6 Scarves 2021: September 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.
It's always a special pleasure to drop in on this sixth capsule wardrobe because (1) I have a soft spot for the springy velvety fur of the Mini Rex rabbit breed that Sophia so wonderfully represents and (2) the lighter, greyed out tones of these accent colors are restful to look it.
Our September additions to this wardrobe are going to be more casual than usual due to the bottoms and shoes we are working with. While many of us spend a lot more time, effort, and money on our dressier clothes, it's good to make sure that we like our clothes for casual outings or staying home as well. You will see that I definitely indulge my taste for things fanciful, fantastical, and fun when it comes to casual wear!
As befits a time of seasonal transition, we have several different types of tops this month. Our tops with rabbit images include a blush pink cotton pullover sweater and a 3/4 length knit top featuring a quite silly but absolutely wonderful rabbit (lapin in French) wearing a beret. Tres chic, no? The light blue T has a message you might recall from Alice in Wonderland: the catchphrase of the White Rabbit as he looks at his pocket watch and considers his priorities. Supplementing these rabbit-themed tops is a sleeveless blouse covered with bluebirds (invoking both the Disney Cinderella and Snow White animated films, now that I think of it) and (whew) a simple coral T-shirt.
Pale blush rabbit pullover sweater - Coldwater Creek - 2X - $49.97 - 7/2020
Light pink bluebird blouse - thrifted, Loft/Goodwill - 20/22 - $5.24 - 3/2019
Light blue Important Date T - Disney Alice/Kohls - XXL - $21.60 - 5/2016
French rabbit top - Style & Co/Macy's - XL - $8.79 - 12/2014
Coral short-sleeved T - Croft & Barrow/Kohls - 3X - $5.00 - 5/2020
Somehow this wardrobe didn't get its ultra-casual exercise capris in the summer, so they get added now. The primary pants for this month are a pair of standard dark wash straight leg jeans, which are a very versatile silhouette. Our top layers include a short-sleeved cardigan, a 3/4 sleeve cardigan, and a long-sleeved cardigan in a range of blue and white colors.
Dark wash straight leg jeans - St Johns Bay/JCP - 18W - $17.50 - 9/2017
White 3/4 sleeve cardigan - CJ Banks - 2X - $11.71 - 7/2020
Light grey knit exercise pants - Walmart - ?
Dark grey-blue short-sleeved cardigan - thrifted, Kohls/Goodwill - XL - $5.24 - 11/2015
Navy/white striped cardigan - thrifted, CJ Banks/Goodwill - 3X - $5.99 - 12/2018
Our accessory additions are anchored by a pair of blue and white striped distressed sneakers, hence taking us in a very casual direction this month. It seems that I've had these sneakers forever, and when I try to remember our history together, I think they must date back to 2008 at the absolute latest. The color palette for the accessories this time includes blue, white, and pink. This is not a large number of items, but I think we'll have enough to put some cute casual outfits together.
Soft blue sloth scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $4.20 - 5/2020
Navy floral/leopard scarf - thrifted, Goodwill - $3.99 - 7/2016
Light grey-taupe scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $8.99 - 5/2020
Blue/crystal bib statement necklace - Baublebar - $52.00 - 9/2015
Light sepia rose earrings - CJ Banks - ?
Mint/sky blue/dark blue mix seed bead bracelets - made by me - summer 2021
Navy/pink/white mix seed bead brracelets - made by me - summer 2021
Light sepia rose/silver beaded rings necklace - CJ Banks - $11.23 - 1/2021
Blue/white striped sneakers - Rocket Dog - ?
Let's build our outfits by taking the tops one at a time, starting with this sweet rabbit sweater. Such an adorable top doesn't need much accessorizing so I kept things simple with a coordinating scarf and drop earrings. There isn't any blue in the upper part of this outfit, but I think the blue striped sneakers work well with the blue denim and do not clash at all with the rest of the look.
Outfit #2 brings together the bluebird blouse and open weave short-sleeved cardigan for a casual outfit suited to a bit warmer weather. The pale pink/silver earrings from Outfit #1 and the necklace here are both from CJ Banks in their "light sepia rose" color that we will be seeing more of in this wardrobe in later months. I made the pink/navy/white seed bead mix bracelets this summer to coordinate with a different top added earlier in this wardrobe (the navy-based floral top added in June), but the advantage of working with a color palette is that accessories selected on the basis of one garment are likely to go well with many other garments as well.
Outfit #3 features another "happy match" pairing that once discovered, absolutely must be repeated! In this case, it's the French rabbit top and the crystal bib statement necklace; when worn together, the necklace sits atop the bunny's head like a crown. The cardigan makes this outfit a bit more fall weather friendly and gives us a subtle double-stripe print mix. These mint and blue seed bead mix bracelets were also made specifically for another top in this wardrobe (the striped sweatshirt added way back in March), but look great with the colors of the French rabbit top also.
Outfit #4 is another whimsical outfit...yes, I am very drawn to whimsical things, if you hadn't figured that out by now! Here the blue color in the Alice-themed T and the sloth-covered scarf are a delightfully great match that seem meant for each other.
Of course Outfit #5 would look great with the jeans, but I decided to throw in the capri pants for a last huzzah to summer. Since coral (orange) is a complementary color to blue, I think the pop of coral from the T is a particularly fun, high-energy choice.
Today's "how I wore it" section includes outfits of the day with two pieces from the September additions: the striped cardigan and the light pink bluebird blouse. First, this October outfit balances the bright coral ankle pants on bottom with a large-stripe + small-dot print mix on top. The crystal statement necklace adds extra drama to the look. (I did manage to stick to a nude-to-me shoe color to keep one part of the outfit subtle!)
Next are two June outfits featuring the bluebird blouse. Dark pants, a print top, and an accent color cardigan that matches one of the colors of the top is such a stand-by work outfit formula for good reason; it's an easy look to put together and a million different versions of it are possible. I also think this is a very familiar combination that doesn't draw a huge amount of attention to itself. Some people like to keep their outfits non-attention-drawing every day, but even those of us with a more variable and exuberant style find this psychologically comfortable, "normal"-looking formula useful at times.
In this outfit, I flipped the dark and accent colors to have the brighter color on bottom, which is a look I like a lot (and not because I have such slim hips and thighs that I want to draw attention to them, either!). I think the very fact that it's the less common way to go about things attracts me to it; it's just a bit unexpected but still a very professional, not "out there" look, especially when accessorized simply with classic pieces like a pearl necklace, nude wedges, and a button up cardigan. It's interesting to see this blouse with a soft blue cardigan vs. an aqua pencil skirt; I think the bluebirds are more the blue of the cardigan, but because they actually contain several shades of light blue, it was easy to wear the blouse with aqua also.
Today's grumptastic-looking rabbit is Ollie the Black Otter Netherland Dwarf! "Otter" refers to this particular pattern of coloration in which the top of the rabbit is a single color but there are lighter marking underneath. You can see that a lot of the lighter fur is white but it also has some tan hairs mixed in as well, which is a way to tell the very similar otter and marten rabbit patterns apart. The marten-patterned bunny shares with the otter-patterned bunny the gene that creates the single color-on-top-and-lighter-underneath color arrangement, but the marten rabbit will also have white/silver fur with no tan at all because another gene causes the yellow pigment in the fur to be reduced/eliminated. In rabbit coat coloration math, I guess we could call this Otter + Chinchilla = Marten Rabbit...which is funny when we consider how many different mammals we have invoked in that calculation!
Do you have any whimsical aspects to your style?
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