3 Fashion-Girl Shirts You Can Basically Get For Free

Photographed by Megan Madden. Illustrated by Anna
Let's talk about fashion's current obsession with sleeves. Whether we blame it on the rise of celebrity merch or the influence of Vetements' ironic logo tees, we've begun to see grungier, more streetwear-inspired styles replace the atypical ruffled, bell, or balloon ones. These tops — which can be found at places like Opening Ceremony, and via skate brands like HUF and Carhartt — look like something you'd steal out of your dad's closet. The difference, of course, it that they pair well with this season's accessories of choice, like oversized earrings and chain belts. Plus, they're the new layering-item of choice among the fashion set.

The thing is: You actually don't need to spend a silly amount of money to get in on the trend. In fact, you don't have to shell out more than $20 to D.I.Y. one that's all your own. Ahead, we took three basic long-sleeve T-shirts (the kind you can find at your local Walmart or Sports Authority) and put our own twist on them. Here's how to turn your lazy-day uniform into a full-on fashion statement.
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Photographed by Megan Madden. Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
The Shoulder Cut-Out
We can't seem to get enough of a cold shoulder. But, more than just showing bare skin, we love this style for its layering prowess. Stick a mesh or lace top underneath and you've got a combination that looks straight off-the-runway.
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Photographed by Megan Madden. Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Fold your long-sleeve tee in half vertically and lie it flat. You can sketch on your cutting line with a pencil if you'd like, but we just eyeballed it. All you have to do is cut a half-circle right where the shirt would hit on your shoulder.
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Photographed by Megan Madden. Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
The Graphic Sleeve
It feels like we're seeing graphic long-sleeve tees just about everywhere, so why not put a personal twist on it? (Think of it as making merch for, well, yourself). The key to the look is going big and bold with your lettering all the way down the length of the sleeve. Need some inspiration? See here, here, or here.
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Photographed by Megan Madden. Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
All you need is a set of stencils and some fabric paint from your local craft store. Lay your sleeves flat and paint on your desired word or phrase using the necessary stencils. We suggest placing a sheet of thick cardstock between the front and back of the sleeve to protect from any paint that may bleed through.
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Photographed by Megan Madden. Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
The Layered Effect
Everyone from Missguided to Comme des Garçons is on to this short-sleeve-over-long-sleeve style. To save you from the added bulk of wearing two oversized tops at once, though, we're taking the sleeve off a short-sleeve tee and sewing it onto a long-sleeve one.
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Photographed by Megan Madden. Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Once you've bought two tees, one short- and one long-sleeved (they can be the same color, or two contrasting one), lay the short-sleeve option flat and cut the sleeves off right along the seams.
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Photographed by Megan Madden. Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Then, slip that sleeve onto the long-sleeve tee and sew it on. No worries if your sewing skills aren't perfect — contrast thread and rough-looking stitches can totally be part of the look. Et voilà, it's basically Jacquemus (only way less expensive).
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