My desire for tie-dye clothes hit me like the sudden drop in temperatures, abruptly and devoid of any identifiable source. Yeah, its September, but it’s still summer! In the same thought process, I reminisced about the good ol’ days and the Summer of Love. 1969. I was not around for those glory days, but wish I was. I had a strong desire to be a part of that generation. It was all about bright, swirling colors. Psychedelic, tie-dye shirts and long hair and beards were commonplace. Woman wore unbelievably short skirts and men wore tunics and capes. Everyone was so bottled up in the 50’s so much that the late 1960s exploded like an old pressure cooker. And women were showing more skin than ever before. So I decided to run with my thoughts. I would embrace the trend by starting with my own bathtub, a white tee shirt and colored dye. I then figured out how to style tie-dye for Fall and make it my own.
How to Style Tie-Dye for Fall into your wardrobe
Up until fairly recently, tie-dye was as dead as a doornail. Tie-dye wasn’t even invented until the mid-1960’s in the US when tie-dye became the unofficial uniform of artists like Janie Joplin, Joe Cocker, and Janis Joplin. Then Beyoncé showed up in it on holiday on the beach, Justin Bieber wore it out, and the rest is history. This was around a year ago, and the flame hasn’t waned. Last season, Prada, Proenza Schouler, Stella McCartney and R13 turned it into a catwalk trend and the high street is already making copies. In addition, tie dye is one of the most searched for terms on Google. Although it might take you a hot minute to embrace it, nonetheless. its here to stay, I styled a white off-the-shoulder top with a tie-dye skirt and these “Birkenstocks” for my look that I will love and wear throughout the Fall season. I will also add a sweater and boots to the look when it gets cold outside.
Tie-Dye Isn’t Dead
It’s now a huge trend with major retailers carrying it, in light of the fact that it is overdone. Surfer girl T-shirts might be the obvious and most accessible choice (and doubtlessly the incarnation most favored by fashion influencers), but it’s the evolution of tie-dye that makes it feel fresh for Fall 2019. Proenza Schouler applied the technique to denim, while Prada elevated the famously hippy print by using it on feminine silhouettes such as mini dresses and A-line skirts. Couture fabrics such as duchess satin furthered tie-dye’s luxury credentials.
More importantly though, beyond these numerous high-profile culture touch points, tie-dye has cemented its place as a timeless and affordable craft from camps to suburban backyards. Will you embrace tie-dye?
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