Tie-Dye Is Back: Here’s How to Wear It

Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid -- with Gigi wearing tie-dye.
Gigi Hadid wore full-strength tie-dye back in 2016.

What is this, the sixties? The seventies? The eighties? It’s all so groovy and rad and unexpected, but tie-dye — that largely celebrated pattern of decades past — is back in a big way for spring 2019. Are you prepared to embrace the tie-dye trend? Here are some ways to pull it off in style.

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Tie-Dye Trend 5 Ways

Dress it up

It’s so easy to forgo a trend if you feel it’s a little out of your comfort zone — or if it’s something that you feel is best left to your yearbook photos circa 1986. Totally understandable. Right up until you come across something that’s absolutely wearable in the 21st century.

Try a modern take on the look by selecting a dress that channels the inherent beauty of the look without feeling too old-fashioned. This Forever 21 Tie-Dye Maxi Wrap Dress is a chic example. It’s flattering and feels more bohemian than anything else. Finish with strappy sandals for a fun warm-weather look.

Slip on a blouse

A sophisticated silhouette lends tie-dye a different sort of vibe. Yes, tie-dye normally conjures up visions of hippie culture and outdoor music festivals. But all that fades away when the pattern is applied to a piece that’s more polished.

This Zara Tie-Dye Blouse illustrates a way you can pull off the look even at the office or with a pair of sleek black pants or skinny jeans on date night.

Hit the beach

When is tie-dye almost 100% appropriate? When you’re lounging by the water’s edge or strolling the boardwalk, of course.

This Venus Tie-Dye Cover-Upis an effortless choice when you want to throw something cool and comfortable over your swimsuit or bikini during your upcoming and much-needed getaway.

Step into fun footwear

Wearing tie-dye is just like wearing stripes, polka dots, checks, or any other eye-catching print — you can absolutely dip your toe in the water by using it in small doses.

One way to do so is to slip into shoes bearing a vivacious rainbow of colors, like these Vans Tie-Dye Slip-Ons. They’re offbeat and cute with everything from a denim skirt to cutoff shorts.

Skirt the trend

Sure, there are tons of tie-dye T-shirts available out there. But you can turn the tables by slipping into a skirt and pairing it with a solid tee or tank instead.

This Lilla P Smocked Waist Tie-Dye Mini Skirt adds a sense of playful, youthful charm to your warm-weather looks. It’s airy and breezy — just the type of silhouette you want when wearing something as relaxed and laid-back as a tie-dye print.

Shop the Tie-Dye Trend

Are you ready to add some tie-dye style to your wardrobe? Here are a few more pieces you might like!

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Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.