DIY: Revamp Your Wardrobe with Dye

Hey everyone, Nicole here from the Wardrobe Code.

Since I spend so much time around clothing, I tend to change my mind A LOT when it comes to what I like and what I don’t like. I’m always experimenting with textures and color in my wardrobe, so when I get tired of a garment, I try to see what I can do to repurpose it before I donate it back to Goodwill of Orange County.

I recently found several garments on a Goodwill shopping trip which were white. I wore them a few times, but then remembered that 1.) I don’t really care for how I look in white and 2.) I like color!

So I picked up a few boxes of Rit Dye and this is what happened:

Voila! I have 4 “new” things for my wardrobe! All of them started out either white or off-white and now they are rich greens, corals and reds.


My “new” wardrobe – a red skirt, emerald sweater, coral sweater and poppy shorts.

A few hints for when you’re dying at home:

  • Follow all the instructions – they’re there for a reason
  • Check your expectations – at home dyeing is not an exact science, you have to experiment with the color. So, don’t be disappointed if the color doesn’t turn out exactly as your had planned
  • Once you have the dye mixed, test the color on a white paper towel to make sure it’s the shade you intended
  • Be very careful; the powered form of dye gets everywhere. I had planned for that skirt to be a shade of mint, but after some red dye power accidentally dusted across the front, I wasn’t left with many choices
  • Use gloves
  • Set a timer
  • Stir frequently so the color gets distributed evenly across the garment

Check the color on a white paper towel, set a timer and stir it up!

If you’re looking to do some DIY dyeing at home, check out Rit Dye’s color formula guide to help you get the perfect shade.


  1. This is so cool. I will definitely be trying this.

  2. Looks great! I would actually love to try this, but instead on clothes I would like to recycle some of our towels. Dyeing Towels is not something I have delved on before, so my question is will this process you showed here work for what I’m planning? I hope you can help with this one. Thanks!

    1. Hi Cherry,

      I’m not sure how this would work with towels. I would recommend contacting Rit directly to see what their suggestions are.

      Good luck!

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