Once upon a time, tie-dye was reserved for hippies and, in my case, the cool girls at my private high school who could afford to shop at Lucky Brand. But just like chokers and tiny sunglasses, what was cool in the 90s/early 2000s is back once again to make us all look back on our pictures and think “why did we think that was cool?” But for now, tie-dye is cool, so embrace it. Of course, not all tie-dyes are created equal. And, let me tell you, there’s a very fine line between your DIY tie-dye camp tee from the fifth grade and the fashionable tie-dye pieces from this article that you can shop right now. So, without further ado, here are 10 non-tacky tie-dye pieces to add to your closet ASAP.
Rule #1 of shopping for tie-dye is to find pieces that stick to a consistent color scheme. When the tie-dye gets too rainbow is when you start veering into tacky/middle schooler territory. This dress is subtly tie-dye with its neutral color scheme, giving it an elevated update to the trend.
This cropped sweatshirt is the perfect casual tie-dye piece to join the trend in an easy way. Wear it now with some low-rise boyfriend jeans or, when it finally gets warmer out, with a cute pair of denim shorts, and you’re good to go.
The style and texture of this tank elevate it from your basic camisole. The cowl neck, neutral tones, and muted tie-dye make it the perfect stylish take on the trend.
For those extra intimidated by the tie-dye trend, this turtleneck is the ideal intro piece. It’s so subtle that you really can’t go wrong here.
Let me tell you, it’s hard to find tie-dye jeans that don’t look like they’re a rollback special from Walmart. However, I’ve done the impossible and found an incredible pair for you. These reflect the trend in a unique and fashionable way without overdoing it.
This tee is fashion-girl cool without trying too hard. It’s a great basic with its subtle tie-dye print in a contemporary color uncommon to the trend.
You can barely tell this top is tie-dye, which makes it the least tacky tie-dye top to ever exist. Remember, the more effortless = the less tacky. The puff sleeve adds stylish detail to an otherwise very casual tee.
These joggers are a go-to for anyone obsessed with comfort. They can easily be dressed up or down depending on where you plan to wear them. Get the whole sweatsuit for a trendy lounge outfit or pair the joggers with a bodysuit for a Kardashian athleisure vibe.
With its fashionable puff sleeve, this tie-dye tee is clearly superior to your average tie-dye tee. I’m obsessed with the stylish sleeve detail.
This is the kind of jumpsuit that you can literally live in because you get to be super comfortable while still looking stylish AF. The rainbow tie-dye is still pretty subtle and blends seamlessly, which prevents it from looking cheap.
11. Shop Betches Grow Up Sweatshirt
Okay, so you don’t want to look like a middle schooler, but what’s the point of tie-dye if you can’t have a little fun with it? Our comfy AF hoodie is the exact mood when everyone in your life is rubbing you the wrong way with their bullsh*t. Whether you want to look cool on a flight, or your office is cold and you want to send a passive-aggressive message to your coworkers, you need this sweatshirt.
Tie-dye has become a huge trend across all retail categories, and it’s here to stay, so you better get on board. Just one last reminder—keep it relatively muted to avoid looking like you toted something out of your 8th grade closet.
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