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Ways to Restyle Old/Damaged Clothes

By. Livan Samudio

Most people desire new pieces of clothing or a new wardrobe but at times, that isn’t affordable or realistic. In some certain situations, a person’s clothing could get ruined or damaged and in most cases, buying a new piece of clothing to replace isn’t an option. Thankfully, all hope is not lost, below are a few ways that someone can restyle old/damaged clothes to something new and stylish for their wardrobe.


This is the easiest and simplest method to restyle old or damaged clothes. Whether you have old baggy shirts or jeans or you get a rip on the sleeve of your jacket, this method can help you alter your piece of clothing to something different and “new”. For example, you can cut the bottom of a large shirt and create it into a flowy crop top or cut baggy jeans into a new pair of jean shorts.


Dye of any color can be used to restyle your clothes. This method is great for light-colored clothing pieces that you want to alter or give a new flair to. You can attempt this on darker clothing but it might not take as well depending on the color you decide. Pick a dye and design as you desire. Some people might be interested in using multiple dyes to give a tie-dying effect on their clothing.

Bleach (proceed with caution)

This method is similar to dye but very intense since bleach is a chemical. Using bleach on your clothes can give your pieces the worn and “acid-wash-like” look. This can be used on jeans or shirts to alter the color or look in certain areas. For example, you can use bleach with a thin brush on a shirt or a pair of jeans that are dark to give the look of veins or lightning across the pant leg or the shirt.

Fabric Glue

This is a super easy and simple way to alternate pieces of your old clothes. Most likely you would use scissors when using fabric glue but you can also use it alone depending on your project. Fabric glue can be used to make pieces of clothing tighter or add on pieces to other pieces to create a new item of clothing. For example, you can use two long sleeves and take the sleeves off of one of them and glue them on to the other long sleeve.


This method isn’t for everyone because some people do not have access to sewing supplies or they aren’t able to sew well. With this method, you can alter your wardrobe in a variety of ways ranging from shrinking or even adding additional pieces to existing pieces. There are tons of tutorials all over the web if this is a method that you want to pursue.

Livan Samudio is an editorial intern whose interests and passions include fashion, music, television shows, and pop culture.

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