Dip-Dyed anything has been a huge hit in fashion from hair to bags and even clothing. Combine that with this summer’s love for denim, a little thrifty thinking, and stir in a dash of bleach and you have yourself a pair of dip dyed shorts perfect for the second half of summer. From celebrities to big brands such as Nasty Gal and Free People, this fading from denim into pure white reveals a punch of ombre charm to liven up any occasion.
- Old or thrifted jeans (any color will do)
- Two buckets
- A Sheet or Towel to catch drips
How to make them:
Step 1: Cut your old or thrifted jeans into shorts, the length is up to you.
Step 2: With length of shorts perfected, mix 2 parts bleach with 1 part water in one of the two buckets. Be sure to do this over a protective sheet of plastic to prevent any damaging spills. While wearing gloves, place one leg of your shorts into the bucket of bleach for about 10-30 minutes. Duration will depend on the darkness, type of denim or desired color.
Step 3: After bleaching half of your shorts, dunk denim into the second bucket filled with equal parts water and vinegar. Vinegar stops the bleaching process so the color you see will remain after washing.
Step 4: Hang dry. Place sheet or plastic bag underneath to catch any dripping.
A simple way to spruce up a pair of old denim, get funky with your dip dying and create folds with rubber bands, designs by twisting fabric and more. The possibilities for this DIY are endless.