Saturday, July 14, 2012

Wardrobe Overhaul: More Plans

First, I would like to thank you all for following me! I just recently achieved over 200 followers and I'm quite pleased with that. I really hope you do enjoy reading my posts and that you'll contribute through comments occasionally so I can get to know you. Now, I know I made a previous post about what the wardrobe overhaul would entail as far as what I was looking for, but to be honest when I saw this post on Bats and Bunnies I couldn't help but think that it was a brilliant idea. Velvetbats himself borrowed the idea from another blogger Woxje, and I can't thank either of them enough for bringing it to my attention. So, without further ado, my rambling thoughts about what I would like to encourage with my wardrobe.


So far as colors go, here is my current palette. You'll see the traditional black (which will, indeed, make up the most of it) alongside colors such as gray, white, dark red, a mid-tone red, and indigo. Personally, I find the hardest shade to find in Goth clothing to be the indigo color. To remedy this, I am considering buying clothing in white and then dyeing it until I get the shade that I want. Apparently there is a RIT shade which, with a touch more red, will come very close to my vision, so I'll be looking into that and then writing down the exact formula so that I can match the color in all these articles of clothing.


As for patterns, I think I would like to stick with just two for the time being. Perhaps I will add to this overtime, but these are what I know look good on me. The first of them is a vertical stripe, preferably a pinstripe but I like to pretend I'm flexible with this sort of thing. I love the vertical stripe because it's extremely flattering, in my opinion, and very elegant. The second of these is a brocade/damask pattern that I love. I already have it on one of my jacquard jackets and I think it's just stunning. However, unlike in the image given, I prefer for the pattern to be less stark. For example, I would like it to be grey/black or black/black rather than white/black. I find it more pleasing to the eye and less jarring.


Finally, I thought about the details that I find most aesthetically pleasing in my wardrobe. First and foremost would be the traditional bell-shaped skirt (in knee-length or full-length, depending on the occasion.) This silhouette was what first drew me to Lolita fashion, now one of my largest influences. Secondly would be Victorian-esque boots and footwear. While not what I would call practical, they're extremely elegant looking (and besides, I'll always keep some flats around for long-distance walking anyway, haha.) Third is actually a recent discovery of mine, which would be my affinity for some military styled details (especially on jackets.)

Next, I would like to develop a collection of blouses with higher, Victorian-styled collars. To me these epitomize elegance and my love for the Victorian era. Bonus points if there's a brooch at the collar. After that, I have to say I really like the look of a nipped in waist. I would prefer not to be walking around in baggy clothes and, if I have to, will use a belt, corset, or some darts to create the desired effect. Sixth on my list is black opaque tights. While I sometimes like the look of stripes or all sorts of other patterns, I think nothing beats the simple elegance of a black opaque tight. It makes my legs look longer and slimmer and matches pretty much everything. I'll have to buy several pairs.
Now, you might be wondering why there is a little image of a woman's cleavage as the next one. Well, simply put, I really like to display my cleavage when I'm dressed up. So, while this contradicts a previous detail I had mentioned, I really can't forget it. Next, I thought it apt to mention my love for the look of an underbust corset. I've actually been thinking about beginning to tight-lace, which would be fun, and I need some quality corsets for that. Besides, they just look really nice. Lastly, I have a love for black venetian lace which cannot be tamed. The only form of it I have right now are in the form of wrist cuffs, but it seems that it would be even more lovely as a detail on a hat or at the hem of a skirt. My current plan is to buy a few yards of it and begin experimenting on where the details would fit best.


Have those of you who are joining me on the "wardrobe overhaul" journey been thinking about which colors, patterns, and details you enjoy the most?

14 comments:

  1. I was actually inspired by your first wardrobe overhaul post to do it myself (I even wrote a blog post on it) and I really loved your ideas. Even though my style is a bit diffent, I can always count on you for inspiration. Good luck shopping, thrifting and sewing, and I hope to see pictures of your new complete wardrobe soon!

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    1. I'm glad I've inspired you to do so, and I intend on reading your post now that I know of it! Thank you, and good luck to you as well!

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  2. I think the wardrobe you are planning sounds stunning and if I had the money and dedication I'd definately jump on that train! I'm looking forward to reading more about your progress!

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    1. Thank you! I don't exactly have the money for it either but, you know, I do what I can, haha. :) I hope to be able to post more progress soon!

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  3. I have had very good luck with a product called iDye, because I too purchase clothes with the intent to redye them. They have at least three different shades of purple that might work for you. I also found a RIT dye on eBay once called Black Plum - I think it was very old stock, but what a beautiful colour!

    Your new wardrobe sounds just lovely, and I look forward to seeing pieces of it as they arrive in your closet!

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    1. I'll look into iDye, then, thank you for the tip! Also, I hope to be able to show you all more pictures soon!

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    2. Agreeing to this, iDye has a lot of really nice colors. I've had good experiences with both brands, however. Also take note of the fabric type before you dye, or it may not work. I tried to dye a pair of wine pettipants black, and wound up with a (really cool) dark blackish-wine pair of pettipants with black lace--the dye didn't take as well to the material of the actual pants. I should've looked that up first, but the color's cool so I'm not complaining. XD

      I also like stripes a lot but I prefer the thicker black/white ones when done right, and I'm a big fan of black x grey and black x black stripes too.

      I made a hitlist of stores/items I want and I'm working from that. So far, I got my dream salopette (omfg) it's in the mail still. I have a few camis since I layer and wanted to find more colors. I got rid of almost all my skirts since I noticed many of my "goth" clothes were not only old and from when I had poor taste, but so cheaply made and stitched...I want my new wardrobe to be made by people. Basically I've been scouring etsy and taking note of people who do customs for a higher price, use good materials, and have really good reviews. I'm paying more attention to the way stitching looks on images than I have before. I really want a wardrobe that will last.

      Thus far I'm looking for one to three new skirts, two more pettipants in different colors, eventually a black petticoat--I have a white one, my mom and I are working on making the black one--and an underbust corset, I find them to be more flexible since they can go with a number of shirt types, and, for me, they seem more likely to work with my cleavage.

      I'm also on a boot hunt now. Oh jeeze. I want a pair of black docs, since I have a pink pair I wear everywhere that get me through the less harsh parts of winter, rainy days, etc. without fail, but....they're pink, and I can't wear pink with everything. I also used to have a pair of victorian/granny esque mid-calf boots and I'm trying to find another pair however I don't trust online shoe buying since I often get scared that they won't fit, one of my feet fits hardly anything ;-; not to mention I can't tell the quality unless I actually try it on, but no place around here sells them.

      The color palette is a nice idea! Mine would probably be varying shades of purple, black, grey, and white, possibly ivory too since I love it for accents....and the patterns would probably be black x black damasks and big fat black/white vertical stripes.

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  4. If you're going for a lolita influence, indigo is actually common. It's become the classic color of Moi Meme Moitie, and has been used time and again, so if you're interested in that, I hope what I said could help (I'm sorry I'm Jetlagged and I think I may not be making any sense). Oh, and this also talks about that more coherently http://www.fyeahlolita.blogspot.com/2009/09/faux-moitie-mana-inspired-wardrobe.html
    Oh my I'm sounding awful here I should just go sleep. But I need to readjust to seattle time so I have several hours to go. That was irrelevant, but I'm too tired to delete it. I'll just say: Have fun with it all! that's the important part.

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  5. I've just recently been thinking about making my style more feminine. For quite some time I've always chosen to wear things that were easy and comfortable, but lately I've been feeling the need to experiment with my style some more.

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