Easy Outfit Upgrade: Tie Your Shirt

(Source: FameFlynet Pictures, Jerod Harris/Getty Images North America, PacificCoastNews.com)The weekend weather report is in, folks, and the temps, they are a-risin'. It's officially time to break out the Birkenstocks (and the rosé, while you're at it) and put your cool-weather gear into off-season hibernation. But wait! Leave those long-sleeved button-ups just where they are. With a quick little tie at the waist, those babies are suddenly summer-perfect.

The look couldn't be easier, both in practice and effect: you simply knot the ends of your favorite shirt (and roll up the sleeves for good measure) and—voila!—you're the picture of picnic-worthy Americana.

And depending on your tolerance for skin exposure, you can adjust the style to fit your needs. In other words, if you've got abs like Kate Hudson or a waist like Alexa Chung's, go ahead and turn your favorite oxford into a DIY crop top. But if, like the rest of us, you'd rather enhance than reveal, follow Brittany Snow's lead and knot your shirt at the narrowest part of your waist. 

(Source: FameFlynet Pictures)(Source: Jerod Harris/Getty Images North America) (Source: PacificCoastNews.com)We're willing to bet you already have a surplus of relaxed chambray shirts that are fit to be tied. But if you're looking for something a little breezier, we're loving this capped-sleeve Alice & Olivia style ($187), below. Or, you can always cheat and go for a pre-tied option, such as this relaxed Joie top ($188), which offers full torso coverage. Either way, you're going to be the cutest thing at that picnic, pool bash or rooftop party.
(Source: Saks Fifth Avenue; Alice + Olivia Cuffed Button-Front Chambray Shirt, $187; Joie Silk Printed Tied-Waist Shirt, $188)
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