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How To Create Your Own-Tie Dye Dress

Forget hippy t-shirts, tie-dye has become a popular way to add interest to even the most sophisticated garments. When we discovered the elegant AX Paris Black and Cream Tie Dye Mini Dress it made us realise that tie dye doesn’t have to feature garish colours, but can be used to create an elegant yet edgy finish. If you fancy creating your own tie-dye mini dress, choose a simple plain coloured bodycon garment and follow this step-by-step guide:

An Introduction to Tie-Dye:

Tie-dyeing is a way of folding and then dying a garment to create bursts of colour. Tie-dye fabrics first became popular in the 1960 in America, when fashion designers really embraced the process. Now tie-dye has a more retro feel, but with vintage-inspired clothing being so on-trend, creating your own tie-dye dresses and tees is a great idea!

What you’ll need:

  1. A white or light coloured mini dress, with no existing prints
  2. A ball of string
  3. Clothes dye, in a colour of your choice
  4. Large saucepan or bowl
  5. Clean stick or metal serving spoon for stirring
  6. Folding and wrapping

Take your plain mini dress and rinse it under the tap until it is thoroughly wet. Wring out the excess water. Now folder the dress, or twist the fabric, to create a series of fabric shapes which you will then tie string around to hold the fabric bunches in place. Make sure to cut any excess string off after tying securely.

Preparing the dye:

Think about the number of colours you’d like to use in your print. If you’re going for a similar look to the AX Paris number, you can use just the one colour. Cover your work surface with a washable or disposable kitchen table cloth. Next, follow the dye instructions, dissolving the dye into a large pan, bowl or bucket of hot water. Throughout the dying process you’ll want to wear rubber gloves, to stop skin irritation and relieve you from the embarrassment of coloured hands for days!

Dying the fabric:

Next dip the dress into the bowl of dye, if you are opting for several colours, dip the dress into the lightest shade of dye first. You should stir the pan occasional with the stick or metal serving spoon. Leave the dress submerged in the dye for a few minutes (the dye instructions should give you a more accurate guide on this). Then remove from the dye. If you are going for a range of colours, repeat the process in another colour dye.

Rinse the dress:

Now you should rinse your dress under cool water until any excess dye has been rinsed out of the material. The water should run clear at this point. You are now ready to carefully cut open the string knots and unfurl the dress completely. Pop it into the washing machine on a cool wash, or hand wash. You should then hang it out to dry, or if using a tumble dryer, pick a very low-heat. When dried, the tie-dye dress is now complete!

New Look are a retailer of value fashion apparel, the second largest womenswear retailer in the UK, with over 1,000 stores worldwide. New Look stock a brilliant range of AX Paris dresses.

Author bio: Susie is a writer who writes about the fashion trendz and also follow all things happening in the fashion world. In this post she has written on evaluating of AX Paris Dresses.

How to look stylish in outdoor clothing

How to look stylish in outdoor clothing

So its not stopped raining in weeks and the Great British weather shows no sign of abating.  The hair cut of the sartorial gent cannot be ruffled by the weather and the pocket square looks terrible when the crease has dropped from being soaked through.  Fear not, it is possible to look stylish in a waterproof jacket and not look like a weatherman or a happy hiker.  Here are the top brands and best ways to look sharp in outdoor brands

The North Face

This US superbrand is first and foremost a technical outdoors brand.  The street appeal however is immense.  TNF clothing has a great cross over to the high street with its straight line cuts and attention to detail.  The classic black jacket with white logo on the chest and the shoulder has been seen on many celebs including Robert Patterson, Russell Crowe, Brad Pitt and even the leader of the free world Barack Obama.

A soft shell is the way to go with The North Face.  This is a lightweight jacket which keeps of the worst of the elements and sharp in all uses from the door to the hill to the pub.  Also look out for items in their Summit Series as these are pieces which are relatively exclusive.

Jack Wolfskin


This newcomer to the UK is making a big impression.  With a huge advertising budget including sponsoring Liverpool FC and at other premier league grounds this German brand have hit the UK hard.  The trademark paw print logo is instantly recognisable and is cool without looking like a logo from a kids school bag.  The brand is successfully managing to ride the fashion train without alienating its core audience of outdoor enthusiasts.  Jack Wolfskin now has stores in Covent Garden, Regent Street and both London Westfield centres.

Jack Wolfskin make everything from Rucksacks and Tents to Boots and Sleeping bags but if you want a good jacket to keep you dry then the Resolution Jacket is the one (RRP £150).  It is 100% waterproof, has a detachable hood and for those cold winter days you can zip in a compatible fleece liner.

Rab


This is the brand for the guy who knows the outdoors.  Rab are from Sheffield and were set up by mountaineer Rab Carrington in the late 1970’s.  Now they are creating innovative clothing and sleeping bags for the serious expedition, however the design team do a great job and use interesting colours, understated design and cutting edge fabrics such as Polartec Neoshell and eVent.  Not well known by those out of the trade but being increasingly seen on the high street.  To finish our outfit the Rab Microlight Alpine(RRP £150) is a great ultralight piece.  Filled with the highest quality European goose down and with a Pertex Microlight shell this jacket will keep you warm and keep the worst of the wet weather at bay.

About Author: Neil Park is buyer and style guru at the outdoor clothing and equipment specialists Gear-zone.co.uk

Trends to keep and delete in 2012

2012 has hit now with much oomph and vigor. The liveliness is vivid all over the world. Fashion is what that keeps changing and with every new year, it witnesses more changing and brings new trends to follow. Here are presented the new fashion trends for the year 2012. The article will let you know which trends to keep and which to delete from your repertoire.

Check the Trend to Keep: Red

Get dressed like the sex bombshells of Hollywood and doll up the bonbon apple red frocks and do wear the lipsticks which match up with the dress. Your goal is to dress to slaughter the people.

Check the Trend to Delete: Orange

Orange has been with many stars’ fashion agendas and a number of Hollywood celebs have been wearing the color in plenty. But in year 2012, it is simply a ‘No’.

Check the Trend to Keep: Maxis and Minis

Maxis and Minis, though have been treading since long among the ladies and in their wardrobes and even they are often seen being worn by the celebrities, will continue to be worn in the year 2012.

Check the Trend to Delete: Midi Skirts

Midi skirts have been much in and been used by the celebs even but in current year, this fashion trend is a big ‘No’.

Check the Trend to Keep: Ankle Socks

It’s obvious that wearing a mini skirt looks superbly cute with big heels and ankle socks. Keep this fashion statement up in 2012.

Check the Trend to Delete: Stars

Star prints were much in last year and the models in particular were sported with these outfits. Delete these fashion trends from your wardrobe now.

Check the Trend to Keep: Yellow

Yellow color is really appealing and it certainly electrifies your wardrobe. Put it into your fashion statements in year 2012.