You wore it every day as a hippie-wannabe college kid, and now it?s time for a grown-up fling with tie-dye.
Chicago woman Sarah Crump--freelance photo assistant by day, enterprising DIYer by night--was trolling style blogs when she got hooked on the look of Shibori, the Japanese method of dyeing cloth that involves a lot of stitching, folding and compressing the fabric. (The process isn?t too far removed from what you used to do with rubber bands to a white T-shirt before you dipped it into a bucket of Rit.)
Crump began scouting thrift shops for stylish silk, linen and cotton tops and dresses to buy and dye, and now she?s selling the one-of-a-kind garments as the Silk Shaman.
Find her creations on Etsy and at markets like Dose and the Renegade Craft Fair; you can also see a selection of about 20 items at the West Town boutique Dovetail.
We love that her pieces, like this purple-and-indigo tank ($65), are dressy enough to wear under a blazer to work. Or pair this long-sleeved blouse ($65) with slim dress pants, heels and a statement necklace--no jacket required.