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6 Scarves 2021: Jan-May Recap, #3 Navy & Grey, Lily

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

For a description of my method, see this post.


As a reminder, this is the color palette we are using for the Lily wardrobe.

We'll start our outfit building with May additions. In Outfit #1, May's tropical leaf top and burgundy/navy statement necklace bring the four-season navy pants into the spring/summer season. The medium wash stretchy knit jacket is an easy layer to add for a cooler day or the morning commute to work. The blue leopard oxfords add a hint of print mix to the look.

Jan-May Outfit #1: #3 Navy & Grey, Lily

Outfit #2 uses this tie-dye scarf to bring together a variety of blue and purple colors, starting with the lavender T, navy 3/4 sleeve jacket, and medium blue flats from May. The bracelets are a dealer's choice; I could see sticking with the silver metallic to coordinate with the cool tone of the outfit, but I would be tempted to try all three metals for fun.

Jan-May Outfit #2: #3 Navy & Grey, Lily

The next two outfits are based on the navy/white striped pants from our May additions. In Outfit #3, we apply a lesson from Print Mixing 101: Both the T and the pants are very simple navy/white prints with the ratio of dark to light in the two pieces reversed, making for a very easy pairing. We add some cheerful summer color with a silk twilly scarf and cloisonné earrings sharing a fish motif. I am envisioning the sleeves scrunched up so the pink seed bead necklaces show at the wrist.

Jan-May Outfit #3: #3 Navy & Grey, Lily

Outfit #4 has a strong late spring vibe to me with the pastel pink and periwinkle accent colors. I would style this with the button up tunic worn open as a lightweight jacket over the pink T. The blue crystal earrings and flats tie in with the various shades of blue in the floral scarf. This is an interesting case because the scarf feels very harmonious with the pastel pink and periwinkle even though neither of those colors is actually present in the scarf. My instinct (which I am still learning to overrule) is for colors to match fairly precisely, so it's always good when I can see examples that don't follow that rule. We have a lot more possibility in our closets when we can internalize the idea that colors that relate to each other can still go even when they don't match.

Jan-May Outfit #4: #3 Navy & Grey, Lily

Finally Outfit #5 is an example of how the addition of a single item can bring existing capsule pieces into the warmer seasons of the year. By introducing a pair of flats that can be worn with bare legs, February's floral skirt and March's denim shirt now form the basis of a spring/summer outfit. On a day that leans summer, roll up the shirt sleeves; on a day that leans spring, leave the sleeves long and pop the infinity scarf on top for a bit of extra snuggly feeling and a cute print mix of florals & stripes that is such a classic look.

Jan-May Outfit #5: #3 Navy & Grey, Lily

It's time to review our entire wardrobe to date. First, the garments. I could stand to see more print short-sleeved tops here as well as more items in grey, white, light pink, and/or purple.

Jan-May Garments: #3 Navy & Grey, Lily

Now for the accessories. It's funny what stands out to me month to month. This time I'm noticing how little we have in the way of pink here. The seed bead bracelets were a nice addition in May, but a scarf, necklace, earrings, and/or ballet flats in a lighter pink would be nice for the warm weather.

Jan-May Accessories: #3 Navy & Grey, Lily

We introduced this navy and white plaid knit moto vest way back in January as a layering piece for winter, but it works well in all but the hottest months of the year (i.e., June, July, and August). This April outfit is a good example of how I wear it in spring with an elbow length lightweight sweater (the burgundy peplum sweater from the Gina capsule) and a simple pair of navy pants (from this capsule). Navy and burgundy is not the most stereotypical spring palette in the world, but I find that the amount of white in this plaid vest is enough to lighten the overall look.

April Outfit with Navy Plaid Moto Vest, Navy Pants, & Burgundy/Navy Necklace

That said, I admit that I am particularly fond of wearing this vest in the fall. This October outfit has some good autumnal vibes going while still being comfortable for a workday in which summer has not fully given up its grasp on us. (I do wear this vest with long sleeves most of the time, but when I think to add it to a short-sleeved top, it looks good that way, too, as long as the rest of the outfit doesn't veer too far in the straight-up summer direction. Navy and white is a perfect color combination for summer, but the medium weight of the knit fabric combined with the style doesn't feel or look right with super-summery things.)

October Outfit with Navy Plaid Moto Vest

Here is a cooler October version using a dark green blouse and brown jeans instead of an olive column for the base outfit. This owl scarf works well with all those earthy fall colors and is a lightweight silky fabric that doesn't get too warm.

Another October Outfit with Navy Plaid Moto Vest

To wrap things up, let's take a look at our rabbit capsule so far. Five gorgeous bunnies in a variety of sizes, colors, fur types, patterns, and poses! I'm thinking a solid white rabbit would be a good addition at some point.

Jan-May Rabbits: #3 Navy & Grey, Lily

When putting accent colors in an outfit, do you tend to like to match them exactly? Are you tolerant of the relate and go approach I experimented with in the pink/periwinkle/blue Outfit #4?


In my next capsule post, we will take look at the May additions for our fourth wardrobe: #4 Olive & Beige, Kiwi.


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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