Your Stylist: The truth about this season's tie-dye trend
Please settle this little dispute between me and my sister. She says tie-dye is "in" and has been trying to convince me that I should buy some tie-dye things to bring on vacation this summer. I don't believe her and don't see how I can wear it without looking like a high school hippie. LP, San Diego
I completely understand your hesitation to believe your sister, but trust me, she's not trying to set you up for fashion failure. Tie-dye is a huge trend that started with the neon, digital patterns on Proenza Schouler's spring/summer 2010 runway. It's looking so fresh this season, and you can definitely wear it without looking like a dread-locked, noodle-dancing deadhead or like you've been shopping in the junior's department.
Tie-dye has taken a surprisingly high-end turn, getting splashed onto everything from a basic T-shirt to leather skirts and bags. For your vacation, try this navy T-shirt with a simple white tie-dye pattern from Tory Burch. It would look great with slim, cropped white jeans and brown sandals or just thrown over a bikini. For something more festive that has "summer vacation" written all over it, this bright, multicolored bucket bag from Halston Heritage will brighten up a solid dress or casual ensemble of a tank top and jean shorts.
Rebecca Minkoff has a traditional tie-dye pattern covering her modern carryalls that could transcend the summer and be toted right into fall.
If you choose to wear tie-dye as a T-shirt or dress, stick to neutral tones such as white, black, tan or navy to avoid the teeny-bopper feel and always pair it with classic accessories or none at all, especially that old hacky sack.
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Photos: Top, a look from the Proenza Schouler spring/summer 2010 runway show. Right, Halston Heritage bag, $195/shopbop.com, Tory Burch T-shirt $195/Tory Burch. Bottom, Rebecca Minkoff tie-dye Morning After bag $550/Rebecca Minkoff.