Mrs Mo's Pretty Picks: Hot for Summer 2009: Tie-Dye

In fashion, everything old is new again and it seems like the 80s wave is continuing this summer with the hottest trends including Tie Dye, Ruffles, Colored Jeans and Fringed Bags.

Over the weekend I stopped into my favorite LBI clothing store, Tula the Boutique, to get some of their recommendations. Store manager, Brooke Mesanko, who is also 4-months pregnant was wearing a long Tie-Dye maxi tube dress confirming the trend which also doubled for fun maternity fashion! Along the walls of this very hip boutique were some rocker chic styles and haute separates. What's great about Tula is the fashion for any budget. You can find Hollywood favorite Alice & Olivia and Robert Rodriguez in the same space as more budget-friendly labels like Bobi, Miss Me and Sky.

Sales associate, Dana Muerater, pulled out 2 of their best selling dresses: more Tie-Dye! The first one made me think of Nicole Richie. Long, gray Vintage Havana Tie-Dye dress(above) with rope straps and matching fabric tassel in the back that draped down from the neck-line. Very sexy! The second, shorter dress(right) donned vibrant hues of pink, blue and purple and continued the roping detail on the straps. Two other popular brands, which make great summer pieces, are Sky and MM Couture.

I had no doubt that Mesanko and Muerater would confirm the Tie-Dye trend since I had seen it popping up everywhere from wraps to dresses. Just be careful how you accessorize with Tie-Dye, because usually the print is enough. With the Vintage Havana dress, for example, I would stack some silver bangles or throw on an arm cuff. Stick to ball, stud or small hoop earrings. For additional Tie-Dye styles or dress, the easiest place to find an assortment of brands, prices and colors is to search at

Mrs Mo's Favorites: Christopher Deane (left) and Nicole Miller (right)

Tula the Boutique has 2 NJ locations:
806 N. Bay Avenue
Beach Haven NJ 08008

524 Broad St
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

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