The Return of Tie-Dye

Apr 27 , 2021



The Return of Tie-Dye

Whether you think Tie-dye is totally cool or not your style at all, the psychedelic print from the '60s is back in a major way. Its become a popular quarantine fashion trend that doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Tie-dye loungewear sets are having their moment. From celebrities and YouTubers to at-home crafters are giving the colorful print look their approval. So, why is tie-dye suddenly trending once again? And how has the print evolved? 

From around the end of March 2020, the Government announced that everyone stays at home to slow down the spread of Covid19 and all countries went into a strict lockdown. People had a lot of free time on their hands. Some people read books, others mastered their cooking skills and many others have tried home crafting projects, including tie-dyeing.

Tie-dye sweatpants, shorts, leggings, sweatshirts, etc might be the in-style quarantine look, but the pattern itself has been working its way back into fashion for several years. The Japanese art of Shibori, a precursor to modern tie-dye, surged in popularity a few years ago and tie-dye showed up on both the 2019 and 2020 spring runways.

The tie-dye trend has been trending for quite a while, much like the animal print it doesn’t seem to go out of fashion. People wear this pattern to dress up but also use it for sweat pants and t-shirts.


Today's tie-dye looks very different from the flashy print that made a major mark in the 1960s.

The Tie-dye pattern that is trending today is simpler and much more minimal than versions of the pattern we saw in the late '60s and early '70s, which had more color than the patterns we have today. In contrast, modern tie-dye features cotton candy-hued pastel and white color schemes with subtle or geometric patterns," Anderson said.

In the United States, immigrants from countries like India, Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines introduced tie-dye techniques to their new country over time. Tie-dye surged in popularity in the U.S. when the hippie movement adopted the colorful look.

Tie-dye was a DIY statement in the US during that era. This was around the time of the introduction of ready-to-wear and mass-produced fashion. 

Since then, tie-dye has been in and out of fashion, often seen at psychedelic parties and hippie festivals. Historically, tie-dye has appealed to people with more time than money, which describes a lot of us nowadays.

Sexxyleggings have designed ready-to-wear tie-dye gym shorts so that you don't have to make them yourself. These gym shorts can be worn when exercising on hot Summer days or when lounging around at home.

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