You’ll never believe what iconic summer fashion trend is now office appropriate

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 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.