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The Coolest Way To Customize Your Jeans

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    Whatever the denim trend of the moment is, we're bound to have a pair — or three. Problem is, so does everyone else. But, instead of looking like every other street style star we know, we're taking inspiration from the latest It denim (think major statements, from multi-hued to patchwork) and giving our jeans a totally one-of-a-kind spin.

    Stoked for the opportunity to do some low-key customization, we created a dip-dye DIY with a pair of Levi's® 501® CTs — the brand's newest take on the beloved boyfriend fit. Got denim and a hidden urge to wear your jeans in the shower? (No, seriously, that's part of the project — though there are alternatives for the less adventurous.) Custom-colored jeans are literally at your fingertips.


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    You'll Need:
    -Rubber or latex gloves
    -Fabric dye (powder OR liquid — we used Rit in Denim Blue)
    -Bucket big enough to soak your jeans
    -Tarp or cloth you don't care about staining
    -Plastic tongs
    -Jeans in a light wash (we used Levi's 501 CTs in Rolling Fog)

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    Step 1: Start with wet denim (dunk it in cold water, wear it in the shower, whatever works!).

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    Step 2: Prep for your DIY by laying a tarp or cloth flat over the area where you'll be dyeing. Wearing gloves, mix concentrated dye with water, according to the instructions on the container. Submerge two-thirds of the jeans in the dye bath. Let them soak for 20 to 30 seconds, then remove them.

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    Step 3: As soon as you remove the jeans from the dye bath, lay them flat so the dye doesn't run. Wait about a minute.

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    Step 4: With the jeans still mostly wet, dip the top third of the jeans back into the bucket, submerging for 3 to 4 minutes or until the desired color is achieved. (Remember, they'll look much lighter when dry!)