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A Guide to garment-dyed clothing for spring 2021

Spring has arrived with warm weather in tow, which means it’s time to flip your closet accordingly! This spring’s trends point towards lightweight construction in light-washed colours, which is best achieved through a process called garment-dyeing.

Essentially, garment-dyeing refers to the process of applying colour to clothing after it has been constructed, as opposed to crafting clothing with pre-coloured fabrics. It sounds easy enough, but garment-dyeing is no easy feat. Maintaining colour consistency across each style and each size is a major challenge, though definitely worth it when you’re holding the final product in your hands. The result is a super soft finish — both in terms of colour and texture.

When clothing has undergone this process, its colours are less uniform throughout, meaning some areas of the items appear lighter than others. This creates that highly sought-after vintage look without the wear and tear typically required to achieve it. Not only does it look perfectly lived-in, but it also feels perfectly lived-in off the top. No uncomfortable break-in period required. With this in mind and the fact that casual clothing continues to trend in 2021, garment-dyeing is becoming more and more popular.

Whether you’re taking the casual wear route or running full speed toward tailored goods this spring, garment-dyed clothing is the way to go. 

Look no further than Alex Mill for everyday items, like a perfect t-shirt in a washed blue or a relaxed button-up in light pink. Italy-born brand Boglioli has got you covered if you’re looking to step up your spring work wear or outdoor wedding attire with tailored goods.

Complement these pieces with other on-trend spring items, like pastel-striped camp collars and oxfords, fine-gauge knitwear in muted greens and sky-toned blues, chino shorts, and ever-essential light wash jeans. 

We’ve put together our top soft-toned and light-washed spring picks, including our favourite garment-dyed items, for you to achieve your best and most comfortable spring style yet.

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