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Tie Dye and Why It Should Be Part of Your Wardrobe

Tie Dye and Why It Should Be Part of Your Wardrobe

Tie Dye and Why It Should Be Part of Your Wardrobe


Thanks to TikTok, tie dye is one of the biggest fashion trends of 2021 – with no signs of slowing down. These vintage-inspired pieces add a dose of color to any look, letting you wear your personality on your sleeve. Most people don’t realize that tie-dye is one of the oldest fashion trends in the industry. The look has evolved over time, reflecting contemporary colour palettes. It’s one of the easiest trends to incorporate into your closet, with a rainbow of color options for you to choose from. We’re telling you everything you need to know about tie dye and why it’s a staple for your closet. 


The Origin of Tie Dye

There’s a common misconception that the tie dye trend originated in the United States during the 1960s and 70s. It’s become synonymous with the ‘hippy’ culture of the era, popularised by pop stars and celebrities. Tie dye is one trend that has withstood the test of time. While it comes back in vogue as a major trend every few years, it’s a timeless staple that you can keep in your closet for years.


Tie dye has an older history than you might expect. Our first evidence of tie-dye for clothing comes from Asia in the 6th century. The coloring process became popularized during the Tang Dynasty (唐朝) in China. During this era, they used natural dyes cultivated from berries, flowers, and leaves to create the tie dye effect. These natural ingredients are boiled to create the desired color before the fabric was submerged into the dyed water, producing the tie dye illusion. A similar method is still used for hand-dying clothes today.


In the 6th century, a form of tie dye called ‘Bandhani’ was commonly used in India. This method differs from what was used in Asia. Bandhani involves a thread being used to tie off parts of the fabric, creating intricate and twisted patterns that are synonymous with tie dye. This process is now what we consider to be traditional tie dying. 


The contemporary style of tie dye has evolved from these earlier methods used in Asia and India. During the roaring 20s, people turned to tie dying as a way of making affordable DIY clothing and home décor. The most recognizable form of tie dye, with its rainbow color scheme, jumped into the mainstream in the 1960s. Tie dye became a form of rebellion against the most conservative fashion of the 1950s.


During the 1980s, the tie-dye trend hit its high point. It started to make an appearance in the collections of luxury fashion collections, with the tie dye process evolving to improve the durability and lifespan of the dye. With this evolution, designers began to experiment with a greater variety of colors, moving away from the classic rainbow aesthetic. As the lifespan of tie dye approved, fashion brands started to take more risks with their designs and garments.


The popularity of tie dye has remained strong since the 1980s, but it’s reached a new height as the must-try trend for 2021. The resurgence of the tie dye trend came around at the start of the pandemic when TikTokers started to share their at-home tie dye projects. Within no time, the internet was full of tutorials showing you how to tie dye everything from your socks to loungewear and cushion covers.


How to Incorporate Tie Dye into Your Closet

Tie dye is a trend you can experiment with throughout the year. It’s the perfect way to add a pop of color to your look or to tone it down with a monochrome grey and white tie dye for winter. The popularity of the tie dye trend is fuelled by its wearability. You can wear tie dye pieces everywhere from the office to brunch with your girlfriends. It’s a subtle way of incorporating one of the latest trends into your closet. All you need is a few key pieces that you can mix and match with your go-to staples.


At Put on Design, our favorite way of adding tie dye to our closet is a matching tracksuit. Our Black Mist Cropped Zip-Up Lounge Set is a versatile look that can double as athleisure or a laidback weekend outfit. This tie dye set can be worn together for a monochrome look or as separates with other loungewear staples. You can finish off your tie dye look with your signature white sneakers or fuzzy mule slippers. 


While loungewear is a closet must-have, tie dye is more versatile than you think. If your style is a vintage-inspired aesthetic, our ‘Light Green Sleeveless Midi Tie-Back Chiffon Dress’ is a feminine outfit that you can dress up or down. We’ve incorporated a mint green and white tie dye into the skirt, giving the classic silhouette a contemporary feel. This tie dye dress is a sophisticated choice for a spring or summer wedding or a family occasion when you want an elegant look. If you prefer a feminine touch of pink, our ‘Pink Tie Dye Sleeveless Midi Tie-Back Chiffon Dress’ has universally flattering silhouette.


Tie dye isn’t just a casual trend. The unique blend of colors can add a touch of personality to any look. With the variety of tie dye designs out there in the world, you’re sure to find one that matches your style aesthetic. Tie dye is a favorite of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Bella Hadid, and the Kardashian-Jenner sisters.


While you might feel like it’s a ‘throwback Thursday’ to add a tie dye piece to your closet, it’s just as timeless as a little black dress or your favorite trench coat. Whatever your aesthetic is, you can seamlessly mix and match your new tie dye pieces with essential pieces in your closet. 


If you’re looking to refresh your closet without breaking the bank, tie dye is the perfect way to give your look an update. The trend shows no sign of slowing down. You can shop our tie dye pieces at Print on Design, just in time to get ahead of the summer trends. 

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