I come from a family of “sweaters.” Not the object, but the sweating, verb type. My dad, siblings, and kids are all sweaters. I can sweat in an air-conditioned room. One of my brothers resorted to Botox because his work shirts became a walking billboard of his sweaty self. I am not far behind, but at approximately $300 per underarm, I would rather use that Botox between the brows. So I got creative with a scissor hack that will have you asking…she did what?
This is me and my brother before our first half marathon and before we broke a sweat! This race coincided with the time I used this useful, scissor hack.
The winter is better for sweaters. We can hide under layers and sweaters (the object) and no one is the wiser. But, my collared, long sleeves, under a bulky sweater, make me feel well… bulky. Besides being sweaty (adjective) I have broad shoulders which adds to0 much bulk to my upper body. Not a good look on someone who has to stretch to 5’3.
So I came up with a solution which my friends think is slightly odd, but effective.
In a sentence, I cut the sleeves off my long sleeve, collared shirts. Now, I don’t cut the sleeves off all of the collared shirts, but in many cases I have multiple shades of gingham print collared shirts; so a few don’t make the cut.
Here’s the perfect example. I found a gingham, collared shirt at TJ Maxx the other day. I loved the color and the collar, but the shape was too boxy for my shoulders. And the Land’s End, brand new, ironed shirt was only $9.99. If I wear this shirt a half a dozen times, it pays for itself in dry cleaning costs. And, with the sleeves removed, the collared shirt will not need to be drycleaned. I can iron a collar in less than a minute, making this a no-brainer purchase.
So with a pair of scissors and a new shirt with the perfect collar pop of color, I went all Dexter on the sleeves. Now, I admit the first time I hacked the sleeves, it’s a little surreal. Even, with this brand new shirt, I asked myself a few times, “Oh Laura why are you doing this to a brand new shirt?” And, then I think this modified collared shirt is going to feel so comfortable under a lightweight summer sweater or winter wool sweater. And, no one needs to know.
I shared this scissor hack with a friend and the face she made was something like, “Laura has completely lost it with all of her sweat or maybe she was thinking, “Just get the Botox under your arms.”
But, now when she see’s me with a collared shirt she always asks, “Are there sleeves under that sweater?”
This scissor hack is not for everyone, but if you are a natural born sweater you may want to check out the discount stores or clearance aisle for pretty collared shirts.