As good as gold

Yellow is a fabulous color. Energetic, warm, fun.  But you may not feel comfortable wearing it because you think it’s too bold.  Or maybe you love the color but don’t like to wear it near your face if it doesn’t complement your skin tone.  If either is the case, consider incorporating the color into your wardrobe through skirts or pants.

yellow skirt

Many yellows, or golds/mustards, can act as a semi-neutral when paired with other colors.  Although pigment-rich, it is highly versatile in its ability to pair with other shades and is also a color which is easy to dress up or down.  Whether wool in winter or a silk or cotton-blend in the warmer months, it can be a new staple in your wardrobe which goes a long way — and, thus, is a good investment.

What can you mix with it?  White t-shirts or blouses…. navy or brown blazers… patterned shirts with a variety of colors…  a jean jacket.  What about a grey, ivory or black sweater?  Even maroon or turquoise can be a great complement as long as you choose the right hue.  If you want to play it safe, keep the top very neutral and add a colorful necklace, scarf, or shoes.

GM6 - mustard jeansman with mustard pants






Finding this color in the stores is particularly easy right now, since it’s been trending this season.  Discount department stores, such as Old Navy and Target, have plenty of styles from which to choose, including skinny jeans, corduroys, and pencil skirts. It’s also a great time to get a near end-of-season bargain with wool.  I recently bought a designer mustard wool skirt on clearance for $15 at TJ Maxx.  Cha-ching!

So lose the excuse that you’re not young enough, confident enough, or too “creatively challenged” to wear this lovely color.  It can be as cool or as classic as you style it.  Make it work for YOU!


Photo credits:  Three skirt ensembles from Polyvore.  Polka-dot blouse and yellow pants from Delusions of Grandeur.  Dark denim jacket and mustard pants compliments of Man Up Style.