This contributor post was written by Beth of Parsimonia.
A year or so ago I was walking around our neighborhood in Santa Monica when I spotted a high school girl wearing a floral print dress with spaghetti straps. I did a double-take, then carefully kept walking, making sure I hadn't entered some weird time warp that had thrown me back into the '90s. Turns out, I was still in post-millennium times, but the fashions of my youth were slowly creeping into it — and they haven't stopped. Only now, it's all about neon and, more recently, tie dye.
The latter is one I can definitely get behind, mostly because it's something you can do yourself and modern adaptions aren't quite as colorful. Instead of jamming six shades into one piece of cloth, crafters are keeping it simple with two-tone techniques and more subdued hues. These five DIYs are just the tip of the iceberg, too. You can take this technique and transfer it to tons of things: shorts, skirts, dresses, bags, maybe even some curtains? Go on: Grab some rubber bands and get wild!
1. (above) Tie-Dye Tissue Paper by Honest to Nod
2. Tie-Dye Jeans by Here Is Now
3. Tie-Dye Hair Ties/Bracelets by Jenny Bevlin
4. DIY Bleach Tie Dye Top by Honestly WTF
5. Tie-Dye Shoes by Julia's Poppies Design
6. Tie Dye Denim DIY by State of Unique
7. Tie-Dye Napkins by Sun and Glory