Improbably, I’m feeling mustard yellow


I just think it’s such a sophisticated color, and while far from a neutral, it plays well with other hues too, and looks especially strong with nice rich browns and berryish tones (and also with white, as the peerless Caroline de Maigret illustrates here). Yellows can be tough to wear, and mustard yellow even tougher, but you can always get away with it if you wear another, more flattering color closest to your face. A bold red lip helps too.

I like the unfinished hem and sleeves on this denim jacket.

A pretty perfect pocket tee with a nice deep neckline.

I always like an irregular dot pattern, and the one on this graceful dress is pretty good. The ruching on the sleeves is a lovely touch as well.

A sharp blazer with a faint herringbone pattern.

This easy tunic would work well under a blazer, and I think it would be good layered under a V-neck sweater too.

I don’t usually like a balloon sleeve, but I think it works quite nicely on this V-neck sweater.

I dig the asymmetrical business going on here, and yellow and black really pops.

It’s kind of cool to wear a really classic sweater, but in an unpredictable shade like this.


This fleece peacoat looks extra-cozy.

The exposed seams and drop shoulder on this well-priced cardigan are very designer-y elements.

From Universal Standard: a dress with pockets is never a bad thing.


The dark red at the neckline really pops on this tee.

A simple notch-collar shirt that would be aces tucked into a pencil skirt.


This has all the ease of a shirtdress, but it’s nipped in at the waist, which is a nice, feminine touch.

A waffle-knit henley for lounging about.

I’d say that showing up just about anywhere in yellow velvet trousers would be a very confident move.

The eyelet at the wrist is such a sweet touch on this blouse.

You know what I just said about how wearing yellow velvet trousers would be a very confident move? Same goes for this faux fur.

A flutter-sleeve blouse always makes one’s arms look skinnier, and this one is really cute.


On second thought, this may be more of a straight-up yellow than a mustard yellow, but it’s so good I’m including it anyway.

I’d wear these jeans with a big huggy black turtleneck sweater.

This blouse looks like it could be Maria Cornejo, but it’s Mango.

This topcoat is another good example of a classic item looking really modern in this hue.

At last, a pair of high-waisted jeans I can wear


High-waisted jeans are still not entirely my jam, but I just got these Levi’s in the mail yesterday, and I put them on immediately and have only taken them off to sleep.  They are exactly the right amount of cropped to show off a bit of boot*, but not so much that your ankles get cold, and the price is most definitely right. They’re also deeply comfortable, which is nice, as my main complaint about high-waisted jeans is that generally they’re not.


*I’m 5’6″

Cool pieces with a little something metallic going on


I think I mentioned last week at some point that I was liking the idea of metallic touches—they’re an easy way to add a little excitement to an outfit—and so I thought I’d throw together a little post on them for you today. I love a knife pleat skirt, and this one is just so excellent.

This blouse is a good candidate for dress-it-up-dress-it-down treatment: I could see wearing it with jeans on the weekend, or skinny black pants for an evening out.

I want this sweater so much: it’s really wonderfully slouchy, and I like the horizontal ribbing.

When it comes to footwear, I prefer a dull metallic to a bright and shiny one, and this pewter boot gets it exactly right.

A really well-cut blazer that makes just enough of a statement, but doesn’t overwhelm.

Just a really pretty peasant top.

A well-priced peplum jacket that looks so cute and put-together with jeans.

I’d wear this tee like I would any tee, but it would be so much more exciting than most.

A really gorgeous floral pattern that would be so pretty peeking out from under a blazer.

I’d wear a black cami under this sheer shirt.

And speaking of camis, this is pretty perfect.






Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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