Tie-dye has a lot of associations—think Woodstock hippies in the ’60s and My So-Called Life in the ’90s. It’s also become a calling card for beach bums and their wardrobe of travelling trousers. But this year, tie-dye has become these pattern of the pandemic. While there's no denying that various collections for spring/summer 2021 showcased this style, tie-dye has still become somewhat synonymous with the WFH look.
Ellie Delphine of Slip into Style wearing a tie-dye T-shirt
The downside to tie-dye can be looking like you permanently live at Coachella, so avoid bleached denim, dungarees and rose-tinted glasses. Don’t even think about a tie-dye daisy chain crown, and, if in doubt, go for an ombré effect instead of concentric circles that include every colour on the wheel. Designers such as Proenza Schouler and Elder Statesman have elevated this DIY print, but there are still classic trackies if that's what you're looking for.
Keep scrolling for our edit of the best tie-dye buys that are ripe with ’90s nostalgia and guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Style Notes: Emili Sindlev wearing a green tie-dye dress.
Style Notes: Nnenna Echem wearing a blue tie-dye shirt.
Shop Our Tie-Dye Edit:
Sprwmn Tie-Dyed Cotton-Jersey Track Pants (£240)
Isabel Marant Étoile Mansel Flocked Tie-Dyed Cotton-Blend Jersey Hoodie (£305)
Sprwmn Tie-Dyed Cotton-Jersey Tank (£110)
Proenza Schouler Tie-Dyed Cotton-Jersey Top (£300)
Bassike + Net Sustain Cropped Organic Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt (£185)
Ninety Percent + Net Sustain Tie-Dyed Organic Cotton-Jersey Hoodie (£140)
Gabriela Hearst Michael Double-Breasted Tie-Dyed Cashmere Trench Coat (£5450)
Cos Straight Loose Trousers (£69)
The Elder Statesman Illusion Tie-Dye Cashmere Cardigan ($1525)
H&M Oversized Sweatshirt (£15)
Zara Tie Dye Sweatshirt (£20)
Zara Tie-Dye Joggers (£30)
Mango Tie-Dye Fabric Necklace (£18)
Proenza Schouler White Label Tie-Dye Sleeveless Dress (£576)
Prada Tie-Dye Cardigan (£1050)
Nili Lotan Tie Dye Print Sweatshirt (£374)
Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2021 fashion trends to know.
This piece was published at an earlier date and has been updated.
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