The last time that tie dye – the process of resist-dyeing long assiciated with hippies and Deadheads – truly went mainstream, the New Kids on the Block were topping the charts. Two decades later, the pyschedelic pattern has returned to the runways just as Jordan Knight et al reunite on stage. (Coincidence? We think not.) Here’s how to translate the look for the workplace, step by step.
1. Don’t even think about ressurecting those homemade T-shirts you spent days dyeing in preparation for Phish concerts. This season’s versions (at least the ones you might wear to work) are much more sophisticated in print and fabrication. Opt for luxe materials such as silk over cotton and monochrome rather than Technicolor ones.
2. Back to the point about T-shirts: Leave them be. Instead, take a cue from Michael Kors’s take on the trend, which reads more mature in the form of a dress. For the office, however, go for a knee-length hem instead of a dramatic length like Kors’s.
3. Suiting staples such as sharp tailored jackets and sensible shoes will make any tie dye piece work-appropriate, so don’t be afraid to use them with the kind of carefree abandon you might experience at a Grateful Dead show.