6 Scarves 2021: April Additions, #4 Olive & Beige, Kiwi
For an introduction to the 6 Scarves 2021 project, see this post.
For a description of my method, see this post.
With the arrival of spring, let's get some of the lighter shades from our palette into the wardrobe!
First, a few white/ivory garments. I know that the palette shows a very typical beige color for this section, but I think it easily encompasses a range of colors from off-white through tan. And for any Sally wardrobe, a white T is very useful, so I like to include them everywhere. In addition to the lighter color of these neutral garments compared to the winter neutrals of olive and black, the fabrics are also getting lighter as we turn toward spring.
White crew neck long-sleeved T - Croft & Barrow/Kohls - 3X - $5.00 - 1/2020
Stone utility vest - thrifted, CJ Banks/ThredUp - 2X - $12.99 - 12/2019
Ivory diamond pullover sweater - CJ Banks - 3X - $10.25 - 7/2020
Ivory lace jacket - thrifted, Ruby Rd./ThredUp - 20W - $14.99 - 4/2020
And how about these colorful flower- and grass-colored items for spring? True, not groundbreaking, but classic for the simple reason that florals designs and colors are the epitome of spring. The apple green tank is such an easy match to the floral skirt that I had to include it, even though it's a bit different from the olive color in the palette. That top in the middle did NOT want to lay flat, but hopefully you can get the gist of the peasant-style cut and the tropical bird print. Arguably that one is pushing this collection toward summer already, which is fine by me after a long, cold winter.
Dull watermelon pink blouse - Loft - 22 - $6.98 - 7/2020
Apple green textured tank - thrifted, JNY/Goodwill - 1X - $3.74 - 6/2017
White tropical bird neck-tie blouse - CJ Banks - 3X - $10.00 - 8/2020
Light watermelon pink skirt - thrifted, Lularoe/ThredUp - 2X - $13.00 - 6/2020
Green/pink/white floral skirt - thrifted, Talbots/Goodwill - 20W - $4.49 - 3/2019
The floral theme extends to our three new scarves with blue roses, bright pink cherry blossoms, and a mixture of blue, pink, and white little flowers (I'm not really that good with flower names!). We recognize the trio of stretch bracelets again, plus we are putting more into that "beige" category with the earrings, necklace, boots, and flats. That gold medallion pendant is one of the oldest pieces I have; I don't quite recall its exact origins, but I do remember wearing it in a wizard costume I made when I was about 15 years old, which gives it some sentimental associations.
Salmon-pink/blue floral scarf - Target - $12.00 - 12/2013
Beige/pink/black bird scarf - Kohls - $7.49 - 11/2014
Tan/black/blue/pink floral scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $4.20 - 5/2020
Silver, rose gold, gold stretch bracelets - Amazon - $28.00 - 8/2020
Rose gold leather leaf earrings - Amazon - ? - ?
Gold medallion pendant - positively ancient (high school)
Taupe-brown Chelsea boots - Easy Spirit/Nordstrom - $65.90 - 11/2014
Tan captoe flats - Clarks - $50.00 - 12/2013
It's going to be fun and easy to put outfits together with these items, right? First, with our floral skirt, either of the colorful tops will work very well, and we can pop on the ivory lace jacket for a bit of added coverage without much warmth. And with those shoes, you know my hosiery recommendation is NONE! This is definitely a late-April outfit in Minnesota, but we do have years (this being one of them!) in which spring weather arrives prior to May Day, and it's good to be ready for the warmth.
Outfit #3 is very simple; the neck-tie on the tropical bird peasant-style blouse means that it's easy to skip a necklace/scarf, and the 3/4 sleeves are made showing off a bracelet or several. This outfit has a warm-and-cool color thing going, which might make you crazy. But if it doesn't, a mix of these three metallics might work well.
This might feel like a step back in time, season-wise, but we need to be sure that Kiwi's Sally is also prepared for all those April days in which winter is still holding us in its grip and tights and a warmer top half are so needed. Outfit #3 is well-suited for the early winter-to-spring transition period when you want to feel warm but dress in lighter colors. What do you think of these variations on beige? Personally, I really like it when multiple shades of "beige" are worn together in an outfit. They harmonize very readily, and the result seems a bit more interesting than if they were all the exact same color. With this skirt and boots, oatmeal-colored tights seem a good choice.
Finally, Outfit #6 emphasizes the pink by pairing the lighter watermelon pink skirt with a darker (but I think harmonious) pink scarf. This is the kind of situation in which I like having a plain white T available because it is just such an easy way to keep the value light and the contrast low when highlighting an accent color. (Chambray/light denim would also be a great neutral here, I think, especially with the blue flowers.)
Let's take a closer look at a couple of ways I've worn this bold floral skirt in warm weather. First, an early June outfit drawing white, pink, and green from the skirt's palette. Neither the bright pink scarf (edging more toward magenta than warm watermelon pink) or the light green cardigan (again, a cooler version than the apple of the skirt) are a match to the skirt, but it's close enough for me. Tying the scarf closer to the face/neck rather than wearing it long would also put more distance between it and the skirt, which seems to make it easier for the eye to accept discrepant versions of a color in an outfit.
I really liked how this very simple summer outfit turned out. I've mentioned before that I have a style crush on the matching top and shoe combination, which is put to good use here with versions of bright pink that are quite close to the warm pinks in the skirt. Black is not my best color, and it's not a particularly stereotypical summer choice, but I found the repetition of the black in the cardigan and (especially) the pendant very pleasing.
After the bright colors and black neutral of the March additions, these lively saturated-but-still-light accent colors and the lighter neutrals are really hitting home with me this month. As always with this capsule, it will be interesting to see how these pieces integrate (or don't) with the rest of the wardrobe.
For the seasonal wardrobe matrix, recall that in each season, for each color category, I can mark what has been added each month:
x = solid piece
T = tonal piece (i.e., tonally works with this color though it is a different color)
O = ombré piece
P = print piece (not ombré)
What is your opinion of wearing varied "beige" like colors together? Do you also crave lighter colors as spring approaches?
In my next post, we will look at the April additions for our fifth wardrobe: #5 Brown & Black, Nelly. This is another somewhat challenging color palette that I'm always interested to see put into practice.
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