WIW 05.03 [another duster & separates]

Yesterday I thought I'd try another version of duster+culottes for some unseasonably warm weather. My initial purchasing thought for this semi-sheer navy duster was to wear with jean shorts and a breezy tank in high summer but this turned out pretty fun, too!

This is definitely one of those outfits that is extra tricky to photograph since every piece has both volume and a lot of movement (and me too during photo time, apparently ><). I very much enjoyed all the swooshing around ^^ Maybe not everyone's cuppa with the flats -- it would certainly be more conventionally flattering with a little heel -- but I liked the more relaxed vibe the flats offered.

Unfortunately the navy dye isn't quite set and rubbed off on various things throughout the day. Any tips on how to set it?

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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  • replied 6 years ago

    This outfit is beautiful on you. You’re right that it is not conventionally flattering but all the elements work really well together.

  • Diana replied 6 years ago

    This looks so fun and swooshy and pretty! I bet it was super fun to wear too.

    About the navy dye, are you talking about the duster? sometimes a vinegar soak helps set dyes but I’d honestly be wary of getting it wet and having the navy run onto the white tassels. I can’t think of a method of setting dyes that doesn’t involve getting the item wet, unfortunately.

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  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thank you ladies!

    Diana, yes I meant the duster sorry. Good thinking about the tassels, didn't even occur to me. I wonder if I could wrap them or partially tape them. I don't know that it's super wearable without setting the dye at least a little more so I feel like it's worth trying! Is it really just soaking in vinegar? I'm assuming plain white distilled, and how long would you recommend?

  • Diana replied 6 years ago

    A cup of vinegar in a sink full of water (hot water is better but don’t use it if you’re worried about shrinkage) and soak for a while. It’s possible that what you’re seeing is just excess dye and not unset dye, too, so it might stop by itself after a couple of washes. You might want to toss a color catcher sheet in there too (they’re sold in the laundry aisle of the supermarket and look like dryer sheets but are supposed to catch excess dye in water so it doesn’t bleed onto other colors. I don’t know how well they work for really bad bleeders though).

    ETA: yes just plain white vinegar

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thank you Diana! Will try washing a couple times first and re-check if it's excess or unset dye, then do the soak if it's still bleeding.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Lovely outfit.  I can see that the kimono would also be fun with shorts.  I hope the navy dye problem gets resolved.  I might just wash it a couple of times and put white vinegar in the rinse. I have heard this recommended, but have not tried it.  It is also supposed to keep colors from fading.

  • Bonnie replied 6 years ago

    This outfit is terrific. I love the colors and the pom on the bag is a great touch.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    KILLER Gorgeous. Loving the flats. Making everything look extra current and fresh. Tassels and pom poms FTW.

  • Mirjana replied 6 years ago

    Another GORGEOUS outfit with duster Aida, duster is so beautiful and suits you terrific with culottes. I like with flats surely would be also great with heel but I agree more comfortable with flats.

  • Mainelady replied 6 years ago

    Beautiful, flowing and dramatic.

  • Jessikams replied 6 years ago

    A sheer duster! Genius! How frustrating about the dye though. It’s a pet peeve of mine when dye rubs off from jeans and gets onto my purse. Grrrrr.

  • Style Fan replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeous, flowy outfit Aida.  Your hair is looking beautiful.  I have used the vinegar and water rinse with dark jeans with success.  I used cold water and white distilled vinegar.

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    A gorgeous outfit. Try tasing it with a color catcher sheet. They work very well keeping color from bleeding onto other items.

  • Colette replied 6 years ago

    Very pretty duster! I like the proportions with the pants. What a bummer about the dye rubbing off.

  • Elle replied 6 years ago

    Love the volume on you - so fun- and I think the outfit works well with flats.    I've also used the vinegar method successfully (1 cup to a sink of water).  I usually do it before I try washing an item.  

  • anchie replied 6 years ago

    Extra fun outfit.

  • Lynn replied 6 years ago

    Here are a couple of links with information about setting dye in purchased clothing. I had heard of the vinegar/salt method. 


  • kellygirl replied 6 years ago

    Lovely as ever, Aida! I think this is a gorgeous look on you. I really like the flats with it too. Great to see you!

  • Jaime replied 6 years ago

    No I think the flats are perfect. The whole outfit is gorgeous!

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Love the volume on volume.  I know what you mean about catching it on camera -- I often think the flowy items look better IRL, but you look great even frozen in 2D!

    I second the use of color catchers in the wash. I use these any time I wash a brightly died garment for the first time.  

  • Brooklyn replied 6 years ago

    Super cute. I really like those colours on you. So pretty.

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thanks ladies :D Happy this outfit came across nicely, it was lots of fun to wear. And I VERY much appreciate all the dye setting tips and tricks. Will pick up some color catchers and do a few washes with them first; after reading the comments and those two very helpful links from Lynn my hunch is there's actually excess dye so hopefully a few washes will do the trick.

  • Stagiaire Fash replied 5 years ago

    You’ve probably figured out the dye thing by now, but if not, try a cup of the white vinegar in the wash.

  • jussie replied 5 years ago

    Beautiful!! Looking good. I hadn’t thought of wearing a kimono with cropped pants.

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