There are things you can always look forward to in the summer. The weather, permission to eat ice cream at any time of day, beach time and a more casual, laid back type of dressing. For many people in the summer, a pair of cutoff denim shorts is as dressy as they get. Another casual summer staple? The tie-dye shirt.
Though many people associate tie dye with those participating in hippie fashion in the 1960s, the process of tie-dye actually dates all the way back to the 8th century in Japan and Indonesia. It emerged in the US in the 1920s as a means for people to redecorate old items in their house by using cotton, coffee, flour and sugar when money was scarce during The Great Depression. But, of course, tie-dye really had its fashion moment during the 1960s when hippies embraced it as a protest against more subdued, normal clothes (after all, no tie-dye shirts are exactly the same therefore expressing individuality which the hippies were all about) with music icon Janis Joplin acting as the poster child for the aesthetic.
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They fell a bit out of fashion as the years went on but they still always remained a staple in certain musical genres and certainly for summer apparel. And now the fashion Gods have decided they are all the rage in the summer of 2019. Tie-dye was featured on the runways of Prada, Proenza Schouler, and Stella McCartney last season and the shopping app LiketoKnow.it reported that the searches for ‘tie-dye shirts’ were up 900% in June compared to May.
But there is no way that tie-dye, the uniform of people who sell weed at Grateful Dead concerts, can be worn in an office? Or is there?
Believe it or not, tie-dye is having a high fashion moment which means beautiful and expensive blouses, like this one, are available. Or if you are feeling really bold, you could opt for a tie-dye suit like this one. Or why not pair a tie-dye blazer with black jeans? Or pair a tie-dye top with a neutral colored blazer so your shirt makes a statement? Think of it as grown-up tie-dye. You’ll feel like you are an outdoor concert while you are sitting at your desk.