Trend Alert: Tie Dye

I know what you’re thinking- “I hope she is not suggesting that those heinous rainbow tie dye t-shirts I wore as a child are actually on trend!” Thankfully, that is not the type of tie dye I am referring to, but nonetheless; tie dye is back and better than ever.

According to Vogue, many designers experimented with tie dye throughout their Resort 2015 collections. Michael Kors showed us a daring, lilac, tie dyed trouser and Gucci kept it simple with a demin colored, tie-dyed cable knit sweater. In addition, Alexander Wang used both hues of blue and purple to create unique tie dyed pieces throughout his Resort 2015 clothing line.

Michael Kors Resort 2015 © Vogue

Michael Kors Resort 2015 © Vogue

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Gucci Resort 2015 © Vogue

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Alexander Wang Resort 2015 © Vogue

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Alexander Wang Resort 2015 © Vogue

Bold as they are, these looks tend to be extremely difficult to pull off, but that does not mean you cannot stay on trend with tie dye. In my own personal wardrobe, tie dye is no stranger and I have a few garments that carry a more casual embodiment of the design.

The Free People Double Team Tie Dye Tee is hands down my go to summer shirt. Whether paired with a floppy hat to the beach, a pair of jean shorts to hang out, or white jeans out to dinner, this tee takes tie dye to a new level.

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

 The Raviya Tie Dye Sharkbite Maxi Dress (available here) is perfect for the pool or a night out. The fun, flouncy fabric details make this fabulous maxi so chic and easy.

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015 

This “Just Love” tie dye maxi dress (purchased at Rose’s Department Store) hits at the ankle, making the garment loose and simple. With a crochet bodice and thin straps, this dress is perfect for slipping on after a day at the beach.

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

 The Chelsea & Theodore tie dye maxi skirt (similar dress here) was my first maxi skirt purchase. With a simple white tank and some wedges, this skirt can make anyone look long and lean.

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

This Forcynthia Beachwear tie dye coverup, complete with fun fringe, can make any beach-goer look like a chic style guru.

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

This DIY tie dye headband was made by yours truly. After taking an old tank top and cutting off two strips, I used green food coloring and rubber bands to create a tie dye pattern. Once dry, I sewed the two pieces together to achieve the knot at the top.

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

 It may be my personal preference or it may be a tendency among designers, but most of my tie dye wardrobe consists of blue and cream. With its cool, beachy vibe, I find this color combination of tie dye to be fun yet relaxed. Want to build up your very own tie dye wardrobe? Check out some of my latest finds!

Forever 21 Open Shoulder Tie Dye Dress // $24.90 

©  Forever 21

© Forever 21

Le Salty Label Sun Down Maxi Dress // $108

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© Revolve

Current/Elliott “The Crewneck” Tie Dye Tee // $128

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© Nordstrom

Hinge Tie Dye Scarf // $42

© Nordstrom

© Nordstrom

Monrow Bamboo Tie Dye Sweatpant // $135

© Revolve

© Revolve

Current/Elliott The Knit Romper // $218

© Revolve

© Revolve

It really is to (tie) dye for!

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Graduation Season Style 

If you check out the hashtag #graduationseasonstyle on Instagram, you will find photos of myself and my friends from the multitude of graduation festivities over the past weeks. On Tuesday, I graduated from high school and with that comes much celebration! The best part of all these parties, brunches, dances, etc. was, of course, the several adorable outfits. From jumpsuits to Lilly shifts, I had so much fun choosing different ensembles to wear to each event. Scroll down to see each outfit and the details!

© Mary Kate Donahue , 2015

Dress: Express / Sandals: Isolá / Sunglasses: Michael Kors / Jewlery: Michael Kors, Tory Burch, local boutique

© Mary Kate Donahue , 2015

Dress: Nu New York / Sandals: Jack Rogers /  Jewlery: Michael Kors, Tory Burch, House of Harlow, local boutique

© Mary Kate Donahue , 2015

Jumpsuit: Lilly Pulitzer / Wedges: Dolce Vita / Jewlery: Michael Kors, local boutique

© Mary Kate Donahue , 2015

Dress: Lilly Pulitizer / Sandals: Jack Rogers / Jewelry: Michael Kors, Kate Spade

© Mary Kate Donahue , 2015

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer / Sandals: Jack Rogers / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Jewelry: Michael Kors, Kate Spade, local boutique

© Mary Kate Donahue , 2015

Dress: Taylor / Heels: Steve Madden / Jewelry: Micheal Kors, David Yurman

© Mary Kate Donahue , 2015

 Jumpsuit: Jessica Simpson / Heels: Vince Camuto / Jewelry: Michael Kors

© Mary Kate Donahue , 2015

Top: BP at Nordstrom / Bottom: J. Crew / Sandals: Jack Rogers / Jewelry: Michael Kors

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