can pair with anything and everything. I definitely love it and can’t wait to shoot some outfit posts for the blog and styling it for you guys. Hope you like the diy!
Here’s what you will need: a plain white t-shirt (no matter the neckline, preferably cotton, it can be old or new; I got mine at Zara for 5€/6$), a pedicure file or sandpaper (you can buy the files at any drug-store for around 2€/3$, I used the one I already had, or the sandpaper at any home store or hardware store), an old book or stone or anything that you don’t mind scratching and which is durable (I used my coasters which are made of slate) and that’s it. Let’s go!
I started off by kinda planning where the holes should be, you don’t want them to be geometrically or in any order but you do want to make sure they are in places where the fabric would naturally rip easily. Also, you don’t want any weird sneak peaks of your bra or holes in the middle of the shirt to let your belly button breathe… I started by working on the collar and carefully (!) working my way along. Some passages look more torn that others which gives it that easy feel. A few holes just below the collar bone and some near the hem. I basically just filed off the fabric until I had a hole, using either the corner of my coasters to hold the fabric against the file or just my finger. And I still have all ten of them so it’s not the most dangerous activity either 😉 Just make sure that you carefully work your way towards the ripped look and keep putting the shirt on. By looking in the mirror while wearing the tee is the best method to see where you can distress some more and where to stop.
I really like my shirt the way it looks now with only a few small rips and holes but you can totally go all out and distress your shirt even more. Especially for festivals, I think a super distressed t-shirt is the perfect laid-back-yet-cool-and-kinda-sexy-look. Maybe I’ll get myself another one and go crazy. Hope you have fun recreating this look at home and of course wearing your self-made t in the summer!