We’ve teamed up with Urban Outfitters to explore the world of fabrics in a series called Fabric First, diving deep into materials and textures that are season- and style-appropriate right now.

What is overdye? Well, technically, the process of overdyeing involves leaving an item of clothing in the dye for too long or dyeing it twice. The outcome is a slightly faded, vintage finish. Overdye items have the power to bring a refreshing sense of texture and color to simple outfits without dominating the look. So, as we move into spring and summer, overdye becomes a go-to as we rely less on wools and technical fabrics to add texture to our fits.

It’s no ground-breaking revelation to say that fashion is obsessed by the past. But recent seasons have seen a renewed focus on vintage and vintage-style clothing. From retro re-ups of forgotten sneaker silhouettes to, well, overdyed hoodies, vintage style is an essential aspect of the modern wardrobe and that’s only going to gain momentum this season.

It’s a perfect storm, then, for overdyed clothing. Not only is it a practical element of spring/summer styling, but it’s also highly relevant right now. To shine a spotlight on the power of the style, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite overdyed pieces from Urban Outfitters below.

Shop our favorite overdye clothing from Urban Outfitters below.

Urban Outfitters Washed Paisley Patchwork Bucket Hat

Washed Paisley Patchwork Bucket Hat

Washed Paisley Patchwork Bucket Hat

$24

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Bucket season is back, people, so copping a staple bucket hat should be top of your priority list. This patchwork beauty blends various bandana sections with a faded finish.

BDG Vintage Wash Tee

Vintage Wash Tee

Vintage Wash Tee

$29

BDG

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The spring/summer wardrobe survives on staples. Having a handful of colorful tees will likely see you through the next six months and even beyond. This turquoise overdyed T-shirt brims with vintage appeal.

Urban Outfitters Tie-Dye Corduroy Volley Short

Tie-Dye Corduroy Volley Short

Tie-Dye Corduroy Volley Short

$49

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Cord shorts are a nice transitional piece for spring. Heavier than cotton, the corduroy construction provides strong ground for styling with warmer pieces with its muted tie-dye detailing.

Urban Outfitters Woodgrain Seersucker Short Sleeve Shirt

Woodgrain Seersucker Short Sleeve Shirt

Woodgrain Seersucker Short Sleeve Shirt

$49

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Overdye adds texture, but when it’s coupled with a seersucker detail it’s a double whammy. This short-sleeved shirt is cut from pure cotton for breathability during warmer days.

Urban Outfitters Baggy Seersucker Short

Baggy Seersucker Short

Baggy Seersucker Short

$49

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Seersucker’s undulating pattern means that the material is mostly lifted from the surface of the skin, making it perfect for the warmer months. Because of that, this pair of lilac overdyed shorts will be a go-to when the sun’s beaming.

Urban Outfitters Protect Your Peace Of Mind Tee

Protect Your Peace Of Mind Tee

Protect Your Peace Of Mind Tee

$34

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A smiley-detailed yin-yang graphic takes the visual lead for this tee which reminds us to protect our peace of mind. Even without the graphic, this deep olive overdye hue would be soothing our psyche.

Urban Outfitters Urban Renewal Overdyed Collegiate Crew Neck Sweatshirt

Urban Renewal Overdyed Collegiate Crew Neck Sweatshirt

Urban Renewal Overdyed Collegiate Crew Neck Sweatshirt

$59

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Part of Urban Outfitters' Urban Renewal scheme which reimagines vintage pieces, this collegiate sweater features a pastel overdye. As they’re vintage sweaters, each piece is unique so your graphic may differ.

iets frans Overdyed Pattern Crew Neck Sweatshirt

Overdyed Pattern Crew Neck Sweatshirt

Overdyed Pattern Crew Neck Sweatshirt

$59

iets frans

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Traditional paisley bandana detailing makes this overdyed sweater eye-catching but the tonal palette ensures it actually doesn’t feel over-the-top.

Urban Outfitters Vintage Graphic Gradient Dye Crew Neck Sweatshirt

Vintage Graphic Gradient Dye Crew Neck Sweatshirt

Vintage Graphic Gradient Dye Crew Neck Sweatshirt

$64

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Yellow gradient dye gives these vintage crewnecks contemporary character, but be aware that each piece is unique so your graphics may differ from the pictures.

Standard Cloth Dyed Utility Jogger

Dyed Utility Jogger

Dyed Utility Jogger

$59

Standard Cloth

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Transitioning from pre-COVID to post-COVID life will be a challenge, but there are a few comforts that we can carry with us, like this pair of hybrid jogging bottoms which pass as a public wardrobe staple too.

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