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Monday, July 27th 2009

4 tips: how to wear tie-dye denim

Style Notes by Morgan, Senior Stylist


Bleached, tie-dye jeans are huge for fall, and while they look super-chic and fashion-forward in magazines and on the runways, the look can be pretty intimidating to pull off in real life.

I’ve played around with this a bit (check out our tie-dye denim lookbook), and wanted to share my tips on the best ways to make this ‘80s comeback just right for right now (and into fall).

Tip 1:
Think sophisticated and grown-up with an oversized button-down shirt in a solid neutral color (like this one by Elizabeth and James) to temper the eye-catching jeans. The juxtaposition of classic and edgy keeps the look really wearable.

Tip 2:
Most print tops are too intense for such bold bottoms, but blouses that are soft, sheer, and feminine look amazing with super-faded tie-dye jeans. Try this blouse by Patterson J. Kincaid with these bleached Current/Elliott jeans.

Tip 3:
To avoid looking costume-y, stay away from styling bleached denim with flannels and logo or band T-shirts. It’s stylish to update retro inspiration, not to look like you’ve stepped out of a time machine. Instead, try pairing with a chunky cable-knit cardigan, like this one by Vince. A little prep provides a chic contrast.

Tip 4:
Tie-dye jeans look hot with big chunky black boots! They anchor the look and keep it fashion-forward, not grungy. Whether you go with a clean-lined button-down or a soft floral blouse, these shoes are the way to go.

I would love to hear your tricks for styling tie-dye denim! How do you guys wear it?


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