The colour mustard gets its name from the condiment, which is a brown shade of yellow. Warm, earthy and rich. It’s also called ochre, gold and turmeric, but I like to stick to mustard. Not quite camel, toffee or rust, and definitely not citron or chartreuse. Mustard is more yellow than camel and dirtier than a clear yellow.
There is lots of mustard in stores at the moment making both a Summer and early Fall statement. Mustard is available in most wardrobe items and across different shades. Some mustards are more yellow, while others are more brown and orange.
I like that the Autumn stereotype of mustard has been lifted by popping it straight into Summer. It’s gorgeous with white, tomato red, gold, bronze, shocking pink, and shades of blue in the Summer. Or black, cinnamon, grey, navy, chocolate, burgundy and cream in the cooler months.
Mustard isn’t popular with my clients, because it’s too warm and muddy for them. They prefer to wear cool colours. But those who do wear mustard well, love it. People with auburn and strawberry blonde complexions tend to look great in mustard. I also like mustard on very dark skin tones, freckled redheads, dark blondes, and complexions with black hair and fairly pale skin tones. My late Mum was a dark blonde with a warm complexion and dark blue eyes who wore earth tones with the best of them. I fondly remember her in the ‘70s wearing a fitted mustard safari trouser suit with cork platforms and gigantic tortoiseshell sunnies.
I LOVE yellow, but am a citron and chartreuse gal because acidic, fresh, clear and crisp brights look best against my skin. Mustard is too dirty. I don’t dislike mustard though, and will wear it in a pattern, as an accessory, or as a pair of shoes. I prefer toffee, chocolate and cinnamon to mustard in solid items of clothing or as a leather.
Over to you. What’s your verdict on mustard?