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My Scarf 2022 Capsule Wardrobe: July & August Additions

Summer has gotten away from me where this capsule wardrobe is concerned, so with no time to spare, here are the items we have added for July and August in a single combined post!

Here is an overview of our warm weather garments at the end of June. This is a pretty good selection, but we definitely have room for some clothes that are best suited to the hottest weather.

Plus size capsule wardrobe for women over 40 in navy, white, red, and pink
Warm weather garments at the end of the June additions

Lots of great accessories, of course...though I suspect those scarves will not be worn much until things cool off a bit in late September.

Plus size capsule wardrobe for women over 40 in navy, white, red, and pink
Warm weather accessories at the end of the June additions

In July, Janice focused on adding a "dressy-ish outfit that resembles either a suit or includes a skirt" for the social activities that have started to pick up again. In August, she started preparing the capsules for fall weather with items like cashmere sweaters, warm pants, and boots. But I really thought this wardrobe could use more lightweight clothing to get through the summer months, so that's where I put my attention.


Outfit #1 is an outfit for a very hot day: a print tank, skimmers (just below the knee shorts), and striped sneakers for some subtle print mixing (and because I don't wear sandals) accessorized with earrings and seed bead bracelets...no necklace or scarf to be seen. But it would also be very easy to throw a topper layer over this outfit for a cooler day.

Plus size capsule wardrobe for women over 40 in navy, white, red, and pink
July/August Additions - Outfit #1

Blue palm tank - Lands End - 2X - $8.98 - 5/2020

Navy knit skimmers - Lands End - 2X - $24.46 - 5/2018

Clear crystal floral earrings - ?

DIY navy seed bead bracelet set - made by me - summer 2021

Blue/white striped sneakers - Rocket Dog - since the beginning of time


Outfit #2 is a bit dressier with the flowy blouse and ankle pants with a lightweight cardigan as a topper option (though the outfit would work fine without it). I added some mixed metal jewelry, a DIY paper bracelet, and ballet flats in a neutral chambray fabric.

Plus size capsule wardrobe for women over 40 in navy, white, red, and pink
July/August Additions - Outfit #2

Navy smocked sleeveless blouse - Loft - XXL - $26.70 - 9/2017

Light dusky pink ankle pants - thrifted, Talbots - 20W - $5.24 - 10/2018

White 3/4 sleeve cardigan - CJ Banks - 2X - $11.71 - 7/2020

Gold/silver tree earrings - Target - ?

Gold/silver palm pendant - CJ Banks - $5.39 - 2/2021

DIY navy/white starry sky paper bicone bead bracelet - made by me - winter 2022

Chambray flats - Payless - $16.99 - 6/2015


For Outfit #3, we start with a very casual, basic combination of white tank and denim capris. The white cardigan and chambray flats make a second appearance, keeping the color scheme to a simple cool white and blue combination. This is the kind of outfit that can be accessorized with virtually any color. I went with red in the floral necklace and DIY seed bead bracelet set.

Plus size capsule wardrobe for women over 40 in navy, white, red, and pink
July/August Additions - Outfit #3

White scoop neck tank - EVRI/Kohls - 2X - $5.99 - 5/2020

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

Same as above: White 3/4 sleeve cardigan - CJ Banks - 2X - $11.71 - 7/2020

Red floral necklace - Kohls - free with Kohls Cash - 7/2018

DIY red seed bead bracelet set - made by me - summer 2020

Same as above: Chambray flats - Payless - $16.99 - 6/2015


Outfit #4 also starts with a simple outfit formula - a summer version of colorful T-shirt and jeans. The white open weave vest, which picks up the white in the striped sneakers we saw above, adds that third piece interest while not causing overheating. The DIY hoop earrings with the fish charms are a nice lightweight statement accessory.

Plus size capsule wardrobe for women over 40 in navy, white, red, and pink
July/August Additions - Outfit #4

Dull watermelon pink knot top - Croft & Barrow/Kohls - 2X - $10.71 - 12/2019

Same as above: Denim capris - Gloria Vanderbilt/Kohls - 20W - $29.99 - 5/2018

White open weave cardigan vest - Croft & Barrow/Kohls - XL - $11.04 - 11/2015

Navy seed bead/silver fish hoop earrings - made by me - winter 2022

Same as above: Blue/white striped sneakers - Rocket Dog - since the beginning of time


For today's garment focus, I am sharing three OOTD featuring this blue palm tank. While this is a terrific summer piece, it also works extremely well in the spring to summer and summer to fall transition seasons because the lack of sleeves makes it very easy to layer a cardigan over it. This is a great solution for wearing a cardigan that has mysteriously tight sleeves even when the rest of it fits well (I'm looking at you, Target).

Plus size summer outfit idea for women over 40
Blue Palm Tank

First up is a WFH outfit from last July in which I wore the tank with a "casual suit" of navy short-sleeved cardigan and dark wash denim skirt. (If the tank seems short here, it's a rare instance of my fully tucking in my top!) The solid soft blue lightweight scarf worn draped adds a vertical element to the outfit. Striped ballet flats make for a summery print mix with the palm print...visually distanced print mixes between tops and shoes are so easy to do, and as Jodie recently pointed out when her mom used this trick, it's a great way to dip one's toes (ahem) into print mixing.

Blue palm tank + denim skirt + navy cardigan - Plus size summer outfit idea for women over 40
July Outfit with Blue Palm Tank + Striped Ballet Flats

Here's a close-up of my DIY seed bead bracelet stack in various shades of blue. I love that sweet bunny charm. (These are actually different from the navy bracelets added to the capsule above, but I coincidentally used the same bunny and key charms for the navy as I did these dark blue ones.)

DIY blue seed bead bracelet stack

This is a spring OOTD using an outfit formula that could easily be worn in fall as well: print tank + neutral pants + accent cardigan. For fall, I might substitute a dark blue or navy cardigan for the sky blue...or switch the cardigan out for a blue denim shirt or jacket. I wore some fun knit flats with stripes in many shades of blue for the top + shoe print mix again.

Blue palm tank + beige pants + sky blue cardigan - Plus size summer outfit idea for women over 40
May Outfit with Blue Palm Tank

This is another variation on the same spring/fall outfit formula only with a scarf instead of a long beaded necklace. This one uses a monochromatic color scheme that nevertheless has a lot of interest due to the variety of blue shades that are included...light aqua, cobalt, dark indigo denim, and medium blue.

Blue palm tank + skinny jeans + cobalt blue cardigan - Summer plus size outfit idea for women over 40
May Outfit with Blue Palm Tank + Skinny Ankle Jeans

Given the amount of white and blue in the additions today, I chose a blue-eyed white rabbit as our new mascot. Say hello to Bella the Netherland Dwarf! Blue-eyed white rabbits are the result of two recessive alleles in the Vienna gene that override all other genes for color and markings in the rabbit, resulting in this white and blue beauty.

July/August Rabbit: Blue-Eyed White Netherland Dwarf

Bella fits easily into our rabbit menagerie with her white coloring and tiny (1-2.5 pound) size. Notice that Rea in the center, a red-eyed white rabbit, looks very similar to Bella except for the eye color, but the genes responsible are totally different! In Bella, it's the recessive Vienna genes that cause the white fur (and blue eyes). But in Rea, it's the recessive C genes that cause true albinism, resulting in no pigment anywhere. This means white fur and red/pink eyes for Rea.

Rabbit Mascots

Do you ever print mix your top and shoes? Do you wear a tank underneath a cardigan?


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