6 Scarves 2021: June Additions, #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.
Janice's additions for her navy, grey, and purple wardrobe surprised me a bit: two light purple print tops, light grey draw-waist pants, and grey espadrilles. By Janice standards, two print tops is a lot of prints! And as a person who doesn't wear sandals, I liked seeing an alternative type of warm-weather shoe.
Looking at that wardrobe to date, our mascot Lily the Lilac would blend right into that closet! How does she look with our Navy & Grey wardrobe so far?
Well the purple and grey are much less represented in our capsule than in Janice's! In the Jan-May recap, I noted that we could use more grey, white, and purple garments and print tops. In addition, all these wardrobes can use more short-sleeved tops and a lightweight cardigan or vest as we enter summer.
How do those thoughts align to the June additions? In this first set of solid garments, we are adding a white textured skirt, checking the box for white garments. We also have a lightweight cardigan and a lightweight vest...which are both dark-ish, bright-ish pink open weave items. Well, I guess we are seeing a theme there, if not the greatest possible variety. The navy button up shirt is a needed short-sleeve top, and the chambray sleeveless blouse will be a very useful option for summer.
Navy button up shirt - thrifted, CJ Banks - 3X - $5.59 - 2/2020
Hot pink short-sleeved cardigan - St Johns Bay/JCP - XL - $15.29 - 11/2015
White textured skirt - thrifted, Talbots - 20W - $16.99 - 3/2019
Chambray sleeveless blouse - Liz Claiborne/JCP - 1X - $13.49 - 2/2018
Punch pink open weave cardigan vest - Croft & Barrow/Kohls - XL - $11.04 - 11/2015
In this collection of print additions, we have two print tops: a short-sleeved pink and grey striped T and a 3/4 sleeve blue and white striped top. Our wild card additions include a bold tropical floral print skirt and a navy bird print cardigan. So print tops: yes. White garments: yes (skirt). Short-sleeved tops: yes. Lightweight cardigan or vest: yes (both). But grey and purple garments: no.
White/pink/grey striped T - Croft & Barrow/Kohls - 2X - $9.59 - 6/2018
Navy/red/pink/grey bird cardigan - CJ Banks - 2X - $17.82 - 2/2021
Navy/pink/teal floral skirt - Liz Claiborne/JCP - XXLT - $7.69 - 2/2017
Bright blue/white double striped top - Lands End - 2X - $15.99 - 5/2019
For accessories, all the wardrobes need ballet flats for summer, and I noted a lack of lighter pink accessories in this collection.
First up, a bunch of scarves. For summer. Only one of which has light pink. OK, lest you think I've lost my mind, I do remember that way back in late December, when I was putting together these capsules, thinking that it was a damn shame that none of our color palettes supported the classic navy and green color combination. So I decided to throw some of these scarves into our Lily wardrobe in the summer. Hence this delightful if surprising array of scarves!
Green polka dot scarf with navy trim - thrifted, ThredUp - $4.99 - 5/2020
Light apple green/navy/white/pink floral-dot scarf - Loft - $8.94 - 7/2020
Green/navy paisley silk scarf - thrifted, Goodwill - $15.00 - 12/2014
Green/blue/aqua circle scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $6.99 - 7/2020
Blue/white/pink/purple floral scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $3.59 - 5/2020
Pink/navy/lime/white floral scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $2.99 - 3/2019
OK, now to some more expected accessories, including a bright pink necklace and purple/pink necklace, classic white pearls with crystal beads, silver stud earrings, light blue bracelets, and a pair of blue flats. I'm calling this a yes for ballet flats and a sort-of for light pink accessories.
Pink floral necklace - Target - $13.25 - 9/2014
Violet/pink/gold gem necklace - Loft - $9.94 - 7/2020
White pearl/crystal ball necklace - Kohls - $38.25 - 11/2020
Silver/light blue bead stretch bracelet - CJ Banks - ?
Light blue bead stretch bracelets - made by me - summer 2020
Blue pointy-toed flats - BP/Nordstrom - $49.95 - 12/2014
This is going to be a fun group of items to build outfits from with a lot of blue, pink, and white building blocks. Speaking of these colors, if you missed it, Liz Klebba at Closet Play wrote posts last week about "3 tips to wear pink and blue" and "Style obsession: blue & white" that are definitely worth checking out.
