Whether it be shibori or with bleach, warm weather brings out our utmost desire for tie dying – especially when it comes to bleaching as working outdoors for this project is a necessity. Inspired by Isabel Marant‘s tie dyed sweatshirtsshirts and jeans, we grabbed our favorite denim shirt and a bottle of Clorox for one of our favorite summertime projects.

You’ll need:

  • a denim shirt
  • bleach
  • rubber bands
  • rubber gloves
  • plastic container

If the shirt hasn’t already been pre-washed, run it through the washing machine first. Start binding the sleeves first. There is no right or wrong way to do this but try to keep it somewhat in an accordion-like fold so the exposed areas stay consistent.

After the sleeves are tied, crumple the body of the shirt. Bundle and reinforce with extra rubber bands.

Pour 3 quarts of bleach and 3 quarts of water into a plastic container. Using rubber or plastic gloves, place the shirt into the bleach mixture.

Let the shirt sit for approximately 15-20 minutes. If the shirt isn’t completely submerged, give it about 15 minutes on each side. Watch it carefully after the first 15 minutes – as soon as the color starts to lighten, remove it from the bleach. Snip off the rubber bands and rinse thoroughly with water.

Throw it in the dyer and your denim tie dye shirt is ready to wear!

(Paige Paloma Leggings $299, Madewell Denim Shirt $78; all images by HonestlyWTF)