Groovy Tie-Dye Flashback Friday

Stephanie Sokol for Stylit

Tie-dye has been around for a long time. Recently making a comeback, the look has been popular around the world for a long time, and started being seen in the United States in the 1950s.

In the mid to late 60s, more people started sporting the style, standing up against the Vietnam War. The trend was a common look among attendees of concert Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.


The festival was the first of its kind, a three-day art and music fair focused on promoting peace, love and happiness in a time of war and change. Tie-dye was warn and sold at Woodstock, in vibrant rainbow colors as well as darker shades.


The trend provided an outlet for rebellion and freedom, worn by people labeled as “hippies” during the groovy decade.

Janis Joplin, a major performer at Woodstock and popular psychedelic rock artist from the late 60s often wore tie dye to her shows.

Janis Joplin at Woodstock no publication after December 31, 2009janisjoplin2 

Janis Joplin

Today, tie dye remains a trend. A tie dye maxi dress is reminiscent of a time of peace promotion. Red and white are more toned down, though still trendy. Accessorize with fringe and feather accessories to take the hippie style even further. Beaded sandals are down to Earth, and work well to tie the look together.


Tie dye dress

Vanessa Hudgens was spotted at Coachella in a 60s style ensemble, sporting a fringy studded crop top and navy tie-dye maxi-skirt. She added extra hippie fashion with a lavender tie-dye headscarf.

Vanessa Hudgens

Elle Fanning wore a red, white and blue tie-dye maxi dress to Met Gala, with a hippie hair style to match the look.


Elle Fanning

Courtesy Photos.

-Stephanie Sokol

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