We all love a good trend, but sometimes the trendy items come with a hefty price tag. Rather than splurge on a passing fad, why not take matters and a good pair of scissors into your own hands and create it yourself for a fraction of the price?

Dip-dyed denim cut-offs started popping up all over the place last summer, and it’s still a hot item, but this time around, it’s all about the bleach. White-to-denim or denim-to-white, you’ve gotta love the ombré. Plus, it’s so easy!

What you will need:

  • a pair of denim shorts (or scissors and some old jeans you don’t mind chopping up).
  • bleach.
  • water.
  • a plastic bucket.
  • two rulers, at least 30cm a piece.
  • rubber gloves.
  • distilled white vinegar.

What you have got to do

  1. Fill your bucket a couple inches with a mixture of one part bleach and two parts water.
  2. Run the rulers through the belt loops.
  3. Dip the shorts into the bucket to the desired depth, with the rulers resting along the rim of the bucket. The bleach will run up the denim a bit, so leave an extra inch or two out of the solution. Let the shorts soak for about 30 minutes.
  4. In the meanwhile, fill your sink with a solution that is one part white vinegar and two parts water. When the shorts are done in the bucket, submerge them in the sink for about five minutes to stop the bleaching process.
  5. Throw the shorts into the washing machine on the rinse cycle. The shorts will naturally fray a bit during this step, but if you wish for a more distressed look, pull at the ends once they are fully dry.



For a bit of a twist, you can also dip the shorts in upside-down. For these, I used clothespins to hold them in place while they soaked. The result was pretty cool, but next time I would let it soak for a bit longer.



So, there you have it. Easy as pie and cute as a button! Enjoy.


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