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6 Scarves 2021: September 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.

Today our wardrobe based on this highly summery color palette gets a pair of jeans and some light yet saturated accent color pieces added to the mix.

Actually, this wardrobe is getting two kinds of jeans: a pair of denim capris to finish out the summer and a pair of dark wash trouser jeans for the fall. The sky blue cardigan is a beautiful mid-weight sweater that works well across a range of temperatures.

September Pants & Cardigan: #2 Navy & Beige, Darcy

Dark wash trouser jeans - thrifted, Lane Bryant/Goodwill - 22 - $7.49 - 10/2018

Sky blue cardigan - Lands End - 2X - $27.98 - 2/2020

Denim capris - Gloria Vanderbilt/Kohls - 20W - $29.99 - 5/2018

We have three styles of top to add this month. The sky blue tank with the Mad Hatter's hat image has been a summer favorite of mine for 5 years now. I almost allocated the navy floral/bird print blouse (yes, yet another navy-based print for this wardrobe!) to our soft-colored #6 Grey & Navy, Sophia capsule instead, but I wanted to investigate the possibilities of pairing it with the sky blue cardigan. The floral print button up shirt was a great deal from Lands End: a no-iron shirt in an interesting background-check-with-large-florals print mix for under $12.50. I thought it would be fun for layering both under and over other things.

September Tops: #2 Navy & Beige, Darcy

Light blue/coral floral button up shirt - Lands End - 20W - $12.48 - 2/2020

Navy floral/bird 3/4 sleeve blouse - CJ Banks - 2X - $20.55 - 6/2020

Sky blue Hatter tank - Disney Alice/Kohls - XL - $24.00 - 5/2016

A colorful month for accessories in the Darcy wardrobe! Both coral and sky blue are well-represented with the striped scarf encompassing both colors. As usual, we see a mix of silver and gold tone metallic items because I am simply incapable of committing to only one. The multi-strand seed bead necklace and the two stacks of seed bead bracelets are DIY projects.

September Accessories: #2 Navy & Beige, Darcy

Coral lace infinity scarf - Walmart - $4.13 - 6/2016

Light blue/coral/black/aqua striped scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $1.50 - 12/2019

Sky blue seed bead/silver multi-strand necklace - made by me - summer 2021

Gold stud earrings - gift

Lion charm necklace - thrifted, Goodwill - $10.00 - 12/2013

Gold bar and chain necklace set - Elizabeth & James/Kohls - $11.22 - 11/2020

Seed pearl necklace - made by RB

Navy/silver bead bracelet - CJ Banks - ?

Orange ballet flats - Payless - $10.00 - 6/2015

Coral swag necklace - Croft & Barrow/Kohls - $9.02 - 6/2014

Navy seed bead bracelets - made by me - summer 2021

Baby blue seed bead bracelets - made by me - summer 2020

We have a tight color palette in this month's additions, so it should be easy to mix and match our items in multiple outfits. Let's start with the denim capris as we wrap up the summer season. In Outfit #1, the Hatter tank and cardigan create a modern "twin set" that surprised the heck out of me when I realized how well the colors worked together (well enough that when I entered the new cardigan to my inventory spreadsheet, I gave it the "sky blue" color name I had used with the tank). I'm envisioning the sleeves of the cardigan pushed or rolled up to the elbow. The lightweight scarf blends well with the sky blue, and the black stripe picks up the hat image from the tank. The orange flats echo another stripe in the scarf (not an exact match, but it will look fine when it's worn and the two pieces are separated in space more). With the medium blue stripe in the scarf and the blue denim capris, I gave the navy seed bead bracelets a try here for a coordinating but not matching look.

September Outfit #1: #2 Navy & Beige, Darcy

Outfit #2 uses the same two base pieces and shoes but adds the button up shirt (sleeves rolled up) as a lightweight jacket. I definitely noticed and liked the way both pieces have black in them, which makes the look more integrated. The coral lace infinity scarf gives us a third dose of orange/coral in the outfit. The yellow flowers on the shirt put me in the mode for gold metallic jewelry, so I picked the gold stud earrings (my one pair of real gold earrings, which I've had for over 25 years!).

September Outfit #2: #2 Navy & Beige, Darcy

In Outfit #3, we see what happens when we put the navy blouse in the soft palette together with bolder accessories. What do you think? Is the bright coral/orange too much for the subdued sandstone coral in the blouse? I think the swag necklace really helps bridge the gap here as it contains a range of colors in the peach/coral/orange/rust family covering a variety of intensities. I added the sky blue bracelets to coordinate with the top while adding a pop of a different color from the other accessories.

September Outfit #3: #2 Navy & Beige, Darcy

As the weather cools down into fall, the jeans we added this month will be a workhorse for the Darcy wardrobe. Now we can layer over the floral button up shirt with the cardigan, two pieces that don't match per se but do look lovely together. I built a gold-themed layered necklace that's a mix of gold tone chains, seed pearls with rust gemstone beads, and an extremely fun thrifted orange and black "zoological" necklace with a trio of lion charms.

September Outfit #4: #2 Navy & Beige, Darcy

Finally, Outfit #5 puts together the navy print blouse and sky blue cardigan, and I am really pleased with the combination! I chose jewelry in a color palette of silver and a variety of blues. The orange flats are not an obvious choice here, but I think they are a fun pop of color.

