DIY Dip-Dyed Denim

Denim shirts are awesome. And the whole dip-dye thing is a cool spin-off. Turns out, it’s pretty easy to do yourself, too. I got the idea when I found this light blue denim Polo shirt on a thrifting adventure. I think it cost around $2. Here’s how I turned it into the trend for less than $5.

Start with a denim shirt. I like how this one has that’s ’70s tux ruffle effect, for a little something different. Next, take a bottle of bleach and head to the sink. Make sure to wear something you don’t mind accidentally getting a little bleach on, just in case you get a little sloshy—or you’ve had too much wine. Whatevs.

Fill the sink halfway with bleach. Dip your shirt as evenly as possible in the bleach. Let shirt sit for around 10 minutes. The longer you let it sit, the more the gradation will show. However, keep in mind that bleach is a fabric eater, so don’t let it sit for too long. Afterward, rinse the bleached part of your shirt. Then, toss it in the washing machine, press, style and go. Instant dip-dyed denim in about 45 minutes (including washing time).

{DIY dip-dyed denim Polo shirt. Tractr jeans c/o Tractr jeans (the stretch in these is awesome). Olivia + Joy bag c/o Olivia + Joy. Gap loafers. Aldo bracelet. Amorium ring. Vintage flower pin.}

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