Mellow Yellows

Casual outfit with yellow mules. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Happy first day of Spring! We’ve had a couple of days of lovely Spring-like weather, which was a mood-lifter for sure. (More rain on the way today, but no complaints…we need it!)

Above: sunnies (similar) | jacket | top (similar) | necklace | bracelet | bag | jeans (similar) | shoes

When I was putting this outfit together, I kept thinking it “should” have a lighter top. And I tried on a few, but they just weren’t working for me. So I threw up my hands, threw on a black top, and it immediately felt right. One of the hardest parts of figuring out your own style is letting go of the “Shoulds.” It’s a lesson I still keep learning.

Accent On Yellow

I’ve been noticing pops of mustard yellow in many brands’ Spring collections. But it can be a tricky color for many of us to wear close to our faces. And I’m finding anyway that I’m most comfortable adding color with accessories. So (channeling my inner Diana Vreeland), “Why Not wear a pair of goldenrod slippers?”

Detail: Everlane suede mules in mustard yellow. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

These are really comfortable! They’re also available in several other colors, if yellow isn’t your thing. If you prefer a pump to a mule, try these. (Also very comfortable!)

French Kande bracelet and necklace in Daffodil Mix. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And going with the yellow theme, I included some “Daffodil Mix” pieces from the latest French Kande collection. It’s a pretty and subtle shade that looks good against both light and dark clothing.

Are there any “Shoulds” that are cramping your style?

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Pass The Mustard…

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21 Comments

  1. March 20, 2018 / 3:46 am

    Yes, mustard! I love that bracelet and the shoes. Mustard’s a great color right now.

    Yesterday I saw a woman (petite, short light gray hair in her 70s) wearing a fabulous long mustard-colored utility jacket. She paired it with black slacks, a black/white polka dot blouse, and a striking black mid-sized tote with a red/gold (almost mustard?) floral pattern embroidered on it. The ensemble was a knockout, as was she.

    Last spring I bought a blatantly mustard Bally “supra-tote” purse that I chose because it didn’t match anything in my closet and I thought it could stand alone. And it does — I’m getting much use out of it. On days when I want some outfit energy, but don’t have a lot of energy or time to spend putting an outfit together, I revert to denim and/or other basics (black, white) and choose the mustard tote.

  2. March 20, 2018 / 4:06 am

    You are wearing the perfect outfit for spring. We had really warm temps yesterday, but by the end of the day, we had freezing rain. So much for the start of spring. I am sick of winter clothes, but things like your jacket add warmth without looking wintery.

  3. Meg
    March 20, 2018 / 4:50 am

    Last year I bought a yellow hobo bag and I plan to put it into rotation this week! We are expecting snow tonight so the yellow might help me be visible ( safety first, lol). It looks great with navy in the spring and happy greens in the summer. It is that time of year when I wear my Spring Fake Out items, which are winter weight but spring colored. For example I had on a lavender cashmere sweater and a pink wool pea coat last week. I looked springy but felt warm since the high was still only in the low 40s.

    • March 20, 2018 / 6:22 pm

      You can buy tiny bright lights to snap onto a shoulder bag as you would onto a bicycle or a runner’s armband.

  4. Lisa
    March 20, 2018 / 5:25 am

    I was hoping the Daffodil Mix would show up in this outfit as a pop of yellow and I am not disappointed!

  5. March 20, 2018 / 6:40 am

    I’ve had my eye on yellow this spring but it’s so unflattering for my complexion I’ll have to wear it as far from my face as possible. Strangely I hadn’t considered shoes! Thanks Susan.

  6. Nanci
    March 20, 2018 / 6:43 am

    I saw a woman at Neiman’s just yesterday with a fabulous mustard bag adding a pop to her grey slacks & top! Thinking that is going to be my next purchase – will be great with my navy-based spring and summer wardrobe.

  7. March 20, 2018 / 7:08 am

    If yellow is big this year, I’m in luck I have a golden yellow tote from years ago. But I’m seriously looking at red as my accent colour of choice this season. Recently bought a navy Montcler anorak … ordered from Nordstrom. And then ordered a red cashmere hoodie from Canadian store Aritzia to wear under it. All to go with a pair of cute red loafers I could not pass by. Ha. Still everything will go with what’s already in my closet. Phew.
    Your yellow shoes look smashing with your jeans, and that camel coat.

  8. Lisa B
    March 20, 2018 / 7:26 am

    Love your outfit, Susan. I really want a pair of mules but being 5’2″ i feel I need some height. These shoes may be the answer. If they’re comfortable it’s a go. Was checking out the Mercedes Castillo Abia Mules in Bordeaux but they may look a bit too “wintery” in suede come spring. We’re about to get our third snowstorm this month and I’m longing for some sun and warm weather.

    • Lisa B
      March 20, 2018 / 7:43 am

      I meant “may look a bit too “wintery” in red and black suede.”

  9. G. Mitchell
    March 20, 2018 / 7:59 am

    This outfit combo is lovely. The bag is what really caught my eye though. I can’t believe it but I still have an original from the 70’s that is in tip-top shape that I bought in high school! Every time I wore it people called me the girl with the birdcage:). Bought it for about $10.00 and saved it all these years. Excellent decision for us both.

  10. March 20, 2018 / 11:46 am

    I do like Everlane shoes, the quality is good and the price is very reasonable. And I love your hair!

  11. Kay
    March 20, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    I love yellow of all shades. Always have. My late mother always told me I looked “bad” in yellow, but I keep wearing it. It makes me happy. (I actively rebel against the fashion advise of the mother-in-my-head most of the time.)

    • Jill Ann
      March 20, 2018 / 7:15 pm

      Lol, my mother has been gone for seven years now, but I still sometimes hear her voice in my head! And I’m pretty sure that my two daughters hear my voice in their heads from time to time. Of course, as I’m still around, they hear it in person as well!

  12. plutrell
    March 20, 2018 / 3:45 pm

    Love your jacket and shoes, Susan. I just picked up two tops I would call saffron…one of my favorite yellows! You look great in this outfit!

  13. Elizabeth
    March 20, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    Susan, you convinced me to try out Eileen Fisher. Last summer, I snagged the longer linen cardigan and pointe skinny pants in bone, both on sale. They needed some “pop”. I bought a light crepe-like sleeveless blouse in this new mustard colour last fall. Wow! What a nice effect with the strong mustard against the neutral bone shade. If you think a colour doesn’t suit you, try wearing a multi coloured scarf close to your face. It works for me. Your bracelet is beautiful!

  14. Nancy
    March 21, 2018 / 4:28 am

    Just bought a short mustard colored jacket from Eileen Fisher – pops with black top and pants. Also have a EF mustard sweater that got me through the winter drab! Now I think I need your neat shoes. Anything with color is great in the Northeast where we are covered in snow. Thank you for your blog – it is always so cheerful.

  15. sandypatti
    March 25, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    Love this look with just the perfect pop of goldenrod, Sue. Those shoes are dreamy! I’m using this color as an accent piece for decorating; it is cheery. Thanks for linking up, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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