Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Forecast suggests some rain might happen today, so guess what came out to play? Yup, it's the Scottvest trench, in all its washed-in-vinegar-solution-for-colorfastness glory. The relaxed fit feels a little casual, but it IS casual Friday.

I debated on whether to wear this top half tucked or loose, but I went with loose in the end. And miracle of miracles, I now fit back into these J. Crew cords, which had taunted me not long ago! Nothing like an impending vacation to inspire some lost poundage, I guess. If you think I ought to go back and tuck the top, please let me know!

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  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    I love the top untucked and wouldn't change anything - I love the combination of crispness and casual in this outfit! And your trench looks fabulous on you!

    So if you wash a saturated coloured garment with vinegar, it holds the colour? What sort of mixture do you use?

  • kellygirl replied 7 years ago

    Love the untucked blouse--it still looks polished when paired with the fab jacket! Gorgeous trench!

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    Shannon, there was a care slip included with the trench that said to use "several ounces" of distilled white vinegar and wash in cold water - I have heard this advice for dark indigo jeans as well. I translated "several ounces" to about 8. I washed by hand in the bathtub and added the vinegar to that. There may have been better instructions online somewhere, but I didn't think to look for that at the time. :)

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    You really are a breath of sunshine, Rae! The trench looks terrific. And yay to the pants fitting again!

  • Jjsloane replied 7 years ago

    Looks great, hoping for lots of rainy days so you can wear this more??

  • Meredith1953 replied 7 years ago

    You look wonderful in that blouse! I love that color on you and it is terrific with the jacket also! The coat is sooooo pretty! Untucked works well for the shirt.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    Thanks for the info Rae - I'm going to do some checking on that.

  • sarah replied 7 years ago

    I love that blouse on you, especially the way you've styled it. And the trench looks great, too!

  • HelloKitty replied 7 years ago

    You always look so great, Rae. I love the colours in this outfit and the cut of the blazer!

  • modgrl replied 7 years ago

    Great outfit! I wouldn't tuck, especially not on a Friday :)

    Love that jacket!! And I love knowing that you can pack a vacations' worth of secret agent gadgets in there!!

  • jayne replied 7 years ago

    Rae, when you dipped it did any color come out then in the water or did it stay clear? I tried with jeans and the water turned blue several times. I just wondered if I was supposed to keep doing it til the water was clear?

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    Hm, no color came off of mine at all. However, since you and Shannon asked, I read a bit and found this link - it sounds like jeans and garments that are *not already* colorfast are expected to bleed a bit while you rinse them. This site also suggests using salt in addition to vinegar. It seems like maybe vinegar alone will only help preserve brightness.

  • Kirti replied 7 years ago

    Wow! That shirt is such a lovely colour on you - so springy and fresh!

  • san replied 7 years ago

    Beautiful!! You look striking in these colors.

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    Wow! You look fab!!

  • ManidipaM replied 7 years ago

    I love how the curve of the shirt hemline and the jacket play with each other! Good you're getting some Scottvest practice in too --- must remember where all those pockets are and what goes in them!

    PS: I also put salt in the water with the vinegar; and for some dyes I use only salt (mostly the reds and purples). There is a chemical logic to this apparently, but my dyeing days are far in the past and I've forgotten the rationale.

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