How To Make a Hoodie Look Vintage

A hoodie or hooded jacket is a clothing staple for many people. It’s comfortable, practical and can be fashionable when worn properly. In these days, the vintage look is in because vintage clothes have more personality that something brand new and off the rack. However, you can actually fake a vintage look by properly distressing a new garment.

If you have a hooded jacket that’s still relatively new, but you’d like to age it a bit, there are some things you can do to achieve the look. In a few quick and easy steps, you can get your new hoodie looking like it’s had better years.

Here’s how to make a hoodie look vintage.

  • Get a hoodie that you like. Choose the item that you want to work on. If you’re afraid to try it out with an expensive piece, you may want to experiment first with something more affordable. This way, you have some practice on how to go about it and not end up ruining a perfectly good piece of clothing.
  • Wash it in salt water. Get a basin and fill it up with water and about a cup of coarse salt. Soak your hooded jacket in it for a day or so. This will help fade the garment.
  • Launder with some bleach. If you want to achieve streaking and other faded spots or discoloration on your hoodie, throw it in the washing machine with some bleach. Chlorine bleach will not only cause bleach stains but also wear out the fibers of the jacket. Make sure you don’t wash the item with other clothes that you don’t want to distress or all the other items in the wash may get damaged.
  • Sand down the elbows and design on the front. For a properly worn out look, use some sandpaper and rub it on the elbows of the jacket. Think of the area that would normally be worn down, such as the shoulders, elbows and front design. Do this a little bit at a time or you may end up making a hole in your garment.
  • Fade the garment out in the sun. Another technique you can do to distress a piece of clothing is to leave it out in the sun. The sun’s rays will fade the colors of the garment, making it look older and worn out. When out on a clothesline, the garment will also stretch and pull, further adding to it’s worn out look. If you don’t want this to happen, lay the jacket on a flat surface to dry.

When you are done distressing your hoodie, you’ll be pleased with the results. If you have other pieces of clothing you’d like to age a bit, you can do the same thing. These methods will also work well in making t-shirts and jeans look vintage. It’s best to do so in slow degrees so you can achieve just the right balance of distressed without making something look like it should be used as a rag instead.


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