Would You Wear It- Mustard

Would You Wear It- Mustard

Happy Labor Day weekend and welcome to would you wear it. I’ve been a bit absent here lately because our house has been in massive chaos and eating up almost all my time. We stopped unpacking several weeks ago when we discovered the previous owners had some rodent issues. In fact, it turns out on top of mice and a rat or two, they had a mole living in the house. That seriously creeped us out so we decided the carpeting had to go… immediately.

We got 1/2 of our new carpeting installed Wednesday which meant moving all the boxes and antiques out of those rooms and cramming everything into the kitchen/family room. Carpet installers won’t move boxes or antiques. Who knew?

The carpet has not been without surprises either. The pad and carpet are so thick we can’t move any of our doors and the installers don’t shave down doors. Ah, the joys of homeownership. I promise to share our progress when it’s not such a disaster because, suffice to say, nothing is camera-ready.

Back to would you wear it. Each week my friend Pam and I share a photo of a mannequin and ask for our readers’ opinion. We want to know if you would wear what it is modeling..based on your shape, coloring, and lifestyle.

So tell me, ladies, would you wear this and why or why not?

The Labor Day sales are epic this weekend. Here are just a few updates:

Banana Republic – 40% off everything plus free shipping over $150 with the code BRSHIP

Here are a few things that caught my eye-

  • I love this Gray Croc Effect Saddlebag. It’s inspired by a piece from BR archives and oh so elegant looking. Croc print is as on-trend as zebra and leopard this fall but also timeless and classically elegant so this bag will look chic forever. Croc accessories also look great with other animal prints because it’s tone on tone patterning.
  • It’s hard to go wrong with a leopard blouse this fall, or any time. This Dillon Classic-Fit blouse is also available in zebra, polka dot or solids.
  • I’m always a fan of Vegan Suede. Make a classic Trench in it and you’ve got a great basic that updates everything you wear it with.

Talbots – 25% off your regular-price purchase. Here’s what caught my eye and ended up in my cart.

  • I shared these denim trousers in white here and loved them so much I ordered them in the dark wash. I got these in regular length to hem a bit longer to wear with booties. I’ll style them here soon.
  • I was in my local Talbots last week and fell head over heels for this jacket. I’m new to plaid and loving its borrowed from the boys vibe. Longer jackets are trending this fall so I bought the 6 regular rather than the 8 petite. You’ll see it here soon…probably belted.
  • I tried this Olive quilted jacket on and loved the fit. The quilting is slim and the belt gives it some shape so it has a narrow silhouette. This quilted jacket is a bit more casual and comes in some pretty colors. This long quilted coat has a hood for extra practicality and comes in the most elegant Honey Wheat color. They’re all terrific light layers which don’t add bulk.
  • This cashmere sweater is available in one of my very favorite colors so I had to order it. Their cashmere is especially luxurious and the colors are yummy. Being able to get it on sale before the season hits is smart.
  • I predict this blazer will be a huge seller for Talbots this season. The gray color is lovely but the Camel is stunning. It’s elegant, soft and a perfect piece to wear with jeans this winter. It’s a great weight and perfect for layering.

Now let’s go see what Pam is wearing here.

Thanks for reading and be sure you feel confident in what you wear!


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  1. August 31, 2019 / 4:09 am

    Cute on the Mannequin but the color doesn’t work for me. This choice is based on a few similar colors I’ve tried on that make me look sick…..sorry to report. I’d never buy this. The cherries (?) on the top, though kind of “campy” remind me of my mother’s old aprons. She had two with cherries, one paired with little lemons, if I Remember them right. This is right for somebody, but not me. (Skirt is cute!)

    • August 31, 2019 / 9:31 am

      I have an apron white huge lemons on it, which I adore. The yellow is an awful color for my complexion but the concept is cute and works in my kitchen:)

  2. Janet B
    August 31, 2019 / 4:11 am

    Good morning!! No, I wouldn’t care to wear that top. While I love mustard yellow, that top
    has posted much pea green in it for my taste. Love your blog!