First up, you know I'm going to make a LOT of use of this white skirt. The skirt is fully lined, and I happily wear it in every season, but truly summer is the time for wearing a white skirt on repeat. Let's put it through its paces. In Outfits #1 & #2, the white skirt is paired with the not-quite-nautical bright blue and white striped top and topped with the bright pink vest. Neither the shoes nor bracelets "match" this blue, but I think they blend nicely. Either of these scarves with a blue, white, and pink color scheme would fit right in and create my beloved stripes + floral print mix.
The chambray blouse and white skirt are a terrific neutral backdrop to pretty much any color combination you can think of. In Outfit #3, the pink cardigan gives us a fun texture-mix with the skirt, and the green floral/dot scarf adds another color for interest (while having enough pink and white to tie in with the outfit).
Outfit #4 contains so many classic elements: a button up crew neck cardigan, stud earrings, a strand of pearls. It's almost too classic for my style, but I think with the cardigan worn open with the sleeves scrunched up and this chambray blouse untucked that it will have just enough "relaxed" to feel right while still having a good bit of polish for an in-office work day. Now if we substituted a pair of sneakers for the flats, that would definitely push it to more 50/50 classic and relaxed.
Outfits #5 & #6 are here to fulfill my navy, green, and white summer outfit dreams. Simple, comfortable, with a hint of (dare I say) crisp...and for once I got the pesky detail of matching the silver bracelet and silver buttons right. I'm seeing the scarf wrapped around a ponytail on a hot day.
This is an interesting combination to try because the dark blue shoes are an outlier with an otherwise white-with-pink outfit. My instinct is to throw on a pink or nude-to-me shoe with this outfit (yep, matchy matchy) but I don't dislike the blue as a pop of color.
Time to give this fun and colorful knit skirt some outfit love. Clearly, bright pink is an easy "match to a color in the print" choice, and the statement necklace doubles down on the floral theme. Chambray is such a great summer neutral, and I have found this top to be possibly even more versatile than a white T. (Except I won't wear chambray with denim. No judgment on those who partake, but with the Texas/Canadian tuxedo look I cannot truck. I am willing to go against old style rules like the "no white before Memorial Day" and "blue and green will never be seen" as alluded to in this very post, but I still feel the strong faux pas of blue denim-on-denim that I just can't shake.)
And finally, for the print mix lovers among us, how about this non-traditional take on the stripes-and-floral combination? With this collared shirt, I'm seeing the silky square scarf rolled up and worn as a choker with a jaunty side knot.
I have worn this floral skirt a lot of ways, and yes, especially in the summer. Let's take a look at three of them. In this June outfit, the navy top and nude shoes allow the exuberant skirt and saturated pink scarf to shine.
In this July look, the same navy top is joined by a couple pieces from the Lily capsule: the lightweight pink vest we just added and the navy/burgundy statement necklace from May. I am a bit surprised to see that I went with teal ballet flats (given my reflexive matchy ways), but they coordinate with the skirt and add a second splash of accent color to the outfit.
For variety, let's look at a tropical-in-December outfit grounded in navy and accented with a magenta scarf. Does wearing a bright print on my bottom half draw attention to my magnificent thighs? I mean, I guess it does, but my thighs and I can handle it. After all, being covered in this glorious "on a Caribbean cruise in my mind" print is a big psychological boost.
The Lily menagerie is joined this month by Satie the white Mini Satin! As the name suggests, this rabbit breed has a special satin-y coat with a bright sheen; this is due to unusually narrow hair shafts with air bubbles that catch the light. (Also as the name suggests, the Mini Satin is the little brother of the original Satin rabbit, which we will meet later in the year.) The Mini Satin is a relative newcomer to the fancy rabbit world, first accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 2006. I called her a "white" rabbit, but as you can see, she is what is called a "red-eyed white" (REW) in rabbit parlance...which means that she is fully albino with no color at all. (As with other albino animals, she shows red/pink due to the visibility of underlying blood vessels; her eyes are not actually red.) White with bits of pink seems like a perfect color scheme to coordinate with this month's wardrobe additions.
Satie is a "mini" but is still a bit larger (3 to 4.5 pounds) than three of the other rabbits in the menagerie. With the exception of Lily the Lilac and Lucy the English Lop, this is a petite capsule!
Do you wear pink and blue together? How about blue and white? Do you follow any of Liz's tips? I think that varying the contrast level (not wearing light blue + light pink, aka "gender reveal party") is my dominant approach.
In my next capsule post, we will take look at the June additions for our fourth wardrobe: #4 Olive & Beige, Kiwi.
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