How to Make a New Shirt Look Worn and Rugged

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Sometimes the best place to go shopping for clothing is a thrift shop or a flea market, because these places give the clothes a vintage, rugged feel. However, when you can't find the style you're looking for in a thrift shop, sometimes you have to buy one new. You can buy a shirt for up to five dollars at a dollar store and make it look like a rugged, vintage, shirt that you can wear with style.

  • Once you've bought your new shirt, lay it out in front of you and decide what you want it to be. If it's short sleeve and you want a sleeveless shirt, cut off the sleeves (don't worry about uneven edges; these are encouraged). If it's long sleeve and you want quarter-length sleeves, cut them about a quarter of the way off.

  • After you've decided on the sleeves, next is the neckline. Cut out the neckline to your liking. If you want a v-neck, cut a v-neck; if you want a scoop neck, do a scoop neck. If you want it uneven, then cut it unevenly. Do whatever your heart desires.

  • Now that the neckline has been cut, use the very end of your scissors to begin cutting tiny holes here and there. These holes should only be about 3-4 mm wide and long (they will get bigger the more the shirt is worn). You can also cut slits in the sleeves and down the neckline.

  • Once you've got all of the cuts and holes your heart desires, put the shirt in the washer. Be sure to follow the directions on the tag of the shirt. Dry it according to the directions on the tag when finished.

  • After you pull it out of the dryer, you will notice that the holes you cut are now fringed. You can make them even more tattered by cutting along the fringed edges.

  • If desired, you can give the shirt an even more rugged look by adding bleach spots. Using a damp hand towel, dip an edge of it in bleach and start dabbing it along your shirt. This will leave small white marks on the shirt, giving it a more 80's style look.

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