This year marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, and that’s about all the excuse you need to embrace the latest wave of the tie-dye trend.
Archival images of groovy festival-goers in psychedelic garb come to mind when thinking about the legendary 1969 music event, but hippies actually didn’t invent tie-dye. Rather, this technique goes back. Like 8th century back. Japanese Shibori and Indian Bandhani are both traditions from which many of our modern tie-dye practices got their origins.
For 2019, tie-dye has found its way onto everything from buzz-worthy bucket hats to designer hoodies à la Proenza Schouler to classic tees that feel like a nod to your forward-thinking 12-year-old self. Stylist Doria Santlofer also suggests searching for tie-dye where you might not usually find it. “I love tie dye when it’s done on an unexpected piece like on a sock or a sweater,” she tells COOLS. “I think it feels especially cool right now in one color, versus the more classic multicolor look. For instance, an all-yellow tie dye tee looks really new and fresh.”
Below, a handful of pieces to inspire your everyday wardrobe (and perhaps attendance to the Woodstock reunion?). Peace and love.