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Tie Dye Shirts

There were a number of fashion trends that got their start in the 1970s and many of these have remained on the fashion scene.

Tie dyed shirts are one of those iconic 70s items that you can still find on store shelves, and while they’re far from high fashion, they’re a trend that’s destined to stick around.

It’s safe to say that lots of people have at least one tie dyed t shirt in their closet or dresser drawer, even many years after this popular 70s fad got its start.

After all, when it comes to tie dye shirts, what’s not to like? They’re bright and colorful and, as an added perk, you can even create your own!

In the 1970s, most people did indeed make their own tie dye t shirts or other tie-dyed items.

It wasn’t until much later that companies started mass producing them and selling them on store shelves, and now you can buy a tie dyed shirt just about anywhere as they’ve certainly enjoyed a renaissance in the new millennium.

The tie dye shirt phenomenon began with the hippies in the late 1960s. Historians note that hippies on the West Coast, namely the so-called “Flower Children”, began to wear them first, probably in communities like San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury.

Soon the trend spread, becoming popular all over the United States and in European countries as well. The popularity of the 70s tie dye fad can also be partially attributed to the musicians or that era, many of whom often wore tie-dyed shirts at their concerts and on their album covers.

These included artists such as Janis Joplin, John Sebastian (who usually wore a tie-dyed denim jacket and even tie-dyed tennis shoes), Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, and many others.

Tie dye, however, wasn’t limited to just the hippies of the era. Designers like Halston recognized the popularity of the trend and began to produce their own tie dyed lines of clothing.

Before long, Halston was being commissioned by notable celebrities of the 70s, like Ali McGraw and Liza Minnelli, to create a unique tie-dyed garment just for them. In addition, the tie dye trend soon showed up in home decor items, like curtains, bedspreads, and even wallpaper.

While the tie dye look was certainly a hit with the stars of the 70s, regular people liked it, too. As a matter of fact, if you were “cool” you probably had a variety of tie dyes in your closet.

During that era, most shirts were just plain tie dyed with no other pattern or print on them. (Today, you’re most likely to find tie dye shirts with some sort of insignia or symbol on the front.)

Back then, you would have worn this colorful shirt with your bell bottom pants and perhaps a matching tie dye headband, which would have been tied around the forehead.

To complete the look, you probably would have sported a large peace symbol necklace and perhaps a denim jacket. It was the epitome of groovy!