6 Scarves 2021: June Additions, #6 Grey & Navy, Sophia
For an introduction to the 6 Scarves 2021 project, see this post.
For a description of my method, see this post.
In Janice's Grey & Denim wardrobe, coral and white knit tanks, a coral/navy print skirt, and coral sandals entered the capsule in June. Unlike with our previous (Nelly) wardrobe, where Janice's additions to her capsule were in no way represented in my own closet, I own similar pieces to all these June additions (if you substitute orange ballet flats for the sandals). So it's just highly improbable that I will add corresponding items to the Sophia wardrobe rather than flat-out impossible.
Again, here is our soft color palette and soft little rabbit for this wardrobe.
Here is the wardrobe through May. For June, I was thinking of short-sleeved tops and a lightweight cardigan or vest for all the capsules. I noted that this specific wardrobe would benefit from more garments in the colors of aloe vera, white, and chambray/denim. Naturally, I had a white short-sleeved T in mind.
Well, this first set of solid additions gives us a great start on a couple of those colors! We have an aloe vera T and crops for a column of color. Denim appears in the form of this denim once-a-shirt, then-a-jacket, now-a-thing-that-is-too-tight-at-the-elbows-because-Target-brand that I removed from my closet this summer. (With 23 wears and a cost-per-wear of $0.13, I definitely got my value from this thrift store find! Plus I have moved it to my crafting stash because I absolutely want to upcycle the fabric and those lovely pearly snaps into something marvelous.) We also get a couple bonus pieces here: navy capris with a slim profile and a soft indigo linen open weave pullover sweater.
Navy polished capris - Croft & Barrow/Kohls - 20W - $19.99 - 5/2018
Soft indigo linen pullover sweater - Coldwater Creek - 2X - $10.97 - 7/2020
Denim 3/4 sleeve shirt-jacket - thrifted, Target/Goodwill - 20W - $2.99 - 12/2014
Aloe vera crops - CJ Banks - 24W - $13.91 - 7/2020
Aloe vera short-sleeved T - CJ Banks - 3X - $8.32 - 7/2020
With this mostly-print set of additions, we have nailed "short-sleeved tops" and "lightweight topper." A floral print on a navy background is an irresistible lure, and the knot on the side gives it a flattering silhouette. The blouse with a tropical bird print was a must-have. The frond print blouse is a surprising item: another Shein polyester item but the fabric on this one is fine (it's a slightly crinkly crepe) and I really like the way the blouse is cut higher in the front than the back, so that it wears nicely with a skirt like it's a half-tucked blouse without the need to actually fiddle around with the tucking. I told the tale of this wonderful striped jacket in a previous post. The green cardigan is a bit of an odd man out in my closet because the shade of green is just different enough from everything else that it doesn't have a related top to form a twin set, but it works well with a variety of prints and non-green colors.
Navy floral knot top - Croft & Barrow/Kohls - 2X - $17.33 - 8/2019
Navy/green/blush frond blouse - Shein - 4XL - $5.14 - 7/2020
Navy/sandstone coral/mint birds tank - CJ Banks - 2X - $20.09 - 6/2020
Blue/pink/green striped jacket - thrifted, Alfred Dunner/ThredUp - 22W - $13.39 - 4/2020
Garden green marl 3/4 sleeve cardigan - Coldwater Creek - 2X - $14.97 - 7/2020
Our accessories are in a pretty good place for the start of summer, but of course another pair of warm-weather flats would be welcome, and the aloe vera green color is missing so far.
These ballet flats are a real pleasure to see entering the wardrobe this month, given the aloe vera garments we have added. The two beaded bracelets and the drop earrings will go nicely with our aloe vera column as well. The Italian-made silk scarf with hand-stitched hems is a wonderful piece to have picked up secondhand for under $12. We will further develop our necklace collection with a blue cat-eye pendant with a casual vibe, a sparkly crystal necklace, and a hammered silver-tone necklace.
Light mint/soft indigo snakeskin silk scarf - thrifted, Pinto/ThredUp - $11.62 - 8/2020
Silver/pale blue cat-eye pendant necklace - CJ Banks - $4.89 - 6/2020
Gold/crystal stone necklace - Loft - $31.20 - 10/2016
Hammered silver necklace - Jones New York - $28.80 - 11/2013
Olive leopard ballet flats - Halogen/Nordstrom Rack - $29.97 - 5/2015
Aloe vera/periwinkle and olive/black stretch bracelets - CJ Banks - ?
