As a teenager of the ’90s who grew up near a hippie college town, tie-dye is super-nostalgic for me. There was this rad vintage denim store in Fayetteville, Arkansas I used to go to on weekends, to peruse the perfectly broken-in Levi’s, and they always had a brilliantly colorful array of tie-dyed rainbow tees, as well. You may or may not have grown up with Deadheads and Phishheads as some of your besties, but I bet you can picture the bright rainbow and neon tie-dyes of that era. They were everywhere…Dude. Haha. #FLASHBACK #hackysacks
On-Trend: Cute Tie-Dye To Brighten Up Your Athleisure
I’m happy to report I didn’t see any of the in-your-face rainbow tie-dyes of yore when I was rounding up new tie-dye, as I’m calling it. Whew. Thank goodness. What I found instead were lots of beautiful swirls of pretty pastels, earth tones, blues and blacks…aka wearable colors. I’m also totally down for all the subtly space-dyed pieces like #2 below. YES.
I find the easiest way to work some tie-dye into a wardrobe is through athleisure. A pair of leggings, a tee, a hoodie — they’re all easy to throw on with jeans or your fav casual pieces. As someone who isn’t really a dress person, I find tie-dyed dresses on the whole just too much. So I skipped them. Instead, I rounded up cute workout wear and easy pieces for everyday that have great patterns and pretty colors to bring a little (or a lot) more tie-dye back into our lives.
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01/ Free People henley top: Love the neckline here for a feminine look. Indigo is a fav of mine for tie-dye.
02/ Spiritual Gangster tee: This might be my favorite tee of the bunch…the colors!
03/ Strut Black & White tee: OK, and this is my second favorite tee. Love the cut, and a black and white tie-dye is always easy to wear with anything.
04/ LNA hoodie: Speaking of great black and white tie-dye…this is fab skeleton-like in the best way. I’d wear it over my workout clothes and under my moto jacket.
05/ Treasure & Bond hoodie: Really cool colors at a great price point. Love that rust mixed with the black for something different.
06/ Monrow sunburst hoodie: This is so gorgeous. I had to order it and check it out. The colors here are the best combo I’ve seen, and the print is just so pretty.
07/ Good American bra: This looks like a super-comfy bra, and a nice subtle tie-dye if you just want to dip a toe in the trend.
08/ Tory Sport blue bra: Love the sky blue of this one. Would be cute under a white open-back tank.
09/ Free People bra: Love everything about this bra…the black and white, the long-line fit, the peekaboo back. Free People Movement line has really great pieces.
10/ Strut-This copper leggings: These are just a unique color and really lovely. Love the high waist, too.
11/ Cotton Citizen sweats: Um, YES. I wish these were shorter because they’d be mine.
12/ Tory Sport leggings: So these are like the right amount of subtly crazy, and I love the colors. If you’re gonna go crazy with a pattern like this, do it in workout gear, I say.
Shop Pretty, Wearable Tie-Dye
Love it or not, tie-dye is a trend that’s here for a bit, so I wanted to sift through to find some me-approved wearables. What do you think of the new tie-dye? After this roundup especially, I’m down for it. I currently have a black and gray tie-dyed sweatshirt but want to add one of the pretty pastel pieces for spring. Have you incorporated any tie-dye recently or found a good way to work it into your existing closet? Do share!
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Last spring I picked up a Ralph Lauren blue tie-dye sweatshirt with a distressed American Flag on it. I love it with cropped wide leg jeans and cut off denim shorts in the summer.
Ooh sounds super cute!
My fav workout brand has a lot of tie dye (Climawear). I love them because they don’t have the dreaded camel toe seam, they have the most flattering/comfortable low impact bras, and they’re priced very reasonably. And no, I don’t work for them ?.