Published Date June 11, 2019
You might be shocked to find out that some of us on the Tulip team do not wear tie-dye T-shirts. Before you gasp in horror and exit this post, WAIT! We're not saying we don't LIKE wearing tie dye, we're just saying that some of us prefer wearing our tie dye in other ways than a T-shirt. "Well, how else can you wear tie dye besides on a T-shirt?!" you might be wondering. We are so glad you asked, because that is EXACTLY the purpose of this post! Read on to see how to wear tie dye other than on a T-shirt ... these projects are perfect for adding a pop of color to your style whether you too are not into wearing tie-dye T-shirts, or you're just looking for a way to mix up your tie-dye fashion style.
- Scarf (100% cotton, rayon or silk)
- White canvas sneakers
- White denim jeans
- White cotton jean jacket
- Canvas tote bag
- White cotton bodysuit and/or T-shirt dress
- Denim shorts with lace accents
- White cotton bandana
Ombre Dyed Scarf
The ombre tie-dye technique is one of our favorites because no matter what color palette you choose, it always looks so pretty! An ombre dyed scarf is a great way to add color to your look whether you're at the office or getting ready to stuff your face at a BBQ - it's all in how you style it! For a bright spring/summer scarf, choose a tie-dye kit like the Luau 5-Color Tie-Dye Kit.
In a world with mass retail and so many of the same thing everywhere you turn, at least you can take comfort in knowing you can customize your shoes to be one of a kind! We tie dyed this set of Chucks with the ombre tie-dye technique and a paintbrush, but you can literally add dye straight from the bottles in a similar pattern, or a splatter pattern or however you feel like. There's no wrong way to tie dye! Just make sure your shoes are made from canvas, and for bright rainbow effects, try using the Rainbow 5-Color Tie-Dye Kit.
Tie-Dye Denim Vest
A denim vest is a wardobe staple, as far as we're concerned. Like its counterpart, the denim jacket, you can pretty much wear it all year long with most outfits to add a casual cool vibe to your look. Try tie dyeing a white denim vest using the crumple tie-dye technique and one color like black for a fashion statement that's so fab.
Tie-Dye Lace Accent Jean Shorts
Another wardrobe staple? Jean shorts! Perfect for lounging at home, summer outings or pretty much doing whatever in, jean shorts aren't falling off anyone's radar any time soon. Customize a cutoff pair of denim shorts with lace fabric along the bottom edge (just glue on with a permanent fabric glue like Aleene's® Fabric Fusion) dip dyed in a bright dye color like red. Don't have a container for dip dyeing? Don't even trip ... you can squeeze the dye directly from the bottle onto the bottom section of your shorts for the same effect.
Tie-Dye Bodysuit and Tie-Dye Dresses
What exactly are you supposed to wear on a summer road trip? Why sacrifice cuteness for comfort when you can have it all??? Boyfriend jeans, bodysuits and T-shirt dresses are at the top of our list for road tripping this summer; make yours stand out no matter what town you end up in with earthy shades of tie dye. Pick up the Kaleidoscope 12-Color Kit and have a tie-dye party with your besties before you hit the road. Looking for tie-dye techniques to try? Get creative with the string bullseye tie-dye technique or the striped tie-dye technique.
How To Wear Tie-Dye Jeans
Another article of clothing you can tie dye outside of the T-shirt realm is a pair of jeans (as long as they are made from 100% cotton). Whether you prefer muted tones like shown here or you want a pair that's super bright and colorful, turn heads in a pair of DIY tie-dye jeans that you know no one else will be wearing. We used the string tie-dye technique for this pair but feel free to get creative with tie-dye techniques like the crumple technique or the ice dye technique for a fun way to stay cool this summer!
Keep your hair out of your face and look cool doing it with a tie-dye bandana! Great for camping or everyday wear, a tie-dye bandana is a fun way to add some color to your look without going over the top. We used red and blue dyes from the Psychedelic 3-Color Tie-Dye Kit in a random pattern on a white bandana, but get creative with your tie-dye patterns and colors - it's totally up to you and your style!
Tie-Dye Tote Bag
Are you now convinced that you can rock a tie-dye look aside from a T-shirt?! Your options on how to wear tie-dye are endless as long as you're working with dyeable fabrics. (Think natural fibers like cotton, rayon and silk.) You can even give your grocery tote (or your everyday handbag) some tie-dye love with a variety of colors in one of the Tulip Tie-Dye Party Kits. At least grocery shopping will be more fun when you have a cool bag to fill up!