WVW: MAC & Milk DIY Tee*

I recently told you about my distaste for t-shirts, which will explain the hack job I did on this MAC & Milk tee, which was actually part of the swag we received at the last IFB Conference. I probably should have just given the tee away intact to someone who actually likes t-shirts, but after bringing it home I was determined to do some cutting and see where I’d end up.

Well, this is where I ended up! Kinda fun. Maybe for a wash or two. I wore this at home on a Sunday to play with my niece and nephew. I’m pretty sure that’s as much light of day this shirt will see.

*WVW = What V Wore
Shirt: MAC & Milk β€’ Belt: Tobacco Road Belt Company β€’ Jeans: Old Navy β€’ Heels: Vince Camuto
Bracelets: Tory Burch, gold bangle, unknown

There actually was some method to my madness, prior to assuming position with the shears. I was inspired by Alexander Wang’s pieces for Spring 2011 that are cut like polo shirts, but with an extra-long back. And I also had the resurgence of cropped shirts floating around in my head too.

What do you think about DIY tees? Would you wear one? In public?


  1. Love it V! You’re trippin’, you could totally wear that out and rock the hippy 70’s look with pride and sass!! Or grit and glamour I suppose πŸ˜€ Love the cutouts…so chic poolside with a hot graphic bikini underneath! See the wheels are turnin’ already…I’m inspired!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  2. I have grand plans for a shirt of mine from high school. It’s currently in storage in Virginia; sent it with my mom way back when. It’s a pretty cool shirt, too, back when I was really into bands like Sepultura (hint), Slayer, Samael, Pantera and Carcass. I basically want to make the shirt girly and metal at the same time. If successful–really hope so–I’ll wear it at the IFB Con… or at least while I’m in NYC. πŸ˜€

  3. I love it, although I’m a disaster with anything crafty/diy- my skills stop at the kitchen haha! Your diy looks really good though, I actually thought it may have come like that πŸ™‚

  4. That Is such a cool look V! Your shoulders look amazing, and I love that you paired the outfit with leopard heels. And yes, I would wear a DIY tee in public for sure, especially if it turns out like yours did πŸ™‚

  5. This is fantastic! I was just thinking of how to improve a t-shirt. I don’t like oversized “schwag-type” Ts but I have to wear one when I volunteer next month. I want to make mine an original and I have a few more ideas now. Thanks!

  6. You look so fabulous with everything that it is difficult to answer…
    I prefer blouses to t-shirts, but you have done a really good creation here. You have turned it into your unique t-shit.
    Besos goddess.

  7. I would so wear this in public – it looks amazing, far better than it would have originally looked I imagine. Get those scissors out some more!

  8. I don’t wear tees either, but I suppose it’s good to have them on hand – for exercising, sleeping, lounging, and any ‘dirty work’ like painting. However, your tee looks great! I think you did a fab job with it.

  9. I like destroyed garments and you look great in this tee!
    I’m not sure I would be brave enough for them though! Unless I’m sure they won’t fall off me – that’s the main reason I’m afraid of huge holes. πŸ˜€

  10. Ooh AND I widely agree the “Mac Gyver” who was slumbering on you at this moment, this “DIY” effect (strongly) achieves to hysterize your tee’s casual vibrancy Dear V !!!
    ps: Blue jeans + white Tee BUT paired with roaring heels, your inner “laid back equation” can not fail to exude a “day to day GLAMazon-ittude” halo I must add (“Trendy psychologist’s wink”) . . .

