When dressing for fall, one doesn’t have to stick to dark and dull shades. Instead, picture the changing colors of the leaves and take inspiration from nature, as I did with this mustard yellow sweater outfit.
Mustard is a fairly good description of this shade and is much more specific than yellow, right? But if we want to get REALLY specific, we could use the word gamboge. Gamboge describes the vivid yellows of autumn, as in this image and the poem that follows:
The ceaseless creasing of the morning sea, / the fluttering gamboge cedar leaves allegro, / the rods of the yawing branches trolling the breeze…
— Derek Walcott, The Prodigal, 2004
Don’t you just love the elegance of the word gamboge?
Some other descriptive words for fall include russet, amber, scarlet, crimson, maroon, and auburn. These color words conjure up images of autumn foliage in all its glory.
Now let’s take a look at my version of fall color.
The Mustard Yellow Sweater Outfit
Let’s start with the yellow sweater. This is an open-weave sweater that has a loose, comfortable fit. The rolled crewneck and the drop shoulders give it a casual look. You could also wear it over a blouse or turtleneck as the weather gets colder.
Have you picked up a pair of wide-leg jeans yet? Honestly, these are my go-to for comfort and they give off a laid-back vibe that I like when I want to be comfortable and casual, yet still stylish. The wide-leg style is still a big trend this fall, so you can still pick up a pair.
I love to mix a bright color like this mustard yellow outfit with an animal print. Leopard looks lovely with yellow, and the mustard tends to pull out the golden tones in the leopard print. There are lots of versions of these leopard print mules and they are super easy to wear and to style.
This rust tote-style handbag is just the right size to carry all of your things without being bulky. You can also wear it as a shoulder bag.
I love the play of this amber necklace on the mustard yellow. It ties everything together and adds a bit of length to the sweater and the torso. This is always a good thing to do when the top is a bit boxy. It gives the eye a longer line to follow.
Mine is from my favorite local boutique, Salon Zinnia and Boutique. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that it is a dangerous place for me! Lol! Every time I get my hair touched-up–about once a month–and I wander through the boutique, I find something unique that I simply must have! Do you have a place like that? Where is your danger zone for impulse shopping?
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