A few of my purchases lately have been replacements for items that have gotten too old to wear. The burgundy Rachel Roy pumps replaced an old favorite burgundy pair that were so worn, they made audible creaking and squeaking noises with each step. The color had been such a footwear favorite of mine, that I had been actively looking for a replacement for years. Even the Club Monaco sweater is replacing an old black sweater that grew faded and misshapen from too many washes.
This blazer is also replacing a favorite of mine that has sadly taken a turn for the worse. For years I wore a Theory black cotton blazer, and it wasn’t until this past fall that I started to notice it looking a little funny. The sad thing about garments that are 100% cotton, especially black garments is…they fade quick. When black fades, it just looks dingy, and my once crisp looking blazer just started looking a little ugly. It sat unworn all fall and winter.
After adding the Aritzia Shrunken Exeter Blazer to my closet and enjoying it’s versatility and fit, the black version seemed a decent replacement for my dingy Theory, and I took the opportunity to pick it up while I was in San Francisco a few weekends ago.
I’m very excited to have another black blazer to play with, mostly because I’ve been dying to have some Saint Laurent Spring 2013 moments. I love the crisp black and white, bows, and blazers.
I still haven’t given up on the Theory blazer though. I’ve toyed with the idea of dying it back to black, but am afraid to take the plunge. The fabric dyes I’ve seen (like the long trusted RIT dyes) require soaking the garment in hot water. Because blazers are so structured, it’s never a good idea to wash them, let alone risk the shrinkage that can occur to cotton in hot water. A true-black blazer is of little use to me if it comes out warped or damaged.
Does anyone who is more knowledgable about fabrics and the dying process have any ideas about what to do with a cotton blazer (polyester lining) in need of a dye job? Can it be done? Is she a lost cause?
Outfit Details – Aritzia blazer :: Ann Taylor blouse :: ASOS bow tie :: Rag & Bone jeans :: Ann Taylor belt :: Christian Louboutin shoes :: Chanel handbag :: Kate Spade watch :: Stella & Dot bracelet (c/o) :: Daisy Knights ring