Tie-dye is a print I have loved to wear throughout the years and this print has come back into fashion in 2019. This actually reminds me so much of my teenage years as I use to wear this all of the time especially during the days when I was a hardcore Britney Spears fan (well I still am).
So why is this so popular now?
Up until fairly recently, tie-dye was as dead as a doornail. However some of our well loved celebrities have started to wear this for example Beyoncé wore it on holiday on the beach, Dree Hemingway chose the print for a red-carpet event and Justin Bieber turned up to church wearing it. This made it a mainstay of its vibrant, California-inspired collections.
Back to school
Tie-dye was once the stuff of elementary school arts and crafts—DIY gifts bestowed upon parents and grandparents on special occasions. Like I mentioned at the start of this article this is a print I loved to wear in my teenage years.
Then, it became a cure for middle school boredom—a photogenic (and budget-friendly) backyard event for kids who preferred matching tees to friendship bracelets. Now, it’s become a full-blown 2019 fashion trend; tie-dye has officially been elevated to high-fashion status—and it’s already pervading on my favourite fashion retailers. One of my favourite retailers is Topshop which is where my skirt is from.
Where tie-dye clothes from years past evoke images of the ’60s and ’70s—or at least memories of haphazardly dumping colourful dye onto cheap T-shirts—contemporary tie-dye clothes feel crisp and edgy. I come from an Indian background and the Indian festival of Holi is perfect to wear this type of skirt.
Once-distinct shades haven’t blended together to form striking new tones; they’re starkly separate, acting more as a print than a fusion of colour.
The result is a trend that feels clean but organic, bohemian but tailored, nostalgic but contemporary. The re-imagination of tie-dye tells a story of immense juxtaposition—but juxtaposition that succeeds, that elevates, that works, time and time again.
I paired my tie-dye skirt with a fringe jumper in a cream colour as I wanted the focus to be all on the skirt. I adore this Topshop jumper and how it completes my whole look. This is a perfect outfit for the office or meetings.
This look is keeping it contemporary with a fringe knit, long sleeves and a flattering neckline. It is finished with fringe details, offering added edge to your everyday knits. This is a bold piece but doesn’t take any focus away from the tie-dye skirt.
I have paired this look up with a simple bag from Topshop however any simple bag would work really well.