How tie-dye became our fashion uniform for summer 2021

Published May 13, 2021, 5:25 PM

by MB Lifestyle

Tie-dye is back to embrace trends in fashion

Sportmax (left) and Christian Dior spring-summer 2021 runway collections

Generations, just like old songs, repeat themselves in fashion. Just as well, because embracing nostalgia is good for our mental health in the time of COVID-19.

As one of the most ancient forms of decorating cloth from China and Japan, tie-dye was later used as a counter culture code to represent peace and love. Year after year, tie-dye brought back a look from the ‘60s and ‘70s with its colorful patterns that also signify freedom and individuality. Subtle and easy to style, tie-dye prints then became a worldwide trend with contemporary fashion making it a wardrobe staple of today and even a hot hit in quarantine fashion.

Both on and off the ramp, the global fashion craze is now given life by Kylie Jenner, Hailey Bieber, Kaia Gerber, and Emily Ratajkowski, who show how tie-dye can be seen in luxury, transformed into sophisticated and glamorous wardrobes. In the league of luxury houses for spring-summer 2021, tie-dye pieces were paraded down the runaways of Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler, Sportmax, and Acne Studios.

Hailey Bieber and Kylie Jenner in tie-dye ensembles (Photos from Instagram)

For a more organic approach, one can focus DIY projects on spiral and V patterns by just twisting, pleating, or clumping fabrics followed by the application of bright and bold colors to uplift any mood. Do away with luxury fabrics as tie-dye can be inexpensive. Say no to a dull and weary time during the pandemic by being experimental even while using cotton shirts.

This summer, there are more options than conventional floral dresses, sweat sets, and linen skirts. Stand out in a summer dress up with swimsuit bikinis as the tie-die look retakes its rightful place as a favorite in all generations. (Rosegil Mapula)