The idea for this D.I.Y. adventure comes from the Dries van Noten S/S 2011 runway, specifically, the dip-dye pieces like the pair of wide-leg jeans shown above. Inspired by Belgian painter Jef Verheyen's ability to capture light, Noten turned out a number of visually striking separates that featured an ombre effect of bright colors and gorgeous ceramic floral prints fading into white. Standout pieces included the long sleeve shirt ($425) and the Daryl dress ($700), but the hands-down frontrunner for our entire office was the Pima 9020 Jeans ($313). The wide-leg jeans are a statement-making piece, true, yet they're also completely wearable, and can be styled casually with a t-shirt and sandals or dressed up with a ladylike jacket and heels. These dip-dyed jeans are certainly making an impact both on and off the runways this season—it's no wonder we're smitten!
- Blue Jeans (Pants/shorts)
- Bleach (Zonrox)
- Old Ruler
- Disposable Plastic Gloves
- Distilled Vinegar
Before you begin: make sure to wear plastic gloves before you begin working to protect your hands.
1. To create bleach solution, mix two parts water and one part bleach in a plastic bucket.
2. Prepare your pants/shorts by threading a ruler though all of the belt loops. The ruler will serve as a weight to balance the pants/shorts while they are soaking in the bleach solution.
3. Dip the pants/shorts into the liquid to the desired depth. Rest the ruler on the top of the bucket to allow the pants/shorts to hang in the bleach solution without being completely covered. Leave the pants/shorts soaking for approx 30 minutes. (Note: the bleach will run slightly, so we recommend leaving an additional inch out of the solution.)
4. After the bleach has turned the pants/shorts the desired white shade (may take a few dips), remove pants/shorts from bleach solution and soak in a sink or bathtub with two parts water and one part vinegar for approximately five to ten minutes to stop the bleaching process.
5. Let the shorts dry out completely, and then cut them to your desired length. Gently pull along the edges of the shorts to create a more distressed and ragged look.
Please note: Wash and dry the shorts alone for the first time. After that, you will be able to put into regular loads for future washes.
P.S. will post pictures soon... L0v3 lOve LoVE