6 Scarves 2021: Jan-June Recap, #2 Navy & Beige, Darcy
For an introduction to the 6 Scarves 2021 project, see this post.
For a description of my method, see this post.
Today we will take a look at what I think is the most summery color palette of the six. Navy and white is a classic nautical summer combination, beige is a light, natural-feeling neutral that gets a lot of love in the warm weather, and those bright accents give a strong feeling of sky, sea, and sun.
Here's where our wardrobe stands six months into the year.
Time to incorporate June additions into the wider capsule! I always enjoy this phase. In June, many neutral items entered the wardrobe, so it should be very easy to make a lot of new outfits including these pieces. Let's start with the white short-sleeved T and beige short-sleeved cardigan that could work with so many different bottom pieces...including the simple navy skinny pants from way back in January. I kept the accessories neutral but interesting with a bit of floral/animal print mixing. Does this seem too hot for your summers? I hear you. Skinny pants are not the most breezy pants in the world. I wouldn't wear this one to my warm office in the heat of the summer, but on a WFH day with the A/C running, it would be a definite possibility. I also like to keep this kind of outfit in mind for that period when summer is turning to fall and it starts to feel chilly for bare legs.
Outfit #2 does not incorporate any of our June neutrals, but I couldn't resist putting together a bright and cheerful summer outfit using this floral top that works extremely well as a stand-alone piece due to the print and subtly interesting cut. I am proud of myself (haha) that instead of insisting on an exact match of the coral color in the print, I put it with similar but different shades: a watermelon-pink-coral pair of pants and a variety of orange and sandstone bracelets that blend well enough. I love these leopard print shoes in summer; they go very well with warm toned colors but the background beige/tan of the print is not as yellow or orange as many leopard prints are. The faux pearl earrings with gold rabbit ears (featured by Janice at The Vivienne Files and immediately purchased by me) and gold bracelet continue the warm theme. Then I threw on this much cooler-toned scarf on top as an experiment. It totally matches the sky blue in the floral print, so that's not a problem, and I thought it would be a nice way to bring a flattering color to the "portrait area" for a pink-skinned gal like me. This could be worn around the neck as a scarf or tied as a braided necklace, but could also be a shawl.
Outfit #3 is super-fun with some simple print mixing. This navy top from our June additions is another good stand-alone piece because it has the crochet yoke and pleats in the front. It serves as a nice backdrop for this ombré scarf that matches beautifully with several of the colors of the skirt. I cannot overstate how great I think ombré, tie-dye, and watercolor-y print scarves are for blending to a variety of colors and for satisfying a desire for contrast without starkness. (I know I can't be the only one with Cinderella-esque coloring who yearns to dress with the vividness that suits Snow White.)
Outfit #4 starts with another extremely versatile duo from our June additions: the chambray-colored peplum top and chambray blazer. Our inspiration scarf put me in the mood to try the combination with light yellow pants. Yellow earring and gold flats finish off the look. In recent years, I have not found a pair of white pants or jeans that I like on me; the fabric is usually too sheer and/or thin to give the kind of coverage I want. (Where are all the lined white pants? Where are all the thick white jeans? Do they not make them in plus size? But we're the group that probably want thick, opaque pants the most!) But these pale yellow pants give me some of that lightness without the worry that I'm giving people a too-much-information view of my bottom half.
I built Outfit #5 around these navy citrus (lemon) print pants from our June additions. A yellow twin set with gold and yellow accessories seems like an obvious choice, right? I could easily have put the leopard or gold flats with this outfit, but I decided to ground the look a bit with the darker option. After buying this cardigan and being surprised that this shade of yellow actually looked pretty good on me, I wondered on The Vivienne Files about purchasing the tank also. I'm glad Janice (who does not by any means encourage readers to BUY BUY BUY!) said she thought it was a good idea. (And once I had the twin set, I loved it so much I bought the pants too. I am enjoying having this trio of pieces so much.)
My item focus this time is on these citrus crop pants that I purchased in the latter part of last summer. Here is a larger photo so you can get a clearer idea of the colors in the print. Well, that's still not great, but we have a navy background with white and a few different shades of yellow, plus a bit of rusty coral and a hint of light blue.
It's funny...my initial wears of these crops were very much all about the accent color twin set! I was clearly putting my relatively-new top-and-topper combinations from Christopher & Banks through their paces. This first outfit is just a differently accessorized version of the base combination in Outfit #5. I wore the yellow ombré scarf that feels like it was made for this yellow tank-and-cardigan combo and brown flats that I like a lot with these pants, even though they don't contain brown.
In this late September outfit, I picked up on that rusty-coral color in the print with this sandstone coral tank-and-button-up-shirt duo. As I've discussed before, mustard is NOT my color, but I do like having a pair of mustard flats. The necklace is such a great matchy-matchy option with these pants, I can't resist it. (Both items were bought from Christopher & Banks last summer, so it's not a complete mystery why they coordinate so well.)
Finally, this early October outfit uses blue as the accent color and accessorizes simply with gold flats and two double-strand station/illusion necklaces that stand out nicely against the blue backdrop. (They were both from Loft purchased last July; the longer one is all gold beads and the top one has faux pearls. I hadn't bought them with the idea of wearing them together, but I think they make a pretty layered delicate necklace combination.) This "twin set" is a variant on the standard "top with topper that are matching colors" type. The cardigan is a soft blue (C&B called it "blue earth") and the 3/4 sleeve T is a soft indigo (C&B called it "storied indigo"). I actually have a matching short-sleeved T in the blue earth color, but I wanted to try a twin set with similar colors but one darker in value than the other. I liked the effect a lot!
Just as I pulled together a bright pink beauty bundle from the #1 Black & Grey, Gina wardrobe, today I am putting together an aqua blue one from the Darcy wardrobe.
How do Darcy and company look in this beauty bundle? Darcy the Crème d'Argent is wearing statement earrings in scale with her ears. Ned the white Netherland Dwarf is wearing giant shoes. Lia the Lionhead is getting necklace strands caught in her long fur. Renee the red broken Mini Rex has soft fur that doesn't interfere with her many strands of silvery beads. For Ann the French Angora, the silky blue scarf is unnecessary for warmth but is a lovely color with her creamy beige fur. And Theresa the Thrianta is flat-out hiding underneath the aqua infinity scarf with only a peephole to allow her to monitor the humans for signs of silliness.
Do you wear twin sets (or matching top and topper combinations)? Do you like them in the exact same color? One darker than the other? Similar blended but not matching colors?
In my next capsule wardrobe post, we will look at the Jan-June recap for our third wardrobe: #3 Navy & Grey, Lily.
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