When I helped my eight-year-old experiment with messy inks and rubber bands last summer, I never guessed tie-dye would be the look of 2020. But then Dior and Chanel swapped tweeds and ballgowns for tie-dye styles. Luckily you don’t have to go for garish whirls and splotches; the sophisticated way to wear this look is with ombré — the gradual blending of one colour to another.
If you’re fed up with florals, this is the perfect way to add some cheery colour to your look. I like the way the colours bleed together for a very different take on print. And you’ll be in good company.
Victoria Beckham posted pictures of her DIY tie-dye on a white T-shirt during lockdown, while Jennifer Lopez chose all the colours of the rainbow in matching hoodie and joggers earlier this month.
Not only for T-shirts, the striking ombré effect on this elegant Ted Baker maxi-dress makes it perfect for a wedding or event during the current restrictions — it’s dramatic and different without being overly formal. Just don’t forget the right shapewear. Spanx pants are nothing new of course, but I love its new unlined bralette (Bra-llelujah, £36 next.co.uk). With no wires, hardware or padding, it’s still supportive and makes dressing up as comfy as loungewear.
The palette of mixed blues in this dress make a smart, not too dressed-up alternative to black. For a daytime look, really go for it with vibrant colour in Seafolly’s pink and white kaftan. Or bring a pop of brightness to your jeans with this top from J Crew.
Seafolly at figleaves.com
Arizona Love at matchesfashion.com
J Crew at zalando.co.uk