Dressed for: First and Last

Already Pretty outfit featuring white coat, rust skinny pants, black burnout tee, heavy chain necklace, black pumps

Coat, Opitzsimilarmore cargo coats
Tee, Gap
Skinny pants – courtesy Karen Kane – same style in cobalt
Pumps, Etienne Aigner via Ideeli – similar
Necklace, Sash – similar look
Earrings, Urban Outfitters (no longer available) – similar

I bought this coat thingy for around $8 during Audi’s recent visit, and we both agreed that it was too fun and funky to pass up. However, I feel like as a bright white cargo coat it has limited application. So I plan to overdye it. Problem is it has absolutely no indication of fiber content so I’m going to have to guess. Feels like a poly blend to me. Hope I’m right, or this could be the garment’s first and last wearing!

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  • Hope the overdyeing works out, it’ll make a great piece if it does!

  • Would it be mad of me to say “Don’t dye it!!” I had a white parka that I wore for years with red leather gloves. The beauty of white is that you can always bleach it. Eventually I washed the coat with those red gloves in the pocket and that was the end of it, but I’m sure YOU would never do that. It looks so great with your dark hair and pale skin and those red trou. My 64 cents.

  • Young Jedi

    If there’s any loose threads hanging off, try burning one – you can get an idea from the results eg http://quilting.about.com/od/fabricembellishment/a/burn_test.htm

  • Good luck! It really is a cute funky jacket with potential!

  • Kookoo

    Ombre it… With oxblood. Yummy

  • Best of luck, sometimes we just have to wing it and hope for the best… With an $8 price you can comfortably take the risk. Please post a result.

  • if the thread is made from a different fiber, you may end up with an overdyed coat with white contrast stitching, however! I think the white coat is fun – but still, for $8, you can afford to goof around =)

  • Lana

    I LOVE your freckles, Sal!!

  • Lana

    Oh no! Wrong post! I like your pants in this one 🙂

  • Love the fall-colored pants!

  • Anne

    Ooh, cool coat. I’d be aiming for a slightly muted turquoise, personally.
    Have you considered fabric paint? More reliable if you aren’t sure of the fabric content, and some of them are quite good, soft hand, etc. Here is a link that might help: http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/383824-AA.shtml?lnav=techniques.html

    And a possible product to use: http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/1930-AA.shtml?lnav=dyes.html

    (am in no way affiliated with dharma, i just used to use their stuff when i was in grad school for textile design)

    Good luck!

  • Dee

    I have had at least one white light weight jacket and found it was pretty usless becasue by the time I felt comfortable wearing a summery looking white jacket it was usually too hot to wear! It was a poly fabric that didnt breath – I gave to charity. I still have white denim jean jackets, they dont get much wear either but I take them in the summer months into air condtioned movie theaters, or it I go on a boat! I think if you dye your jacket you will get more use out of it. (oh, and another problem with white jackets is they can look like Lab jackets and you feel like you are a Doctor in work in a lab! )

  • I also say leave it as-is! I LOVE how it looks with the pumpkin shade, think it would be smashing with an all-black outfit, and gosh it would showcase a scarf nicely and I’d love it with a dress the same length and tall boots! At that weight you can easily belt it too! Pretend it’s gray and use it like that. I dyed a white dress this summer because I felt white was too easy to stain/too memorable and it became a boring dress I never want to wear any more.