  3. Cindy
    August 31, 2019 / 4:18 am

    No, the yellow would make me look like the walking dead. I don’t especially like fruit my clothes, either.

  4. Janet
    August 31, 2019 / 4:20 am

    Mustard is one colour I think I can say I’ll lnever wear. That shade is too warm for me and I actually find it unpleasant to look at. Like all colours, I can admire it on others and in nature, just not around me. I’m not a fan of the shape either as I prefer more fitted tops. Love the skirt shape, buttons and denim!
    I can relate to the housing challenes! Redid all closets meaning living in chaos again on the main floor and ripping out carpet throughtout the basement and the bedroom. 😮

    • August 31, 2019 / 9:29 am

      It is no fun. I can’t wait to get semi settled

  5. MP
    August 31, 2019 / 4:22 am

    I probably wore this in the 80’s – today I would not. I don’t wear mustard or jean skirts with button fronts. I remember how those skirts bunch up in the front when you sit. I don’t like the style or the color of the purse.

  6. Chris
    August 31, 2019 / 4:32 am

    Want to incorporate a small taste of mustard in my wardrobe, similar to how I like mustard on my hot dog!😁. I will be on the lookout for a top where mustard is a secondary or even a 3rd color. Perhaps a handbag in a neutral color with a mustard scarf as an accessory. Like others mentioned that is not a color I wear well, so using it as an accent will work best for me. I would definitely style an outfit similar to the mannequin, which is always how I look at mannequins-inspiration.

    • August 31, 2019 / 9:28 am

      They are meant to inspire us which is why I love these WYWI posts.

  7. Linda
    August 31, 2019 / 4:43 am

    Nope…wrong color, no cutesy prints, no button up skirts.

  8. Nicki
    August 31, 2019 / 4:50 am

    No mustard for me. Not my color. Would wear the outfit if the top was a light blue. It would make me look taller.

    • Suzi
      August 31, 2019 / 8:09 am

      Jennifer, all of the Talbot links take you to the quilted trench. Sorry about your housing problems, major disappointment.

  9. Sandy
    August 31, 2019 / 5:02 am

    I no longer wear tops tucked into pants/skirts. This looks way too uncomfortable to me. Jean skirts are stiff and ride up when I sit down. I donated mine to charity long ago. I like the mustard color, but not in a top close to my face. I own a pair of corduroy mustard pants and a mustard colored handbag I use in the Fall. This cutesy print is for my granddaughters – not me.

  10. August 31, 2019 / 5:03 am

    No, I would not wear because it just doesn’t fit my style adjectives for what I want to say with my clothing. I cringed when I first saw it…and that is always a bad sign.

    • August 31, 2019 / 9:26 am

      A cringe is a good sign to avoid at all costs, no matter how popular. Happy Saturday Pam

  11. Laura
    August 31, 2019 / 5:03 am

    The Talbot’s pieces are good, but the last four links all go to the same quilted jacket.

    • Jamie
      August 31, 2019 / 6:07 am

      That was frustrating . I wanted to see the others.

      • August 31, 2019 / 6:52 am

        I had the same problem but I found that If you click on the small pictures of the items you like it will take you to the right page.

    • Barleigh
      August 31, 2019 / 6:53 am

      I clicked on the individual items in order to get rid of that olive jacket. Try that!

  12. Daria
    August 31, 2019 / 5:21 am

    Does anyone look good in this colour? It really is unflattering. A small accent, though, might work, as a pop of colour on an otherwise conservatively coloured outfit. Otherwise – yikes. No.

    • Nancy
      August 31, 2019 / 6:17 am

      I’ve never seen anyone that did not look sallow, washed out, and terrible in mustard. There are a million other colors to wear.

