If there’s a 2020 fashion winner, it would definitely be tie dye. What a year the tie-dye trend has had. And it’s only May. So today, I’m sharing some tie-dye shirt outfits because this is absolutely a bandwagon worth jumping on.
A little recap on the tie-dye look: Even before stay-at-home policies took over the world, the psychedelic print was everywhere, seen on stars like Avani and Addison on TikTok, as well as supermodels like Gigi Hadid.
Initially, I didn’t think I would ever wear tie dye because it gave me too many flashbacks to when I was 13. But I challenged myself to buy a tie-dye shirt and style it for several different occasions. And I’m so glad I did.
I found that while you can definitely go for its original hipster look, the print is extremely versatile. Whether you’re toning it down for casual Friday or making a statement at brunch, tie dye always looks cute, no matter your style.
With all this free time and endless tutorials, a tie-dye shirt is just a fun DIY project away. If you haven’t yet done the DIY project of the year, I’m sure these tie-dye shirt outfit ideas will get you to hop on the trend.
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What is Tie-Dye?
A tie-dye shirt is a garment that has been created using a dyeing technique called tie-dye. Tie-dye is a fabric dyeing method that involves folding, twisting, pleating, or tying the fabric in various ways to create patterns and designs. The tied or bound areas of the fabric resist the dye, resulting in unique and colorful patterns.
Tie-dye shirts became popular in the 1960s during the hippie counterculture movement and have since remained a popular fashion trend. The technique allows for a wide range of patterns and color combinations, making each tie-dye shirt one-of-a-kind.
Tips on Wearing Tie-Dye
Before you choose your tie-dye outfit, here are some tips for you :
- Choose the right colors: Tie-dye comes in various vibrant colors, so choose colors that complement your skin tone and personal style. Consider the occasion and the rest of your outfit when selecting the colors.
- Keep it simple: Tie-dye can be quite eye-catching on its own, so it’s best to keep the rest of your outfit relatively simple. Pair your tie-dye piece with neutral-colored clothing or basic staples like jeans or solid-colored skirts.
- Balance the patterns: If you’re wearing a tie-dye shirt or top, balance the patterns by pairing it with solid-colored bottoms. This helps avoid an overwhelming clash of patterns and allows the tie-dye piece to be the focal point.
- Layer strategically: Incorporate tie-dye into your outfit by layering it with other pieces. For example, wear a tie-dye cardigan or jacket over a plain shirt or dress. Layering can add depth and dimension to your outfit while toning down the intensity of the tie-dye pattern if desired.
- Accessorize thoughtfully: Consider the overall color scheme when choosing accessories. Opt for simple, solid-colored accessories that complement the colors in the tie-dye pattern. This will help create a cohesive look without overpowering the tie-dye piece.
- Confidence is the key: Remember, fashion is about expressing yourself and feeling comfortable in what you wear. Wear tie-dye confidently and embrace the uniqueness and vibrancy it brings to your outfit.
- Care for your tie-dye: Follow the care instructions provided with your tie-dye clothing to ensure the colors remain vibrant. Generally, it’s best to wash tie-dye garments separately in cold water to prevent bleeding or fading of colors.
Remember, fashion is subjective, so feel free to experiment and find your own personal style when wearing tie-dye. Have fun with it and enjoy the colorful and artistic nature of this trend!
Tie Dye Shirt Outfits
1. Day out
Once stay-at-home orders are lifted wherever you live, I’m sure you will be anxious to see your friends. Well, this is why this outfit is perfect because, with this oversized shirt, you don’t even need to waste time putting pants on.
Pair the shirt with some fun jewelry, like these star hoop earrings. Pull your hair back with a bandana (that works as a face covering, too) because, let’s be honest, none of us are washing our hair very often. Slip on a pair of cute slip-on sandals and add a pastel bag to match. Before you leave, grab a cute belt, so you look put together.
2. Work outfit
Yes, you can wear tie-dye to work. (Caveat: We are talking casual workplaces here.)
