Gray & Yellow – how to love it (a Pinterest re-do)

So it’s Monday again. Funny how that keeps happening. And because it is a Monday, and especially because it is a Monday immediately following a Hollywood awards show requiring me to spend great quantities of time on the internet reading reviews of the sartorial stylings of people like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, I’m not getting a whole lot of work done today.

Something else that’s keeping me from getting a lot of work done today = Pinterest. It is seriously a black hole of productivity. Especially when I come across things like this:

Golden Deliscious

And now my eyes are bleeding and I’m really not going to be able to get any work done because I am blind.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the women of America by spending time on Pinterest, it’s that 90-ish percent of them love a good matchy-matchy outfit like the one above. But women of America please hear me now – your outfits and accessories do NOT have to match, they just have to GO. In fact, it’s much, much better that way.

I don’t hate the outfit above because it’s gray and yellow. I hate the outfit above because it’s TOO MUCH yellow. As in, everything is yellow. *

*On a side note, I do find it hilarious that the person who created this outfit titled it “Golden Delicious” and then went with lemons as her fruit of choice.**

**On a second side note, who accessorizes their outfits with fruit???

This outfit makes me especially sad because I do love gray and yellow together as a color combo. In fact, I have long wanted to decorate my guest bedroom in gray, yellow and navy. (Which at the rate I’m going with home decorating will happen sometime in the year 2025.) So how would I make gray and yellow work in an outfit? Like so:

Gray & Yellow Casual

Much better, yes? The yellow here is subtle accent color and not an all-out assault on your visual system. And as the weather warms up you can drop the cardi, remove the scarf, swap out the ankle booties for a pair of yellow flats and keep wearing that adorable tank all the way through Summer.

Like your yellow subtle, but want to have a little more of it in your outfit? Here you go:

Gray & Yellow Dress

Check out that precious yellow trench coat. It works here because the base of the outfit (that dress) is a neutral color. A neutral base allows for more fun accessories like the yellow trench, patterned bag and turquoise earrings. I really love this outfit.  So much so that the only thing keeping me from running out and buying this entire outfit after work is the fact that I have already tried to squeeze my large calves into those Hunter boots. I won’t tell you how it turned out, but I will tell you there were tears. And they were not of joy.

To sum up, gray + yellow = good. All yellow + more yellow + a gray coat = not. But what do you think? Is subtle yellow the best yellow? Or do you like all yellow all the time? Head to the comments to let me know!



About Shea Brakefield

Lawyer for pay. Fashion crimefighter for free. View all posts by Shea Brakefield

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