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To Knot Or Not

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Tying a knot in your shirt and wrapping it around your waist is one of the oldest styling tricks in the book. But its cult-classic status doesn't mean it is actually the easiest thing to pull off. Trust me, I have tried and failed ... and then only recently succeeded. Hence, this post.

I wanted to nail this classic trick for several reasons:

a) a good knot, tie, and/or tuck can completely transform all your oversize, too-long shirts.
b) tying a knot can give them some shape if you’re not into a boxy silhouette.
c) tying a knot can give the impression your outfit is a bit “more” than just a throw-on-and-go look.

The biggest tip? Go for a shirt that's bigger than your normal size. The extra room will give you extra fabric to play with and allow you to customize just how body-hugging the fit ends up being. Choosing a style with a little bit of texture—think linen blends and thicker cottons over silks and modals—can make things a bit easier as well, as these fabrics will give your knot a bit of grip. Also, don't be afraid to bring in some reinforcements: A well-placed rubber band will keep your knot in place all day long.

A knotted shirt thrown over a slip skirt, a swimsuit, or pants is always a good idea. The shirt-tails give you much more room to tie a secure knot, and the look is infinitely versatile. For a breezy holiday vibe, don't do up any of the buttons. Tuck the knot back under your shirt for a more pulled-together vibe. Simply bundle the tails up with a rubber band, and tuck - Voila! your look has transformed. See below for visual transformation. 

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22 comments

  1. Cuteeee! Love how you styled this top. The color looks great on you too! Xo

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  2. I love the knot look, but I personally don't do it because of that extra baby weight. I just don't feel comfortable with my stomach showing.

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  3. You look good with the knots, but I am on a bit chubby side that's why I never put on knot. I really like the earrings by the way!

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  4. Didnt know that the shirt can be so versatile and I love the colors too, great for summer.

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  5. I knot my t-shirts a lot, but never think to knot my button-ups. I usually just give those a cute little French-tuck or full-tuck, but now I'm thinking I need to give this a try next time. It's so chic!

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  6. Such a difference this little change makes! Love how it refines the look! xoxo, Sarah

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  7. Good tip. I used to admire this technique without really consciously noting it. Then one day I decided to imitate something who does it and learned it isn't easy! As you say, we need that extra fabric to make a knot that holds. It's a great look, though.

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  8. Yesss the knot look is so flattering! Love this color on you too!

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  9. I love wearing shirts that are versatile enough to wear tied in a knot! I think its such an easy way to spice up a basic top!

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  10. Great tip! I love how you can add a knot and completely change the look of an outfit. Such a useful thing to know how to do! Xx.

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  11. The color of this shirt is absolutely stunning for summer!! I love a good knotted button up, it gives an outfit a fun, casual feel!

    Rachel
    www.hello-her.com

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  12. You certainly nailed it! I kid you not I was just in the mirror this week trying out some outfit combos with button-down tops I have. LOL

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  13. I love it tucked up, it looks so chic!

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  14. That top is sooo pretty! I love it knotted. I'll have to try this out for myself :-)

    Lizzie
    www.lizzieinlace.com

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  15. I actually love the knot. I guess it depends on the type of occasion but it's the knot for me.

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  16. So cute. I love to dress shirts like that. Looks very stylish

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  17. What's interesting is my older family members would say the knot is a rushed job, and it's because I didn't iron my shirt, but honestly I think NOT knotting a shirt like this is the "lazier" of the two if that makes sense. This is so much more chic! - Ada x

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  18. I don't know why but I have never been a knot fan. I'm either untucked - wear as normal or have a half tuck. BUT always think the knot looks cute on other people!

    xo Laura Leigh
    https://www.louellareese.com

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  19. Wow! I love this idea. You look so pretty ��

    Love ❤
    Anamika
    https://www.everythingenchanting.com

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  20. I’ve been knotting nonstop lately! It’s great for a casual look.

    Greta

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  21. This pop of color looks amazing on you lady!

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  22. I love a good knot! I don't usually knot a button up, though the shirt you picked for it works perfectly! xo Jaimie www.jaimietucker.com

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