    Γ  BientΓ΄t, Antoine

  11. You make me laugh V but I can totally identify with how you’re feeling, I’m not a fan of t-shirts either. I’m not sure whether it’s because they’ve too casual for my aesthetic or what…
    I always find it entertaining when people change into their trackies because they’re “soo comfy” because I personally feel far more comfortable in a little black dress and heels than I will ever feel in trackies and a baggy hoodie – each to there own I guess.
    I really like the cut-outs though πŸ™‚

  12. I’ve gotta tell ya, I just don’t like t-shirts. Never really have. I feel like a goofball in them all the while appreciating the look on someone else. But I’m the girl who over dresses for everything; so maybe they’re just too casual for my taste. I’d wear a dress and heels to wash the car if I could! I have a suspicion that your cutting actually improved it though so, WELL DONE! ~Serene

  13. Whoohoo DIY! lol, I LOVE how you paired the one & only (beautiful) scorpion belt with this Tee. I love Tees, although I don’t wear them everyday, they do have their place with some of my laid back ensembles Nice job V.

  14. Work that T girl!! I loved what you did with it and it gives a lot of ideas for the tons of T-shirts I have! And those shoes are fab!! πŸ™‚

  15. Customised t-shirts are very cool and the best ones are the ones you get for free because your creativity with the scissors isn’t reigned in by any “OMG how much did I pay for this again?” Love the leopard print shoes!

  16. Thats what I call making it work! I on the other hand LOVE tshirts….kinda stepping out of my comfort zone (literally) this year and wearing more dresses and dress shirts.


  17. I tried a cut-up last summer that I don’t think I ever pictured on my blog. In theory it was a great idea–but you’re right, in practice, I never wore it outside of the house. I do love the jersey of t’s.

  18. 1. I LOVE DIY tees! I haven’t whipped one up since college. Thanks for the inspiration. Your tee is perfect!!! I never would have thought to do cutout shoulders. FABULOUS!
    2. You know I LOVE that belt
    3. Love. Those. Shoes.

  19. I know, right? I cannot handle tees. They’re so boxy and unflattering and…mannish. And not in the trendy-preppy-Katharine-Hepburn kind of way, either. And the only other alternative is the dreaded babydoll tee which just brings back way too many memories of being thirteen and thinking I was hot business with Tweety bird silk-screened across my chest. Oh, and the necks are so tight. Who do they design those things for? Disproportionate, mannish, skinny-necked circus freaks. I don’t understand, they’re annoying, I’m over them.

    Um…that being (so unnecessarily) said, you ROCKED the DIY here! Given my tirade I’m sure you know it takes a lot for a tee to impress me, and this one did. Very nicely done – and with the hot belt and leopard shoes, no less. Love it.

  20. Well done V! I have a few t-shirts that I wear… from time to time. Maybe I should take some scissors to them and see if I start wearing them anymore!

  21. Very cute and casual…(love those heels girl)
    I am not much of a tshirt girl…I have a few great white t’s that I wear casually…..defnitely NOT a DIY girl…if I took scissors to pretty much anything other than a sheet of paper, the outcome is NEVER pretty. Not all of us can be creative like that.

  22. I don’t wear tees either, unless it’s to a Knicks’ game and typically I’ve hacked away at it quite a bit. LOVE what you did with it. I’ve been meaning to do a cutout shoulder situation on a shirt too. Looks great on you V!

  23. Being one of the original DIY generation — first gen punk — I have worn, and will continue to wear DIY tees. Actually nearly all my tees get some form of DIY as I usually find the necks on them really constricting. I love what you did, play some more and you’ll eventually find yourself hooked on DIYing tees!

  24. I like what you did to this tee. I’m wishy washy about t-shirts, unless they are being used for working out or working outside or something. I love your belt buckle!!

  25. Great DIY. Loving the cold shoulder look. And those Vince heels are perfection. So much to take in I’ll have to scroll up for another look.

  26. hey V! I love your look here! I am not a t-shirt fan either but I really like what you did with yours. Cutting it out gave it an edgy coolness to it that you totally rock! The belt + the leopard heels + the cuff bracelets take this tshirt and jeans look from boring to BAM! I love your milky white skin too – so pretty!

  27. This is so funny – I’m wearing my Mac & Milk Studios tee right now as I read blogs and drink my coffee. I wear mine as pjs, but I like your version much better. πŸ™‚

  28. Whew! Glad this actually worked! Thanks to all of you for sharing your opinions! If any of you DIY a tee, let me know so I can see!

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