Colonel Mustard in the CLOSET with a Hanger

Jil Sander, Proenza Schouler, Hermes Fall 2011 RTW - photos courtesy

I've always thought of yellow as a strictly summer colour.  The bright hue brings to mind sunshine, lemons and tulips...not exactly fall fare.  So when I started to notice all the pops of spicy mustard yellow on the runways this fall, I was surprised but totally excited.  After all, one can only take so much red, brown, black and camel.  Fall's been needing a good dose of colour and I'm loving this totally new, on-trend option.

Don't have a CLUE how to wear mustard?  I'm not one for rules, but these tips should help:

1)  Mustard looks marvellous with white, black, purples, oranges, shades of brown and denim.  Don't be afraid to colour-block or, if you prefer the more subtle approach, look for a spicy yellow bag, belt, or shoe.  

2)  Were you an early adopter of mustard yellow this summer?  Don't be afraid to carry your mustard pieces from summer into fall but be sure to consider the fabric; keep more weighty fabrics in rotation but be sure to store any of your summer-weight items...except for silky blouses, of course.

3)  It's always nice to add a little shine to your look.  When it comes to mustard, gold jewellery (real or faux) plays off beautifully against the brown-based hue.

4)  Yellow can be a tricky shade for certain skin tones.  Counteract the sallow effect by loading up on a little more eye-makeup than usual.  Or, if you're up for it, try a bright red lip as seen at Jil Sander and Hermes (see above).  The team at Sephora will help you get your look just right.

Want to add a little colour to your fall and winter wardrobe?  Click through the slideshow below for some of my mustard musts: