One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2015 was to design my own organic apparel for my capsule wardrobe. So I purchased unbleached organic fabric and got to work. The persimmon organic cotton t-shirt dress was worn the most of the four pieces I designed. Sadly with the changing seasons, I haven’t been wanting to wear it even as a layering piece simply because of the color.
Originally I wanted the color of this dress to be a rich rust orange tone. This was actually my first time dying unbleached fabric even though I have used fiber reactive dyes before. Instead of rust orange, it turned out to be a bright persimmon orange.
The other misfit was the cranberry organic cotton wrap skirt. Although I love this skirt, I was again having an issue with the color. The color cranberry just wasn’t suiting the other items in my wardrobe as much as I had hoped it would have. I hadn’t even originally included this skirt in my capsule wardrobe this season because the color annoyed me that much. In fact, it was literally in the trunk of my car to be donated before I decided to renew both items.
So here are two designs that I spent a long time creating which hadn’t turned out as I hoped, although they were both perfectly okay. When you have a small wardrobe, “okay” doesn’t work seamlessly with everything else in your wardrobe. I had no idea until now that the color was causing such disharmony.
So I took the plunge and put both pieces together in a deep purple dye bath. I wasn’t sure how the colors persimmon and cranberry were going to turn out with a deep purple dye. Since both pieces were possibly going to be donated (one already in a donation bag in my car), I didn’t care enough not to take the risk.
After renewing the organic cotton maxi dress I had previously designed earlier this year and it turning out favorably, I figured there was a good possibility that it could happen again. As I was washing each piece after leaving it in the dye bath overnight, I was beyond ecstatic. My persimmon dress turned into a gorgeous cinnamon color, and my cranberry skirt turned into a stunning raspberry shade which is very similar to the raspberry dress from My Fall/Winter 2013 Capsule Wardrobe that I had loved and completely worn out.
My Fall/Winter 2013 Capsule Wardrobe was filled with beautiful autumn shades which are my absolute favorite colors. That following year both of my capsule wardrobes for 2014 overflowed with neutrals. By Spring/Summer 2015 I had gone color crazy, yet not exactly the best shades for me.
I LOVE high quality pieces in neutral shades to be the work horses of my wardrobe, yet having a few great colorful pieces add extra vibrancy. I will definitely be adding this raspberry organic cotton wrap skirt back into my capsule wardrobe. Rich autumn colors are definitely vital for my wardrobe!
Since I decided to work with one capsule wardrobe for the year, quality fabrics that can worn year round are necessary. The colors that you choose are just as important as you want to feel good in them without feeling that a specific color is suited for only a certain season. Because autumn shades resonate so well with me, these colors work for me all year round.
So in essence I guess this is the first official update of My F/W 2015 & S/S Capsule Wardrobe. I have a feeling there may be more as the months go on.
(Images by Dawn Michelle)