OOTD x4: Teal Print Skirt Outfits for Early Fall + DIY Paper Jewelry
Welcome to another round-up of recent outfits, this time with four early fall outfits featuring two teal print skirts that go into heavier rotation at this time of year. Again I have DIY upcycled paper jewelry of both bracelet and pendant varieties to share. Let's get started!
My two teal print skirts have overall dark value prints that work well in cooler weather. The greenish teal geometric print skirt on the left is a high priority wear item for this fall/winter. The bluish teal floral print skirt on the right was a high priority wear item for the summer that I am continuing to wear into fall. In the first week of fall (9/22-9/29), I wore each of these skirts twice, once in a lighter outfit and once in a darker outfit, that I will share today.
Teal/green/black geometric skirt - thrifted, Lularoe - 3X - $16.95 - 8/2020
Teal/black/white floral skirt - Worthington/JCP - 22W - $13.60 - 11/2019
Outfit #1: Greenish Teal - Light
This skirt is not the easiest one to "lighten up" because it has all dark colors. It doesn't include any white in the print, but I think a white top would work fine. However, for this look, I used a bright teal/white ombré scarf against a dusky teal top to introduce some light-and-bright feeling to the outfit. I secured the scarf with a white scarf ring and wore a string of white pearls to match. My shoes are dark teal suede loafers that I start wearing in fall in place of my bright teal ballet flats.
This outfit was slightly out of my comfort zone because I brought together several different shades of teal (bright teal, dusky teal, green-teal) into one outfit without any obvious unifying piece like a print that contains all these variants. But over the course of the day, my eye started to adjust to the look.
My bracelet stack is based on a DIY paper bead set I showed in a page-to-bead example post this summer (see Outfit #1 here), saying that I wasn't entirely satisfied with the stack because the disparate blue-green colors were too different from each other. I considered making a glass bead bracelet from a bunch of different colors on the mint-to-peacock blue continuum...which I did - here is the result! The third bracelet has beads in 9 different blue-green colors that span the range in the three paper bead bracelets. I'm very pleased with this multi-color glass bracelet as an addition to this set! It's made me think that multi-colored glass bracelets in other color families would be very useful in my collection too.
Outfit #2: Greenish Teal - Dark
Wearing the skirt with black and very dark teal colors that appear in the skirt is an obvious choice, but it's the classic Road Map styling that generally results in a very cohesive look.
I got a bit more creative with my accessorizing, wearing a thin, silky black/grey cat print scarf as a necklace using Jodie's scarf braiding tutorial. I then added a long mixed metal chain necklace and a new DIY paper pendant on a silver chain (I adjusted the length for the pendant to fall just below the set of chains).
Yes, I did make this pendant specifically to match the skirt! This was cut out from a larger drawing in the Amazon toy catalog from last year's Christmas holiday season. The colors, the leaves that mimic the "leaf" look of the skirt, the polka dots (which are dark grey on the skirt and a bit hard to see)...it was just all so on point, I had to do it. (We just received the catalog for this Christmas, and while it's a bit too bad that the color scheme is the same as last year - teal/dark green + orange/rust - there are some pages I got pretty excited about! Maybe as excited as my nephews would be by the toys depicted in it!)
For the reverse side, I cut a leaf image from a larger drawing in what I believe was a bird seed ad in a birding magazine. This one is more on the green end of the blue-green spectrum, but I would certainly wear it with this skirt. It will also work well with a number of dark green items in my closet.
My daily bracelet stack is the teal/black set I've shown many times before. While it's fun to mix and match my bracelets, it's really nice to have some sets that are tried-and-true and ready to go.
Outfit #3: Bluish Teal - Light
My third OOTD has a more summery vibe than the other outfits because I wore a white top, nude wedges, and orange leather leaf earrings. I did some subtle print mixing with the headband, which is a thin, stretchy aqua/green/lemon-lime scarf that I braided with a perky bow at the side.
I got the idea of the orange earrings from the dabs of orange on some of the fish in my gold fish charm necklace (which celebrated 30 wears this summer). I created a layered necklace look by adding a long double strand gold illusion necklace and another DIY paper pendant on a gold chain.
I took the pendant photos in kind of weird light, so they look a little strange! The left shows the side I wore above, taken from a World Oceans ad in The Economist. The right shows the reverse side, which I cut from a sweatshirt image in a catalog. Both of the images had interesting textures, which I think adds a lot to these flat pendants.
My bracelet stack is a bit of a mix-up! I wanted to repeat the primary colors from the outfit so I selected a duo of teal glass, an orange stone, and a black and clear glass bead bracelet (all DIY). To finish the stack, I added a DIY striped orange/white tube paper bracelet from a black/orange/purple paper set I created.
Outfit #4: Bluish Teal - Dark
I am glad that I finally paired this skirt with my black polka dot blazer. (You can hardly tell it's polka dots at a distance because the dots are small.) Because the blazer is so dark, I decided to wear a bright blue-aqua scarf (picking up that accent color in the skirt) to add some color around my face. I didn't want to entirely cover up the striped T, and I thought that the outfit would benefit from a vertical element, so I wore the scarf simply draped around the neck. I thought about adding a short necklace at the last minute because I had some open neckline there above the T, but I decided that this outfit had enough going on as it was! (This is what counts as restrained in my sartorial world, haha.)
Here you can get a better view of the four-way print mix in this outfit: striped T, polka dot blazer, floral skirt, and leopard print wedges. The solid blue-aqua scarf both tones down the impact of the print and adds an interesting textural element with the open weave of the fabric.
For my daily bracelet stack, I collected a number of medium to large beaded bracelets in a black and white color scheme. Technically, the paper tube bead bracelet made from a black and white drawing on the cover of an art supply catalog makes for print #5 in this outfit ;)
Do you like to wear skirts/dresses in early fall? Do you have any high priority wear items for the coming season?
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