Tie-Dye Summer
Claire Miles - April 28, 2020

For all us, summer means something else. And that’s totally cool. But one thing that we should surely all be doing this summer regardless of our style is tie-dying our clothing. It’s an absolutely magical experience that can help bring back any of your old clothing into an unforgettable, epic piece that will make you stand out wherever you go. It’s also an incredibly nostalgic way to add your new pieces to your summer wardrobe, without spending too much at all, both money and time at the store.  So if you’re ready to return to the good old days when you were at summer camp, you’re sure as heck going to want to get your hands on a tie-dye kit! 

 

You’re likely to have forgotten how to tie-dye exactly, which is perfectly understandable as it’s probably been slightly over a decade since you did so. To tie-dye, you’ve first got to envision what your masterpiece will look like. The most classic ways to go are the crumple and spiral methods, which include scrunching a wet shirt into a ball and then placing rubber bands to hold everything in place. Do note, the together the bands are placed, the more dramatic the outcome will be.  For those who want to use the spiral method, you’ll need a tool such as a fork to spin your old fabric round and round. Place the fork or other similar tool in the middle of your fabric, and twist it until everything is wound up together. Then you can tie-dye each section of the fabric with a different color, for the ultimate bright effect.  

 

Gigi Hadad wearing an old tie-dyed shirt

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For a more monochromatic tie-dye look, you’ll want to turn to the simple bath method. All that’s required is that you fill up either a bathtub (or even a bucket if your mom is worried) with as much dye as your heart desires. Then all that’s left is to dunk your rubber band tied item into it.  Once your fabric is dyed to perfection, be sure to leave it overnight in a plastic bag. In the morning, you can open up your masterpiece, run it under cold water – and tada! You’ve got yourself the ultimate nostalgic piece this summer.

 

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