Psychedelic tie dyes are back with a vengeance. If you thought this hippy trend would never go back in fashion again, then you're in for a surprise! For Spring 2019, designer presentations at New York Fashion Week made a case for its return.
How It Started
Tie dye is an old technique with an impressive history. Its roots started in Japan where it was originally called shibori. It entails a resist-dyeing method that can be achieved by: 1) tying tightly certain areas of the fabric which will remain uncolored, and; 2) applying wax or a similar substance onto areas of the fabric to resist the penetration of the dye.
From this, Indonesians caught on and derived the terms plangi and tritik, which also employ same techniques. India also had their own version that gave birth to their famous Bandhani fabrics of Rajasthan. This eventually gave way to the Ikat method that our ancestors have been using to make their own textile. Traces of the resist-dye technique is also evident in ancient Egypt and West Africa. It is believed that it's the tie-dye roots found in Africa that became the inspiration of the tie dye prints that we know now.
In Western fashion, tie dyes emerged in the US in the '60s and '70s, when hippies, who were protesting against war and promoting peace and love, began wearing clothes that bore vibrant, often rainbow-hued, colors and psychedelic designs. By 1990s, the rock band The Deadheads (who were fans of band the Grateful Dead—also tie dye aficionados) brought back the trend into mainstream fashion by using it as their symbol. Since then, tie dye became popular in summer camps and music festivals that symbolized a nonconformist lifestyle, which were originally done in the swinging '60s.
Spring is in full bloom with bright colors. In between pastel hues and striking bold hues are the reinvented tie dye tones. Here's what they look like on the catwalk.
Proenza Schouler applied the technique on denim, bringing back acid wash. But the luxury house doesn't limit this to denim trousers—they made structured blazers that bear the same acid wash look, which turned the office staple look extra cool and a tad easier to style with casual pieces.
Prada makes the surfer trend look extra feminine in their latest Spring 2019 collection. Their tie dye pieces came in A-line skirts and mini dresses made of satin materials. This choice of fabric made the hippy print sophisticated and increased its luxury potential.
Meanwhile, in Stella's world, tie dye comes best in maxi shirts that everyone can easily style and wear. What's more, Stella upgraded the regular tee with splashes of multicolor pastel hues, giving the hippy print a softer vibe to pair with equally feminine fabrics like lace and silk.
MSGM gives the '70s print a more sophisticated color combination in vibrant tones to help you make a lasting impression on the streets. If you thought the hippy print is reserved for summer camp trips, think again! MSGM makes trench coats and fitted bottom that will help people spot you even when you're all bundled up for the cool weather.
Balmain also got the pastel multicolor memo, but Olivier Rousteing thought to bedazzle their tie dye pieces. This resulted in fully embellished pieces you can totally wear for an evening affair.
How to Wear It
1. Style with patched denim.
As we've learned from Proenza Schouler, tie dye prints that come in acid wash palette are en vogue. But if you're at a loss on what to pair them with, try to style them with patched denim. Stick with the same palette—white and blue—to employ an extra trippy dual-toned look.
2. For beginners, stick to playsuits.
If mixing and matching with tie dye freaks you out, dip your toes slowly into the trend by opting for a playsuit. No fuss in thinking of what to style them with. For accessories, pick out one hue from your hippy color combo to polish your look. Meanwhile, for shoes, you can go for chunky sneaks if you're gunning for ultimate comfort; but if you need a dressier choice, strappy sandals are your best bet.
3. Choose a neutral palette.
Wearing the print to work? Go for a more subtle color combo like shades of brown, which you can easily incorporate with your neutral office staples.
4. Make your co-ords extra fun.
Pastels are still a big trend this summer but make your candy-hued pieces look more modern and stylish by layering tie dye pieces that come in striking complimentary shades.
5. Don't be afraid to go twinning with your BFF.
Your chances of having the exact same tie dye item is slim to none. Each piece with this print are manufactured differently so they're all unique. So it's safe shop for same pieces with your bestie and go twinning in tie dyes—we guarantee we'll still be able to tell you apart.
6. Add a pop of color.
Tie dyes are loved for their bright and bold look so make them your accent piece in an otherwise muted OOTD.
7. Add metallics.
Level up your tie dye tees by punctuating your whole look with shiny metallic pieces. Silvery pucca shells will add a dose of modern '70s to your look while glimmery boxy skirts and metallic strappy will make the ensemble look party-ready.
8. Go bold with contrasting pieces.
Pair your cool-toned tie dye hoodie with a bright magenta slip skirt. By juxtaposing such pieces, you're able to successfully dress up your sporty top. Plus points if you wear slinky kitten heels to complete the look!
9. Wear the rainbow.
Don't fear the tie dye's rainbow color roots. In fact, it's about time we take it to the modern times. Do so by going all out and wearing another rainbow-hued piece. Just remember to keep the stripes in one direction so you won't look like you're all over the place.
10. Try print-on-print tie dye.
Who’s to say you can wear two tie-dye piece at the same time? The trick is simple: Punctuate the look with a solid color to emphasize your shape and silhouette.
Ready to ride this hippy trend? Get started building your tie-dye collection below.
Mom jeans with tie-dye detail, P2295, PULL & BEAR, SM Megamall
Ramones tie-dye T-shirt, P1195, PULL & BEAR, SM Megamall
Tie-dye skirt, P2295, ZARA, Power Plant
Sequinned tie dye dress, P1995, ZARA, Greenbelt 5
Printed strap T-shirt, P1495, MANGO, Robinsons Magnolia
Tie-dye bikini, P995, P795, BERSHKA, SM Aura
Oversized tie-dye jacket, P2995, STRADIVARIUS, SM Aura
Candy Chopped Tie Front Tee, P999, COTTON ON, Zalora.com.ph
Tie-dye print dress, P7990, MASSIMO DUTTI, Shangri-La PLaza Mall
Ark mini tie-dye acrylic bag, $300, CULT GAIA, Modaoperandi.com