... oh yes yellow. Yellow, yellow, yellow.
You either love it or you hate it. I love it. Even with black. Bring on the wasp and bee analogies, I don't care, I think it is the epitome of Spring cool.
Admittedly I don't have any. Well. I do have one lovely Goat cardigan which gets dragged out every year but that's almost verging on mustard, which to be fair, for the purposes of this blog, counts. Oh and I have a scarf - that is so so getting worn this week.
Today we are all about the sunshine. Severe lack of it at the moment and I am still in full on holiday looking forward mode (albeit Feb half term which isn't exactly renowned for its scorching temperatures, although saying that, I'm sure in the last couple of years my boys have done football and may have even come home with a touch of sunburn.. they can't have, can they? Does seem familiar though....someone put me out of my misery please). We even woke up to snow this morning. This is not making me feel that sunny.
We need the sunshine to be forced upon us, so how about an injection of warmth with a jumper.
I've been thinking about this for a while now, after I saw an article in Grazia the other week saying it is The colour of the season. To be fair, everyone does seem to pick a different colour each week - I seem to recall a number of magazines touting pink as the shade to be seen in this Spring but to be honest, who cares. I think we need to find an accent colour that works for us (that's the royal we by the way) and chances are, yellow is going to be some people's cup of tea whilst others will have a penchant for all things pink.
Further inspo and a RIGHT I NEED THIS NOW push, came from this pic of Ms Beckham that I came across the other day. I've been clocking her recently becoming more of a fan of the chunky knit and loose skirt or culottes. I'm probably going to leave her to this look as whilst she can carry it off, I may well look a tad more Weeble. I'm not sure the proportions of chunky atop of loose would work for me. Although hell, I may well give it a go. Watch this space.
In the meantime this is the picture of her rocking yellow and black. And to be fair, this is a fitted jumper not one of the thicker, oversized numbers she's been sporting. Not a hint of an insect insight.
I'm not saying we all go charging out and track down printed yellow pieces (but lord I love her skirt... and jumper.. and boots...) but a plain yellow injection of a knit, coat or pair of shoes (you can do trousers if you want.. personally I wasn't loving them with the research I did. I'm sticking to more neutral colours around my nether regions. Just slightly less Hi de Hi.) can make all the difference to a dull, dark outfit. Yellow is perfect with all our classic wardrobe basics - black, khaki, navy or grey. And even better, does a sterling job into the Summer with white.
Starting with one that is the most like the jumper above that I could find. Although probably a tenth, if not less, of the cost. This with black leather anything would look amazing. Like my pleather pleated skirt for example.
Ribbed Sweater from Whistles £95
Another great option would be the Tippi Sweater from JCrew. This is a bargain in this colourway (alas limited sizes)
Tippi Sweater from JCrew was £79.50 now £39
Cashmere crewneck in Mimosa Yellow at Boden £99 pre 20% off (remember the code M7X3)
I think that's the perfect shade above but there are two others yellows in the sale.
Firstly the Citrine Cashmere which was £99 and is now £49.50
Or the Sulphur again £49.50. Personally I would order all three and see which one is the best shade. It is so hard to see from just a pic online.
And then moving onto the paler, more sherbert lemon shades. These I think work so incredibly well with pale grey. Now I'm sure this is the same version that I had last year in grey but it does look slightly different (so clearly it's not the same at all...). I had it on the other day and as my friend said - she thought it was ideal (and where had I got it from) as it was thicker than a tee but not as thick as a big jumper.
Everyday Jumper from Boden in lemon sorbet £46.50
Slightly different style again in a cotton knit from Mango.
Ribbed Sweater from Mango £29.99
With the grey edge already added in the sale at Jigsaw.
Cotton Cashmere Trim Jumper from Jigsaw was £79 now £48
A looser shape, also at Jigsaw. I'm not loving this styling but I think layered over a white shirt, leather leggings and either black flats or heels, this would look fantastic. Throw over white skinnies in the Summer and this jumper could work for you all year round.
Cotton Slouchy Dip Hem Jumper was £59 now £29
Or of course you can go bright. Acid, to be precise... This I love against black and charcoal. And then of course it would come into its own in the Summer again with white. Oh hello. White and black and this would be purely amazing. It's also the perfect shape to wear over looser bottoms as it's not too long but not too cropped. It's the veritable Goldilocks of jumpers. (pleather or leather bottoms and this would be simply too cool)
Springtime Ribbed Jumper from FCUK was £50 now £25 in Acid Blonde
And then of course the shirt, dare I say blouse, option. Love this for a hint of yellow underneath a navy or black jumper for now. Under dungarees would also be wonderful. The perfect piece to wear to work and also at the weekend. Leather trews anyone? Peg legs or over skinnies, tucked into a skirt - be it pencil or full - this would make up so many different outfits.
Y.A.S Aida Long Sleeved Shirt was £45 now £31.50 They also do a tall version which is only £29.00 now.
Another great option from Dorothy Perkins and a bargain at that. Amazing over jeans (even blue ones. ha ha) or black bottoms.
Ochre (although they spell it Ocre.. REALLY?) Sheered Panel Top was £25 now £18 (25% off everything at DPs at the mo...)
Cheating now with the mix of colours already done for you but if you're not happy with full on yellow, great for layering under a black jumper but I love over leather leggings with a black longline blazer.
Reclaimed Vintage Oversized check shirt £30
Clearly my obsession with footwear shows no signs of abating and if you're not a fan of yellow clothing, how about letting your shoes do the talking?
Asymmetric Stiletto Shoes in yellow from Mango £35.99 My favourite style of stiletto. The same as my black pair that I've had for six years.
And a flat version (ish..). Aiden D'Orsay Flats at Banana Republic £65 Channel your inner Audrey with a pair of black cropped jeans or trousers, fitted black top and these on your tootsies.
Again, these could make all the difference to an old outfit. New daps.
ASOS Drew Lace Up Trainers £25
Now I haven't bought into the current Cortez craze but if I were to be persuaded - these would be the ones to turn my head.
Nike Maize Yellow Cortez Trainers £62
And finally onto the coats. Just the two but two complete beauties. I could happily happily wear either of these all year round. They're not coats of the heavy variety and are ideal for Spring days. If it happens to be a chilly day, layer with a scarf but a plain tee under either of these would work just as well.
Pockets Wool Coat in yellow from Mango £99.99
And finishing with my favourite oversized coat shape, new this season from Boden.
The Carrie Coat £199 (don't forget 20% off with the code above)
So have I tempted you with my little corner of sunshine? Anything you fancy to just add that hint of Spring to your wardrobe? Or are you a member of the yellow over my dead body club? Pink? Baby blue? What colour are you thinking is going to be your added extra this Spring.
Well to be fair, there was no Spring chez moi today. Absolutely. Freezing. Went super early doors for a dog walk and then round to my sister in laws this afternoon to hang out with the cousins. Seeing as it was snowing this morning, I resorted to cracking out last year's favourite winter woollies and coat along with this year's coated jeans and bikers.
Navy cashmere Off Duty jumper - Boden
Coated jeans - New Look
Fur patchwork coat - Topshop
Edie biker boots - Seven Boot Lane
Day one of the holidays over. I haven't resorted to the wine yet. Which I therefore deem a success.. Day two - bring it on....