Monday, October 26, 2009

DIY Dye and a Splurge-Worthy Jacket

Jacket: Old Navy, $70 // Jeans: ZCo, $18 // Scarf: Gift // Boots: gojane.com, $30

Here is the outfit I wore en route to Chicago on Friday. Though it was way more than I would normally spend, I couldn't resist this taupe-colored wool jacket from Old Navy. I adore the big collar, cropped sleeves and waist tie. Sadly, $70 is a splurge for me, but I figure this is a timeless piece. I've barely taken it off since I got it, so I think it was the right decision. If I look disheveled, it's because this was taken at the end of a day of traveling. Lucrecia of Fashion is Poison kindly snapped the shot in the bathroom of our hotel (where the lighting was best).

As for the thigh-high boots, you've actually seen them before. If they don't look familiar, that's because I dyed them black! Though I love grey as a neutral, I specifically wanted tall black boots for fall, and they also had annoying black stripes up the sides that now blend in. It was my first foray into dyeing. Based on the satisfying results of this project, it won't be my last.

Jeans: Guess, TJMaxx, $28 // Bracelet: F21, $9 // Hat: H&M, $15

Today I wore basically the same outfit with the exception of a different shirt underneath, different jeans and the addition of a couple of accessories I picked up in Chicago: a gold stud bracelet and a red bowler hat.

A post about the Chicago trip to come soon!

17 comments:

MAISON CHAPLIN said...

Your scarf is "very Herm├Ęs", j'adore!

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monica burnett said...

that jacket is perfection! chic and adorable at the same time.

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Linda said...

Your boots look great in Black! They look like an expensive suede in the black. Are they suede or ultrasuede?

fookaDESIGNS said...

The boots turned out great! Love the jacket and the hat....great outfits!

Jilliebeanie said...

LOVE everything about this look!

vintagewithatwist said...

great oufit! I love the hat!

Christina said...

I love your blog! The coat was a very worthwhile purchase. You will use it for years. Love the bowler hat. I am really into those now too! Where did you get yours?

Clare said...

This outfit is just wonderful. The jacket is absolutely timeless. And I'm way impressed with the DIY. Glad you had such a blast here in the Windy City!

Amy said...

Beautiful outfit!! I am so glad you got this jacket- very much worth the splurge (and $70 is a splurge to me too). Your scarf is gorgeous and you did an amazing job on those boots. I love the black!

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Orchid Grey said...

I love how the boots look now! great job! can't wait to hear about your trip. I saw that jacket at old navy, it looks great on you!

gina said...

Great outfit. Awesome hat!

D said...

awesome outfit! love that coat and the boots!

Kansas Couture said...

Thanks, everyone!

Linda -

They are faux suede. I agree, the black makes them look more expensive, which they're not of course. :)

piglet said...

Wow I never would have thought it was possible to dye boots! But they look great.
I especially love the second outfit with the hat!

Charmalade said...

I'm usually compulsively cheap when it comes to buying clothes, but I agree, sometimes it pays to splurge.

And lately I've been into bowlers, so I absolutely love the look you're rocking there. :D

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

I LOVE how this looks with that little red hat!! So so so cool! it just makes the outfit pop!

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*stars*in*my*pocket* said...

Please tell me how you dyed them... I have a pair of Grey boots that WOULD be my favorites... if only they were black. :-)