Sure, the outfit above is a bit extreme, but it proves a point: Tie-dye is back. However, the runway revival looks a lot different than how you likely remember those backyard dye jobs from elementary school. While retro t-shirts will always have appeal, designers such as R13, Prada, Proenza Schouler, Stella McCartney, and Paco Rabanne have reimagined the craft with a high-fashion feel. It’s now one of the fastest growing fashion trends, with celebrities and influencers alike embracing the fusion of color, and more affordable brands like Topshop are incorporating it into their collections.
But how do wear tie-dye without looking like you’re about to travel back in time for a Phish concert? Opt for pastel colors, soft fabrics, and feminine silhouettes, such as slip dresses or midi skirts. Of course, that’s not to say you can’t sport a vintage band tee. Try layering a colorful top under a blazer or simply pair it with jeans for a more casual vibe. The famously hippie print now has luxury credentials, so you really can’t go wrong when styling it. To help you take on the tie-dye trend, we’ve rounded up some sophisticated pieces for a variety of budgets.