BY JOHN JANNUZZI from gq.com
Photo: Splash News
Thanks be to the weather gods: It’s the beginning of short sleeve season. The idea of throwing on a favorite T-shirt thrills us. It’s simple, classic, and clean. Here are a few tweaks to make nature’s simplest garment even better.
1. Break the Neck
It’s less painful than its sounds. All you’ve gotta do is give a tight t-shirt collar a good tug. This move gives you some breathing room and lets the shirt drape nicely over your collarbone. It’s the not-nerdy neckline.
2. Cut the Hem
God made us all special creatures, so there’s no T-shirt that will fit us all perfectly. If you’ve got one that looks a little long (it should just graze the top of your butt cheeks), feel free to take a scissor to the hem. Measure this out, otherwise you’ll end up with a crop top, and nobody wants that. This will also allow the bottom of the shirt to curl slightly since we’ve sliced out the original stitching. Like breaking the neck, this gives it more of a worn-in vibe.
3. Roll the Sleeves
You may be thinking that the sleeves are already short enough, but a gentle roll will give them an old school tweak. Using the palm of your hand, roll the sleeves up until it looks like a tank top. Then, still using your palm, flick the sleeves down and shake them out a little bit. You should end up with the bottom of the sleeves turned up just a little. It’s a small styling trick that goes a long way.
One of the biggest requests we hear about T-Shirts is that they be softer. But the perfect wash comes from years of wear and tear. If you want to speed that process up a little bit, bring yours to the beach. Get it wrecked in the water, the sand, and the glory of nature. Wash it well, and the effects will still linger. It will feel aged the next time you wear it.
5. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Got a hole near your shirt pocket? Is the bottom becoming a little unstitched (if you haven’t cut it, that is)? Don’t toss it aside. Small imperfections are no big deal-they’re to be encouraged, in fact. After all, T-shirts are inherently casual pieces of clothing, so you can get away with this stuff. Let it ride.