It will be November by week’s end and that means one thing: a new crop of menswear magazines has just hit the shelves. And this month brings healthy doses of tweed, marled sweaters and general autumnal-ness. Not to mention some long-form pontification on the upcoming elections (from which we’ll spare you) and Mila Kunis in some very formfitting leather pants.
It’s as close as fashion gets to a golden rule: as the weather gets warmer, the colors get lighter. And not just lighter, but hazier, too. Suddenly, the jeans are a little bit more broken-in, the sweatshirts a bit more weathered.
It’s a look designers spend whole seasons on, tinkering with dyes and rinses until they get that perfect washed-out shade of red—but we’d like to propose a shorter path to the sun-baked look: let the sun do it.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s coming. In just a week and a half, you’re going to be faced with a flood of invitations to costume parties, and you’re going to have to find a costume in the spirit of the occasion that doesn’t make you look like a complete doofus. We’re not going to lie to you, it won’t be easy—but we’ve got a few ideas on how to make it through unscathed.
Now that we’ve sharpened up our dyeing skills, Tenue de Nimes has a handy reminder that all those tricks will work on canvas sneakers too. These white chucks were plunged into denim dye, resulting in the spotty blue you see here. If you want to pick up a pair, you’ll have to jet out to Amsterdam and hope you’re one of the first 50 people in line—so you may be better off with a fresh pair of sneakers and a dye bucket.
Ryan Plett at you_have_broken_the_internet has been showing off his dip-dyed oxford all week, and it's a sight to behold. The process is nothing new—Robert Geller's been into it for a while—but if you're looking to spice up your old workwear duds, it's one of the bolder moves out there.
So for anyone thinking of getting a little blue on their hands, we've put together a primer on DIY dip-dyeing. Gentlemen, approach with caution...
First, we should tell you that this is a bad idea. It’s unnecessary for most scuffs, the acetone will numb your fingers for months and there’s a distinct chance you’ll accidentally set yourself on fire.
If you know what’s good for you, you’ll put down the chemicals, bring your shoes to a professional and never speak of this again.
But, just in case you’re unconvinced, we’re going to tell you how to do it.
And if you’re venturing into non-traditional rags—which, honestly, is part of the point—as long as you keep it around two feet square, you should be ok. And for comfort’s sake, you’ll probably want to stick with cotton.
It’s a look for the brave, but you’ve got our blessing.