The trend for fading and aging of clothes began in 1993, when designer Marc Jacobs introduced the grunge style to the masses. "Marginal chic", as critics quickly called such outfits, in the 90s was at the peak of popularity in Europe, the USA and Russia.
Many designers have grunge elements in their spring / fall 2014 collection. And the most popular are faux distressed jeans with distressed ones. The invention of Levi Strauss is so tightly included in the wardrobes of both women and men that fashion designers use it in almost every collection.
You don't have to buy scuffed clothes from top designers to stay on trend. You can visually age wardrobe items yourself using existing jeans, shirts, jackets.
There are several degrees of abrasion:
- worn out look;
- slight wear;
- "industrial" aging.
The first type involves a slight rubbing on the fabric so that the clothes have the appearance of a long-worn and worn thing. In this case, the integrity of the threads is usually not violated. In order to create this look, it is enough to rub the fabric with a pumice stone or a coarse brush. It is important not to overdo it, otherwise there is a risk of rubbing the hole or ruining the fabric.
When making the garment look worn, always moisten the fabric with water. This way, scuffs are created faster and the fabric retains its integrity. The grunge style implies, albeit aged, but nevertheless clean clothes.
Slight fading means both a worn look and small tears in the garment. In this case, the holes should not be huge. A slight cut in the fabric and a scuff around it is enough. You can achieve this effect yourself. First, make an incision, for example with a razor blade, and then carefully rub the area around it with a pumice stone. It is worth remembering that breaking the threads too much leads to a large and not very neat hole in the clothes. It may not appear immediately, but after a couple of days of wearing. Therefore, it is better to first make a very tiny incision, then scuff, and then wear jeans or a shirt for a while. If the result is not satisfactory, then repeat the procedure.
It is not recommended to create abrasions on places that are worn out: on the knees. It is better to pay attention to the area above or below them, the back pockets. In these places, scuffs will remain unchanged for a long time.
"Industrial" aging involves creating holes and scuffs in clothing so that only white threads remain. The dark ones take it out completely. Many designer pieces in grunge style look exactly like this. To create this effect on your own, first draw a contour of future scuffs on the fabric with chalk or soap, then pry and cut the dark threads along this contour with a ripper. When the preparation is over, the aging itself begins. Dark threads from the selected area are removed completely, leaving only transverse light ones. To remove the contour, the clothes just need to be washed and dried thoroughly.
It is noteworthy that shirts made of dense warm fabric with rips and scuffs on the elbows, pockets, and seams are especially popular in the spring-autumn season. To create these effects yourself, just show a little imagination. For example, wipe seams, pockets and elbows with light-abrasive sandpaper or fine-pored pumice stone. The holes are also created artificially, but they are always advantageously hidden with patches different from the main color.