Blue tie dye has been seeing a recent resurgence in the world of fashion and interior. The earliest form of tie dye dates as far back as the 8th century in Japan, where it is referred to as shibori. Indigo dyes were used then, as they still are today. Some may refer to tie dye as a trend and passing fad, but when done in rich blues and indigos, I consider it a classic.
Four years ago the tie dye trend was strong, with local dye house turned garment manufacturer Gypsy 05 leading the way with their ubiquitous alligator tie dye/dip dyed maxi dresses. While tie dye never seems to go away completely, it seems to have a stronger presence some seasons as compared to others, and this happens to be that season. This spring, Tory Burch, Proenza Schouler, Joie, and several other clothing lines incorporated blue “alligator” tie dye in their spring 2013 collections, as did several home furnishing lines. Blue tie dye in rich and relaxing indigo hues never seems to get old!
|Tory Burch, Spring 2013|
|Angela Robinson via Desire to Inspire|
|Angela Robinson via Sterling Style|
|Black Edition, The Romo Group|
|Image via French By Design|
|Image taken by me at Forever 21|
1. Soft Joie maxi dress via Bloomingdales
2. Alligator tie dye maxi via Singer 22
3. Proenza Schouler tie dye tee via Neiman Marcus
4. Tory Burch Allie top via Tory Burch
5. Kevin O’Brien shibori bedding via Defining Elegance
6. Tie dye flare pants via Made for Pearl
7. Shibori duvet and sham via West Elm
8. Indigo tie dye dress by Tory Burch via Moda Operandi
9. Shibori pillow via Apartment 48
10. Shibori pillow cover via Williams Sonoma
11. Zig Zag shibori pillow via Ankasa
12. Do it yourself Indigo Tie Dye Kit via Amazon
13. Tie dye button down via Anthropologie
While I’m on the topic of tie dye, I want to share a very special project that my 8 year old son has been working on. Two weeks ago, he came across an envelope on our kitchen table from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a research and treatment center specializing in pediatric cancer and other catastrophic children’s diseases. As I was cooking dinner, he came to me from behind, handed me a $10 bill, then the envelope, and asked me to make sure that “the kids” receive the $10 that he had just taken out of his piggy bank.
|The envelope from St. Jude along with the $10 that my son gave me to send|
Little B has always been the entrepreneurial type and last summer started a project to make and sell tie dye t-shirts, but it never got off the ground. When he found out about St. Jude, he decided he would put his entrepreneurial skills to good use and would revisit his tie dyed t-shirt project, but this time with the proceeds going to St. Jude. He has already made one batch of t-shirts, and to date (7 days) he has already raised $160. With your help he can raise more – all to benefit those with pediatric cancer and other catastrophic children’s diseases.
Little B will continue to take orders throughout the summer. If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt, he is charging $20 (which includes shipping in the US). Sizes are as follows: Youth S-L (Youth M fits about a size 6-8) and Adult XS-XL. Email me at email@example.com if you are interested and I can contact you with details. The colors made to date are pictured below, but I am going to see if I can convince the little man to purchase the indigo dye above to make a collection of fashionable indigo blue tie dye tees to match what I just blogged about.
Wait – I’m not done yet! Today I’m a guest blogger on Belle Maison, where I am covering summer color palettes. Below is a sneak peek, but go check it out for yourself by clicking on the link above. Enjoy!