Dressed for: Hanging in There

Already Pretty outfit featuring Prairie Underground Long Cloak Hoody, tie dye leggings, Frye Vera Slouch boots, Rebecca Minkoff handbag

Hoody – Prairie Underground (mine is overdyed) – in black
Tee – Alternative Apparel
Leggings – H&M
Boots – Frye Vera Slouch
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Logan (no longer available) – similar
Necklace – Sage K & Co (no longer available) – VERY similar
Earrings – I thought Etsy but can’t find them – similar

Have I mentioned that I’ve been sick for about five weeks now? (Definitely did over on Instagram.) This is from several weeks ago, but I was sick then, too. And when I’m sick and my brain is in a fog, I reach for my favorite cool weather formula: Prairie Underground hoody, leggings, and boots. Comfy and cute. Done and done.

This particular hoody used to be a dusty rose color. It wasn’t my wisest purchase since dusty rose generally makes me look ill – even when I’m not! – so I overdyed it black. As you can see, the zipper didn’t dye, what with being plastic and all. I thought it might annoy me to have a mismatched zipper, but I actually kinda like the effect. Which is fortunate because I’ve got the skills to overdye, but I can’t swap out a zipper. I KNOW MY LIMITS.

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11 Responses to “Dressed for: Hanging in There”

  1. marshacwp

    I would have never guessed the pink zipper wasn’t deliberate. I think it adds interest to an otherwise all-dark look. Hope you’re feeling better!

  2. Carol

    I love how the subtle patterns on the leggings and the shirt save this outfit from being too austere. And how the military details on the boots and bag up the “punk” of a tunic-and-leggings combo that could go way feminine.

    Question about over-dying — do you have to wash the hoodie separately or is it good to go with its new darker color?

    P.S. Get Well Soon!

    • Sally McGraw

      Thank you, lovely Carol! So after you’ve over-dyed a garment, you put it through the washer and dryer which helps the dye set. Then it can be washed with other clothes. I frequently use one of those Tide Color Catcher sheets for the first wash or two, but that’s just a precaution – I’ve never had problems with leakage. I use the iDye family of dyes. Hope that helps!

  3. Lorna Mai Ltd

    Your outfit looks very comfy, I love your boots. Hope you get better soon!

  4. NoDaz

    Swapping out a zipper is really easy if you have a sewing machine. Most of them come with a zipper foot attachment and then it’s just a matter ordering a zipper of the same length and YouTubing a tutorial. A tailor would also do it very cheaply, especially if you brought in the zipper.

    I have a question though. You almost always wear a jacket or a cardigan – don’t you ever get tired of following “the rules?” I have read some of your articles about styling for body proportions and about body acceptance. I don’t understand how you reconcile the former, which sounds a lot like body shame, with the latter. Ideally, if I were a totally mentally healthy person, fashion would just be about dressing for fun, even though it rarely is.

    But, at the same time, I feel guilty advocating that other people to adopt my own body baggage by telling them to, for example, hide your cankles by avoiding strappy heels. Firstly, I recognize that other people’s cankles are none of my business; Secondly, anyone that judges someone by their cankles has issues, none of which are the wearer’s; and thirdly, I would be afraid of ruining someone’s enjoyment of strappy sandals by drawing attention to some nonsense problem. You’ve probably never addressed this issue by saying “cankles” but tactfully talked around “making your legs look more proportionate” or some such phrasing.

    Isn’t that just playing devil’s advocate? Instead of telling the weirdly judgmental to cheer up, get help, and mind their own business in the meantime, you enable the “fashion victim’s” awkwardness by telling them that it’s okay, there’s another way to dress to avoid embarrassing themselves and, that’s okay, too, because it’s themselves saying it even though that fear originated from somebody else.

    I didn’t mean for this to come off as a rant but it is something that I feel strongly about because I feel like beauty ideals ruin fashion for a lot of people.

    • Sally McGraw

      Hi NoDaz! Sounds like you’re fairly new to this community, so you likely haven’t seen this post which addresses questions quite similar to your own in depth: https://alreadypretty.com/2013/08/on-mixed-messages-about-style-and-body-image.html I don’t think it’s as simple as telling judgmental people to back off and people who worry about dressing their figures to wear whatever they want.

      As for my own dressing preferences, a few of things to bear in mind: I live in Minnesota, I run cold, and I love to layer! There are loads of outfits in the archive that don’t involve jackets or cardigans, if you want to poke around. Also I’m not sure which “rules” you think I’m following by wearing outer layers. This is just how I dress for my climate, my body’s needs, and my personal style preferences.

  5. Celynne

    It does look super cute and snuggly, and I agree that the contrasting zipper looks really good. Feel better soon!

  6. Shawna McComber

    This outfit looks great! I hope you are beginning to feel better now! I love over-dyeing things and have to watch myself as I will purchase things from the thrift shop saying to myself, oh I will just dye this. I love it when the dyeing process leaves a contrasting zipper and sometimes that happens with thread.

  7. walkercreative

    Thanks for this post Sal. I have never heard of Prairie Underground before now but I really like the cuts on their clothing! Normally they would be too subdued for my coloring but the fall 2014 has some really brilliant colors. I also like your contrasting zipper. I’d probably chicken out on doing that on a garment at that price point, but its certainly an idea to consider!

  8. livi

    I love this outfit so much! It’s exactly the kind of thing I am drawn to lately.