• Tie-Dye DIY: The Basics

    If you’re looking for something fun and fresh to do this summer, tie-dye is your answer! We asked Allegra and Stevie from our women's design team to teach us how to tie-dye.  Follow this step-by-step DIY project to get the basics on this summer's psychedelic trend!

    "Tie-dyeing is really easy. Everyone can do it with just a few, simple materials that can be found at your local art store, and about an hour of your day.

    Here's what you'll need:

    1. Dye (Either powered dye or basic RIT dyes)
    2. Plastic Squeeze bottles (Use them for added technique!)
    3. Rubber bands (The rubber bands will resist the dye on the fabric. Also depending on how many things you are dyeing, you will probably want to buy a large bag of rubber bands—usually best to buy the standard size or larger. Try getting thicker and thinner bands for added design!)
    4. Rubber gloves (The dye will stain your hands for no more than a couple days, but it's best to just wear them just in case. Also wear clothing you don’t mind getting dye on!) 
    5. Plastic buckets or bins 
    6. Scissors
    7. Plastic sheeting or garbage bags (Place these on the floor to prevent getting dye everywhere!)

    Step One
    Gather up anything you want to dye. Be sure to check the label to make sure you know what you are dyeing. Most dye, like RIT and iDye will dye almost anything (specifically, iDye is usually for natural fibers like cotton or rayon and iPoly is for polyester and other synthetic fibers).

    Step Two
    Before you start dyeing, soak the items in water and ring dry. The dye will take better to the clothes if they are wet-out first. You can do this in a sink, bucket or bin. If it is a garment that you have just purchased, it might be a good idea to machine-wash it first with a little detergent. 

    Step Three
    Mix your dye! If you are using powered dye you can mix up any color you want. Tie-dyeing isn't an exact science, but be sure to read the label of any dye box to make sure you are using around the correct rations of dye and water. Depending on your designs, you can mix the dye to a more saturated stage or make them washed out. Try to do a few bottles with a saturated color and mix a few with more water so they dye to a lighter shade. After reading directions on dye box you will know whether to use cold or hot water.

    Step Four
    Time to twist up and rubber band like hell!  Our cute friend Poe helped us put on the rubber bands.

    Step Five
    You're officially ready to start tie-dying!  Don't forget to put on those dang gloves! Begin by applying the dye with the squeeze bottles you mixed up in Step Three. Use as many colors as you want! If you have only a few colors of dye, you will probably get a rainbow of colors because the dye will bleed into each other. For the denim shorts, We only used a hot pink and sunshine yellow. The dye mixed into an awesomely unexpected super bright orange! 

    You can apply the dye in sections, polka dots, stripes—really any way you can possibly think that will be cool!  Apply as much dye as you think is necessary. It’s probably best not to completely soak your fabric bundle, but a good amount is necessary. The best part of tie-dyeing is experimenting!

    Step Seven
    After you’re all dyed out, let your garments soak over night in plastic bags to ensure the dye really sets into the fabric.

    If you don’t want your dyes mixing, place each bundle in a separate plastic bag. For instance if you don’t want any dark blue on those cute orange shorts, do not put them in the same bag! Place the bundles in the plastic bags to keep the dye moist on the fabric and dyeing all night long.

    Step Eight  
    This is the best part.  Get ready for some magic!  After dreaming about your tie-dye all night, undo your plastic bags and rinse your tie-dye bundle under cold water before cutting off rubber bands. You can also rise after you cut off all rubber bands but the dye might bleed into the white areas.  If you feel as though there is not enough dye, just add more! Tie it up again and go at it.

    After Care
    The care and wash rules are very particular to tie-dyed garments. Be super careful not to mix fresh tie-dye with any other clothes in the washing machine! The most important things to remember are as follows: 
    1. Do not wash with any other clothing for at least one machine wash load. Do a separate load in cold/cold water with a small amount of detergent, and tumble dry right after dyeing. 
    2. Dye will most likely bleed into the white areas when washed or rinsed after rubber bands are removed. 
    3. Over time (after several washes) the dye will certainly fade. But the best part of tie-dye is that you can do it anytime, again and again and again, to almost anything!

    Happy tie-dyeing everyone!"-Allegra and Stevie

    Stay tuned for more DIY tie-dyeing tips from our women's team this week on the blog!
  • Studio Patro

    Studio Patro's linen tea towels gives us a friendly little reminder to take advantage of each day's opportunities.  See more options at their shop, as well as some bags and aprons that will have you feeling inspired.
  • Chana de Moura

    Photographer Chana de Moura easily captures the beauty in things that are often overlooked.  Old buildings, untouched landscapes, and women's bodies are depicted in a light that makes us appreciate things we see everyday but forget to admire.
  • Music: "Brothers" by Tanlines (Buy on iTunes)

    The Summer 2012 Catalog

    It's finally here! Watch our video of the Summer 2012 Catalog, shot by photographer Charlie Engman in the Arizona desert, then get ready to beat the heat in all of our fabulous summer styles.