      • August 31, 2019 / 9:21 am

        I’ve seen women who look vibrant and fabulous in mustard, I’m not one of them;)

        • Virginia
          August 31, 2019 / 12:09 pm

          I love mustard and wear it a lot, and I get compliments when I do. The generally negative tone of the comments on this weekly feature is disappointing, mostly because it feels like so many comments are self-critical. Just because something doesn’t appeal to one person doesn’t mean it’s tacky or awful or universally unflattering. And just because some of our bodies are not as youthful as they once were doesn’t mean we aren’t still beautiful, and that we can’t keep looking fresh and current. So how about we all lighten up on ourselves, promise to appreciate and show off our best features, and acknowledge that mannequins (and fashion magazines and style blogs) are meant to catch our attention and inspire our choices, rather than for us to follow them exactly?

        • August 31, 2019 / 4:15 pm

          Thank you, Virginia! I so appreciate your comment. The entire point of these posts is to elicit conversation but I dislike when it deteriorates into universal criticism. I happen to love the color mustard and think it’s a sophisticated look. I myself, can not wear it near my face but there are many who can, including you.

  13. Betty (SC)
    August 31, 2019 / 5:28 am

    No problem with the color of this good, basic tee; but those cheeries just gotta go — too juvenile!

  14. Mary K Havelka
    August 31, 2019 / 5:55 am

    Absolutely NO to the mustard top, any yellow/warm tone is not my friend. And No to the jean skirt, looks outdated to me.

  15. August 31, 2019 / 6:12 am

    I never wear the mustard color, however, I would like the tee in another color because I love the embroidery.

  16. Susan McClelland
    August 31, 2019 / 6:14 am

    I would not wear this – wrong colour and too casual for work and too dressy for my weekends. Also the cherries on the shirt make it look cutesy.

  17. Laurel
    August 31, 2019 / 6:14 am

    I always wonder who wears mustard. From the comments here, lots of people don’t. And I surely don’t either. It makes me look dead. 🙁 The embroidered roses are also a no for me. A bit too young, I think.

  18. Laura
    August 31, 2019 / 6:19 am

    This outfit looks like it came from the Juniors department…the fabric of both the top and the skirt appear to be cheap and flimsy (maybe someone slept in the outfit for a few days?). Personally I don’t think anyone looks well in mustard color, and I know I sure don’t. I do like the bag though.

  19. Adrienne C Kushner
    August 31, 2019 / 6:33 am

    I look very good in mustard, gold, and olive green, but I am not sure about cherries on it.

    • August 31, 2019 / 9:18 am

      I wondered about those cherries. I think they are a love it or hate it based on the amount of whimmey you like in your clothes.

  20. Karen Needler
    August 31, 2019 / 6:37 am

    Well, looks like everyone else has said what I would about color, flowers, junior style. A few years back my trustworthy J.Crew stylist suggested I try a classic mustard gingham button down, and to my surprise, it was nice with my silver hair, cool coloring, and dark denim jeans. I kept it for a few seasons, then gave it away. On another note, I tried clicking on a few links like Talbot’s cashmere sweater and ended up at their trench coat. Would love to see the sweater!

    • August 31, 2019 / 6:55 am

      I had the same problem but I found that If you click on the small pictures of the items you like it will take you to the right page.

    • August 31, 2019 / 9:15 am

      Sorry for the incorrect link, I fixed it. I bought the teal sweater. Gorgeous color

  21. Rose Brock
    August 31, 2019 / 7:24 am

    Not sure I like the mustard color or the cherries. A lighter color of yellow would look fine on me. The skirt is just like one I have from Nordstrom’s from awhile back. Haven’t worn it for some time but I always loved it. I like Pam’s dress!

  22. August 31, 2019 / 7:27 am

    I love this shirt and I just turned 60. I would definitely wear it.