Aloe vera drop earrings - CJ Banks - ?
I am quite partial to this wardrobe that has the most Sally-compatible color palette of the six. (Janice's Mountain View capsule with a similar palette is by far my favorite of her six.) So I'm always excited to build outfits with the new additions. Let's start with the navy capri pants that were sold with the name "polished capris," which I find a fitting description because they are made from smooth woven fabric (with a bit of stretch for comfort) and have a sleek and slim profile that is worlds away from the often-frumpy-and/or-sloppy baggy style of knit sweatpant-style capris. Outfit #1 pairs the capris with the blue sweater for a low-contrast column beneath the saturated pastel jacket.
I unexpectedly really like Outfit #2. The greens in the blouse, cardigan, earrings, and ballet flats do not match, but they blend together beautifully. I also like the variety of textures in the outfit: crepe blouse, smooth pants, marl knit cardigan, calf hair leopard print shoes, hammered silver necklace, and faceted earrings.
Outfit #3 is a little bit adventurous with a trio of prints (1 "zoological" and 2 "animal" prints) grounded by the navy capris and denim shirt-jacket.
Moving to the aloe vera crops, obviously we need to make a simple column of color with the matching T. I say matching because both garments are the aloe vera color from the CJ Banks summer 2020 collection, and they certainly look terrific together, but the T is in fact a slightly darker shade than the pants. I'm not sure if that was intentional on their part or just a consequence of how different fabrics took the same dye. Either way, I think the result looks even better than if the two garments were absolutely identical in color. This is a lovely outfit that is more subtle than my usual style but that I can readily imagine wearing. With my whole closet at my disposal, however, I would probably be looking for a scarf to wear as a hairband for extra color. (With the accessories in this capsule to date, I would select the cream silky twilly scarf with bright polka dots for this purpose.)
Finally, in Outfit #5 the aloe vera crop pants play a supporting role for the vivid colors of the floral print top and "jewel" necklace.
Let's keep this aloe vera party going with a look at a few 2020 WFH outfits of the day featuring these crop pants. In this August outfit, I demonstrate that I am very willing to use this aloe vera color interchangeably with olive. Even though the aloe is a cooler green and olive is a warmer green, they work well together to my eye. Obviously I could have worn the aloe vera short-sleeved T we just added to the Sophia capsule, but I opted for an olive tank to layer easily beneath this shirt-worn-as-jacket that would readily fit right into the Sophia wardrobe with that color palette. The olive flats are a little dressier/more classic style than the rest of the outfit, but I liked the idea of repeating the cream/ivory color from the necklace, so I went with it.
In this early October outfit, I went full-on femme, didn't I? "Jewel" necklace, blouse with gathering at the bust line, and sweet pink bow flats. The shirt-worn-as-jacket is a fairly typical button-up cut but with 3/4 sleeves and a girly ditsy floral print. All of this in contrast to the crop pants that have a rugged/relaxed vibe.
The print mix in this mid-October outfit pleases me quite a lot, and I like how the just-a-bit-fancier-than-a-basic-white-T top looks with the white polka dots. As you know, I'm willing to mix up my metallics, but sometimes I do like the classic polish of gold-and-gold.
Today's rabbit is Hannah the Havana! If the Havana breed sounds familiar, we introduced Vanna the black Havana to the Kiwi menagerie this month. Confession time: I can't tell whether Hannah is a blue rabbit (the dilute version of black) or a lilac rabbit (the dilute version of chocolate). But her fur is a lovely dark grey color that will fit quite nicely with our color palette. (She looks skeptical of this statement, doesn't she?)
Hannah's own doubts aside, I am confident that she is a wonderful addition to the Sophia menagerie. At 4.5 to 6.5 pounds, she's about in the middle of the range of rabbits sizes represented here. Seeing her coat color in the context of these other rabbits is interesting; she is not as deep a blue-grey color as Sophia the blue Mini Rex (the extremely soft rabbit at center-left), but I still think that she's a bit dark to be a lilac. Either way, she has found a home in this rabbit collection.
Do you have any capri or cropped pants in your wardrobe? Are you more of a shorts wearer? Or do you stick with long pants and/or dresses in the summer?
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