6 Scarves 2021: May 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.
As we saw in the last post, in May, Janice introduced a skirt outfit to each of her capsule wardrobes. For her Navy & Grey wardrobe, she added a casual outfit consisting of a white fleece skirt, a lavender tank, a lavender sweatshirt, and silver sandals. For our capsules, I have been expecting pants, necklaces, and warm weather flats.
This is our color palette and our lovely, alert mascot.
Here are our capsule garments through April. Of course, pants are again a weak spot, and some more items that aren't navy or dark blue would be welcome.
Did we get any of this in May? Yes on both counts! A pair of navy/white striped ankle pants will be a terrific addition for the warmer weather and give a versatile alternative to the navy pants already in the wardrobe. We have a vibrant pink 3/4-sleeve T and a lavender short-sleeved T to bring in more color options. And finally, three navy-based but very fun additions: a short-sleeved T in a tropical leaf print, a lightweight long-sleeved blouse with a wonderful bird print, and a snazzy elbow-length jacket that adds a bit of structure and polish to warm weather work outfits.
Navy/olive/beige/burgundy tropical leaf T - CJ Banks - 3X - $21.48 - 7/2020
Navy/red/pink/grey birds blouse - CJ Banks - 3X - $17.82 - 2/2021
Berry pink 3/4 sleeve T - CJ Banks - 3X - $8.10 - 7/2020
Lavender short-sleeved T - Croft & Barrow/Kohls - 3X - $5.00 - 5/2020
Navy/white striped ankle pants - thrifted, Dalia/Goodwill - 22W - $3.74 - 9/2018
Navy short-sleeved jacket - thrifted, Jessica London/ThredUp - 20W - $15.99 - 4/2020
And here are our accessories. As the weather warms up in Minnesota, seeing all these scarves and boots becomes less relatable, though even at the height of summer, part of my brain is warning me that winter is coming. This is a capsule that could definitely use necklaces and warm weather flats!
Fortunately, our May accessories are delivering on that need! We have four new necklaces to work with: a long, chunky chain and bead necklace; a shorter chunky bead/medallion necklace; a long thin chain with white thread tassels, and a short navy and burgundy statement necklace. The pink seed bead necklaces we saw in the Gina wardrobe join us here as well. A pair of medium blue flats will be put through their paces as they are our first pair of warm weather shoes for the capsule. And finally, a silk twilly style scarf in a fun fish print is a nice scarf option for spring and summer in Minnesota.
Silver chain and bright bead necklace - thrifted, ThredUp - $2.34 - 12/2019
Purple bead and gold medallion necklace - Macy's - $8.49 - 12/2014
Gold chain/white fan necklace - gift
Burgundy/navy statement necklace - Kohls - $11.70 - 5/2018
Light pink seed bead bracelets - made by me - summer 2020
Bright pink seed bead bracelets - made by me - summer 2020
Blue/pink/green fish scarf - thrifted, Brooks Brothers/ThredUp - $27.99 - 4/2020
Medium blue flats - Sofft/Nordstrom - $69.90 - 13/2013
First two outfits that use the striped pants and lavender T as the core. Outfit #1 is a nice option for warm weather, finishing the outfit very simply with this long bold vintage necklace (which I'm not quite sure how I managed to get from ThredUp since they almost never have any jewelry options...of course, when they are priced at $2.34 like this necklace was, I guess they don't stay in stock long). Outfit #2 is a little bit dressier version of this outfit, adding a shorter statement necklace and this amazing jacket that takes my summer outfits from "relaxed/casual" to "Zoom call/conference room ready" in one step.
In Outfit #3, the berry pink color in the T is repeated in the bracelet set and the silk scarf. Extra bonus: the blue shoes tie back to the blue water background of the scarf. The scarf + pants combo introduces a very subtle bit of print mixing. Working with a print that reads almost like a solid, as in these pants with the skinny vertical stripes, is an easy way to get started in the print mix game, and the visual separation of the two prints with the body of the T makes it even easier.
