Getting mellow with yellow
HELLO THERE! Apologies that there’s been a short interlude in posting around these parts, but I thought that I’d be able to write Friday’s post from my hotel room in Vietnam and it turns out that through a wonderful concoction of tequila and a missed alarm, that was unfortunately not the case. They’ll be a vlog of my time over there with Kiehl’s coming up the weekend after next (SPOILER: It was my favourite trip that I’ve ever been lucky enough to go on!), but now I’m back on GMT (kinda) and spring is here (again, kinda), I thought it was time to put together a more colourful clothing edit than usual. Enter, mustard.
If you spotted my spring capsule wardrobe haul video that went live yesterday, then you may have spotted the odd yellow purchase breaking through my monochromatic barrier. One reader welcomed the addition of the ‘Baby’s first crayon’ palette, and another commented on how I’ve skipped the millennial pink trend in my wardrobe all together and headed straight to the Gen Z yellow – apparently it’s all the rage these days (LOOK!). The thing with this egg-yolk tone is that it slips into my neutral palette surprisingly well. Being a slight shift off tan, it makes it an easy one to incorporate in to my black/grey/navy/denim outfits and ever since the addition of this Topshop Coat in my racks, I’ve been keen to sniff out more mustard. You too? Well, here’s your shopping list…
If you want to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to adding some colour to your wardrobe, I’d argue that a coat is the best investment to make if you want to get your cost per wear into the region of pennies. Send it to the dry cleaners a few times a year and you could wear it every single day if you wanted to. I also like how with a jacket or coat, you can wear an all black outfit underneath, so when you’re sans your outer layer you’re completely within your comfort zone, but back with it on you feel like a brand new person. In fact I’ve been surprised by how much I’ve worn this coat since I’ve got it and after wearing to my parent’s yesterday for dinner after getting back into the U.K earlier that morning after a 12 hour flight, I’m now convinced that a mellow yellow might just be the perfect antidote to moments when you feel like a gigantic turd. It’s just so brightening! DUR.
Unfortunately this Topshop number is sold out, but Mango have a decent dupe. I always think it’s good to have a raincoat in your wardrobe (especially if you’re U.K based) and this ASOS number had a great Paddington Bear-vibe about it. Or to upgrade your usual denim jacket number, & Other Stories do a great cropped version that is more brown than your typical yellow and would look FAB paired with some mid-wash blue denim jeans.
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THE CLASSIC JUMPER
One category that I can see my capsule wardrobe expanding to later in the year, is a classic-fit yellow jumper. All my chunky knits (and slim knits for that matter too!) are either grey, navy, cream or black – SHOCKING – but I can see myself getting a little cosier with colour. As I wear my blue wash jeans more than my black these days, can you just imagine how darn chic they would look with this & Other Stories Chunky Knit Sweater? Or this Selected Femme Ribbed Knitted Jumper? The versatility of a chunky knit has been my biggest revelation of the winter months and I can see myself getting another one or two to add to my collection next time the winter chill hits.
Seeing as we’re hopefully transitioning into a warmer time of year, perhaps it’s worth purchasing a knit that is slightly finer in texture and won’t make you feel like you’re wearing a heated blanket if you end up sitting in direct sunlight. This & Other Stories Fitted Mock Neck Top is slim fit and will slip into high-waisted jeans perfectly, or this ASOS Design Co-Ord Jumper has dropped shoulders for a slightly slouchier look. I mean all these options have ‘COMFY WEEKEND BRUNCH’ written all over them. Just picture ’em with some bleach-wash jeans, black flat boots and a cross-body bag with your hair slung into a low-pony and the teeny tiniest amount of ‘no makeup, makeup’ on. That’s my perfect weekend outfit right there.
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GET READY FOR SUMMER
I know that there’s snow forecast again for the weekend (WHY!?), but upon scouting out the best yellow buys around I found some items that would be perfect if you have your summer capsule wardrobe on your brain already. The thing with the U.K weather is that it can start get scorching around the May-mark, so it might not be the craziest thing to invest in something strappy now as you never know when the sunshine is just round the corner.
Speaking of strappy, I’m telling you now that these Topshop Fever Strappy Sandals will be mine. A simple, minimalist design that will add a perfect pop of colour to a neutral and denim outfit. Another buy that I’m pretty sure I will make when my summer capsule wardrobe kicks in is this & Other Stories Relaxed Fit Retro Shirt, that looks like you should wear it if you ever go bowling, but looks cropped enough to sit well with my mostly high-waisted denim collection. Not being much of a dress gal, these Weekday Skater Loose Jeans look right up my street and will finally add a non-blue touch to my line-up of bottom half denim choices. Plus they appeal to my 15 year old ‘Sk8ter Girl’ self. The crowd-pleaser among these summer picks though has to be this & Other Stories Ruffle Wrap Blouse, which could be paired with a floaty skirt for those who prefer a little more feminine flavour to your silhouettes or some straight leg jeans if you’re addicted to denim.
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Photos by Lauren Shipley
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