I've never been a big fan of tie-dye --
At least until this season rolled around.
As you can tell by looking at the lovely Lauren Conrad, today's tie-dyed clothing and accessories are a far cry from the tie-dyed "masterpieces" we used to get using Rit Dye and a bowl of water.
Designers are using tie-dye to create looks that are floaty and ethereal. Or starkly modern. Or classic and well-heeled. Or super trendy.
You could spend $249 at The Trend Boutique to get this Gypsy maxi-dress Lauren's wearing -- or you can spend $39.99 at Target for a similar look.
It's totally up to you.
Want to see some of my favorite tie-dye options up for grabs right now?
Click on through, girls!
This Calypso St. Barth maxi dress (Target, $39.99) was the only dress I picked up from the collection and I have to say, I LOVE IT. It's still available online -- or try it on at your local Target if they still have them in.
Look like a grown-up in this lovely dip-dyed maxi dress (Eddie Bauer, $79), which also comes in purple.
Of course, you don't have to limit tie-dye to clothing. I love these Bacoli Wedges (Free People, $148).
Or you could opt for the knock-off version! These Sacred Heart Espadrilles (Kohls, $39.99) are less than a third of the price of the Free People wedges!
This embroidered tie-dye caftan dress (Victoria's Secret, $69.50 on sale) has a great summer vibe.
This tie-dyed scarf (Urban Outfitters, $32) is an easy and inexpensive way to update your summer wardrobe.
This INC tie-dyed kurta (Macy's, $69.50) has a boho yet feminine vibe.
I'm crazy about this airy Seneca Rising tie-dyed maxi dress (ASOS, $120.02).
These Calypso St. Barth flip-flops (Target, $12.99) are pretty and inexpensive.
Take the tie-dye look to work with this tie-dyed pencil skirt (Anthropologie, $79.95).
Finally, another tie-dyed look for less: This AB Studio Empire Maxi Dress (Kohl's, $36).