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Growing up, I went through a hippie phase. I owned more tie-dye skirts and shirts than I would normally care to admit. And I even did one of my senior pictures sitting atop my car (which was covered in feminist bumper stickers) wearing flare jeans and no shoes. To those that know me now, this may come as a shock. My style is still loud and bright but I don’t think hippie chic is something anyone would ever use to describe my style now. That’s exactly why I wanted to put together this look. I wanted to show that your past style isn’t something to run from. You can embrace your style evolution!
I spent a lot of years running from my hippie phase. It didn’t feel like me anymore. But I do find myself still constantly craving tie-dye patterns and that’s something that really hasn’t changed over the years. I even went to a tie-dye class a few years ago so I could make a heart-shaped tie-dye tee a la Tai in “Clueless.”
The more I really thought about my style evolution, I realized that tie-dye hadn’t disappeared from my wardrobe since my high school hippie phrase. In fact, the more I thought about it, I really noticed how it creeped up in different ways – oversized tees, hoodies, leggings, body con dresses and flowy maxi dresses. Today’s look is an homage to all the tie-dye in my life – past, present and let’s be honest, future.
I am wearing the Tie-Dye Tegan Lotti Blouse from On The Plus Side. I love the dip tie-dye pattern and it’s even cooler because it’s a one-of-a-kind hand-painted batik design. The fabric is a soft lightweight woven crinkle rayon.
The fit of the top is flowy. Since it’s a tunic style blouse, it fits oversized on me which is awesome since it’s available for a wide range of sizes (1X-7X). I wore it with splatter jeans but I could’ve easily paired it with tights in the winter or wore it as a dress in the summer.
No matter what the season or time of my own life, tie-dye is timeless and I am going to vow to stop fighting my tie-dye obsession. Instead of seeing my hippie phase as a blemish on my style past, I am going to recognize I’ve changed in some ways while still embracing the fact that I’m still weak for a rainbow print tie-dye! And that is perfectly okay.
What from your style past are you now embracing? Let me know in the comments below! And make sure you are shopping On The Plus Side here!