What I Wore: Bleach Painted


This is what I wore yesterday. Well, at least for part of the day. I changed into jeans in the afternoon for a chiropractic appointment (because shorter skirts + adjustment table/traction table don’t mix well) and never got around to getting back into to the skirt. I blame a hectic day, because I really do love this skirt. It’s got pockets! And is super soft and drape-y, and billows when you spin. A+ all around.

Also, I’ve been playing with bleach painting again. You many have seen this shirt on Instagram awhile back if you follow me on there. I’ve been wearing it a lot, but just this week got around to taking pictures in it. I’m really loving bleach painting. This tribal print was a bit of a learning endeavor, as drawing it on takes quite a bit of time, and by the time I got to the other end, the bleach at the beginning was ready to be washed off but I still had to let the bleach at the end sit, so it ended up bleeding more than I would’ve liked. I layered on some drawing with fabric markers to give it contrast and definition, which I think really saved it. I did another one of these shirts for a bloggy friend (who should be getting it today!) and took the bleaching in stages so it wouldn’t bleed as much. I think hers turned out much better/cleaner, but I still like mine, too.

Tonight I’m off to see Joss Whedon’s version of Much Ado About Nothing with a friend. And maybe Ian, too, if he gets off of work in time. Then Thursday night is book club chat. No plans yet this weekend other than the long-standing Saturday morning coffee with friends, but we’ll see what else pops up.

Have you ever tried bleach painting? Do you like the style, or is it to messy/imprecise for you? What are you getting up to this weekend?





I know, it’s blurry, but it was just fun. I love skirts that do this.
Also, a fuller look at the shirt design:




Colors: Turquoise, Red, Black, Silver, Sky Blue

Shirt: Designed by me with bleach paint and fabric markers
Skirt: Frenzii Full Skirt from HauteLook
Sandals: the Simple Summer Day Sandal from ModCloth (sold out)
Belt: Agreement Red Skinny Belt from Lulu’s (sold out)
Necklace: from Mama’s Nest Designs on Etsy (now closed)
Ring: from a NYC street vendor

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy, Transatlantic Blonde, Style Elixir, Kiwi Women’s Style, Because Shanna Said So, Lena B Actually, and Two Thirty-Five Designs.


    1. Thanks! This was my first time using fabric markers, too… and I may have oopsed up when ironing and gotten gunk stuck on my iron. Learning process indeed! Haha.

  1. I did get my shirt in the mail today and I have to say… it’s AMAZING. I’m even planning on wearing it to work tomorrow. That’s saying something too, because my boss’ celebrity daughter is coming to the office and I’m hoping she’ll ask me where I got it and I can brag on you. 🙂

  2. Very cool. From afar I thought the pattern was lace, but it’s even cooler up close. I’ve always wanted to try bleach painting, but I don’t have steady enough hands for it.

    1. Thank you! 🙂

      I’ve done a few bleach painting experiments where I used a simple paper stencil, too, and that worked great. It’s only good for one shirt, obviously, since the paper gets wet/bleach on it, but that’s always an option if you’re worried about hand steadiness.

    1. Aw, thanks! This was a little more involved than I usually get with my bleach pen. I’d like the say my simpler designs were still tricky, but that’d be a lie – it really is an easy process.