Wednes-DIY: Making Natural Dyes

I have been wanting to experiment with natural dyes for a while now, and with all the great new fall colors that have been popping up on our website (and featured in our monochromatic trend) I decided that it was time. This is such a fun, environmentally friendly project that takes a little time, but very little cash.

For today’s DIY I’ll tell you about what natural ingredients you can use to make natural dyes, and what shades of color they will yield.

What I got: red cabbage, lemons, oranges, beets, yellow onions, blackberries, blueberries, spinach.

For bluish/purple dyes:



Blackberries and red cabbage can be used to make bluish/purple dyes.  It’s important to remember when working with natural dyes that experimentation is key – depending on the amount of ingredients you use and how long you leave a garment in the dye, the color you get can vary.

For pinkish/red dyes:




Beets and blueberries can make a really lovely dusty rose color.

For copper/orange dyes:



I never realized what a beautiful color yellow onions can have! Their skins can make an alluring mustard yellow, coppery color.

For yellow dyes:




Orange and lemon peels can be used to make a soft pale yellow dye.

For green dyes:



Finally, spinach can be used to make a beautiful shade of green.

Now what?

To make the dye, chop up your ingredients and put them in a pot with twice as much water as ingredients.  Bring the water to a boil and let simmer for an hour.  For deeper colors, you can leave the ingredients in the water (without heat) overnight.

Remove the hard materials from the mixture with a strainer, leaving you with the liquid dye.

Before dyeing, you will also need to create a fixative, which will help your fabric hold the dye.

When working with berries, use a salt fixative – put 1/2 cup of salt in 8 cups of water, put the fabric in and boil for one hour.

When working with vegetables, use a vinegar fixative – mix one part vinegar and four parts water, add your fabric and boil for one hour.

When you remove the fabric, rinse in cold water.

The fabric is now ready to dye! Just drop it in the desired color, let sit until it reaches the shade you want, remove and hang to dry.

I am going to make my dyes and start experimenting this weekend – I’ll share my results next week!

Trend Spotting: Monochromatic Street Style

Monochromatic dressing is one of our favorite fall fashion trends – we love the idea of outfitting from head-to-toe in shades of color that amplify a certain mood or feeling. Jemma and Naomi worked with our senior photographer to capture some monochromatic street style right here at the navy yard! Here’s how we would wear this trend:

In this look: open stitch pullover, fp skinny cords, archduchess platform, tina patched satchel.

shop all seafoam and emerald shades of color.

In this look: long sleeve vintage lace dress, delancy backpack, boots coming soon!

shop all mustard and camel shades of color.



In this look: dancing in the dark lace tunic, super 70s wideleg cord, large amulet necklace, lust cuff.

shop all blush and rust shades of color.


In this look: jenoah floppy brim hat, ripper crossbody, velveteen docs, velvet shorts and polka dot blouse coming soon!


Items coming soon.

shop all shades of color.

Which look is your favorite?

Fall Fashion Trends: Monochromatic Color Palette

After the light and dreamy summer fabrics in pastels and muted shades, the colors of fall always seem so rich and bold. This year is certainly no exception, but we’re taking it a step further: make a fashion statement this fall by stepping out in head-to-toe emerald, mustard, maroon, cerulean, or whatever color you are feeling that day. Wearing one color from head to toe is daring – chances are you will be noticed as you walk down the street, but when it’s done well it’s perfectly chic and fashionable. Break up a monochromatic ensemble with a little dash of black or beige to lessen the dramatic look or go all out and make that fashion statement. Here’s a look at some of our favorite shades of color to wear from head-to-toe this fall!

shop seafoam and emerald shades of color.



shop mustard and camel shades of color.


shop blush and rust shades of color.


shop all shades of color.

Stay tuned for a post showing how we’d wear monochromatic outfits this fall – and tell us, what do you think of this trend? Would you wear it?