  23. MRSBEN2
    August 31, 2019 / 7:28 am

    For me; a definite no for the top as ‘mustard’ is a colour I cannot wear as makes me look sallow and like I have a bad case of Jaundice but do love it on other people. As for the skirt and though I do like its cut and being denim, doing up all those buttons would quite frankly drive me crazy. Also as it appears to be somewhat short, I would definitely pass. Last but not least re the purse; as I am currently downsizing the scale of my street-style handbags I would definitely consider it. (FYI I am choosing mostly cross body bags BUT have already converted a few of the double strap0 leather ones to removable ‘ single’ shoulder straps and am using the overlap surplus to create an optional detachable wristlet. In other words, accomplishing two styles of bag in one. )
    P.S.: Re crocodile prints; agree with you Jennifer that they are classic and timeless therefore IMHO a worthwhile investment. Also while going through my ‘ can’t part with it yet ‘ closet, I came across a scarf that was a giraffe print so that is another one to add to the animal list that will go well with this season’s trend.

    • August 31, 2019 / 9:13 am

      Very clever idea Brenda! Giraffe prints are sure fun…

  24. Debbie Davis
    August 31, 2019 / 7:35 am

    Happy Labor Day Jennifer!!
    Nope!! Color is best on a hot dog rather than a person! Like a denim skirt but without the buttons.The different colored buttons on the skirt make it look old and worn which is definitely not my style!!

    • August 31, 2019 / 9:11 am

      Happy Labor Day Debbie! This color flatters many complexions, but certainly not mine so if I add it to my wardrobe it will be in shoes;)

  25. Barb
    August 31, 2019 / 7:43 am

    I would not wear this mustard color top, it would look dreadful on me and I never, ever buy anything in that color! I am in the cool summer complexion and the color would not do me any favors. I would wear the skirt though, it is cute and I typically wear my tops in with skirts, as I am petite and if anything I have learned through this lovely blog, proportions are very important.

  26. Nicole
    August 31, 2019 / 8:03 am

    I would definitely not wear mustard anywhere close to my face. I would not be opposed to mustard-colored accessories though- shoes or a handbag. It is a nice accent color but isn’t flattering to my complexion.

    • August 31, 2019 / 9:25 am

      I’m seeing a lot of mustard-colored shoes and thinking they would be a fun pop of color.

  27. Cindi
    August 31, 2019 / 8:23 am

    I love mustard this time of year! I would say to others to try it. I have a fair and cooler complexion. I am in the process of lightening my hair. With my summer tan mustard looks really good on me. I started with tops, but this year I have gone all out and got a cardigan and vest in mustard. Actually, it looked better on me than the cooler colors in the store. So, for me this outfit is a definite yes! I would wear it! I love jean skirts and wear them a lot. Add the mustard and it’s the perfect early Fall outfit.

  28. Pam
    August 31, 2019 / 9:16 am

    I love the color, not the fruit. I am so happy this fall that there are finally some colors that really flatter my complexion; mustard yellow, also the yellows that have more orange in them, dark olive, and reddish cinnamon colors. I look ghastly in all the blues that have been prevalent the last few years. Warm happy colors. Hurray!

  29. Kathy
    August 31, 2019 / 9:31 am

    No, to this outfit, except the crossbody bag. As others commented, that ensemble might be cute on a much younger person. That skirt looks like it would indeed bunch up when you sat down. Mustard is not a fave color of mine. So sorry to hear of your new home issues; I will be moving into a new home next month and sure hope I won’t be encountering any moles in the house! That just gave me the shivers! Lol. But, I think my home has hardwood flooring throughout, so shouldn’t have that issue. I gave up carpeting years ago (allergy issues) and just love the look of wood flooring.

  30. August 31, 2019 / 9:33 am

    I don’t mind some shades of mustard but I do not care for that tee shirt at all and neither would I wear the denim skirt. This look just doesn’t appeal to me at all.

  31. Bab
    August 31, 2019 / 9:43 am

    Mustard is not a favorite color of mine and doesn’t agree with my skin tone. The skirt is cute though.

