How to Make a Cute Top Out of a Men's V-Neck Shirt

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You've inherited a men's V-neck shirt and you'd like to wear it yourself -- except it's so boring and boxy. Transforming one of the most basic and affordable menswear staples into something you're not ashamed to wear might be easier than you think.

No Alterations Required

If the V-neck tee you're working with is already a comfortable fit, you can make it more feminine without actually altering the shirt itself. Tuck your tee into a high-waisted pencil skirt and pair it with heels. Often times men's shirts come predominantly in neutral colors, so there's a good chance the V-neck in your possession is black, white, gray or navy. Kick things up a notch with a bold, patterned skirt or some colorful statement stilettos. Men's V-necks tend to be cut a little more shallow than women's, so they're often great options for a business-casual work environment. Dress up your tee by incorporating chandelier earrings or a chunky necklace into your look.

Embellishing the Tee

The craft store can be your best friend when it comes to adding a little personality to a basic tee. If you're looking to repurpose a casual men's tee as a flirty, fun going-out shirt, look for accents that have a bit of an edge to them -- consider adding a row of studs to the shirt along the shoulder seam. Tie-dyeing a men's white V-neck creates a colorful shirt to hang out in, and you can customize the colors to suit your skin tone and individual fashion.

Transforming With Scissors

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Should you find your tee is larger than you would like, style it into a tank top or cropped tee. For the most basic designs, you only need a pair of scissors. Try on your tee before cutting it up and consider your body shape. For individuals with a shorter torso, keep the shirt slightly longer so that it hits at your lower hip to lengthen the appearance of your midsection. If you have a petite or narrow upper body, removing excess material from the sleeves and shoulder area will keep the shirt from overpowering your frame. Consider cutting the sleeves off and fashioning the shirt into a racer-back style tank or widening the neckline for a slouchy, off-the-shoulder style. Add further customizations to a tank by cutting in fringe along the bottom or tying the back straps together with some ribbon.

Styling a DIY Tee

If you cut your shirt so that it's a slight crop-top -- meaning it shows off a small swath of your midsection -- consider pairing it with a pair of cut-off jeans or chinos for a retro-chic feel, and add a pair of sunglasses in a bright citrus tone to suit this summery look. If you opted to keep your tee on the longer side, it could make the perfect bathing suit coverup or oversize shirt to pair with leggings.