If you really want to make a positive contribution to the sustainable fashion conversation, embracing tie-dye's return to mainstream fashion trends might be the way to go.
Because it's a really good excuse to upcycle and reinvent a few clothing items in your wardrobe that might have lost their colour, so spare the landfills and go get some dye, rubber bands and household gloves. I promise it's a lot of fun.
But why tie dye in particular? Well, this print has broken out of its regular Coachella or National Arts Festival attire gig, palm reader style staple and Hollywood stoner uniform, and is now officially a trend to follow again after its 1990s heydays were brought to an abrupt halt by the early 2000s' bedazzled back pockets.
And if I remember correctly, Yo-TV presenters were keen wearers of tie-dye tops - a memory that would also explain why we'll soon take a liking to this trend.
The return of certain trends takes us back to a simpler carefree time, and brands know how nostalgia sells in our current sartorial climate - corduroy, classic sneakers and bucket hats (just to name a few) have all cemented their must-have status through nostalgic references.
Hillary Taymour, the designer/founder of Collina Strada, whose AW19 collection featured watercolour tie-dye items, told Vogue that the rise of tie-dye "symbolises time spent offline," adding that it reminds one of summer camp days as "it feels youthful and hands on".
But even after tie-dye was eclipsed by more "refined" prints, it still lurked on a few retail hangers and bargain bins, waiting to be picked up by a few quirky style peeps. And who remembers those tie-dye maxi dresses/skirts from MRP that were all the rage a few Decembers ago?
See, much like animal print it never really left, and now with the trend no longer solely associated with subcultures mostly located in Grahamstown, our array of options has become as wide as that of the psychedelic colour scheme of the OG '60s tie-dye Tee.
So, how do you wear tie-dye?
As already hinted by the images above, there is no formula but you can get even more inspo from these looks.
I did say Yo-TV presenters embraced this print more than most TV personalities.
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A suit so essential in one's cupboard, I might just purchase a white suit just to tie-dye it.
Take styling tips from this admirable teen because the trend is about revisiting a simpler time, after all.
Where to shop?
Thrift stores, Sunday flea markets and your own cupboard (plus, some dye) might your most affordable and eco-friendly options. But if you want some new threads, we've got you.
Tie-dye turtleneck, currently R171 on flash sale at Superbalist
Tie-dye shirt, R579 at ZARA
Planet Factorie Scrunchies, R100 at Cotton On
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