i know, it sounds a little frightening. but the new incarnations of tie dye are so much cooler than the original 80s version i remember concocting in my back yard with a pack of hanes undershirts, some rubber bands and a tub of rit dye. the colors are much more muted, the pattern is more subtle, and the result is this sort of soft, ethereal quality that’s just perfect for summer.
i love these fab jersey dress options by shopbarbara, and the prices can’t be beat. this v-neck style ($35) is great for those of us that don’t like to show quite as much skin, and i can’t get enough of that deep purple hue.
it’s a little pricey for a trendy piece, but i was still taken in by this suede tie dye tote by stephane verdino ($695). i love the idea of tie dyed suede – it feels so over-the-top decadent. this might just be the perfect summer tote: the structure and suede keep it sophisticated, but the dye keeps it fun.
and you know i can’t get enough of scarves these days, so this hand dyed scarf from sunshine & shadow ($82-115) just hits me in all the right places. it’s the perfect size and shape to just throw on – even a tank top and shorts will be so much more chic with this colorful topper. plus, if you’re not quite ready to embrace this 80s reincarnation, it comes in a super-subtle grey and white version that’s the perfect touch of the trend.
so, what do you think? are you ready to give tie dye another chance?