It's hard to go wrong when wearing a comfy T-shirt; they're always a sure bet for looking cool and casual. Tees have the capability to make a major style statement, and each year new trends dictate the most stylish ways to wear these garments. Distressed clothing is a look that appears to be here to stay, so taking steps to purposefully age some of your clothing may just be the one of the smartest and most budget-friendly style decisions you could make.
1. How to Age a T-Shirt
1 Select which tee you'd like to give a cool distressed look to. Band T-shirts, logo tees or plain black shirts have the right vibe for the distressed-clothing look.
2. How to Age a T-Shirt
2 Cut the sleeves off of your shirt for an added dose of tough edge.
3. How to Age a T-Shirt
3 Put the shirt in the washer and wash it several times on hot in order to stretch out the fabric and cause a bit of fading. Add fabric softener to speed up the process of wearing down the threading.
4. How to Age a T-Shirt
4 Dry your shirt in the dryer. Once you remove it, decide if you'd like to further distress it and repeat Step 3 as necessary.
5. How to Age a T-Shirt
5 Rub the shirt with a coarse object to cause fading. While you don't want to completely destroy your tee, friction will wear down the threads, giving them a softer and smoother appearance.
6. How to Age a T-Shirt
6 Cut subtle holes in your shirt with a pair of scissors if you wish to further add to the rugged, edgy feel.
7. How to Age a T-Shirt
7 Pay extra attention to the neck, sleeves and bottom of your shirt. These areas will need more distressing, so go over them with a cheese grater or tough sandpaper to weaken the threads.
8. How to Age a T-Shirt
8 Dab a hand towel in bleach and blot certain areas of your shirt that you'd like to have a washed out look. This will add to the aged, distressed feel of your garment. For a more consistent application, fill a spray bottle with bleach and spray over the entire shirt.