DIY Dip Dye Ombre Shorts

When it comes to a fashion match made in heaven, you can't really go past leather and denim. It's an age old pairing that has seen many of us through the biggest outfit dilemmas.  But as we all know, fashion is continually evolving and the only way to keep this look in your wardrobe is know how to update it with the changing trends.

So to keep the denim and leather ball rolling, we're going to share with you the latest denim incarnation, dip dyed denim,  and show you just how to do it.

What you’ll need:

  • A bucket
  • A bathtub
  • White Vinegar
  • Bleach (not the color safe stuff)
  • A hanger with clips
  • Gloves
  • Denim Shorts
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Nail Buffer (optional)

Step One:
Secure your denim shorts onto your bucket using your coat hanger. If it has clips on it to pin to the bucket, the task will be made a lot easier. It's best to do this outside if possible, to ensure any fumes from the bleach are dispelled.

Step Two:
Fill the bucket with bleach. The amount of bleach you use will depend on your bucket size. However, be careful not to fill your bucket up to the level you want to to be bleached, as it will run up the shorts. Fill it to about 10 centimetres below where you want the bleach to finish. Make sure your shorts are as straight as possible in the bucket, to assure your bleach line is not wavy. Wear gloves when doing this.

Step Three:
Leave soaking for about 20-30 minutes, checking every 10 minutes.

Step Four:
Remove your shorts, wash them and bathe them in white vinegar, which will stop the bleaching process. The shorts will appear yellow when you first remove them, but this will soon develop to white.

Step Five:
Wash them again! After washing them twice in the washing machine and drying them they will turn pure white!

Step Six (Optional):
If you want a more edgy look, try and damaging your shorts with scissors by cutting lines in the pocket sides of the shorts. Use your nail buffer to distress the cut lines.

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