The Tie-Dye Pieces That Every 30-Something Fashion Girl I Know Wants to Buy

Being born in the '80s—the same decade that has inspired many of the spring/summer 2019 collections—is likely the reason I’m experiencing a serious dose of nostalgia right now. It seems many items from my childhood wardrobe have made a comeback. My current scrunchie collection, for example, rivals that of my 6-year-old self, and, while I may forgo the floral print, I still wear leggings on the regular (only I no longer pair them a Princess Jasmine T-shirt). And now, it appears there’s another trend hell-bent on reminding me how old I am—tie-dye.

Wearing tie-dye as an adult isn’t something that occurred to me until I noticed it trickling into the new-in sections of my favourite online shopping haunts. This soon progressed into a full-blown takeover of my Instagram feed, when the likes of Lucy Williams and Emili Sindlev started wearing it in early spring.

Fast-forward a few weeks, and Ganni’s pastel tie-dye skirt is all I can think about: how beautiful it’ll look with a breezy white linen shirt and tan slide sandals. And perhaps a cargo jacket and tennis shoes. Or even a pair of leather loafers and a button-up blouse… Indeed, tie-dye has proven to be more versatile than I initially gave it credit for. If you too are in need of some convincing, keep scrolling for all the tie-dye outfit inspiration you could need. And don't forget to shop our edit of the chicest tie-dye pieces around.

Style Notes: Make like Courtney Trop and pick out one colour within your tie-dye piece to match the rest of your outfit (and backdrop).

Style Notes: For maximum impact, wear tie-dye top-to-toe as Ganni intended. 

Style Notes: Neutralise a tie-dye top by pairing it with white jeans—I want to copy this entire look from The Elder Statesman.

Style Notes: Keep your hair unkempt and wavy like Lucy Williams to play up the hippy vibe. 

Style Notes: Who said tie-dye can't look tough? Not Vanessa Hong, who has expertly paired her Proenza Schouler top with leather trousers and stiletto boots. 

Style Notes: Follow Nnenna Echem's lead and give a tie-dye sweater a grown-up feel with a blazer and pearls. 

Style Notes: Neon, a bright bum-bag, flip-flops and tie-dye? Emily Sindlev is an '80s fashion dream. 

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