How To Wear Tie-Dye Without Looking Like You're At Woodstock

06/08/2015 11:40 am ET | Updated Jun 08, 2015

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Tie-dye is back and bolder than ever. Good thing, since the colorful print holds a special place in our hearts from childhood. We're pretty sure it was a requirement to tie-dye a T-shirt at least once every summer.

And while the vibrant look was appropriate to wear head-to-toe back then, doing that now will most likely make us look like we're on our way to a Grateful Dead concert.

Not that we've got anything against that, but there's got to be a way to rock tie-dye and stay true to your personal style. In fact, there is -- and we've got a few tips to make it happen.

Check out the ensembles below for some fresh inspiration on how to take tie-dye from retro to modern.

One of the easiest ways to avoid looking too retro is by staying away from multi-colored tie-dyed items. If you stick to one or two hues, your look is a bit more toned down yet still gives off groovy and chic vibes.

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Thanks to the patchwork design on this blazer, it doesn't look like your traditional tie-dyed piece of clothing. A pair of eye-catching heels is also an unexpected way to wear the trend.

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A tie-dyed skirt might not sound too flattering, but get convinced -- especially since this one boasts a subtle peachy hue and a curve-hugging silhouette.

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Elizabeth and James "Sia" cropped top, $43; Raquel Allegra skirt, $245; DYLANLEX necklace, $480; Lucky Brand "Harper" bag, $158; Loeffler Randall "Echo" sandals, $192.

You can really make a simple solid dress pop with a few tie-dyed accessories. This watercolored clutch and espadrille combination packs a punch but doesn't overpower your look.

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You're one and done in this flowy top. You can wear it over a pair of stripped shorts, boyfriend jeans or even use it as a swimsuit coverup.

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