Here’s Exactly How to Tie a Bunch of Different Shirt Knots

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Fit is everything in fashion, but, yeah, taking your clothes to the tailor is definitely a hassle. If you're like me and have a plethora of baggy, oversized T-shirts and want a way to jazz 'em up, a good knot, tie, and/or tuck can completely transform the silhouette and actually give them shape. Also, they'll look super cute with high-waisted pants or shorts when styled this way—or low-rise ones if you're feeling adventurous and dipping your toes back into that divisive '90s trend.

I'm by no means an expert, but these styles are pretty simple to accomplish if you have a roomy tee you want to spice up a lil. Grab a plain white one, a graphic design, or really any baggy T-shirt to do this, but as a note, the more stretch it has, the easier the steps are.

Another thing! You can totally play around with the placement of these styles (the knot doesn’t always have to be in the center, you know), and you can tie it loose or tight or somewhere in the middle. Really, this whole knotting, tying, and tucking thing is all based on your preferences, so you can keep fiddling around until your shirt fits exactly how you want it.

Below are five different ways to tie a shirt. And, trust me, if I did it, so can you.

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Basic Front Knot

This is prob the knot that first comes to mind, and it’ll transform your oversize tees into cute crop tops just perfect for summer—or even fall. Hate that little end piece that sticks out though? There’s an optional step that sorts it out in the next video below.

  1. Fold up your T-shirt in the back.

  2. Gather the leftover fabric in the front.

  3. Twist the section until it forms a spiral.

  4. Wrap it around the ball and pull the end piece through.

Smooth Front Knot

This is the same as the previous style, except you take the fabric at the end and fold it over the entire knot so it’s smooth. Simple yet effective!

Simple Front Tuck With a Knot

Kinda like a hybrid between a tuck and a knot, but it’s an easy move to shorten T-shirts and give them that ~effortless~ look since it’s pretty loose.

  1. Grab your tee at the sides and shorten it in the back.

  2. Take a section at either side in the front.

  3. Loosely twist the fabric on one side.

  4. Tuck the end into your bottoms and adjust until you get your preferred look.

Back Knot

If ya don’t like the extra knotted fabric in the front, just switch it around to the back! This trick makes a bulky shirt more form-fitting and lets you shorten it to the length you want.

  1. Fold up the shirt in the front to your desired length.

  2. Gather the extra material in the back.

  3. Start twisting that section until a spiral is created.

  4. Wrap the fabric around the ball and pull the end piece through the middle.

  5. As an optional step, if the end piece is long enough, you can fold it under the knot so it doesn’t show.

Super-Cropped Front Knot

This definitely shows more skin, but you can also wear a longline bralette and have it peek out from underneath if you want to add a subtle but revealing detail.

  1. Similar to the previous knot, fold up the shirt in the back but slightly higher.

  2. Gather fabric in the front and fold up the sides of the shirt higher.

  3. Twist the section until it forms a spiral.

  4. Continue wrapping around the ball and pull the end piece through. The knot should be on the upper part of your torso.

  5. An optional step is to fold the entire knot under the hem of your shirt if you want to hide it.

Open-Back Tuck

Back sweat is real, folks, especially in those hot end-of-summer temps. Fold up your tee like this to get some air—and it’ll also give your plain ol’ shirt an unexpected twist.

  1. Use your fingers to tuck the fabric right under your back bra strap.

  2. Continue tucking and folding fabric up under the elastic until you get your desired look. It’s tricky and it might take a couple of tries to look even!

  3. Take the leftover fabric in the front and knot on one side (see the first example).

  4. Loosely tuck that section in.

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