Denim Do-Over: Bring New Life To Old Baby Blues

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We don’t doubt that the fall season will find you ready to scoop up plenty of novel denim styles, but before you shop for something new, we suggest you first embrace an older option or two. By either repurposing your outdated jeans—you know, the long-forgotten-about pairs hiding at the bottom of a drawer—or seeking out pre-loved varieties, you’ll not only be adding intrigue to your wardrobe, but you’ll also be reducing landfill waste (clothing contributes up to 5%). Here, you’ll find three crazy-cool resources to give your blues game a boost!

1. Denim Refinery

Closet full of jeans, but nothing to wear? Freshen up your outdated styles by shipping them to Denim Refinery! Offering five treatments for your old pairs including distressing, foiling and softening, the service-slash-shopping site is pure genius.

Availability: Denim Refinery Refinement Services ($45-$95)

2. Re/Dun

Promising vintage character and modern fit, the Re/Dun team tirelessly trawls denim mills and rag houses to find the best pre-worn pairs that are deconstructed and reworked into either a body-skimming slim fit, or a borrowed-from-the-boys slouchy silhouette.

Availability: Re/Dun Vintage Jeans ($224 & up).

3. Rialto Jean Project

Inspired by painters’ overalls, RJP sources vintage jeans in skinny, boyfriend and flared fits, then hand-paints them in Venice, California. Proceeds of the sales go towards Art Therapy programs at The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Availability: Rialto Jean Project Jeans ($200).