Published on May 20, 2014—  Leave a comment

A Stylish Summer Tie-Dye DIY For the Long Weekend

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Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and you’re probably starting to pull out your favorite warm-weather clothes for the season, if you haven’t already. If a few of your older pieces are looking too tired for another summer of fun, why not consider tie-dying them? The easy-to-do art project was probably a childhood favorite (and is still a hit with kids, if you have them), and even though the ’60s Grateful Dead multicolor vibe remains a bit tired, there are some new, more tasteful looks utilizing the old-school technique. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for tie-dying without going overboard.


One color: Rather than aiming for every color in the rainbow, try using one shade in a more subtle way– especially blue, which is mega-trendy at the moment. A white jersey tank dress would look great with swirls of navy or indigo, or try a whispery light blue on a loose white sweatshirt.


Do it in reverse: Dark pieces can get in on the tie-dye game, too. Try using a black or navy tank, then do the tie-dye thing with bleach instead of dye to create a cool, tribal-looking print. (Just be sure to keep a close eye if there are kids around.)


Unexpected pieces: Not ready to adorn yourself head-to-toe with tie-dye? Consider doing a little pop of it as an accessory. A pair of plain canvas TOMS, a standard canvas tote bag, or a white scarf are all interesting venues for a tasteful touch of tie-dye.

Have any great memories of childhood tie-dying? Let us know in the comments.