It was acceptable in the eighties, and now tie dyes and gradients are back in fashion big time for summer 2012. An interesting take on the block colours traditionally worn, tie dye involves creating interesting patterns on clothing by only dying certain parts; back in the eighties this involved tying elastic bands round certain bits of material to keep them white. These interesting patterns make tie dye clothes true statement pieces, and perfect for those summer festivals with their relaxed vibe (and the pattern helps disguise any stains!).

With its bright colours and casual clothing, Isabel Marant’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection would make the perfect festival wardrobe, with sweet shorts, cosy jumpers for those chilly evenings and tie dye, at every corner! In bold colours such as burnt orange, red, indigo blue and pink, Marant shows us fashionistas that tie dye isn’t limited to those eighties kids, but is an accessible an easy to wear look for everyone, with items ranging from skinny jeans to waterfall jackets. The celebs are big tie dye fans too, with everyone from rock chick Rihanna to reality TV queen Lauren Conrad rocking the trend. For a girlier take on the grungy trend, stick to pretty colours and softer patterns, or to embrace your inner rock chick a la Rihanna, look out for dark denim jeans with vivid white patterns or brightly coloured tops with unique patterns.

With its hippie feel, anything tie dye makes the perfect outfit for all those summer festivals you’ve got planned, and guarantees you’ll be the apple of every cute guitar player’s eye. If you’re a typical rock chick and are planning on seeing all your favourite rock stars this summer, team a bright red tie dye crop top with skinny jeans, a pair of trend ankle boots like our Taupe Grey Soft Suede Effect Rivet Ankle Boots (a bargain at £24.00), a leather jacket, Ray Bans and a slick of eyeliner for a look that’s too-cool-for-school. If your plan is to dance the night away in all those clubbing tents, look for tie dyed neon body-con skirts for double the style points, and wear tucked into a tight denim shirt with a pair of brightly coloured gladiator sandals, like our Mustard Yellow Stud Embellished Gladiator Sandals - Sale was £19.00 for only £16.99. Or if you’re more into seeing Rihanna, Lana Del Rey and co, try clashing your prints by teaming a pink floral playsuit with a pastel purple waterfall tie dye jacket for a look that’s sugar sweet. Accessory wise, team your cute outfit with our Pink Floral Design Wellington Boots available for £22.99, as knowing our British weather, you’ll need them! And of course, don’t forget the ultimate accessory - your festival wristband!

Revive the hottest fashion of the eighties in style this summer by embracing the tie dye trend, and you’ll be sure to be the coolest girl in the crowd at those summer festivals!

By Meg Dixon - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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