Wardrobe editing with dye and a new eye

Happy Tuesday, ladies!  The fun continues today as we discuss wardrobe editing with dye and a new eye!

Recently, I shared with you about the advice online stylist Annie Castano gave me to use dye on garments I like but are wrong for my new Vibrant autumn colors. 

The first post on the dye is here.

That was where I took a JJill linen cardigan from soft pink to warm rosewood red.

Wardrobe editing with dye and a new eye

Right before I met Annie and she showed me that I was not a WINTER but an AUTUMN, I had purchased this linen cardigan and lobster print shell at Talbot’s.

You can see here that I tried it on when my hair still had blonde highlights and my eyewear frames were still black. (Annie changed all that!)

I really thought the original outfit was a fun summer look, but Annie shared with me that I should no longer wear white/white. My best colors are warmer.

So, when she taught me how easy the DYLON Dyes are….I immediately was convinced to make this look into multiple looks. 


Wardrobe editing with dye and a new eye


This first look shows the cardigan I dyed to be rosewood red which matches the lobsters perfectly!

I am wearing it here with white pants, but they are away from my face with the color near my face.  These pants have been in my wardrobe for years and are from Soft Surroundings.

You can see the detail at the bottom is perfectly bohemian/romantic.   I have taken my new editing eye into the closet watching the details that work and do not work. 

Wardrobe editing with dye and a new eye

This gold bracelet with the crab is another older piece that I do not wear often.  But, I think it was meant to go with this outfit!.

Such fun…remember gold and bronze jewelry are not my accessories of choice with the new palette.


Wardrobe editing with dye and a new eye

The original white Talbot’s cardigan is now Sandy Beach (Dylon color) and I will be able to wear it well into fall!

They do have this cardigan available in a similar color (Rich Flax)…but it was a lot cheaper to dye it over purchasing another one.

Annie has also taught me to look at pattern mixing closely as key to bohemian style.  So, I was bold with this Chico’s tank and a Johnny Was scarf I was gifted months ago.  

When I dyed this cardigan, I also tossed in a white Eileen Fisher tunic, and a Macy’s INC top.  You will see them soon, and doing three garments worked well.

Remember, it has to be the POD and you need to have a front loading washer.  I have experienced NO problems so far. 

With the dye, I was able to keep three garments I really like, and expand their impact with multiple outfits that will cross seasons. 

You will find some great linen cardigans and dusters still on the market with many on sale…check out JJILL’S SALE, and here is a slide show:

Taking control of my wardrobe again has been fun…and using the dye to expand it? Well, even more fun! I have a pod of Espresso Brown waiting to be used.  

If you have done this, please share your experience and make sure you always…..


By Pamela Lutrell

Photography by Leigh Ann Cecil



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