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6 Scarves 2021: September Additions, #5 Brown & Black, Nelly

For an introduction to the 6 Scarves 2021 project, see this post.

For a description of my method, see this post.

This scarf and color palette seem so autumn-like to me that I'm excited to start seeing fall items entering this wardrobe.

So of course three of the new tops are sleeveless...what? The logic of this will become more apparent later in this post. Meanwhile we are also adding a comfy short-sleeved exercise top and, in what I think many people will agree is an appropriately fall-like item, a long-sleeved teal floral blouse.

September Tops: #5 Brown & Black, Nelly

Black Cheshire tank - Disney Alice/Kohls - XL - $24.00 - 5/2016

Teal/black floral lace-up blouse - ana/JCP - 1X - $18.74 - 9/2017

Very dark teal tank - CJ Banks - 2X - $6.29 - 5/2020

Black pleated tank - Croft & Barrow/Kohls - 1X - $14.99 - 5/2018

Medium teal heather exercise T - Xersion/JCP - ?

Our bottom piece for September is a pair of black "polished" (i.e., rather slim and neat) capri pants, which is again, no the most obvious choice. We have three toppers this month: a slightly over-sized plaid shirt that I prefer using as a shirt-jacket to layer over another top and two drapey cardigans in dark aqua-teal and maroon. I have had these cardigans for quite a while, so they are a size Large, which is a size this plus-size bod does not wear anymore! However, these cardigans continue to fit very well except the arms are a bit too small. This makes them the perfect summer-to-fall transition layering piece when worn with a sleeveless top. Even though they are not the definitely not the most versatile pieces in my closet, they continue to prove their worth in my wardrobe due to how much I like layering them in the spring and fall.

September Other Garments: #5 Brown & Black, Nelly

Dark aqua-teal cardigan - Coldwater Creek - L - $14.99 - 3/2014

Dark aqua/tea green plaid shirt-jacket - thrifted, Southern Lady/ThredUp - 3X - $4.20 - 5/2020

Black polished capris - Croft & Barrow/Kohls - 20W - $19.99 - 5/2018

Maroon cardigan - Coldwater Creek - L - $14.99 - 3/2014

This is a pretty fun array of accessories with plenty of black, dark aqua/teal, and maroon options. Five of my DIY bead creations are joining the wardrobe this month as well as four scarves now that the weather is starting to become more scarf-friendly. These black-and-white geometric pattern flats are made from a very comfortable knit fabric, and I'm looking forward to seeing some delightful print mixes as we put them into action.

September Accessories: #5 Brown & Black, Nelly

Dark aqua/olive/mint geometric scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $3.59 - 5/2020

Black/teal/purple chevron scarf - Kohls - $15.36 - 12/2013

Black/aqua/orange bird scarf - Amazon - $7.00 - 12/2019

Long delicate beaded tassel necklace - CJ Banks - $6.59 - 2/2021

Light maroon butterfly scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $3.59 - 5/2020

Matte transparent teal multi-strand seed bead necklace - made by me - spring 2021

Dark aqua pearl/gold hoops - made by me - summer 2021

Sky blue prism oval stud earrings - Loft - ?

Lizard stud earrings - ?

Black and white geometric smoking slippers - Skechers/Zappos - $30.00 - 11/2019

Teal 6mm bead bracelets - made by me - summer 2021

Dull red pearl/gold bracelet - made by me - summer 2021

Black bead bracelets - made by me - summer 2021

Let's start with our most obvious fall-like garment, the teal floral blouse. This blouse has a tie front at the neckline, so a necklace is quite optional, but I do sometimes like to wear a necklace above the neckline. For this outfit, I'm keeping things simple with a DIY seed bead multi-strand necklace and world's easiest DIY earrings with a range of aqua and teal glass pearls and gold spacer beads. The highly overlapping color schemes and distance between the pieces results in a blouse/shoe print mix that is very easy on the eyes.

September Outfit #1: #5 Brown & Black, Nelly

Outfit #2 features one of my very favorite top/topper + scarf combinations: the plaid shirt-jacket and geometric print scarf. I really like both of these pieces individually, to a large extent because the colors are just so terrific (and personally flattering to wear), but I also enjoy the way these two pieces come together. They are one of my top "happy matches" in my wardrobe. Now you can see where the teal exercise top come in, as a layering piece to wear under the shirt-jacket, which I prefer to wear open.