  32. Penelope
    August 31, 2019 / 9:50 am

    I wrote a comment but it disappeared. Will try again.
    Mustard top wrong color for me. Don’t like the details. Style is ok. Basic.
    Skirt is just my style but don’t like the buttons. The denim is a good substantial fabric for my lower half and the vertical center line is slenderizing. Good length and silhouette. I’ve had several shirts like this over the years.

  33. Deb
    August 31, 2019 / 10:22 am

    No to the outfit. But I do like mustard for a purse or shoes. Just a pop of color!

  34. Lucretia Roletta
    August 31, 2019 / 11:25 am

    There is nothing on the mannequin that catches my eye, except the purse I like. The color mustard on the shirt does not come across well on my computer but it does not look appealing. My husband bought me a Coach mustard purse, the color has less brown in it then the above shirt and it goes with many items in my closet. Sometimes we need to experiment with the unexpected. It gives us and our wardrobe a break.
    When you get your house situation in order, so overwhelming, could you do a post on the “new” length in longer blazers and how to fit for our body proportions? They seem to cut us off in odd areas. Perhaps my eye isn’t used to it yet.

  35. beth byrd
    August 31, 2019 / 11:30 am

    I am one of the few that like and can wear this color. That being said, I don’t care for the cherries on this top at all … they just clash (in my opinion).

    I’m not a fan of the button up denim skirt either. I think a classic pair of grey jeans would look fabulous with this mustard color tee. That would make a great color combo.

    I’d add a scarf or a silver-tone necklace, too.

  36. Dana
    August 31, 2019 / 1:07 pm

    Definitely not. Even though the sales personell are gently trying to push mustard I am not a fan. It does not compliment my hair or skintone. Looks good only on a hotdog 😋!

  37. Beth Ryan
    August 31, 2019 / 1:16 pm

    I don’t like the outfit at all. Looks frumpy. But the purse….YES! Love it!

  38. sheryl beil
    August 31, 2019 / 1:19 pm

    Really like the jean skirt. i think i could still do it if i didnt vamp it up…maybe some tights and flats with it…no to the top, i think its destined for the clearance rack.

  39. Chicagosuburbangirl
    August 31, 2019 / 1:39 pm

    No, I would not.
    The shirt color would not flatter my coloring and the jean skirt looks dowdy and uncomfortable to me.
    I don’t get the camel colored bag relating to the outfit.

    On someone else, this might look cute.

  40. Dawn
    August 31, 2019 / 2:20 pm

    I’m not a fan of the outfit except the purse is cute. The mustard shirt with the cherries would be hideous on me and I don’t like skirt style at all. I know mustard is a hot color for fall and I recently bought a mustard pair of loafers for a pop of color. I love them, but they will be the only mustard in my closet! Good luck getting settled in your house. Hopefully no more surprises!

  41. Eve
    August 31, 2019 / 4:22 pm

    I might wear mustard color if it’s grey Poupom color but not good old hot dog mustard color. The embroidery I’ll leave to the younger women. At my age I’m in danger of being accused of being cute. : )

  42. Penelope
    August 31, 2019 / 7:43 pm

    I cannot wear mustard either but I just bought a sundress on sale in an all over print of small cherries so I guess I embrace the whimsy and retro element. I also have cherry earrings…shhh don’t tell.

  43. Sarah
    September 1, 2019 / 12:00 am

    No, I wouldn’t wear this with the cherries on. I would wear the mustard without a pattern but I think it would look fresher with white or navy trousers/skirt.

  44. Jami
    September 1, 2019 / 1:26 am

    Absolutely not. The color alone is terrible for me and a button snap skirt? This seems very outdated to me.

  45. Penny L. Luckenbaugh
    September 3, 2019 / 11:30 am

    The skirt is o.k. for late summer into fall-BUT- mustard is a color flattering to very few, and for an olive brunette, only lime or avacado green is a worse choice.

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