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6 Scarves 2021: April Additions, #5 Brown & Black, Nelly

For an introduction to the 6 Scarves 2021 project, see this post.

For a description of my method, see this post.


April is a nice time to start adding some lighter colors for spring, but that's not exactly what happened with the Nelly wardrobe this month.

Instead it's all the teal--light, medium, and dark versions! And since teal is one of my favorite colors to wear, that suits me just fine. Does the teal color name throw you off a bit the way it does me? I get the origin of the name "teal" (from the greenish feathers behind the eye of the duck), but it seems to be used for any color between green and blue (or sometimes up to the point where you reach peacock blue or petrol blue). I distinguish nine different kinds of teal in my wardrobe, four of which are represented below. Plus I threw in the mint green shirt because this shade of mint feels like a very whited-out or pastelized teal to me.

April Garments: #5 Brown & Black, Nelly

Teal/green/black geometric skirt - thrifted, Lularoe/ThredUp - 3X - $16.95 - 8/2020

Green-teal plaid ankle pants - thrifted, Old Navy/ThredUp - 24 - $14.76 - 8/2020

Dark teal long-sleeved T - Croft & Barrow/Kohls - $5.00 - 5/2020

Dusky teal marl toggle side top - CJ Banks - 2X - $16.98 - 6/2020

Mint green hummingbird shirt - CJ Banks - 3X - $11.95 - 7/2020


Two very different teal scarves are added this month, as well as a sparkly necklace, lovely faux-pearl drop earrings, our familiar bracelet trio, and a pair of ankle boots.

April Accessories: #5 Brown & Black, Nelly

Light teal ombré scarf - thrifted, CJ Banks/ThredUp - $9.99 - 5/2020

Teal paisley scarf - Target - $12.00 - 12/2013

Black sparkly necklace - Simply Vera/Kohls - $10.56 - 8/2014

Gold pearl drop earrings - Loft - ? - ?

Silver, rose gold, gold stretch bracelets - Amazon - $28.00 - 8/2020

Black ankle boots - Sam Edelman/Nordstrom - $69.90 - 11/2014


No surprise, we have teal outfits in store for us this month, all of which feel right for this period where the weather is transitioning toward spring but hasn't yet arrived. First, Outfit #1 is a very low-key print mix of the dramatic swirly skirt and the shirt with tiny little embroidered black hummingbirds. I like the way this necklace adds a bit of pretty shiny at the neckline in an understated way when worn inside the opening of the collar. I would wear black tights with this, but I am intrigued at the idea of teal tights (a color I've not come across in plus-size tights but which probably do exist somewhere).

April Outfit #1: #5 Brown & Black, Nelly

These outfits utilize the superb transition season combination of ankle pants and ankle boots. If it's on the cooler side, wear tall socks; if it's warmer, wear footie socks and let a sliver of bare ankle make its way into the light of day. Outfit #2 includes a top and scarf somewhere in the greener end of the teal spectrum, while Outfit #3 moves about as close to the blue end as you get before hitting color names with "blue" in them. In Outfit #2, am I enjoying the gold bracelets, gold toggles on the top, and yellow in the plaid pants together? In Outfit #3, am I pleased that the yellow and black in the plaid pants is repeated in the yellow and black in the paisley scarf? Yes I am. The plaid in these pants (which includes a green teal through to an actual blue) is rather astonishingly compatible with a wide variety of teal colors, which is a very useful quality in a wardrobe like mine with such a range of colors in this category.

April Outfit #2: #5 Brown & Black, Nelly
April Outfit #3: #5 Brown & Black, Nelly

Because I bought both the pants and skirt at the end of August last year, I haven't had the chance to wear them for spring or summer yet, but I do have a couple of winter looks to share. Surprisingly (to me), in both of them I emphasized the green colors in the skirt rather than the teal. In this January outfit, I winterized the hummingbird shirt and geometric skirt combination with a warm hunter green cardigan.

January Outfit with Teal Geometric Skirt and Mint Green Shirt

The following month, I did a different kind of print mix with this skirt, bringing in white rabbits with the scarf and a grey leopard print with the shoes. (The blouse is a very dark, somewhat greyed green.) Looking at these outfits reminds me that one nice thing about working from home all winter was not having to do the commute in snow boots. It's also been nice to just put my hair in braids when it was recalcitrant (which was often as you may have gathered by now!).

February Outfit with Teal Geometric Skirt

I love seeing all this teal in the wardrobe, but we haven't quite transitioned this one fully to spring yet. But it's not unrealistic for Minnesota. I'm eager to see what May has in store.


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)


Do you have an accent color (i.e., not neutral) that you are comfortable/happy with wearing head to toe? Teal is probably that color for me.


In my next post, we will look at the last of our April additions: the #6 Grey & Navy, Sophia wardrobe.


I link up with:

Shelbee at Shelbee on the Edge (2nd Monday; 3rd Thursday)

Mica at Away from the Blue (Mondays)

Debbie at My Random Musings (Mondays)

Leelo at Beauty by Miss L (Mondays)

Roxanne at Glass of Glam (Mondays)

Laura at I Do deClaire (Tuesdays)

Emma at Style Splash (Tuesdays)

Jess at Elegantly Dressed & Stylish (Tuesdays)

Gail at Is This Mutton? (Wednesdays)

Shelly at The Queen in Between (Wednesdays)

Jodie at Jodie's Touch of Style (Thursdays)

Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom (Thursdays)

Ada at Elegance and Mommyhood (Thursdays)

Jacqui at Mummabstylish (Thursdays)

Suzy at The Grey Brunette (Fridays)

Nancy at Nancy's Fashion Style (Fridays)

Michelle at My Bijou Life (Fridays)

Erika at A Little Bit of Everything (Fridays)

Rena at Fine Whatever (Saturdays)

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