+ Gray to white – bleaching jeans

trouve shoes    F21 pants and jewelry   self made top
I bleached the crap out of these pants! I think I could do it one more time, but it was close enough. I bleached it just like I bleached this shirt a while back. I really like these $13 gray pants from forever 21, but when I accidentally spilled bleach on the bottoms, I thought hmmm what the heck?! Bleach the whole dang thing and see what happens. I like how it turned out. And when you pair it with the loose fitted knit top I made, it looks complete.
All I did was let it sit in bleach 2 different times for 45 mins each. I might do it one more time to make it white white. Otherwise the directions are found here.
Lots of projects planned for this next week! I don’t know how I’m going to fit them all in! Excited for you guys to see them!!
Maybe I should have used my washing machine….much more roomy!


  1. The pants look great in white! Genius way to get more use out of a piece of clothing that would otherwise have been ruined. You get my kudos.

  2. Yay! I’m glad to see these turned out. Think I’ll try that on a pair of mine. (I have a bad habit of buying jeans when I really don’t need anymore.)
    And congrats on 500! So exciting!


  3. This is an awesome idea! I never would’ve thought. Maybe I’ll do this with some black F21 jeans I bought a while back. F21 jeans smell really weird anyway, so the bleach would probably help that. I love those shoes of yours, by the way!

    amy day to day

  4. This is so awesome. I want to try it like now… ha ha question, how long did it sit in bleach for? i have some gray skinnies that i could do the same thing to. And congrats on 500 that’s is awesome!!

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  6. I have been wanting white skinnies for a while now! This is awesome :)

  7. so, my question is, will they turn white if you bleach blue jeans?? I’ve never bleached anything before!
    and they look great on you! white is so perfect for summer! :)

  8. Wow I love this project and the outcome! I just found your blog and I have to say I love it so much! You are gorgeous and your posts are very inspiring :)

    Consider me your latest follower!


  9. Oh I love this! I’ve been longing for a pair of white jeans since what seems like forever, but can’t seem to find one…I never thought of making them myself, but I think that now I might just do it. I wonder if it only works with grey jeans?!? I don’t think I have any, but I have plenty of blue jean pairs…

    PS: I have a slight obsession with stripes, and this bright yellow and white combination has me mesmerized :)

  10. I just found your blog through Melissa Esplin–so glad I did!
    These pants turned out great, I think I prefer them white. I have a pair of jeans that are a weird blue that I really don’t like. I think I might try this someday…

  11. I love this idea, that I had to post the link to it on my blog. I just found your blog and am really liking all your fashion projects. Great ideas.

  12. I tried this and for some reason it won’t turn white. I started out with light blue jeans. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, and I kept it in twice as long hoping that it would eventually turn white, but it only lightened a little. The fabric also has become very delicate and looks as if it’s going to tear. Any suggestions?

  13. I’ve been wanting to get a white pair of pants…now I can just work with what I’ve got!

  14. Hey,
    have you ever colored your white jeans in coffee, to get this vintage camel look?

  15. You are so beautiful *_________*

  16. You mentioned that you wanted to bleach these more, that you didn’t quite like the color. Bleach often leaves a yellow tinge on denim. If you want a whiter look you can run the fabric through a cold-wash cycle with one capful of bluing, which you can find in the laundry section of your grocery store.

  17. I just realized that THIS is probably the best way to have white pants that AREN’T see-through!! I hate when white bottoms are see-through or even on the edge of being see-through. Perfect :)

    I did ombre bleach-dyed shorts on my blog! Maybe you would like them?

  18. OMG awesome! What was your bleach to water ratio?

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