It used to be that household bleach was reserved for white laundry and cleaning up after grimy children or pets. Clorox was one of those things I’d never dare touch, off limits like matches, the hacksaw and my brothers’ Halloween candy (except for the Kit-Kats, I ate those).
The noxious liquid is now a favorite embellishment of fashion designers and crafty DIY-ers all over. The bleached trend has made a comeback in mainstream fashion and even in high end labels. In September 2011, Henry Holland sent bleached pastel denim looks down the runway in his House of Holland Spring 2012 RTW show.
The look, which echoes 80’s and 90’s grunge fashion, got a distinctly bohemian makeover in 2012 and was no doubt a popular trend among music festival goers. White spotted high-waist denim cut-offs and bleach-dipped tank tops were unavoidable this summer. Yes, these do resemble something like an amateur laundress’ mistake, but I dig it. And considering the fact that this is bound to be but a fleeting fad in fashion history, I am prepared to fully embrace the Clorox.
After fruitlessly scoping out the perfect graphic tank I threw in the towel and I decided to pull out the bleach and a plain black t-shirt and DIM (do it myself). Read on to see the steps I took to craft this beauty so you can DIY (do it yourself)!