The Best Way to Tie a Shirt Around Your Waist

Just like with our obsession with French style, we're always searching for ways to emulate our favorite models and their impeccable off-duty style. Specifically, we often find ourselves wondering how they make jeans and a T-shirt look so stylish and how they can wear leggings and still look polished. Today we're demystifying another staple styling move off-duty models love: tying a shirt around their waist.

Based on frequency alone, models Taylor Hill, Behati Prinsloo, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley seem to love wearing button-down shirts tied around their waists for a low-key going-out look or even to the airport (it's genius for layering). It's effortless, it's laid-back, but one thing it's not is sloppy. The best way to pull off the casual look like a model is by tying a shirt around your waist with a pair of dark skinny jeans or, if you're traveling, black leggings. This is the number one styling trick for your shirt, as a dark, streamlined silhouette will balance out the printed shirt. Be sure to keep it simple up top as well with a plain T-shirt or tank top.

It's confirmed: This is the model-approved way to tie a shirt around your waist. Click through the gallery below to see how they're styling the trend, and then shop our favorite button-downs—from plaid to camo and denim—to try it for yourself.

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WHO: Taylor Hill

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WHO: Behati Prinsloo

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WHO: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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WHO: Hailey Clauson

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WHO: Diana Moldovan

Looks great with dark-wash denim. 

Available in Italian sizes 44 to 54.

Bold checks look great with white denim.

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

You can never go wrong with a black button-down.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Wear with an all-white look for a fresh take. 

Available in sizes XS to L.

This color scheme feels virtually seasonless.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Wear with high-waisted jeans.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Lightweight and versatile. 

Available in sizes 1X to 3X.

A slight twist on Millennial Pink, this is perfect to accentuate your waist.

Available in Italian sizes 38 to 42.

There's something so classic about red plaid.

Available in XS to L.

We love the contrasting buttons on this pick. 

Available in sizes S to XL.

Our spring-friendly favorite. 

Available in sizes XS to L.

There's nothing bolder than crisp, dark-wash denim.

Available in Italian sizes 36 to 44.

Arguably the most versatile piece you can wear throughout summer and spring. 

Available in sizes XS to XL.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.