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Tie dye is back: How to wear the retro print now

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Figleaves Samui Tie Dye Hanky Hem Tie Dye Dress, £40, available from Figleaves. See PA Feature FASHION Tie Dye. PA Photo/Handout.

By Katie Wright

Popularised during the heyday of the hippies back in the Sixties and Seventies, tie dye has made a massive comeback lately, becoming the hottest print trend of the summer.

That doesn’t mean you have to get to work with rubber bands and Dylon to create your own multicoloured T-shirts, however – unless you want to, of course – because the high street is teeming with stylish tie dye pieces.

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Boohoo Padded Shoulder Tie Dye T-Shirt Dress, £10, available from Boohoo. PA Photo/Handout.

It’s a trend that started last year, with the likes of Prada and Proenza Schouler bringing surfer girl style to their runways, with pastel hued T-shirt dresses and multicoloured jackets paired with frayed denim shorts.

Fast forward a year and the SS20 catwalks are awash with tie dye, from Versace’s uber-bright jackets and tops, to Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant’s faded denim designs.

If it’s saturated shades you’re after, there’s plenty to choose from on the high street.

Tie dye beachwear and swimwear looks cool whether you’re going abroad or sunbathing on staycation, while denim is the natural partner of the happy hippie print.

For a more grown-up take on the trend, limit your colour palette to muted tones like khaki, grey or black and white, and opt for more sophisticated styles – a tie dye midi skirt looks chic when teamed with a simple white tee or racerback body top and block-heeled sandals.

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