A DIY style lesson to help you beat the heat.
When it’s too hot for sleeves, cutting them off of your favorite tee is an easy way to cool down and show off the guns if you’ve got ’em. But what seems like a simple enough DIY project actually requires precise execution. If you’re a newbie, you’re better off studying the skills of a sleeveless T-shirt influencer like Justin Theroux before hacking into your most beloved band tees.
There is nothing accidental about Justin Theroux‘s personal style. The Leftovers actor is a meticulous menswear pro, never leaving the house without making sure that everything he wears fits both his body and his downtown aesthetic to a T. And because Theroux knows that even the most sought-after grails look sub par if they don’t fit well, he’s not shy about customization. Take the Adam Selman graphic T-shirt he wore out in the West Village yesterday. It was Theroux’s fix for a seasonably humid July day (not to mention a window to his biceps).
His shredded-up shirt works for three reasons: First, only the sleeves have been cut, not the body (i.e. no side boob is showing). Secondly, the new sleeves (or lack there of) are even on either side. And third, and most important, Theroux didn’t just leave a sloppy raw edge on his abbreviated sleeves; instead, he rolled them under which created a smoother line (and less DIY appearance).
When you’re vibe is as steadfastly badass as Theroux’s, balancing that grit with careful attention to detail is key. And so is this pro tip if you’re new to the cutoff tee: start with a practice round on a T-shirt you’ve been meaning to retire. That way if you mess it up you haven’t ruined the best tee in your collection.