All Shades of Sunshine...

Style Theory: Yellow in it's mustard hue is spreading its' sunshine rays through the High Street stores this season. From a clearer lighter yellow through to a dark mustard the colour has seeped into the Autumn Winter colour boards and is now finding a way into our wardrobes....

Yellow and mustard, sometimes thought of slightly scary colours people shy away from as they are not initially easy to style, but there is no need to be scared of them, here are a few ideas to show how these notoriously difficult colours can work beautifully:
Wear with an all navy outfit underneath.
Supersize your mustard jumper for a cool slouchy look
Add a touch of sunshine brightness to your outfit with yellow accessories

A mustard printed scarf looks fab with a camel or pale grey coat.
Go for the easy option and wear with black 
For brighter Autumn days mix with a beige jumper/dress to lighten up the look
A biker jacket always toughens up a soft colour giving your outfit an edge.
Mustard looks great as part of a print.
All images above via Pinterest

Mustard is a tricky colour to wear, especially for people with my pale colouring but there are a few little tricks around it:
The first and probably the most obvious, if you have colouring like me avoid wearing it against your face, pick up the colour in a skirt or as a detail on shoes or accessories.
Second, wear the trend in your accessories, a mustard bag, a yellow scarf or gloves - a little 'nod' to the trend will bring your outfit up to date without drowning you in it.
Thirdly style with navy or grey. A beautiful pale mustard scarf looks amazing over a pale grey coat, or a mustard skirt with a navy blouse and brown 70s boots..A/W14 heaven..
Avoid tight yellow/mustard jeans or trousers unless you are model proportions they are not the most flattering on your legs.

Here are my favourite yellow items on the high street now:

Cos Wool Bomber Jacket £150

The bomber jacket shape is still going strong and this wool jacket in a mustard shade brings it into A/W14. Wear with navy tailored trousers, a fine navy polo neck and some elegant heeled strappy court shoes

Zara Mohair Coat with Pockets £109
A cool slouchy coat, would look great layered over a denim or biker jacket with blue skinny jeans and navy Celine-esque loafers see a gorgeous pair of Next loafers here.
Zara Jacket £69.99

This showerproof jacket in perfect for a stylish schoolrun, wear with a breton top, skinny jeans and a pair of white trainers for a cool look.

Jigsaw Cashmere Jumper £98
Asos Mustard Fine Jumper £30
Zara Jacquard Sweater £45.99

Wear this sweater now with a pair of distressed pale blue boyfriend jeans and tan heeled sandals for a cool end of summer look.

Cos A-Line Crepe Dress  £69

A classic dress in an on trend colour, wear with navy pointed flats and a navy coat for a chic look.

Cos Wool Mohair Skirt £89

I love this Cos skirt, it really looks gorgeous on, I would wear with a navy fine blouse and heeled 70s style tan knee high boots for a cool 70s vibe.

Zara Checked Shawl £19.99
Cos Double Woven Scarf £39

Add a punch of colour to a pale grey or navy jacket with this scarf.

Cos Printed Wool Scarf £45

This scarf is a beautiful way to wear mustard subtly.

H&M Bag £12.99

So will you be stepping into the Autumn/Winter in mellow yellow? I think I will, I just adore the Cos skirt, a definite addition to my A/W wardrobe.


Back to the schoolrun so all fairly casual, jeans as usual being the easiest thing to pull on in the morning...

Jeans: Topshop Baxter
Top: Jigsaw
Cardigan: Topshop
Trainers: Adidas StanSmith
Bag: Spain
Jeans: H&M
T'Shirt: Gap
Denim Shirt: Gap
Bag: TK Maxx
Sandals: H&M

How are you finding the start of the school year, are you getting into the swing of the schoolrun, back to work, back to juggling life?

As always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, till next time, Frances x 


  1. I love mustard Frances and just bought a new jumper to wear with my houndstooth trousers! On the other hand, my daughter is blond like you so she finds it a difficult colour to wear! Have a lovely weekend:)
    ~Anne xx

  2. Mustard is such a hard colour to wear but I absolutely ADORE it!
    I love the grey cardigan with tshirt and jeans - think I might just copy that for my ootd!

  3. You must be the most glamorous mummy at the school gate Frances. You are totally right, mustard is a hard colour for ladies with cool skin tones but your suggestions are brilliant xx

  4. The H&M bag is lovely, so simple looking.
    I have a mustard skirt that I wear all year round, it was £14 in the Anthro sale in 2010 so probably one of the best purchases I've ever made!

  5. Mustard is definitely difficult to wear for my colouring too but my sister has brown hair and dark green eyes and she looks amazing in it. Great post xx

  6. This autumn/winter is going to be all about mustard, grey & navy for me!

  7. I have nothing in this colour range, even though I have green eyes and dark hair I wouldn't consider it, due to my pale skin. However, loving the Hush clothing image with the grey dress and the mustard scarf and I love the Cos dress you have picked. Very trendy & glam style pictures of yourself too, you are a very cool mum.

  8. I love a bit of yellow but I don't have much in the way of mustard yellow - I've always gone for something a bit sharper like the yellow jumper I put in my COS post.

    And like the others said - you must be the coolest mum on the school run!

  9. Love the Cos dress, they always suit my shape I have a few from there but not sure the colour would suit. x

  10. Loving the double denim look! You're DEFINITELY the coolest mum I've ever seen in Banstead! ;)

  11. Oh I love mustard and I love the suggestions you've given. In fact I feel a trip to Cos is way overdue. Donna is right - you must be the most glam mum at the school gates x

  12. I love mustard so much, gorgeous picks here. The Cos scarf is gorgeous. Lynne x

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