September Outfit #2: #5 Brown & Black, Nelly

Now it's time to put these size Large cardigans and sleeveless tops through their paces. Of course I adore this Cheshire Cat graphic tank, and I will wear it with a lot of different accent colors. But for a very cohesive look, I paired it with the dark aqua-teal cardigan that bears a family resemblance to the aqua stripes on the cat image. I used the very colorful print scarf to bring some extra color into the look.

September Outfit #3: #5 Brown & Black, Nelly

Outfit #4 begins with a very basic black column, then jazzes things up with the addition of the maroon cardigan and accessories. When wearing an infinity scarf or square scarf that is tied to wear more around the neck and without any long drapey bits, I often will wear a long pendant to add an extra bit of verticality to the look.

September Outfit #4: #5 Brown & Black, Nelly

Finally, I couldn't resist putting in one more summer-weight outfit for those quite warm days that sometimes pop up in September and October. I'm envisioning the scarf worn as a make-shift kimono for some light coverage over the tank. I think the black and dark teal give this a more autumn-feeling look even though the pieces are quite suitable for warm weather. Though Minnesota has a more prototypical 4-season climate, I spent enough time living in places like OK, TX, and NC to be on board with the "wears like summer, looks like fall" color palette tricks of September and October.

September Outfit #5: #5 Brown & Black, Nelly

Today's garment focus features the teal floral blouse that I purchased after seeing Julia at When the Girls Rule wear it with white jeans in August 2017 as a fall transition piece. (I liked it so much, I ended up buying the black and purple/pink floral versions too! The long back makes it a great item to pair with leggings, skinny jeans/pants, or a close-fitting pencil skirt.)

This first outfit was a simple September office look featuring the floral blouse, grey check pants for a very subtle print mix, and bright teal ballet flats. You can see that I wore a small necklace to peek out from the neckline; this one is a pretty black and clear crystal swooshy piece that was a gift from my mom.

Sept. Outfit with Teal Floral Blouse

This March work outfit features black with a pop of white in the form of a textured pencil skirt. This skirt is a pretty classic summer piece, but I find it easy to wear year-round (especially since it's lined and thus doesn't stick to tights). Given that March is most definitely cold and still what most people would call winter, warm layers are still called for, but adding a lighter/brighter piece can give you more of that spring-time vibe.

March Outfit with Teal Floral Blouse

Finally, here is another March outfit, this time geared for casual Friday with the addition of a denim jacket. I liked the print mix of the teal floral blouse and black polka dot skirt, and the white scarf gave me that lighter spring-like element to the look.

March Outfit with Teal Floral Blouse

Our rabbit addition to the Nelly menagerie is this delightful little bunny: Sara the black Mini Satin! Doesn't she have a gorgeous smooth coat? I love seeing bunnies in this cute upright stance. This standing on the hind legs posture means about what you'd expect: she wants to check out what's going on around her, out of curiosity or to make sure the environment is safe. As a rabbit at the state fair, she had plenty of strange humans to look at!

Sept. Rabbit for #5 Brown & Black, Nelly: Black Mini Satin

Do you like to start wearing fall/spring colors in your outfits around September/March, even if the weather is still like summer/winter? Do you feel sad to see these seasons pass by so quickly? I am always disappointed that fall turns to winter and spring turns to summer so fast!

In my next capsule post, we will look at the last of our September additions: the #6 Grey & Navy, Sophia wardrobe.

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)


Oct 15, 2021

I really like those cardigans, they look like thy have such a nice drape and I love a cosy drapey piece for cooler weather :) I like how well you wear teal too! I don't have a lot of it in my wardrobe, I think it's something I need to work on adding more of!

Thanks for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup :)

Oct 15, 2021
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You definitely nailed one of my favorite things about these cardigans--the drape! A nice drapey cardigan does give a cozy, comfortable feeling.


Oct 11, 2021

You have such a great collection of scarves! I have been wearing tanks to wear under my light layers and kimonos as it is still to warm for more.

Oct 12, 2021
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It's surprising how to late into the year a tank and light layer continues to work!


jodie filogomo
jodie filogomo
Oct 08, 2021

I just love how you use those cardigans with the sleeveless tops now Sally. To me that's such a smart and sustainable way to make things work!!

And your floral and polka dot print mixing is fabulous. XOOX Jodie

Oct 09, 2021
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Thanks, Jodie! One thing I haven't written about, but that I think about a good bit, is how little emphasis on wearing what you have and making it work there is on wardrobe-building blogs. Yours is an amazing exception! There is such an emphasis on PURGE PURGE PURGE (and let's be honest, then BUY BUY BUY) to have the perfect 16 or 33 or whatever pieces, which to me seems like such a waste.

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