Dirty Wash & Snow Wash

Meet Mel

Associate Buyer for Casual Knits and Fundamentals

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Mel is an East Coaster living on the West coast and the Associate Buyer for Casual Knits and Fundamentals at Bootlegger. She buys all those Tees & Tanks you love! Mel started her Bootlegger career as a Sales Associate  in stores, where she discovered her passion for product and merchandising design. She made the move to Bootlegger Home Office to pursue her love of product development and buying.

 

“The key to interesting knits is all in the details; fabrics, washes, trims, texture” – Mel M.

 

For our Back To School Collection, arriving  the end of July, Mel is excited to offer two new washes on some of your favourite Tees and Tanks.

Our swing tank, called Kyla, is treated with a  “Dirty Wash” and our relaxed tee, called Calum, will come in a “Snow Wash”. The most interesting element to the “dirty wash” and the “snow wash” is that every top comes out unique due to the process or treatment it receives.

What is a Dirty Wash & Snow Wash?

 

– DIRTY WASH –

(KYLA TANK)

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This garment starts out semi-bleached and then  is soaked in clean water until it’s saturated. Then the dye is added to the bath where the garment will sit for only about 15 mins. It is then removed, washed, and dried.

The ironic part about “dirty wash” is that this process actually includes a bath.

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Because of the short amount of time in the dye, the shirts have areas of more or less color saturation. The result being a sort of millennial twist on tie dye.

(This is especially evident where the fabric is folded/doubled; like around the seams)

 

– SNOW WASH –

(CALUM TEE)

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The garment is sewn with pre-dyed fabric, and then is thrown into a washing machine with rubber balls and a cold water solution. The rubber ball pummels the garment which actually removes areas of  the dye.

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This gives you a vintage/worn in look that is unique on every individual shirt. Also leaves the top extremely soft!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you like the Tee Mel is wearing?

The tee is called  Terry.  It’s the ultimate ribbed tee complete with high side slits, rolled cuff and extra long length. Mel paired this tunic length tee with a well-loved,  light-wash Guess Jean that she says she’s had in her closet forever.

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“I’ve actually lost count of how many t-shirts live in my closet…” Mel M.

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TIP!– make your treated tee’s last longer by washing in cold water, inside out, with similar colors then lay flat to dry

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Always Abby

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I’m sure you’ve seen a bandana at least once in your lifetime. Now, would you have ever thought to use it as a fashion accessory?  No? Yeah me neither. After coming across this reoccurring trend while scrolling on Instagram and browsing through Pinterest, I thought let’s try it! So today, I will be showing you how to style your bandana three different ways.

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For the outfit I paired it with, we have ‘The girl next door meets Calgary Stampede attendee’ look; something a little cute and flirty to stray away from normcore for a change. The pieces I chose give off a subtle western feel, especially with the denim jacket and faux suede skirt. This just proves you won’t always need to style in plaid for your Calgary Stampede outfit. (Yay!)

 

 

 

If I was attending the Calgary Stampede, I would definitely substitute my Vans for a pair of cowboy boots and top the look off with a cowboy hat and maybe even layer the bandana choker with a bolo necklace. The possibilities are endless.

 

  1. Front and back choker

A bandana around the neck is a classic. But this time, style it as a neckerchief and a choker instead of hanging loosely around your neck.

 

  1. Wristband

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Now for some of you, a bandana might be a little uncomfortable around the neck.

Voila! You can wear it as a wristband as well.

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  1. Headband

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To my fellow ladies! Try to reach your inner Rosie the Riveter with this one.

 

There is a one hundred percent chance I will be participating in this trend just a tad longer. So make sure you add @Bootleggerjeans on Snapchat and Instagram to show us your recreated bandana looks.

 

  • Always Abby

 

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Oh! Ps – Like what I’m wearing? I’ve linked my outfit below:

Krissy Suede Skirt, Kyla Tank, Dylan Denim Jacket

 

Raw Hem Jeans DIY

Hello friends, Abby here!

In today’s post, I bring you a DIY on how to make your own cropped kick flare jeans using boot cut jeans. As a girl with not so long legs, I tend to struggle with finding the correct inseams while shopping. I could cuff the bottom of my jeans but been there done that. Let’s try something new!

I styled the jeans with a striped ribbed knit tee (Who doesn’t love T-shirts?), a black bandana and a pair ankle booties that are in a rich terracotta colour.

I loved this DIY because the frayed edge adds the perfect hint of personality to the jeans. This is also a great way to freshen up your old pair of boot cut jeans or give you another reason to buy those 33-inch inseam boot cuts that you saw in our Bootlegger stores. All you will need is a pair of scissors, a washable marker and a ruler.

Don’t forget to take a picture of your new kick flare jeans and tag us on Instagram @Bootleggerjeans

-Always, Abby