A/W 16 How to wear accents of Mustard

If you would ever have asked me if ‘mustard’ was my colour of choice, the answer would have been a simple ‘no way’ – followed by ‘blondes don’t do mustard’.

Until a couple of weeks ago that was. Yes, words have been eaten 😉

How we see colours changes all the time.

When a colour becomes the new ‘it’ colour and we start to notice it everywhere, our mind automatically conditions us to be more accepting.

But even so, never did I ever imagine, I could wear it.

A/W 16 How to wear Mustard

Ava Black Jeans with rips* $79.00 (Wearing 12) | Frankie Tank grey* $24.95 (Wearing 12) | Willow Cardi* $69 (online in grey only Wearing 12) all| The Muse Shootie $299 Mimco | Sunnies: Number One by Karen Walker

Often the key to pulling of a new look or a colour is to jump straight in.

But that, I’m not suggesting you fill your whole wardrobe with the trending colour(s).

In fact, quite the contrary.

One or maximum two pieces will offer you a nod to the trend, without full on saturation.

What I’m suggesting by jumping straight in, is to make sure you get as much wear as possible from the latest hue.

Trending colours are meant to be just that – they are seasonal.

Liken them to your show-pony pieces. You can’t wear them everyday, but when you do pull them out – they should stand out as being a bit spesh.

At the start of each new season, I always like to look up the colours that will be dazzling my senses for the coming months.

Get the heads-up if you like.

Six Key Palettes

  1. TERRAIN – EARTH TONES Brown is making a comeback. With Camel and Toffee leading the way in this palette. Key Notes: Dark Olive, Coppertone and Rust.
  2. FRONTIER – NEUTRALS Navy is the base, but think Mid Steel to Teal (picture a Peacocks feathers). Chocolate also plays it’s part, as does Wheat which is this season’s Khaki.
  3. IMPULSE – BRIGHT LIGHTS Red intensifies to Scarlet. Other warm brights Yellow, Mustard and Orange also play their part. Magenta rounds off the bright offering.
  4. MYSTERY – JEWEL TONES Reds still dominate, lead by Burgundy and Plum extending into Crimson.
  5. NOSTALGIA – MIDTONES Vibrant Azure hue extending to Light Periwinkle and Baby Blue. Soft Sky Blue and Hydrangea mix to make a bright Baby Blue.
  6. CLEANSE -PASTEL Ceramic Pink, Lavender Grey and Biscuit. Ivory is the off-white tone of the season. While Dust Grey moulds this palette together.

Trending colour report: www.weconnectfashion.com

Brighter shades have never really held my heart – I’m more of a muted, neutral kinda gal, softer colours tend to work better against my skin tone.

I remember my gorgeous Mumma loving bright red – a colour I have never been able to wear.

But when I see someone wearing red – I always think of her. This alone makes me smile and gives me the warm-n-fuzzies.

A/W16 How to wear accents of Mustard

Full outfit details above | Caviette Fold Over Clutch* $149 by Nikki Williams

The key to pulling off a certain accent colours is definitely how you wear them.

Putting a big hit of colour close to your face can be make or break.

My first soiree with mustard was the Desert Emroidered Shirt from Bohemian Traders – you can see me wearing it here

The Frankie and Co cardigan is the second piece.

I’m so shocked how well it sits against the light grey but pops against the black making it the best of both worlds.

It’s super soft and the perfect travel companion as it’s as light as a feather (I’m thinking long-haul plane travel with the temps drop to sub-zero).

Even though I’ve added my Mimco heels, this combination would work equally as well with a sneaker (white or silver would look fab).

How to wear Mustard:

  • If you are really unsure if a colour could work for you – start by trying scarves on.
  • Daylight is essential – artificial light never works.
  • Break up the mustard by putting a softer colour closer to your face.
  • Mix up your colours – a bit like pattern clashing, it takes the emphasise of the bright.
  • Accessories are the perfect way to embrace a colour trend. Necklaces, earrings and bangles all work a treat.
  • If you want to stay classic, add the accent colour to your handbag and shoes only.

Of course, there will always be exceptions.

As far as I’m concerned there are no fashion and styling rules – just wear whatever colour brings a smile to your face and makes you happy!

What seasonal colour have taken your fancy beauties? Plum, Mustard or Peacock?


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