Tie-dye has a lot of associations—think Woodstock hippies in the ’60s and My So-Called Life in the ’90s. It’s also become a calling card for beach bums and their wardrobe of travelling trousers. But this year, tie-dye has become these pattern of the pandemic. While there's no denying that various collections for spring/summer 2021 showcased this style, tie-dye has still become somewhat synonymous with the WFH look.
Ellie Delphine of Slip into Style wearing a tie-dye T-shirt
The downside to tie-dye can be looking like you permanently live at Coachella, so avoid bleached denim, dungarees and rose-tinted glasses. Don’t even think about a tie-dye daisy chain crown, and, if in doubt, go for an ombré effect instead of concentric circles that include every colour on the wheel. Designers such as Proenza Schouler and Elder Statesman have elevated this DIY print, but there are still classic trackies if that's what you're looking for.
Keep scrolling for our edit of the best tie-dye buys that are ripe with ’90s nostalgia and guaranteed to put a smile on your face.