By Carolyn Moore
Once a Woodstock-era mainstay, then reimagined as an acid house staple, tie-dye is enjoying a resurgence this summer.
But forget its colourful past; in the hands of designers like Miuccia Prada and Proenza Schouler, tie-dye has been given a chic makeover worthy of haute hippies and A-listers alike. Here’s how to wear tie-dye the grown up way. Carolyn Moore reports.
It's not what you wear, it's how you wear it, and Irish style star Sinéad Burke shows how to keep tie-dye totally sophisticated in a custom Prada creation at the brand's resort show in May.
With some smart styling, the season’s elevated take on tie-dye can even be office-appropriate. Team this Mang shirt (€35.99) with tailored trousers slinky midi skirt.
Where Prada leads, others follow an Miuccia’s love of tie-dye carried into her autumn winter collection. Get the look with a tie-dyed silk skirt, €1450 net-a-porter.com
Tie-dye doesn’t need to be psychedelic to make a statement. Muted takes on the look give it a grownup spin, and we love this wrap dress, €63, Next.
For maximum impact, make one tie-dye piece for your singular style statement. Pair this bold Topshop Boutique skirt (€117) with a crisp white shirt for a chic take on the trend.
Modern interpretations of tie-dye abound this season, and with it’s fluid feel and kimono-style sleeves, this drawstring shirt from River Island (€45) brings the motif bang up-to-date.
Worried about what to team your tie-dye with? Eliminate the guesswork and take the easy option with a jumpsuit – the only way to wear tie-dye head to toe. €24.99, New Look.
The easiest way to dip a toe in a trend is always with accessories. We love this roomy tie-dyed bucket bag from Zara (€25.99) for an instant update that’s low commitment
With chic undertones of Japanese Shibori, inky blues look naturally sophisticated in tie-dye motifs. Add pleats for a look that’s on point. Pleated top, €22.99 and shorts, €22.99, H&M.
For an easy entry point to the tie-die trend, a simple slip is foolproof option. Pair this hand-dyed top by & Other Stories, (€59) with boyfriend jeans and a cardie.