How to freshen up a thrift shop find

Vintage Denim 

I have been on the hunt for the perfect denim jacket for months. I have been scouring thrift shop racks looking for a vintage find that matches the picture in my head: light wash, a loose fit, and 80s inspired (or better yet actually from the 80s). After months of hunting, I realized that I was either going to pay a pretty penny or have to take matters into my own hands.

Finally, I fell in love with a $14.99 jacket from Value Village. The ability to roll up the cuffs and expose a pinch of corduroy was what really sold me. I immediately knew that the dark wash needed to go. It made the jacket feel way too dated and grandma like: I mean it is from Northern Reflections after all (read: grandma heaven).


A large bucket/sink/tub


Rubber gloves

Step 1:

Fill your vessel with hot water. Hot water makes your bleach work best.

Step 2:

Add your bleach. You want a 1:8 ratio (more water than bleach don’t mix that up!). Too much bleach and you risk ruining your clothes

Step 3:

Add your denim. You shouldn’t pour bleach on your clothes as it could result in holes or spots, so remember the order. Make sure that your denim is fully submerged as any parts sticking out will not bleach and you could get spots.

Step 4:

Wait! How long you wait will depend on how light you want your denim. I waited for about 5 hours but stopped once halfway through and tossed it in the wash before deciding I wanted it lighter.

Step 5:

Rinse! Put it in the wash by itself to rinse out all the bleach. You want to wash it alone so that the bleach doesn’t bleed onto whatever else is in there. I needed to wash my jacket twice before the horrible bleach smell left.

Pro tip: If you want it even lighter put it in the sun to dry! Sunlight will naturally lighten your clothes

Style tip: Pins are in

To add your own personal flare add a few enamel pins! Enamel pins allow you to express yourself and show artists and creators some love.

At local handmade boutique Inkwell, I found this perfect golden retriever pin to carry my fur baby with me always by Baltic Club

I bought this Little Mermaid pin on one of my family vacations to Disney World. A bit of childhood nostalgia with me always? Yes, please!



  1. May 9, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    You’re so cute! Love the new blog
    Xo, Rowan

    • skwiatkowski
      June 1, 2017 / 6:01 pm

      Thank you so much, Rowan!!

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