MY DIY | Dotted Denim Skirt







I’ve done some bleach dip dying in the past, but never bleach dotting, so I gave it a try and was happily surprised at how easy it is! I was a little nervous on how the dots would turn out, so started with a black denim skirt and then armed myself with every form of bleach on the market for testing. My pick: a bleach gel pen works amazing. Using a ruler, it was easy to measure spacing and create controlled dots. The double pattern was happy mistake. I was testing out different spacing, and ended up digging the end result. Polka dots on the front, and caffeinated polka dots on the back! Steps and supplies after the break…

PHOTOS BY | Jessica Kaminski 


What you need:
Black Denim skirt
Bleach gel pen 

What to do:

Lay your denim skirt flat, then make a line of dots with your bleach pen each an inch apart. Practice on a piece of paper making small dots with the pen.
Continue dotting rows on your skirt, each row an inch apart.
Let sit for 10 min.
Using your Q-tips, remove any excess bleach on each dot.
Flip to the reverse side and repeat.
Try making the space between the dots smaller on the back, for a new twist on the polkadot trend!
Hand wash the first time in cold water.
This post is part of a DIY Denim collaboration with American Eagle Outfitters. Thank you for supporting my amazing sponsors! 




  1. Cécile says:

    Wow, great idea and great outfit. looks super cute on you <3
    xx Cécile

  2. This looks so cool! I never would’ve thought of that, great idea!

  3. Stephanie says:

    This is so super cute! I have got to do this with a pair of my daughters jeans!

  4. Daphne says:

    Wow this is really a great idea! I never saw these “bleach pens” before, but I will defintely look out for them the next time I visit the craft store.

  5. Abi says:

    Wow I love this look! It looks very vintage and 1960’s and seems so simple to do! It looks so good! Abi 🙂

  6. Anova says:

    Really cool idea! I love this camera^^ great pictures xo

  7. Jazzy T. says:

    I love this! What a great idea

  8. Nos encantan las fotos y ¡¡tu cámara!!, me recuerda a una cámara de lomografía.


  9. Sophia says:

    Love this idea!

    Sophia |

  10. Helen Grace says:

    This is so cool! I totally want to try this with something that I own. It’s a cool way to revamp something that’s been sitting in the back of your closet forever. I really love the idea of using a double pattern.

    -Helen Grace

  11. sherry says:

    Love this skirt.

  12. monique says:

    This is just adorable! I love the polkadots on the skirt as well as on your shoes!

  13. sherry says:

    Love this. Now we need a polka dot purse.

  14. Lauren says:

    This is so simple bug it looks great

  15. Ursula says:

    how fancy is that?! I definitely have to try it, too 🙂 Thank you for sharing

  16. Ivory says:

    Great Idea!!! It turns out really cute, this must look adorable on a pair of black tennis shoes. 🙂

  17. Allie says:

    Wow great idea 🙂

  18. I love this so much! I had no idea something called a “bleach pen” even existed! I’m going to have to try this! 🙂

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