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).
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.
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.
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.
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?