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Friday, September 2nd 2011

Ask a Stylist: Shades of Mustard


Shopbop stylist Rachel in an Alexander Berardi blouse, Rag & Bone pants, and a Giles & Brother bracelet.

Though I’ve loved the color mustard ever since Michelle Williams wore it with a bright red lip to the 2006 Academy Awards, I’ve never attempted the shade myself. But there’s never been a better time to try: this fall sees beautiful options by designers like DVF and Thakoon, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Acne clothing. I’m set on incorporating it into my fall wardrobe, so I asked Shopbop stylist Rachel for her tips on how to wear it.

Tonya: Mustard is a tricky shade to match. What colors would you recommend wearing with it?
Rachel: The range of the mustard family can be quite expansive. You may be more inclined to the brighter “French’s” shade or the deeper “Grey Poupon” shades, but lucky for us, we can wear the brighter hues in the summer months and use the darker to transition into the later parts of fall and even into early winter. By pairing the shade with autumn tones, say rust or camel, you will be adding automatic warmth to your outfit.

Tonya: If I don’t want to go all-out with this color, how could I incorporate it into my look in a subtle way?
Rachel: I adore it when I see someone with an unexpected punch of color added to their outfit. If you’re uncomfortable going all-out monochromatic, an accessory is a great option. BE & D’s Maggie Satchel in Honey will elevate an outfit to the next level.

Tonya: How are you planning on wearing the color this fall?
Rachel: I have to admit I was a bit intimidated, thinking it wouldn’t work with my skin tone, yada yada, but I was mistaken. Since the range of this color family is quite large, it’ll be easy to incorporate it here and there. I’ll most likely use it as an accent piece: a cable sweater or a button-down blouse by Lyn Devon, paired with Rag & Bone brown leather pants. YES PLEASE!

Tonya: What item in this color are you most coveting?
Rachel: Ohhh this is hard to narrow down, but I’m a shoe fanatic (thanks, mom), and what better shoe to introduce to my closet than the Estrella Platform Sandals by Suno, in Dijon. They’ll be the perfect accent piece to any outfit this fall.

--Tonya

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