6 Scarves 2021: May Additions, #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.
As we saw in the last post, in May, Janice introduced a skirt outfit to each of her capsule wardrobes. For her Navy & Beige wardrobe, she added a somewhat dressy combination of blue short-sleeved T, navy pleated skirt, navy cardigan, navy pumps, and blue heart earrings. Given the lack of pants in most of my capsules so far, I'm expecting to see pants entering the wardrobes in May as well as necklaces (rather than scarves) and warm weather flats (rather than boots).
Let's take a moment to revisit our color palette and our lovely, drowsy mascot.
Now to review our garments. In the Jan-Apr recap, I noted the scarcity of pants (one navy pair) and coral garments (one skirt) as well as the lack of beige and yellow garments entirely.
Did we add any of these items in May? Yes! Our first set of additions include a tank, open weave pullover sweater, and pants (i.e., a complete trio) from three different brands but in a compatible range of colors on what I call the "neon coral watermelon" spectrum, plus a T that has pinkish-coral and blue flowers against a navy background. (A floral print on a navy background is one of my very favorite prints!) So we can check "pants" and "more coral garments" off the list for now.
Coral glaze tank - CJ Banks - 3X - $5.99 - 12/2020
Neon coral/peach marl open weave pullover sweater - Loft - 20/22 - $8.00 - 5/2020
Neon coral watermelon pants - thrifted, Talbots/ThredUp - 24W - $8.75 - 8/2020
Navy/coral/blue floral T - thrifted, Kohls/Goodwill - 3X - $5.99 - 12/2018
This core of yellow items checks off "pants" for a second time as well as "yellow." Once again, we have a full summer trio of garments (tank, 3/4 sleeve cardigan, ankle pants), this time all from CJ Banks in the "chamois dust" color that I purchased over the course of about 6 months. For a second top, I chose this lightweight, light-colored blouse also from my summer CJ Banks purchases.
Light yellow tank - CJ Banks - 3X - $8.32 - 7/2020
Light yellow cardigan - CJ Banks - 2X - $14.83 - 5/2020
Light yellow ankle pants - CJ Banks - 24W - $6.79 - 12/2020
White floral/bird 3/4 sleeve blouse - CJ Banks - 3X - $12.19 - 7/2020
This is my first foray into yellow clothing in quite a long time...probably since the Target mustard cardigan fiasco circa 2018. It brings me a great deal of relief to confirm that no photographic evidence of this misadventure exists. The mustard color--imagine French's mixed equally with Gulden's spicy--gave my pink-ish face a fevered, mottled look. And my choice to wear the cardigan with my burgundy jeans had me feeling like a diseased Goldy Gopher. (I blame Audrey at Putting Me Together for making a mustard cardigan look so cute in outfit after outfit, year after year, even with burgundy; I just somehow forgot I do not look like her at all.)
And now on to the accessories, which I'd identified as needing more solid-colored scarves or necklaces in colors like white and coral (because aqua is very well-represented, no?). I'm also looking for warm weather flats for all the wardrobes.
How did we do here? Well, a bit of a yes but mostly no. Solid scarves? No. Solid necklaces? Sort of, but also not really. White and coral? In the seed bead bracelet form, yes, but otherwise no. Warm weather flats? Yes, a pair of fun leopard print pointy-toed flats. Despite my sense that the wardrobe is well-stocked on aqua, I did add a lightweight aqua butterfly print scarf and my first completely finished seed bead necklace, made from 8 strands of Czech 6/0 seed beads in the "aqua mélange" colorway (that I just finished last weekend). And it makes sense to me that I chose mostly print scarves and multi-colored necklaces because the clothing additions are mostly solid this month.
Blue/peach/brown feathers scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $2.40 - 12/2019
Navy/coral/white/green-teal floral scarf - Loft - $7.44 - 7/2020
Aqua/blue/yellow butterfly scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $5.60 - 12/2019
Gold/bead/pearl layered necklace - Loft - $14.99 - 7/2020
Gold chain drop necklace - thrifted, ThredUp - $1.80 - 12/2019
Aqua mélange seed bead necklace - made by me - 5/2021
Yellow circular stud earrings - Loft - ?
Leopard pointy-toed flats - BP/Nordstrom - $49.95 - 12/2014
Orange/coral, yellow, and cream seed bead stretch bracelets - made by me - summer 2020
I am looking forward to seeing some coral- and yellow-based outfits in this wardrobe. Let's get started with our neon coral watermelon trio, the matching seed bead bracelet set, and a choice of print scarves. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of leopard print clothing, I love a leopard print shoe, and these tan ones are great with the warmer colors we added this month. I do mostly treat leopard print shoes as a neutral, and I'm happy to wear them with just about any print...except maybe for more leopard. (I will never say never, but multiple leopard prints in one outfit is not something I do right now. This is 100% personal choice and no knock to those who rock a bunch of these prints together, like Jill Chivers, who makes animal print seem like her natural state.)
Outfit #3 puts the floral T with the pants in a "wheeeee, it's warm now" kind of outfit. Against such a dense, busy print top, a solid-colored scarf or necklace would stand out nicely, of course, but I think the boldness of this pendant necklace will hold its own.
Our yellow trio is easily accessorized with the yellow studs and the butterfly scarf that has splotches of yellow in it. Yellow + aqua is not the most obvious color combination in the world, at least to me, but it certainly has a cheerful spring vibe.
In Outfit #5, I added the two bead necklaces, either of which would look great with the multi-colored blouse. But it could also be fun to layer them! I tested out putting the colorful two-strand bead and gold/pearl necklace on top of the 8-strand aqua seed bead necklace. While most of the necklace layering examples I've seen separate the necklaces, and that's clearly a winner, I personally also like the somewhat more slapdash ("effortless"?) look achieved by throwing on a few necklaces and allowing them to overlap. (The multi-color bead one already has two strands to mimic two layered necklaces.)
Just a week ago, I put this neon coral watermelon trio into action, and isn't it great how well the sweater and pants work together? I'm amused to note that I used the inspiration scarf for the Olive & Beige Kiwi wardrobe with it. This column of neon is a lot of look, but in some ways I think it suits me better than a column of a dark neutral like navy or black, which is arguably too dark for my light coloring and too neutral for my "colorful" coloring (there has to be a better term for that--high color contrast coloring?).
Without further ado, here are the new rabbits! First, this is Ned the white Netherland Dwarf, a teensy bundle of cuteness weighing in at 1 to 2.5 pounds. (You may remember that the mascot for the Brown & Black wardrobe is the same breed only brown.) So while we did not add any white accessories, we did add a white rabbit to the capsule. And really, nothing accessorizes a stay-at-home outfit like a bunny.
The rabbit for May is this striking dark orange-red rabbit, Theresa the Thrianta! The original Thrianta got its start in Netherlands, where a rabbit fancier bred a number of different rabbits to develop this new breed in honor of the royal House of Orange. The Thrianta (named after the region where it was developed) was almost wiped out during WWII (used as a meat source by a desperate populace), but the few remaining rabbits were bred with German rabbits to develop a new Thrianta, which made its way to the US in the late 1990s.
The Darcy menagerie is developing some nice variety now, with three small, one medium, and one large rabbit with different colors, patterns, and fur types represented. At least four of the bunnies are in the popular "loaf" position, with legs tucked underneath their bodies; I'm not sure about Lia the Lionhead because she has so much fur, I can't tell what her legs are doing!
Would you wear a column of a bright, non-neutral color? How would you accessorize it? Do you have a pet that likes to accessorize your outfits for you?
In my next post, we will look at the May additions for our third wardrobe: #3 Navy & Grey, Lily.
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