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TIE-DYE (AND STRIPES) ON THE HIGHWAY

 Tie-dye… the maker of all things magical, hippy, splendorous, ethereal and the subject of one of my idols, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)’s amazing song “Tie Dye On The Highway.”

Why do I love thee so?

Luckily for my tie-dye lovin’ ways; the print has been coming back again and again for decades, like every fashion known to man (even culottes are big again, right?)

Proof: every tie-dye hippy boho dress you see on the likes of Rachel Zoe, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Hudson, and even Rodarte’s drool-worthy collection.

Heading out for a few drinks with the husband tonight, I needed a not-too-dressy outfit for the not-too-dressy pub we might frequent. I have a sick tendency to mix and match patterns all the time lately, so I couldn’t resist the urge to pair my basic striped long sleeve tee from Kmart for $10 AUD with a bright purple, yellow and green tie-dye splattered skirt (from Supre for $5 AUD.)

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I grabbed my Nine West gold-sequin Ipad sleeve (which I always use as an oversized clutch and haven’t ever used as an Ipad sleeve… my thought processes for things sometimes aren’t all the way thought out.) Nine West Ipad Sleeve Cost = $20 AUD

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These yellow lucite flats with a slight wedge are just the pop of colour to finish the outfit off in, and were a steal at $2 AUD from one of those Asian kiosks in the middle of the mall. (They have also lasted frequent use over 3 years – who would have thought?)

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TOTAL OUTFIT COST = $37 AUD

For you fashion history buffs, check out a few fun facts about Tie-dye on Peace, love and tie-dye by Emily Blake. (2009)

One standout fact = While tie dye of course gained popularity with the free-loving hippy movement of the 60s, it really started to take off when Halston started using it in his designs which garnered the likes of Janis Joplin. (Blake, 20090

VINTAGE HALSTON TIE-DYE (DROOL)

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I can see myself sunning on a lounge chair with a cool breeze and margarita in hand in this glorious vintage Halston caftan

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TIE-DYIN’ CELEBS

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If all Nicky Hilton has done lately is team this sleek corporate-up-top looking ensemble with a hippy tie-dye bottom (which works so perfectly,) that’s alright by me.

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Although not a massive fan of the Reese, I am a fan of this chic tie dye ensemble she wore running errands.


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Elle Fanning got ripped into two for this glorious Rodarte tie-dye creation she wore at the Met. I guess people sadly just don’t understand Rodarte?
For outfit ideas for teaming stripes + tie-dye, look no further than what we have here for you:
STRIPES + TIE DYE

Soles patent leather sandals
$110 – theiconic.com.au

Silver jewellery
fashionphile.com

Wooden wall art
modcloth.com
Do you mix tie-dye with any other patterns (i.e. stripes?)
Are you still a fan of tie-dye and wear it all the time for relaxed bohemian chic times?
Leave a comment below, dude.

KOOKY KIKI + POLKA DOTS A LA KIRSTEN

I have always been a fan of Kirsten Dunst and more importantly, Kirsten Dunst’s snaggleteeth and style. I feel somehow we are like kindred spirits, as I also have one snaggletooth to the side (which I was supposed to get braces for but decided to go against as I liked it’s charm) and love everything she wears.

Whether she is in one of my childhood faves, Jumanji, an intense baby vamp in An Interview With a Vampire, mysterious Lux in The Virgin Suicides, MJ in Spiderman or on a depression journey in Melancholia, Kiki nails it every time. If I were a celebrity, I would probably aspire to Kiki’s career and style.

KIKI’S CANDID STYLE

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Contemplating the meaning of science – intelligent and stylish!

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Making floral crop tops cool again in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (my all time fave)

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Doing masuline luxe oh so well

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Floral shirt + matching floral shorts = too cute

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20’s style flapper headband for the Met

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Street chic in a polka dot dress and trilby

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Sophisticatedly sheer

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Killer shades + Fruit Loops = Great combo

ULTIMATE KIKI OUTFIT DU JOUR:

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Prada silk blouse and Cream Chanel skirt. I swoon!

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Polished to perfection

 So, I have been obsessed with this outfit ever since I saw it. But with no funds to buy the real deal Prada blouse and beautiful white Chanel skirt, I improvised with items already found in my own closet.

THE PERFECTION OR NOTHING WAY:

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Red polka dot blouse, $10 AUD, Ebay.com.au

This red and white polkadot ruffle blouse gives me life. I feel so happy wearing it. At only a steal for $10 AUD from a little boutique on Ebay I can’t recall the name of years ago, I paired it with a $5 Kmart taupe maxi skirt and $10 Mustard loafers from Rubi picked up on sale a few seasons ago. All in all,  the Kiki-fied (and Zooey Deschanel-ish) outfit came to a total of $25 AUD, with the added bonus of feeling good making use of stuff I already have.

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Mustard loafers, $10 AUD, Rubi.com.au

      

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Enjoying the backyard foliage

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To get yourself Kiki-fied, check out the great statement pieces below:

Polka dots a la Kirsten

Polka dot blouse
yesstyle.com

Donna karan skirt
$1,645 – harveynichols.com

Jigsaw long maxi skirt
$49 – jigsaw-online.com

Jessica Simpson nude platform pumps
$125 – debenhams.com

Prada vintage black purse
saksfifthavenue.com

Laura mercier eye makeup
net-a-porter.com

Christian Dior pink blush
$49 – johnlewis.com

Any tips for mixing/matching and updating your polka dot pieces?
What are your fave Kirsten Dunst movies and outfits?
Please leave a comment below.