It started with t-shirts, but now the tie-dye trend covers a range of clothing items from oversized T-shirt dresses to denim. The famously hippy print is even applied to feminine silhouettes such as mini dresses and A-line skirts. From the more sophisticated color combinations to the rich fabrics and the unexpected shapes, the new tie-dye is more elevated and fashion forward.
Start off with colors in the same family as your tie dye, and work with the color scheme to design your ensemble.
Here are some tips to help you.
Pick the best piece: Fabrics can be the starting point of any look, so choosing the right fabric is an important element to keep in mind when choosing your statement piece. The tie dye has an allure unlike most other prints, and the key is to wear it in a manner that highlights your inner style. You have the option of oversized co-ords, drawstring dresses and tunics, or even sweaters and silky two-pieces.
Also, luxury tie-dye feels like an oxymoron, but the designs created by tie-dye are a 2D texture on their own, and combining that with a soft velvet enhances the dimensions.
Try a splash of color: If tie-dye to you is an overwhelming swirl of sherbet hues, try easing into the trend with something a bit simpler, a sleek dress with a toned-down tie-dye detail.
Layer a slip dress: One easy way you can bring tie-dye into cooler months is with strategic layering. While bright yellows and oranges might not be the usual hues for winter months, layer your tie dye slip dress over a turtleneck. For extra chilly days, throw a chunky knit over the top for the best effect.
Pair with jeans: One easy ensemble to fall back on is pairing a bright tie-dye tee with a pair of jeans. High-waisted vintage jeans are ideal for a weekend look or sleek black jeans work if you’re looking to venture into groovy workwear.
Stick to neutrals: A surprisingly sophisticated way to wear tie-dye is to skip those high-saturation colors for a bit more of a neutral take. A simple skirt or pair of pants in a stripe pattern are easy to style with a button-down or chic sweater.
Play with ladylike silhouettes: Keep an eye out for more polished silhouettes, say a midi dress or collared button-down both make for feminine picks. Believe it or not, tie-dye is the ideal way to freshen up your going-out look. Swap out your standard LBD for something with a pop of color and you’ll stand out from the crowd.
Wear with polished pieces: Tie-dye can be sophisticated by styling a simple two-tone style with polished pieces like trousers and a tailored blazer. Mix and match colors for a bolder look, or stick to neutrals for the most pared-down take.
Mix and match: Mix and match different variations of tie dye just as you would another print. Say, layer a tie dye unitard underneath a similar dress to mix-and-match tie dye prints. Also, by combining knits, silk, and sheer fabrics, tie dye takes a back seat and lets the fabric textures do the talking. The result is possibly the ultimate fall outfit.