Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Long Knit Skirt - Before

I’m a bit challenged by this skirt. It’s long and khaki – two things I don’t regularly do in my wardrobe. I’m willing to work with the length (the slit in the back is just too fun to shorten the skirt and too scandalous to hike it up), but I’ve got to do something about the color.


Scarf, Target. Tee, The Limited. Skirt, Worthington (thrifted and gifted). Belt, Deena & Ozzy. Necklaces, vintage and thrifted. Bracelets, Claire’s and Garden of the Gods gift shop. Shoes, Libby Edelman. Tights, We Love Colors. Bag, Mossimo.

The skirt is 100% cotton knit, so it is 100% dyeable! I’m leaning toward a dip dye (dipping the top end) in a deep color. Tell me what you think in the poll at the bottom.



The skirt should be...
left as is
dyed all one color
dip dyed (for an ombre effect)
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If you’re in favor of dyeing, I’d love to hear your color suggestions in the comments! I’m thinking a dark blue or green.

26 comments:

Mel.J said...

I voted dip dye (assuming it will all be colour changed rather than leaving the bottom khaki?). I like the dark blue idea, fading to lighter blue at the bottom. I think that would look better than either a solid block or a two-tone skirt.

Kathryn from Schoolmarm Style said...

I like the idea of an ombre dye, but I think you should do it with the darkest part on the bottom.

Kasmira said...

Mel.J - I'm not sure if the bottom will remain khaki or not. I've never dip-dyed and I can't really predict how porous this skirt will be. I assumed that the bottom would be khaki, but maybe it wouldn't!

byhillary said...

1.dipdye
2. How do you make your flickr pictures pop up in another window?? that is magix!

Kasmira said...

byhillary - I do my own coding on the pictures. Blogger will not allow me to post my code in this window, but I can send it to you, if you like.

For my lead picture, the code says to display the medium size picture on the blog, but, when clicked, to open a new window (or tab in Firefox) of a specified size (683 x 1024 pixels) and display the large size picture. I adjust the window size of the pop-up based on the size of the picture it displays. (I mostly use small pictures with a medium popup in the body of the post.) It takes some extra time, but I've been doing my picture coding this way since I started, so I'm pretty adept at it now!

Jude said...

Okay, is this the person who put lace on her Marine uniform skirt, wears leopard print with plaid, and rocks a dog portrait skirt? Of course you should dip dye that thing!

Jude said...

Ooh suggestions: Peacock blue or teal, and perhaps you should pick up a skirt with the same or similar fabric at the thrift store and practice on that one first.

Brit said...

As soon as I read the words "dip dye" I pictured a burnt orange. Any way you decide to do it, best of luck! :)

KayeStar said...

dip dye. tealish or maroon or a fuchsia... heck i can see you rocking that in any color!

menopauselsupermodel said...

Dip dye--but considering the original color is khaki--greens may end up more olive colored. The khaki will dull whatever color you dye--not that its a bad thing. I dye thrifted wool for rug hooking so I kinda know what happens)
I would put the darker color on the bottom.

Megan Mae said...

I like the idea of the skirt, but I do agree with the dip dye idea. (My vote is for orange!) I personally would hem it a couple of inches too, but I personally prefer a midi skirt to hit mid-calf not at the top of the ankle.. but I understand that's not always easy with certain types of knit and if you like the length, I know you'll rock it like you have here.

Ahateumezalea said...

Dark, forest green would look lovely...

Satori said...

deep, deep green is my vote!!

Anonymous said...

I really like the khaki as it is. The bone necklaces were the perfect way to incorporate the color... I just see the khaki skirt as a summer piece. I know dying will probably win out and you've given new life to many things with dying... but i can imagine the skirt with whites in spring and summer looking so fresh. Lastly, that belt is spectacular. ~LBF

Kasmira said...

LBF - I do plan to wear the skirt at least once more before dyeing. Since it is a "sweater skirt," I don't think I'd wear it much in the summer, but maybe early spring. I will think about at least one spring outfit with the palette you suggest before the great dye!

Margot Clemmons said...

I think a jewel tone would be adorable. I mean go big or go home, right? Why not neon pink, peacock blue or mustard? I'm sure you'll rock it no matter what color you choose.

Anonymous said...

peacock blue with purple at the top...guess the that's two colors...not sure if that's doable. Then pair it with leopard.

k8irosa said...

My vote is for a royal purple...either dipdyed or all over!

The Tote Trove said...

I voted for the ombre and am glad to see that I'm in good company! I think that's an awesome idea and can't wait to see how it turns out. As for today's styling, it's interesting how the bottom half of your oufit (shoes and skirt) is neutral, then works its way up to colorfulness. The effect is unexpected and fun.

Anonymous said...

I have the same scarf you're wearing in this outfit! It's so cheery!

Isa said...

1) One colour
2) Dark teal maybe?

Mel.J said...

I'll be interested to see how it turns out, when you get to dying it.
I wonder (& I've never dyed anything) if you did a quick dip of the whole piece & then dip-dyed, would you get a light dye at the bottom and then more intense further up wher you dipped it?

Kelby said...

Ombre effect - but a muted ORANGE!!

byhillary said...

Yes please!

gina said...

The suggestion of fuschia or burnt orange are great. Also, this:

http://theclotheshorse.tumblr.com/post/15676201123/carven-pre-fall-2012

Okay, so the sweater is white, not khaki, but that shade of gravelly grey-blue would also look really good with khaki.

Lisa said...

What about dip-dying at a slight diagonal, rather than horizontally? That would make the skirt feel less long and boxy because it would give it more visual movement.