The votes are in and it’s official: The tie-dye trend is back just in time to make the perfect quarantine craft.
Up until last year, tie-dye was dead. That was until the public saw celebrities like Beyoncé and Justin Beiber wearing it, and things began to change. Influencers, celebrities and runways all around the world are now repping this hippie style, leaving the world with only one conclusion: Tie-dye is back.
Tie-dye historically hit its prime in the ’60s and ’70s with its hippie origins. Today, with tie-dyed fashions proudly featured on Prada’s runway, it has taken on a more modern look.
Senior Kally Byrd said she has loved tie-dye since she was a little girl, but she noticed people hopping back on the trend around two months ago.
“For me, tie-dye has always been in style, and I have worn it proudly for years,” Byrd said. “I have done some tie-dyeing at home, and I plan on doing some more during my time in quarantine.”
Not only is it the perfect time to bring out that middle school field day shirt you tie-dyed years back, but it is also the perfect time to dye something new for a quarantine craft.
Sophomore Eden Taylor has been a fan from the beginning but said she got away from it as she grew older. Recently, she found herself reverse tie-dying a black shirt with bleach and embroidering it with the words “Be happy.” She said this is her best piece yet.
“I like doing something artsy that doesn’t require a lot of skill,” Taylor said. “It’s a good pastime for quarantine.”
The beauty of this trend is the freedom in it. Anything can be tie-dyed, whether it is sweatpants, a shirt, socks or an old sweatshirt; it’s all up to the creator.
Junior Sydney Tabor, an avid tie-dye lover, said she even tie-dyed some denim during her recent weeks at home.
“My sister repurposed a few of her old sweatshirts, I chose to block bleach my jeans, and even my brother jumped in on the creativity with a T-shirt of his,” Tabor said. “It has been a fun family activity we can all do together while in quarantine.”
Tabor said she takes a lot of pride in this craft and enjoys the freedom to make it how she wants as well as the ability to express herself through it.
“I enjoy tie-dye because I love the sense of ‘do it yourself,’” Tabor said. “Not only can I feel productive by accomplishing something in my day, but I can make it the way I want it to be. I like that it’s my very own creation; it’s something I can wear with pride.”
Who would have thought tie-dye would make a comeback this late in the game? There is no telling what the next quarantine trend will be.
“Don’t be afraid to do or wear something because it’s not in style or on trend,” Byrd said. “You never know when it might make a comeback, and even if it doesn’t, wear what you want and express yourself through your clothing.”