How I Feel About Tie-Dye Shirts (and Why I Bought One)

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I’ve been crushing hard on tie-dye shirts lately.

The other day, I found myself missing this hot pink and highlighter yellow tie-dye shirt I used to have. It was a souvenir t-shirt I got in Chicago on choir tour back in the gap. I loved it so much.

Well, whenever we did our Jump Snap Fitness video, SUDDENLY EVERYBODY WAS INTERESTED IN BORROWING MY BRIGHT-COLORED CLOTHES. MY OUTFITS WERE JUST CONVERSATION TOPICS UNTIL THEY NEEDED 80’S CLOTHES FOR A MUSIC VIDEO. It’s fine. I’m fine.

SIDE NOTE: Did I ever tell you about the time I was one of the “people of Walmart” you see pictures of on social media (please go Google this if not so this story will be that much funnier)? Only, it wasn’t Walmart. It was People of Famous Wok in the Longview Mall Food Court.

 

You see, I have these AWESOME pair of paisley shorts (they may or may not be men’s swim trunks from Goodwill…judge not). JD and I had gone to the mall one day and then a few of us went to his house afterwards. While there, I received a notification on Facebook. Someone had tagged me in a photo.

 

I clicked on it to see who the heck was tagging me in a picture on Facebook and there I was…standing in line at Famous Wok wearing my fashionable paisley shorts (that I still have today if you need to borrow them), white v-neck, and white grandma velcro shoes (call me if you need fashion advice). A STRANGER HAD TAKEN A PICTURE OF ME AND POSTED IT ON FACEBOOK. A mutual friend (of mine and the paparazzi) saw the picture and tagged me in it, bahahaha. The caption read, “the things you see at Longview Mall” and we all died. We were hysterically heated and it was probably one of the best days of my life.

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ANYWAY, you’ll notice nearly every t-shirt and pair of shorts in the music video are M I N E.

When we finished the video, ironically I got all of my clothes back except for my hot pink and highlighter yellow tie-dye shirt. MY MOST TREASURED ITEM.

JD RODGERS STOLE IT AND I AM OBVIOUSLY STILL NOT OVER IT. MY BLOOD PRESSURE IS RISING AS I TYPE THIS. IT’S BOILING AND BUBBLING OVER. HOW DARE HE!

I’m probably about to weird you out to the max…but honestly, what else is new? I was laying in bed a few weeks ago just thinking about that shirt. My heart yearned for it. Like…it does not get better than hot pink and highlighter yellow tie-dye shirts. That is #1 on my list of favorite shirts.

Life is too short to wear normal shirts.

Ever since that night in bed, I have been thinking about hot pink and highlighter yellow tie-dye shirts. Their image is engraved in my mind. I’ve googled them, searched for them on Amazon, looked on Pinterest…the whole shebang.

As I researched and daydreamed, I found myself wondering…

Why are tie-dye shirts fading? Why are we not wearing them every moment of every day? Who’s to say they’re out of style? I’ll tell you who WON’T say that: ME. I WON’T SAY THAT. BECAUSE I DON’T CARE.

I wear white after Labor Day and dresses without leggings on most Sundays in the winter BECAUSE I GET TOO HOT OTHERWISE. I KID YOU NOT. I’m 24 (almost 25!) and FAN MYSELF IN BIG CHURCH EVERY SINGLE SUNDAY. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT CHURCH I GO TO. I AM ALWAYS THE ONLY PERSON THERE WHO IS STANDING OR SITTING WAVING A PROGRAM ACROSS MY FACE BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE SANCTUARY FEELS MORE LIKE A SUNCTUARY TO ME.

I’M CALM.

I’ve been searching for hot pink and highlighter yellow tie-dye shirts just like the one I used to have. Well…when I went to Jefferson on my writing trip, I walked into the General Store when, WHAT TO MY WONDERING EYES SHOULD APPEAR, but hot pink and highlighter yellow tie-dye shirts.

Everyone, meet my new and improved (and JD-removed #ShirtStealer #StillBitter) hot pink and highlighter yellow tie-dye shirt.

She’s bold and loud and happy. She brightens every room she walks into and brings joy to everyone she meets. Onlookers can’t help but smile. When I’m wearing her on my body, I feel like I can conquer anything.

It’s the best investment I have ever made…besides the Friends: The One With All Ten Years (Authorized Collection Edition) book I bought once.

I will wear the cotton out of this shirt.

Watch me.

I’m sure you’re wondering why I wasted an entire blog post on this. And if you are…RUDE! IT’S NOT A WASTE. HERE’S THE LESSON.

WEAR WHATCHA WANT. I don’t care if it’s been out of style since the 70’s or if wearing it may put you at risk of getting featured on People of Famous Wok.

If you like it, flaunt it.

The end.

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