September Outfit #5: #2 Navy & Beige, Darcy

Let's take a look at a few outfit of the day photos featuring the button up shirt and navy floral blouse from today's additions. First, here is a way that I've worn the shirt and cardigan together (a variant on Outfit #4 above). In this March outfit, I pulled out ye olde black pants, that office-wear staple, though in a skinny silhouette that worked well with the slightly longer length of the cardigan. I accessorized with a mess o' pearls and chains statement necklace and my cheetah Oxfords, which match the black pants but also tie in with the warmth in the yellow and orange flowers. I truly loved wearing this outfit! I got several compliments on it at work, in part because people were happy to see such a spring-like color in the early March Minnesota winter gloom.

March Outfit with Blue/Coral Floral Shirt & Sky Blue Cardigan

Here we go with another pair of black pants, this time a more traditional office trouser style. This outfit is kind of the reverse of Outfit #3 above, in which orange accessories were added to the blouse with the sandstone coral in the print. Here a sandstone coral knit jacket is added to a shirt with orange in the print. I think it coordinates pretty well. I like wearing this crystal bib statement necklace underneath a shirt collar, and the rounded collar-less neck of the jacket cooperated perfectly. I wore modern pointy-toed gold loafers to give the classic pants-based outfit a bit of flair (and to bookend my hair).

May Outfit with Blue/Coral Floral Shirt

The navy floral/bird blouse makes a good stand-alone summer top, as seen in this July outfit. There are a lot of color options for pants to wear with this blouse, but since I enjoy a good bright pair of pants, I went with these aqua ankle pants. To keep the focus on the pants, I added light neutral accessories: white pearls and light grey shoes. Do I have a generously proportioned rear, hips, and thighs? Yep! Does that mean I shouldn't wear bright colored pants for figure flattery reasons? Uh, don't know. Will I continue to flaunt my plus-size bottom half in bright colored pants? Absolutely!

July Outfit with Navy Floral/Bird Top

The September addition to the Darcy menagerie keeps that orange theme going: meet Sperry the gold English Spot! While she is peering intently at something with great interest, let's take a look at the golden spots on her fur. This color is the result of two copies of a recessive gene that eliminates all black pigment from the hair shaft. Thus the gorgeous orange pigment gets to shine. The reason most of Sperry's fur is white rather than orange is because the English Spot breed has the broken gene that "breaks up" the rabbit's basic color with a lot of white.

September Rabbit for #2 Navy & Beige, Darcy: Gold English Spot

Do you look forward to pulling out your jeans in the fall?

In my next capsule post, we will look at the September additions for our third wardrobe: #3 Navy & Grey, Lily.

I link up with:

Nike at Life as a LEO Wife (Sundays)

Shelbee at Shelbee on the Edge (Mondays; 3rd Thursday)

Michelle at My Bijou Life (Mondays, Fridays)

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)

Claire at Claire Justine (Mon, Wed, Fri)

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 (3rd Thursday)

Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom (Thursdays)

Ada at Elegance and Mommyhood (Thursdays)

Jacqui at Mummabstylish (Thursdays)

Nicole at High Latitude Style (Thursdays)

Suzy at The Grey Brunette (Fridays)

Nancy at Nancy's Fashion Style (Fridays)

Erika at A Little Bit of Everything (Fridays)

Lucy at Lucy Bertoldi (Fridays)

Kimberly at Being a Wordsmith (Fridays)

Rena at Fine Whatever (Saturdays)


10 comentarios

Sinziana Romanescu
Sinziana Romanescu
27 sept 2021

Almost all the time I wear neutrals...I only have a red sweater and a color block sweater in navy, white and red (a classic Tommy Hillfinger style) and I plan to add some scarves and accessories to add a bit of accents...I like your choices.

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27 sept 2021
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I tend to wear a lot of color because neutrals can wash me out, but a neutral-heavy wardrobe can look very sophisticated and chic. I agree that accessories are a great way to add some pizzazz to a neutral wardrobe.

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27 sept 2021

I really like pairing coral and blue! I have a pair of coral sandals that I wear a lot in the summer because they are a nice contrast and pair with a lot.

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27 sept 2021
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Yes, it is interesting what a versatile color it is, even in shoes.

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Swami ratnamurti saraswati
Swami ratnamurti saraswati
27 sept 2021

Always fantastic - especially love the july colours xxx

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27 sept 2021
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Thank you!

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26 sept 2021

I really like coral and blue together - great accessory picks! You always make such great bracelets and necklaces too :) It's easy to see why that so springy outfit got so many compliments - beautiful colours all together! :)

Hope you are having a lovely weekend :) We had a fun day at the playground yesterday.

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26 sept 2021
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Thanks! With blue and coral as complementary colors, compliments result :)

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jodie filogomo
jodie filogomo
24 sept 2021

I love the statement about continuing to flaunt in the bright pants. It's so silly to think we should try to be smaller anyways



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25 sept 2021
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I know it can be hard for women to accept that because it runs counter to everything we're programmed to believe. In my case, there are no pants in the world that would make people think I'm skinny, so it's easier to just wear what I want!

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