It started back with this fall’s clothing: Gucci and more narrowed in on ‘70s-inspired pieces. But you might have noticed that there was a distinct color that kept resurfacing that hasn’t been around in quite some time: mustard. With the advent of J.Lo’s Giambattista Valli dress at the Golden Globes and Michelle Obama’s Narcisco Rodriguez frock at her husband’s last State of the Union, mustard (marigold, quince, goldenrod, ochre) is officially having a moment.
When looking for the right shade of mustard yellow, it might take some trial and error as it can depend on your skin tone. We love this lighter yellow -- when paired with earthy brown boots, a luxurious navy wrap coat and simple and clean denim, it takes casual to a new level of elegance.
Channeling Joan from Mad Men, this outfit has a vaguely ‘50s pinup feel to it, but feels modern due to the color palette. The A.L.C. skirt is a great staple for those who have yellow undertones in their skin; a more flattering color up near the face makes wearing mustard easier for some.
This dress from UK site Boohoo is a great choice for those who aren’t ready to invest in the trend just yet. It’s an affordable way to try out the color, made cool by the maroon cardigan and fringe-heeled booties from socially conscious luxury brand Maiyet. If the tie-front is a little too cutesy for you, try leaving the ties undone at the neck for a more relaxed look.
Quick and easy, this knit shell can help brighten up a simple work outfit. The deeper, richer tones help keep the look from looking like a classic yellow and black bumble bee, while the textures in the boucle jacket and scarf help add some depth and texture to the look.
Mustard can get casual, too! A simple jegging or jean is a great way to incorporate the color at an affordable price point. We’ve paired it with shades of grey and silver to help make the focus about the pant and add a level of wintry, fireplace-approved fun to a simple outfit.
We have a feeling mustard isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so if you’re in love with the color, it might be wise to invest in something for spring like this cotton coat from Tory Burch. To keep it from being too "Palm Beach country club," add wide leg slouchy pants and a grey cropped sweater. Finish the look off with some Adidas sneakers that really show you’ve mastered not only mustard but here-and-now fashion, too.