Spring Trends: Tie Dye + DIY!
Updated: Dec 30, 2019
Hey guys: it's officially spring! As always, this change of seasons has to be marked by a wardrobe refresh. I am absolutely in love with the spring looks we've seen this season. They all feel so fresh and fun–none of the typical, boring florals we see year after year but rather an explosion of colourful, playful and fun looks from both the high end and streetwear markets. Speaking of, the two seem to be even more and more combined this season as chunky sneakers and bucket hats graced the catwalks at every fashion week in February. I've been SO inspired this season and can't wait to show you all my favourite spring trends, which can be found on my Instagram @filthynarcissist.
But first, I'll be starting off with this DIY, which features one of my favourite spring trends: tie dye! I think tie dye is such a fun spring trend, and is perfect for the summertime too. I chose to tie dye a sweatshirt because I feel like its a versatile spring-to-summer piece. In the spring, I'll be wearing it with jeans and some fun sneakers for an easy streetwear look. In the summer, I'll throw it over a t-shirt and denim mini skirt when the nights get a little chillier. This tie dye look is very in right now, and has been featured both on the runway and on the streets of fashion weeks worldwide. While I love seeing all the options coming out of stores, some of the prices are insane for something that is SO easy to make at home. I saw tie dye sweatshirts similar to mine being sold by unnamed brands for over $300. $300! For something that looks like it was made at summer camp! Absolute insanity.Obviously if you were looking at a tie dyed patterned silk, that would be a different story. But a cotton sweatshirt? DIY!! Plus, DIY-ing it allows you to customise it and get the exact colour palette that matches your wardrobe and preference. And, since its cheaper, you could even make a few options for every look. You could also use this technique for whatever pieces work best with your wardrobe. T-shirts are always a classic, but socks, jackets, or anything else could be fun so feel free to try whatever!
The Sweatshirt: I got my sweatshirt off of Amazon, from Hanes. You can find the link here. I got mine in a size small for a fitted look, and white for a clean base. It was $15.
If you're looking to tie-dye other pieces, I'd also suggest American Apparel, Alternative Apparel and Uniqlo which all have really nice, soft basics. I got a plain white bodysuit from American Apparel that I tie dyed in high school, which came out really well.
This sweatshirt did NOT like holding the dye. To be fair, I didn't wash it beforehand as recommended, but the dye was still incredibly hard to soak in. It turned out surprisingly well, and is quite soft, but I would maybe stick to a cotton T-Shirt if you've got a very particular design in mind.
The Tie Dye Kit: I also got this off Amazon, from Tulip. You can find it here. This kit is super easy to use, and comes with everything you need: rubber bands, gloves, dye, squeeze bottles and even a guide.
Cling film/plastic bag: This is literally the only thing not available in the kit, and you just need this for the last step to wrap/put it in before you rinse it out.
An outdoor workspace: Obviously, you're dying stuff. Don't do it on you white living room rug while wearing your new cashmere sweater. I feel like this goes without saying.
The steps: So, I chose to do a spiral pattern. There are tons of different patterns that you could do, and loads of guides available online. I'd recommend the site run by Tulip, the same brand that makes the tie dye kit. You can find it here. They have loads of different tie dye patterns. I used their guide to figure out how to tie dye my sweatshirt.
Lay out your sweatshirt and pinch where you want your spiral to start. I chose the middle, but it could look cool originating from anywhere.
Begin twisting in one direction so that it forms a spiral shape. Try to do this tightly so that the dye stays in each section and doesn't bleed through. It was slightly difficult with a sweatshirt, but just lay it out as flat and smooth as possible. Also, when twisting, make sure to use your free hand to tuck sleeves and hoods to make sure they match the spiral.
Bind the spiral with 3-4 rubber bands, overlapping them to create 6-8 different sections. They should form little wedge shapes.
Prepare the dye according to the kit, and then use the little squeeze bottles to fully saturate each wedge by putting the nozzle between the creases. Try to plan out in advance which colours you'd like to use and which you'd like to have next to each other. This makes this step easier and allows for you to have the best finished product.
After you feel like you've got enough dye on your sweatshirt, pop it in a plastic bag and leave it to soak for 6-8 hours, or even better, overnight.
Follow the instructions that came with your dye for how to rinse it out. Some recommend popping it alone into the washing machine, others suggest it be rinsed out by hand. Make sure to check the instructions to ensure the dye doesn't fade or ruin your other clothes!
I hope you enjoyed my first DIY, and I would love to know what you think of both it and the tie dye trend.