Now for some interesting top + pants print mixes, starting with this tropical print T that is dressed up a bit with the tailored jacket and the statement necklace. The blue shoes integrate nicely with the bits of blue in the T.
Finally, Outfit #5 is the most bold of the print mix options here, but I still think it's very easy to wear. This chain/tassel necklace is an interesting one of a style I have not otherwise seen--it's a single chain that can be looped and tied however you want it to be. I have usually worn this one longer, but with this busy print, I would experiment with looping it multiple times to wear closer around the neck. The blue shoes fit less obviously into this outfit than the others, but I think it would still work just fine. At a distance, the striped pants look a bit like a solid-ish blue of a compatible shade, and close up, I wouldn't mind the shoes providing a bit of pop of a different color (and the fish or blue square earrings from the existing capsule could be worn to provide a tie-back for the blue). This said, I do think the Lily capsule would benefit from a neutral pair of flats for warm weather!
These pants are a workhorse in my warm weather wardrobe. They have an overall light value that works well for my coloring and for the summer season while still having a bit of the more serious vibe you get with navy. They are also as easy to pair with other items as a pair of solid pants but more interesting. And in my work office, something that add interest to the look without adding additional warmth is a prize.
Let's review three ways I've worn these pants...and yes, all of them involve print mixing! First, in this July work-from-the-office outfit, I toned down the floral/stripe print mix by throwing a navy utility vest on top. I added color with a lace scarf and purple ballet flats. This gold tassel necklace, that was in heavy rotation for quite a while, adds a bit of shine.
In this July work-from-home look, I like how the various shades of blue all have a soft look taken together--the navy background of the floral shirt has a slightly faded quality, the stripes in the pants fuzz together with any distance into a solid-ish blue, and the chambray ballet flats blend nicely with the pants. I've noticed that in warm weather outfits, when I wear an open top layer that creates vertical lines down the front (and especially when there's a collar involved), I like to add a long necklace that repeats that sense of verticality. I don't do it every time, but I do it a fair bit...and it's not something I've done purposely or even noticed before.
This August work-from-the-office look demonstrates that I don't always choose a long necklace with an open top layer (though I do note that this t-shirt knit cardigan has no collar at all, which gives it a different vibe). I have balanced the relative dressiness of the sleeveless blouse and professional flats with the more casual cardigan, and the messy pearl necklace straddles that divide well for me.
Now to catch up with our new rabbits: here is the April addition, Dawn the Netherland Dwarf! This bunny breed might be feeling familiar by now because we had a white one added for April to the Darcy capsule and the mascot Nelly is a brown one. This gorgeous coloration is called Smoke Pearl. Dawn has the sable gene that causes all yellow to be removed from the hair shaft (so that the body of the fur is light-colored) and darker color to appear on the points (feet, nose, ears, and tail). Isn't a bluish-grey rabbit an apt choice for a Navy & Grey wardrobe?
Our new rabbit for May is Bonnie the Blue Polish! The rabbit is blue due to a dilution of the black pigment to blue (as we saw with Sophia the blue Mini Rex, mascot of capsule #6). You might notice that Bonnie's ears are almost the exact same color as Dawn's ears above. That's because Dawn also has the genes that dilute black pigment to blue, but you can only see it on her "points" because the rest of the body's fur was affected by the sable gene. That's why Smoke Pearls like Dawn are also called Blue Sables--they are blue rabbits (black pigment diluted) that have lightened up body fur due to the sable gene.
It is a pleasure to see Lily and her companions all together. We have three little bunnies here (the Netherland Dwarf, the Mini Rex, and the Polish) plus one medium-sized (Lilac) and one large (English Lop). We have a nice mix of patterns, with two solid, two "broken," and one sable ("pointed" or "shaded").
Do you have a favorite print? Or do you prefer solids? (I'm thinking about for clothing/accessories, but it's an applicable question for rabbits, too!)
In my next post, we will take look at the May additions for our fourth wardrobe: #4 Olive & Beige, Kiwi.
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