This spring, countless designers are embracing the free nature of tie-dye patterns in a range of garments and accessories. Though the style is often first associated with the hippie culture of the ‘60s and jam bands like the Grateful Dead, tie-dying was practiced across the world centuries before “Shakedown Street” was recorded.
And contemporary designers are embracing the technique’s rich heritage. From complex shibori patterns to amorphous space-dyed designs, tie-dye clothing adds a casual element to a wardrobe that traditional patterns like checks, plaids and stripes simply cannot. Here are the seven best tie-dyed garments to add to your wardrobe this season along with some tips on how to pull them off.
Anonymous Ism Uneven Tie Dye Socks
These Japanese socks are made from a cotton-poly blend and feature understated aqua hues. Pair them with minimal canvas or leather sneakers and jeans with an inseam hit at the ankle (either cuffed or hemmed). While you’ve got more freedom to wear shirts or jackets in differnt colors and patters, if you choose to wear something more neutral, the socks will garner more interest.
Mollusk Hemp Pocket Tee
Made from a hemp-cotton blend, this t-shirt has a washed-out purple tie-dye pattern. Wear it alone with chinos on a warmer day or pair it with a denim jacket during more temperate stretches. If you choose to wear it with an overshirt, pick something that is a solid color as opposed to plaids or patterns.
Todd Snyder x Champion Tie Dye Pullover Hoodie
Made in L.A. from 16-ounce French terry, this hoodie is the more laid-back version of an athletic classic. The one-of-a-kind black tie-dye pattern won’t seem out of place at the gym or at your favorite brunch spot. Wear as you would a normal hoodie, and pair with jeans or chinos. The lighter your trousers, the more the tie-dye pattern will be accented.
Vince Shibori Tie Dye Sweater
Instead of an atheletic-inspired chest stripe, Vince opts to use a shibori pattern in the same place. This subtle juxtaposition on a dark blue sweater means you can wear this in a number of scenarios. Keep it casual with washed-out jeans and sneakers or dress it up with dark slacks and dress shoes.
Borsalino Quito Tie Dyed Panama Hat
This handmade hat features an all-over blue tie dye pattern. If you’re planning a tropical vacation and want to add something unique to your wardrobe, this will pair well with warm-weather linen and cotton neutrals (think: white shirts, tan pants, et al).
John Elliott Camp Collar Tie Dyed Shirt
For more casual situations, pair this camp-collar shirt with light jeans. For a dressy night out, consider black jeans or slacks. Made in Japan, this cotton-poplin shirt is a breathable and versatile style for spring.
The Elder Statesman Tie Dyed Fleece Jacket
This piece of outerwear makes a statement. To keep the statement straightforward, wear it with a black tee, washed-out jeans and casual sneakers. Feel comfortable accessorizing with other more fashion-forward sunglasses or necklaces.
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