I’ve watched my wardrobe turn darker, more neutral and monochromatic as the days get cooler and cooler. Why is that? Why do we insist on matching the drab weather? I’m taking today to break that pattern, pulling some bright colors into my wardrobe to warm up the season. Yellow was super popular for NYFW, but I never saw it catch on. My guess is because yellow is a really difficult color to wear. Even I usually steer clear. However, this top really caught my eye.
This top is the perfect yellow. I’d say it most closely resembles a mustard yellow, but when the light hits it just right it verges on a lux gold. And although this may sound contradictory, the yellow still manages to have an earthiness about it. This golden earthiness is what inspired me to pair this top with burnt orange, amber and copper. All these colors are a beautiful compliment to a yellow palette.
Dimension and texture play a big role in this outfit. My Mom gave me (or maybe I stole- sorry Mom) this necklace that she made a few years back. The shiny crystal and gold chain reflect light in a way that resembles how the top captures light. Texture comes into play with fabric. The silky top contrasts the rougher denim and the suede boots. While the gorgeous draping on the sleeves creates movement throughout the outfit. It may not seem like a lot goes into a good outfit because most of it has become second nature, but when you beak down an outfit you realize the importance of balance between pieces that compliment and contrast each other.
Maybe wearing yellow isn’t as hard as I thought? First step, finding a shade of yellow that compliments your complexion. Pretty much, try everything on until you get the right one and then run with it. Since we have to be somewhat conscious of the season, aim for yellows that are richer and deeper like mustards, marigolds and ambers. These shade with looks beautiful against the fall foliage. If this still sounds intimidating then start by adding yellow accessories into your wardrobe before trying on a full blown outfit. And finally, if your feeling stuck on what color to pair with yellow start with the basics like denim, black and tan, then look to the color wheel for more inspo. Burgundy and green is a great place to start for fall outfits!
Top: Here (Mimi & Red- San Diego Boutique)
Jeans: Here (ZARA) I love these! I’m a size 4 for reference.
Boots: Here (Urban Outfitters)
Bag: Here (ZARA) Doubles as a fanny pack!
LITERALLY. EVERYTHING. YELLOW.