If there’s an unofficial uniform of 2020, it’d be tie-dye sweats. The look is everywhere—and practically sold out everywhere—right now. And as we do, well, everything from home, it’s showing no signs of slowing down. It’s not just a style; it’s the kind of activity that forces you to focus, zeroing in on the present moment, making it a fitting stress-reliever too.
All that zen evaporates pretty quickly, though, when you try it for yourself and wind up with a murky, misshapen mess. That’s why we turned to Isabella Bokan, founder of the upstate New York-based brand, Dat Dye. She’s making a name for herself with her range of tie-dye shirts, sweats and bike shorts, all made with a kit her sister, Madeleine, gave her this past Christmas. As friends started requesting custom designs, her side project turned into a full-blown business, so we asked for some of her hard-won wisdom on how to tie-dye at home.
Read on for the Bokan sisters’ tips—and if in the end you decide you’re just not the crafty type, you can always order a custom piece directly from Dat Dye.