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While the classic tie-dye technique has been around for many centuries in countries like China, India, Indonesia, and Japan, it rose to popularity in the U.S. in the middle of the 60's when hippies adopted the psychedelic patterns as an expression of their free spirit.
And to this day, that boho, counterculture vibe is still very much part of the tie-dye image. But just like every other trend that periodically comes back into the spotlight, this one too has been given a modern makeover.
Gone are the highly saturated hues with designers opting for softer shades. The patterns also largely vary from random bursts of color and horizontal, almost gradient-like stripes to extremely intricate and detailed. But one thing unites them all—an undeniably fun vibe. Maybe that’s why we see it everywhere this year—on t-shirts, dresses, hats, sneakers, and even earrings.
Here, we rounded up our favorite tie-dye pieces that will add a pop of color to your closet this summer.
Tory Sport Tie-Dyed Stretch Leggings
Add some funky vibes to your workout wardrobe with this pair of uber-cool leggings. Whether you’re practicing your yoga poses or simply going for a walk, these tie-dye stretchy leggings will help you look and feel your best. They have a flattering high-waist silhouette and reach ankle-level.
To buy: $108, net-a-porter.com
Faithfull The Brand Frederikke Tie-Dyed Linen Sunhat
This pretty sunhat is a summer must-have. Not only does it come in a trendy pink tie-dye print but it also sports an extra-wide rim for maximum face coverage and sun protection. The hat is made from 100 percent breezy linen that will keep your head (and hair) sweat-free.
To buy: $89, net-a-porter.com
Kappa Authentic Catros Tie-Dye Sweatshirt
The Italian sportswear brand went in a very colorful direction for its summer 2020 collection and we wholeheartedly approve. This crew-neck sweatshirt cuts a classic loose fit but it has a modern cropped silhouette. It’s made from soft French terry cotton and will be your go-to piece for anything from a quick walk outside to lounging at home.
To buy: $100, kappa.com
Amiri Tie-Dyed Silk-Crepon Wrap Dress
Channel you inner hippie with this gorgeous silk dress that sports a psychedelic watercolor print inspired by the Summer of Love and Woodstock. It has a sexy low-cut back and a flattering wrap silhouette.
To buy: $1,590, net-a-porter.com
ACK Amore Eyelet-Embellished Tie-Dyed Bikini
Your beach look just got a whole lot more colorful. The high-rise briefs have a cutout back while the top has vintage eyelet accents. Both are made from a quick-drying stretchy fabric in Italy.
To buy: $342, net-a-porter.com
Nanushka Bisso Dress
How gorgeous is the tie-dye pattern on this Nanushka dress?! It definitely comes to prove that tie-dye can also look so sophisticated and chic. The dress has a beautiful wraparound detailing at the front and buttons all the way down to the hem.
To buy: $550, shopbop.com
Smythe Tye-Dye Blouse
This cool blouse has an eye-catching tie-dye pattern in blue, yellow, and pink, balloon-inspired sleeves, and a tie front. We’d pair it with jeans for a casual yet stylish look.
To buy: $395, shopbop.com
Agolde Linda Boxy Tee
Agolde’s classic crew-neck t-shirt comes in a soft yellow tie-dye print that will transform any outfit. Whether you wear it at home with a pair of lounging pants or outside, this t-shirt is a styling powerhouse that deserves a spot in your closet.
To buy: $108, shopbop.com
Loeffler Randall Maisie Sport Sandals
Sporty meets cute and the result is this pair of beautiful Loeffler Randall sandals. They have a Velcro ankle strap for a custom fit—that way you don’t have to undo the pretty bow at the top and it will always look impeccable.
To buy: $195, shopbop.com
Figue Tie-Dyed Cotton-Voile Pareo
This pareo is made from a breezy cotton-voile that will keep you cool this summer. Whether you choose to wear it as a sarong for the perfect poolside coverup or as a halter dress, the options are limitless.
To buy: $295, modaoperandi.com
Isabel Marant Étoile Dena Tie-Dye Cotton T-Shirt
If the queen of French effortless style, Isabel Marant says we should wear tie-dye prints, then we wear tie-dye prints. This beautiful t-shirt has a boxy silhouette and a crew-neck—it’s a versatile piece that you can wear with anything.
To buy: $190, modaoperandi.com
Soludos Tie Dye Ibiza Sneaker
The tie-dye print on these leather sneakers comes in soft shades of blue and pink so if you’re not into some of the classic, brighter versions of the pattern, these are great for you. The kicks have an Ortholite footbed for all-day comfort and the laces are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.
To buy: $129, soludos.com
Alison Lou Tie-Dye Jelly Hoop Earrings
This cute pair of hoop earrings is such a cool way to adopt the trend without going overboard. They are made from gold-plated brass, enamel, and lucite and measure about two inches in diameter.
To buy: $160, farfetch.com