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A blast from the past is back: tie-dye! Surely you’ve seen the classic trend showing up everywhere so today we’re showing you how to wear it right! For 2020, tie-dye has — for the most part — moved from splashes of bright, rainbow swirls to concentrated pops of single-tone, muted dye. This modern version of tie-dye is slightly more elevated, yet still offers the coveted boho-chic effect. And it’s one of this summer’s biggest trends. Whether you’re planning to incorporate it into your athleisure wardrobe, everyday wear or simple accessories, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to rock tie-dye this season.


Athleisure, another trend that continues to gain popularity, has become the everyday ensemble for many of us. If you’re working from home, stopping by your favorite reopened local boutique, heading back to the gym or simply looking to feel both comfortable and cute, these tie-dye pieces are a great start.

(Note: all items in this paragraph are shown in the image collage below.) This subtle tie-dye active tank ($48) pairs perfectly with any legging or pair of shorts. Wear this one to yoga or your next backyard BBQ for breathable and fashionable comfort. If you’re looking for a comfortable pair of gym shorts that won’t show too much, these Adidas tie-dye shorts ($35) are the perfect option. They’re easy to throw on for any workout or running errands and have a not-too-bright tie-dye pattern. And because pink is a trending color this season, we’ve thrown in this cozy sweater ($49) for a calm yoga class or your next work-from-home day. These cute pink leggings (on sale for $59.84) also add a fun element to your athleisure look.

Tie-Dye Athleisure & Loungewear

Here are some great tie-dye pieces to add to your athleisure and loungewear collection. The tie-dye active tank is $48, the Adidas shorts are $35, the tied sweater is $49, and the pink leggings are on sale for $59.84 (reg. $88). Images: Nordstrom/Anthropologie


Another easy way to incorporate tie-dye into your wardrobe, especially in warmer weather, is a simple dress or midi-skirt. Pair any of these with white sneakers or a pair of sandals, or dress them up with some summer-inspired heels.

(Note: all items in this paragraph are shown in the image collage below.) This athletic racerback dress ($128) has a trendy one-tone blue tie-dye pattern, and it is super breathable and perfect for running errands or a quick lunch. The pink smocked sundress (on sale for $83.20) shows just how tie-dye can be elevated with the right fabric — and it’s perfect for a summer date night! This maxi dress ($74) is just right for beachy days and can be used as a light and airy swimsuit cover. And this blue midi skirt ($98) looks so cute paired with a white tank and sandals. Throw a straw bag in with any of these looks, and you’ve achieved the ultimate on-trend-for-2020 ensemble!

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Tie-Dye Dresses & Skirts

Here are some beautiful dresses and one fashion-forward skirt to bring tie-dye into your summer wear. The athletic dress is $128, the smocked sundress is on sale for $83.20 (reg. $208), the cover-up maxi dress is $74, and the midi skirt is $98. Images: Nordstrom/Anthropologie


Light tops, t-shirts and the occasional sweater are easy ways to wear tie-dye through the summer months and beyond. Here, we’ve pulled together four options for wherever your summer plans take you. You’ll notice we stepped away from the bright colors and pinks here and went for some darker shades — like navy and purple — for those who prefer something more muted.

(Note: Again, all items in this paragraph are shown in the image collage below!) This sweater ($98) complete with a concentrated purple tie-dye pattern is cool and comfy. Wear it with jean shorts or white denim for a summer night out and keep it in the rotation when fall and winter come around. The easy tie-dye t-shirt ($58) is 2020’s answer to the classic rainbow tee. It’s light, simple and pairs with anything you already have in your closet. This embroidered top ($98) dresses tie-dye up a bit, making it ideal for a girls’ night or beachy outing. And this kimono ($118), perfect for layering, adds tie-dye to any look without going over-the-top.

Tie-Dye Tops & Sweaters

Here are some easy-to-style tie-dye tops we love. This purple and white sweater is $98, the simple t-shirt is $58, the embroidered top is $98, and the kimono is $118. Images: Nordstrom/Anthropologie

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If you’re more hesitant to give the tie-dye trend a go or aren’t sure how long the popularity will last, opt for one of these easy-to-style accessories that work for any warm-weather activity.

(Note: see all items in the image collage below.) These tie-dye sandals ($65) are comfortable and perfect for throwing on for any outing. If you need to protect yourself while out and about, why not make it fun with this tie-dye mask ($19.95)? Or, if you’re heading out for a day on the water, carry all of your essentials in this cute pink tasseled tote ($188). Lastly, rock two trends at once with these tie-dye bandanas ($12 each). There’s a color for every preference.

Tie-Dye Accessories

If you’re looking to give the tie-dye trend a go without going over-the-top, give these accessories a try. The sandals are $65, the mask is $19.95, the tote is $188, and the bandanas are $12 each. Images: Nordstrom/Anthropologie/Urban Outfitters

And there you have it! Enjoy summer in these fun tie-dye pieces.


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