First, tuck your tie-dye shirt into a pair of on-trend straight-light denim jeans. Top it off with a cute pastel blazer to make your outfit look polished yet keep the playful side of your look.
Businesswomen need a professional bag and mature watch to rule the corporate world. Pair them with these ’90s slides for a touch of vintage glamour that effortlessly elevates your outfit. Finish your look with some supermodel sunglasses.
3. Night out
Tie-dye isn’t the most “night out” pattern around (it tends to lean more casual), but pairing it with a series of leather pieces and some standout jewelry will get you party-ready in no time.
Pair your tie-dye shirt with some on-trend leather biker shorts to give it a cool feel. Next, add white mid-calf boots for a femme fatale look.
Don’t forget to grab this summer’s hottest bag trend, a ’90s shoulder bag — pink neon is the perfect standout color to match your lipstick. Lastly, finish it off with some statement jewelry, like this chain lock necklace.
Most of us are still at home, so before you can wear any of the outfits above, you can still look cute rocking tie-dye at home.
Pair your shirt with your favorite sweatpants and the comfiest cardigan to feel cozy. And these Ugg slippers are just the cutest and comfiest ever, perfect for staying home in style.
Accessorize with a comfy bandana on your head and some jewelry, so you’re TikTok-ready for when a viral video idea hits.
Look at this time at home as an opportunity to learn a new skill, reinvent your wardrobe, and have fun. Soon enough, you’ll be going out with your friends and wondering what you should wear when you really have months to figure it out.
Guide to Creating Your Own Tie Dye Shirt
If you are curious about making your own tie-dye top, here are some tips for DIYing one yourself.
1. Gather your materials:
You will need a plain white shirt, fabric dye (available at craft stores in various colors), rubber bands, plastic squeeze bottles or spray bottles, plastic gloves, plastic wrap or a plastic bag, and a plastic table cover or garbage bag to protect your work surface.
2. Pre-wash the shirt:
It’s important to pre-wash the shirt to remove any chemicals or residues that may interfere with dye absorption. Follow the washing instructions on the shirt label.
3. Choose your tie-dye technique:
There are several popular tie-dye techniques you can try, such as spiral, crumple, bullseye, or accordion folds. Each technique creates a different pattern. You can find tutorials online or in tie-dye books for step-by-step instructions on specific techniques.
4. Prepare the dye:
Follow the instructions on the dye packaging to mix the dye solution. Wear plastic gloves to protect your hands from staining.
5. Tie and bind the shirt:
Use rubber bands to create different patterns and secure the fabric in place. How you fold, twist, or scrunch the fabric and where you place the rubber bands will determine the final pattern. Experiment and have fun with different arrangements.
6. Apply the dye:
Use plastic squeeze bottles or spray bottles to apply the dye to the fabric. Start with light colors and gradually add darker colors. Then, apply the dye in sections, ensuring to saturate the fabric thoroughly. Leave some white spaces between the dye areas for a more vibrant effect.
7. Let it set:
Once you’ve finished applying the dye, wrap the shirt in plastic wrap or place it in a plastic bag to keep it damp. Let it sit for the recommended time according to the dye instructions (usually several hours or overnight) to allow the colors to set.
8. Rinse and wash the shirt:
After the dye has set, rinse the shirt under cold water until the water runs clear. Remove the rubber bands and continue rinsing until the excess dye is removed. Wash the shirt separately in cold water using a mild detergent. Follow the washing instructions on the dye packaging and the shirt label.
9. Let it dry:
Hang the shirt to air dry or tumble dry on a low heat setting. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can cause fading.
Tying dye is a creative and experimental process, so don’t be afraid to try new techniques or mix different colors. Each shirt you make will be unique and reflect your personal style. Have fun, and enjoy the process!
What are your favorite tie-dye shirt outfits?
Which of the looks above is your favorite tie-dye outfit? What’s your favorite tie-dye clothing piece? Let us know.
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