Five Better Ways to Wear Tie-Dye in 2021
by Madeline Berger
March 21, 2018 | Last Updated: January 8, 2021
I first wrote this blog in 2018, way before the pandemic struck and many of us found ourselves dancing away the pain on TikTok in matching tie-dye sweatsuits. Tie-dye is mainstream—finally!—and those of us who choose to don those swirling rainbows of color no longer stick out like a hip, psychedelic thumb. So, now that everyone is part of the club, how do you mix it up? I present: five better ways to wear tie-dye in 2021!
For a lot of people, tie-dye shirts are one of the harder things out there to wear. It makes sense—what do you pair with something that already has so much going on? Here at Ragstock, we wear our love for tie-dye on our sleeves and believe styling this oddball dyeing technique isn’t as hard as it seems. Whether it’s vintage tie-dye tees or new tie-dye shirts (or even tie-dye hoodies), the sartorial possibilities are endless. Don’t believe us? Keep scrolling for five different ways to put together an outfit with a tie-dye centerpiece!
Way #1: Layered Under a Light Jacket or Sweater
Contrasting the hippie vibes of tie-dye with the undeniably sporty aesthetic of a track jacket or windbreaker is an excellent way to keep some balance while having fun. This vintage Adidas windbreaker looks great over the muted tones and bright graphic of a vintage tie-dye t-shirt. Throw on some pastel bottoms for a bright look with edge and get ready to lean against a wall and make tie-dye look cool AF. Or, knot your tie-dye t-shirt and throw it on with a pair of black jeans and chunky black sweater for a pop of color.
Way #2: All Over (yeah, we still think it’s cool)
Why wear one piece of tie-dye when you can wear two? Matching tie-dye sweatsuits have taken the internet by storm over the past few months, and for good reason. They’re hella cute and hella comfy. Add some fun sandals and a moody bucket hat and you’re good to go.
Way #3: Grunged Up with a Denim Jacket
Mix a little peace and love with a little punk by matching a classic tie-dye shirt with a distressed denim jacket. The more ripped and oversized, the better. Add black jeans and Chucks (also distressed, if possible) to complete the look. Another take is to swap out the black jeans for blue and take your Canadian Tuxedo for a tie-dyed trip.
Way #4: With Overalls or Overall Shorts
Did you ever tie-dye a shirt as a kid? Let’s take it all the way back and unite your shirt with it’s roots. Pairing tie dye with overalls is a playful take on the youthful nature of the dyeing technique. Go all in with a bucket hat and sneakers, get cute with a pair of overall shorts, or give it a little bite with leather military boots .
Way #5: Under an Oversized Blazer
If you haven’t noticed yet, pairing tie-dye with a totally different piece of clothing is an automatic win (well, most of the time). Here, one of our neon tie-dye hoodies is brilliant under a neutral vintage blazer. The slouchy print mixed with the structured polish of the jacket makes this outfit fair game for work or play. Or, if your blazer is long enough, wear an oversized tie-dye hoodie as a dress with longline blazer on top.