8 Ways to customize and bring life to old clothes

Kat Mayuga

Is your wardrobe getting a bit dull and boring? Give your old clothes a personal touch by customizing them.

Here are a few tips you can follow to bring life to your old clothes.

1. Give them battle scars

Give that old and rugged vibes to your clothes by bringing out a pair of scissors. The good thing about distressed clothing is that you don’t have to worry about ruining it because they’re full of holes and scratches to begin with.


2. Add patches

Add a personal touch to your clothes by slapping on a cute patch or two. Patches come in different shapes and sizes, so it wouldn’t be that difficult to find something that would match your personality. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to sew because there are iron-on patches available in the market.


3. Bleach

Have you always been frustrated because your denim jacket wouldn’t match any of your pants? To get a lighter shade of denim, try soaking it in bleach for a while. Just be careful with the procedure to achieve the exact shade that you want.

Here a few ideas you can try:


Bleaching isn’t limited to denim jackets. You can even turn your old flannel into SLP style like this:


Or you can even create your own art:


4. Give them a different color

Bleach makes a shade of color lighter, but what if you want to give it a totally different look? Dyes are a good way to customize the color of your clothes.

Has a plain old shirt been collecting dust in the closet because you think it’s too plain and boring? A new set of colors will make a world of difference.

Here are some ideas you can copy:



Tie dyes can be tricky to make. You have to mind the colors that you use and the correct method to get the specific pattern you are achieving. Here are a few patterns you can create:


5. Turn your pants into shorts or your shirts into crop tops

Transform your baggy shirts into crop tops or your ill-fitting pants into shorts. But remember, do this only when you’re 100% sure because sewing back the cut pieces will be a bit difficult.

Here are a few examples you can draw inspiration from:


6. Take them to a tailor

Just because something doesn’t fit perfectly doesn’t mean it’s hopeless. Turn your straight cut jeans into a tapered one. Or have a tailor shorten the sleeves of your shirt for a better fit. These small adjustments can make a world of difference.

7. Don’t overlook the pockets

Another way to spice up and add personality to your clothes is by adding pockets that have designs.

Here are a few examples:


8. Draw on them

If you’re artistically inclined, you can also consider painting or drawing on your clothes. You can do it manually by drawing directly on the shirt. Or you can draw digitally and have it printed on the shirt by a professional silk screen printer. This is also a good way of keeping your creative juices flowing so go get your brush (or stylus)!

Here are a few examples you can copy:

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