Improbably, I’m feeling mustard yellow

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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.

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25 Thoughts on Improbably, I’m feeling mustard yellow
    kj
    1 Nov 2018
    9:20am

    Excellent choices! Mustard yellow has always been my favorite fall color.

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    Tammy
    1 Nov 2018
    9:10am

    Mustard yellow is groovy. I always dig it. All the pieces you found are outstanding, Kim.

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    Joannawnyc
    1 Nov 2018
    9:21am

    I love this golor, actually. It works really well if you have hazel eyes with the gold bits (my eyes are a blue-gray-gold combo) or blonde hair. Or presumably, both!

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      suz
      1 Nov 2018
      3:21pm

      Same. Red hair, green eyes with gold flecks = mustard/ochre gold/goldenrod is my color. I always stock up when it comes back around and it’s always available in vintage. Anything mustard really pops with denim or gray too.

      Those jeans would go with so much.

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    LeighTX
    1 Nov 2018
    9:33am

    I look genuinely ill in any shade of yellow but several years ago I bought a mustard-yellow bag–I got it more for the gorgeous print lining than for the color itself. I wasn’t sure what I’d wear with it, but that purse turned out to be one of the most versatile bags I’ve ever had. It went with almost everything! I loved it and literally wore it out. I think the skinny jeans you show up there might serve a similar purpose.

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    c.w.
    1 Nov 2018
    9:36am

    Like many, I can not wear mustard yellow (or any variation of yellow) anywhere near my face (maybe because of the white hair?), but I CAN wear mustard jeans! I already own one pair of mustard jeans (which I wore endlessly this summer with a plain white tee), but the velvety ones are soooooo appealing!

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    Emily
    1 Nov 2018
    10:12am

    I was told by the kid at Cole Haan yesterday that my mustard wool skirt was very in – it’s from 2012 and I wear it every fall/winter regardless of color trends – good to know I hit it right in 2018!

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    Lica Hartman
    1 Nov 2018
    10:21am

    I look horrible in any shade of yellow; however, I spotted a pair of mustard sneakers the other day and can’t get them out of my mind. Maybe I can partake in this trend afterall as my feet are as far from my face as I can get.

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    Mimi
    1 Nov 2018
    10:30am

    The Acne crewneck is yummy – more of a soft butter yellow. How about a post sometime on screamy acid green? It’s surprisingly flattering and great in sports clothes. Like mustard, it has its fans and haters.

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      Gablesgirl
      1 Nov 2018
      7:20pm

      Ditto on screaming acid. I love it with black, white and navy.

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    MaryAlice
    1 Nov 2018
    11:03am

    Oh my goodness, Kim, you’re reading my mind (again) – I have been obsessed with this color for the last couple of months…I love everything here.

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    Viajera
    1 Nov 2018
    11:31am

    When I saw the title, I thought “noooooooo” But I was surprised to see there are several things I don’t hate. And you should buy the striped top. The v-neck sweater looks nice too.

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    Tammy
    1 Nov 2018
    11:41am

    This is one of my favorite, want-this yellow coat of the moment:

    https://bit.ly/2qnvvb5

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    Kathi
    1 Nov 2018
    11:53am

    I am digging this post, and I think I will pull the trigger on a pair of mustard color jeans I saw a couple weeks ago.

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    Lesley
    1 Nov 2018
    12:39pm

    Mustard yellow does very strange things to my complexion (and not in a good way), but like LeighTX, I bought a mustard yellow bag several years ago and love it. It goes with almost everything (although pink is a bit of a stretch) and adds a good pop of colour. I get a compliment almost every time I use it. The yellow jeans are tempting!

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    Tamara
    1 Nov 2018
    1:08pm

    Can we please talk about the white boots that are paired with the yellow dress???? (You know, while I’m contemplating the yellow velvet jeans…)

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    Clare
    1 Nov 2018
    1:28pm

    I bought the t-shirt 3rd from the top a few weeks ago, glad to see I am on trend for once! It is such a nice pop of color, but not too loud 🙂

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    Tamara
    1 Nov 2018
    4:00pm

    About those velvet jeans…there is no more contemplation. I am weak-Willed in the face of velvet.

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    Gillian Nichole
    1 Nov 2018
    5:54pm

    I have strong yellow undertones in my skin tone so I can thankfully wear all shades of yellow. I have been wearing mustard yellow with Fall’s deep dramatic purple lipsticks & the look is flattering and edgy.

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    Sara
    1 Nov 2018
    6:06pm

    Just acquired mustard yellow cords from the thrift shop. Was going to wear with a navy floral blouse which has a few pops of yellow flowers in the mix. Also pairs with a mariner stripe tee. I love the phrase “a very confident move”

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    Alexa
    2 Nov 2018
    7:40am

    Too perfect.
    I’ve been on a mustard yellow bender lately, which is so not me. I’m usually color-adverse. Something in the air I guess : )

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    Zoe
    2 Nov 2018
    10:07am

    I’m suddenly obsessed with this color! I love it in my apartment and to wear. I think it goes well with millenial pink (which a I consider a palette rather than 1 exact color). Together they bring me joy.

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    Debra
    2 Nov 2018
    10:57am

    I want to buy one of the fluffy coats that’s everywhere right now. But. Is it too much to ask that my choice be washable? The ones I’ve liked are made out of polyester. POLYESTER. But they require dry-cleaning. Why? I have a closet full of wool coats. That must be dry-cleaned — I get that. But do me a favor with polyester coats and make a few of them washable. The kind of washable that looks even better after it’s been washed and dryed. I don’t think this is too much to ask.

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      Viajera
      2 Nov 2018
      4:03pm

      Not everything that says it has to be dry-cleaned really has to be dry-cleaned. Having said that, if you really love something … well then that’s that. Though actually dry cleaners sometimes ruin things too. I do think though that if you really like something, why not get two?

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        Mamavalveeta03
        5 Nov 2018
        2:38am

        True. I’ve heard that the rule of thumb is “If it says ‘Dry clean ONLY,” then do it! But if it just say “Dry clean,” it’s more of a suggestion. (Please don’t sue me if things go wrong!).

        Super cool mustardy choices, Kim! I’m loving it this year.

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