When your day job involves tracking trends from inception to inevitable death, you realize that some fashion moments are, well, trickier to pull off than others. Consider cowboy boots, which I still can’t wear without feeling like I’m a character in Westworld. On the other hand, I’ve noticed that I can’t help but smile when I spot anything tie-dye on my Instagram feed. For some reason, the multi-colored pattern reminds me of crafting at my sister’s tenth birthday party…and also makes me think of hippies at Woodstock and stoners lighting up in SoCal. Apologies if you consider any of those boho-chic references to be your ultimate fashion inspiration, but they aren’t exactly my go-to for a sartorial mood board.
I typically stick to pretty simple styles—think classic slip dresses, easy straight-leg jeans and silk tanks—with only a few crazy prints thrown into the mix. But as someone who is always inclined to tackle a challenge, I decided to wear only tie-dye for seven days in a row. If the crafty print was going to show no signs of slowing down, I was going to jump in, dip-dyed headband-first.
My goal? I hoped to come out on the other side as a chic New Yorker with a tendency for bright colors and a newfound appreciation for anything related to the ’70s. Here’s how I fared.