    Shop the Summer 2012 Catalog
  • Tentsile

    While we're not sure exactly how we're supposed to build it, these portable tree-houses by Tentsile are without a doubt the coolest (and most eco-friendly) tents we've ever seen! They're also kind of perfect for the zombie apocalypse.  Come and get us, brain eaters!
  • Norse Projects

    Above are the gorgeous moody spring lookbook photos shot by Vancouver-based photographer Alana Paterson for Danish brand Norse Projects. I'm not generally one for branded pieces but Norse pulls it off in a clean fashion. See the rest of the lookbook here. -Bob
  • Corey Thompson

    We came across Corey Thompson's work when we Google Image-searched "you are awesome" in an attempt to find a photo to send to Hazel. Best Google find ever! Be sure to check out his illustrations and scroll through his fun Daily Doodles.
  • Music Mondays: April 30th, 2012

  • Grimes Pussy Rings

    WTF, Grimes is one of the coolest chicks ever.  Above are a preview of her jewelry collaboration with Montreal designer Morgan Black.  Girl power !
  • Water in my Paint

    Too cute. Can't concentrate. Need now!
  • Flickr Favorites: April 27

    Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" -Robin Williams 

    Submit your photos to the UO Flickr pool!
  • Just in Case Survival Kit

    So, the world is supposed to end December 21st, right? Luckily for all of us, Mexican design company Menosunocerouno has created a beautiful looking survival kit that includes everything from black matches to cinnamon-laced dark chocolate. The end never looked so neat and organized! - Hazel
  • Music: "Brothers" by Tanlines (Buy on iTunes)

    Summer Catalog 2012 Teaser

    It's coming... 
  • Awamaki Lab

    All too often, fair-trade fashion feels a lot more fair than fashionable. Awamaki Lab is working to change that. The nonprofit organization hosts up-and-coming young designers each season for four-month residencies in Peru, where they work with indigenous Quechua weavers and seamstresses to produce a collection. The women get reliable and satisfying employment, and shoppers get something that looks as cool as the story behind it. The upcoming fall collection, created by Parsons grads and BFFs Andria Crescioni and Courtney Cedarholm, distills the collective's colorful handwoven textiles and nubby knits into contemporary, wearable shapes. The results—including chic cocoon coats, asymmetrical wrap skirts, and covetable bobble-textured patchwork sweaters—are equal parts Macchu Picchu and Manhattan. -Eviana
  • Modern Times by Patrick Tsai

    Well known for his photo documented love story with Madi Ju in "My Little Dead Dick", and his heartfelt blog about life in Japan post-Tohoku Earthquake, "Talking Barnacles",  Patrick Tsai has released a new book with Nanarokusha, called Modern Times. The book beautifully and humorously shows Patrick's take on China and its wonders from 2007-2008, leading up to the Olympics. Check out a preview of the images here. - Jennilee

  • Cleartones

    I can't help but be a tiny bit annoyed when my cellphone rings and interrupts my conversations or train of thought. Thankfully, I came across Cleartones, a collection of beautifully minimal ringtones that make the world sound a bit better with it's subtle and refined notifications. Says it's creators, sound designer Hugo Verweij and designer Joachim Baan, ‘A ringtone should gently add a functional sound to the soundcape of our lives: Like a ripple in the sand of a curvy desert dune or sparks of sunlight reflecting in the water.’ Check it out here—a tweet gets you a sample download. -Jennilee
  • Ask Our Beauty Buyer: Part 2

    Last week you tweeted us your beauty questions, now our beauty buyer Marlyn has your answers!

    Marlyn: This is my forte! Comb eyebrows straight up to reveal your natural eyebrow arch. Trim all eyebrow hair that extend more than approximately 1/8 inch above your top eyebrow line. Pluck all hairs that grow below the natural eyebrow arch. Comb hairs back into place. Pluck all hairs that grow above the top eyebrow line. Lay a pencil vertically along the inside of your nose toward your forehead. The point where the pencil hits your eyebrow is where your inner eyebrow should begin. Pluck all hairs that fall inside of this point. Line a pencil up between the outer edge of your nose and the outer edge of your eye. The point where the pencil crosses your eyebrow is where the eyebrow should end. Trim or pluck all hairs that grow beyond this outer point. 

    how should I change up my beauty routine from winter to summer? #askUO
    Marlyn: Here are my tips for fuss-free summer beauty:
    1. Beach spray.  Everyone loves beach-blown wavy locks.
    2. Bronzer adds instant warmth to your face, sweep color on the bridge of your nose, top of your cheekbones and lightly hit the forehead and chin to finish. 
    3. Lip gloss. I love juicy colors like coral, bright pink, and lilac for summer. 
    4. Pretty toes. Choose a shade that is unexpected like charcoal gray, or try something fun like ombre toes—a different shade on each one! 
    5. Body Art. Summer is the time to show some skin, why not decorate it? Use traditional henna patterns or create your own!

    See Part 1 here and read more beauty tips on our Twitter @UrbanOutfitters!
  • Wind & Willow Home

    We're suckers for anything dipped-dyed so we're sure you can imagine our delight when we found the Wood & Willow Home shop.  From wooden bowls to woven baskets, these nature-inspired handmade housewares have our hearts skipping a beat. We're about to get dip-dye crazy up in here.
  • The Rapture "How Deep Is Your Love"

    Just like loosing your virginity to the right person, The Rapture's video for "How Deep Is Your Love" was way worth the wait.
  • Marnie Karger

    Crafterall Handmade Works is the creation of Marnie Karger, a former English teacher from Minneapolis.  Her appreciation for card stock, coastlines, and topography are blended together to form her amazingly intricate paper-cut art, which let us look at bodies of water in a whole new way. Aside from her Etsy and local shops, Marnie's works can be found in stores in Chicago, at the MoMA in New York, and even as far as Tokyo.