How-to (Tricks)

unfade your jeans

When your favorite jeans get washed-out from too much wear (or if you're sick of the whiskers you loved two years ago), don't toss them: We've tracked down and tested two ridiculously easy-to-use dyes that yield amazing results. And since dyeing can harden up denim, we found a super concentrated softener to restore that had-these-for-ages feel.

BLACK

Takes jeans to a fabulously inky black.

Rit Dye Powder, $2, ritdye.com

CLASSIC DENIM

The most perfect shade of deep, rich blue.

Dylon Machine Dye for Blue Denim, $9, chaffinch.com

FINAL STEP

Afterward, soak them in this for a worn-in softness.

Milsoft Softener, $5, dharmatrading.com

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