MENU

Thursday, 28 February 2013

What's Your OTHER Favourite Colour?



Right, everyone has a favourite colour. Mine is grey. Ben knows this - he asks me quite often hoping that one day I will say something like blue which coincidentally is his favourite colour but no - I always answer grey. I took him in to Zara recently (poor boy) and showed him three coloured sweatshirts "What do you think Ben? The pink or the blue?" "Blue" he replied . I knew he would say blue - it's his favourite colour and he poo poos anything pink because he is a boy (that's his logic for the time being). "Okay Ben, blue or grey?". "Grey" replied Ben. "But I thought you would pick blue because that's your favourite colour". "No - grey is your favourite colour, you wear grey all the time - just get the grey. Can we go now?". Well that's telling me then.

So yes, I like grey (a lot) and the usual basic neutrals (black, white, taupe and navy) but I have noticed that with the exception of "fashion" colours which pop in from season to season (remember autumn/winter's berry tones?), I have another favourite colour which I have a soft spot for. Yellow. But not wishy washy pastel pale yellow. I like a nice bright yellow. Yes siree.

I think I have only become aware of this in the last year or so when I did a quick scan of the wardrobe. It started a few years back with a yellow spotty silk/cotton blouse from Whistles. Couldn't resist the colour - it was happy. Then I bought my Aubin & Wills rain jacket. Bright bright yellow. Happy, happy, happy. This was followed by a yellow striped Breton from Jack Wills and last summer brought me a bright citrus yellow Topshop jumper which in turn brought me lovely compliments but was such a boooger to wear because of the cut and length that I eventually assigned it to the charity bag. Then winter came and a lovely mohair acidy yellow H&M scarf came to live with me. Just after, a replacement yellow jumper from Aubin & Wills filled the gap of the horrid Topshop one. Whoops - nearly forgot. I also have two pairs of yellow sandals. Oh and another yellow stripe cardigan which I really did forget about.

I think that qualifies yellow as my other colour.

Whistles Blouse, Jack Wills Breton, Aubin Wills Jumper

Doing my "intelligent" specs look. Okay - running out of contacts lenses actually.
Carefully mussed up pony tail. Okay - bad hair day.


All the indicators are giving out that yellow is going to be big this year. I'm not sure I want it to be because it's my other colour but when Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton is splashing it around like no ones business, I'm just going to have to like it and lump it. Oh well - at least I don't need to spend money on this trend :o)

Louis Vuitton SS2013


So if you can't beat them, join them. Here's my yellow picks from Zatchels to start you off  :





So tell me, what's your other favourite colour?


45 comments :

  1. I like yellow too - it works so well with the neutrals! Lol @ Ben, my boy won't even step foot in a clothes shop with me or anyone for that matter. In fact I like a few shades of yellow from pale lemon to almost lime green. However, I'm very partial to other colours too, namely red, orange, hot pink, purple and emerald green. I just totally ignored this for years until I started my closet audit. One of my ongoing clothes resolution is to wear more of these colours.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes poor Ben but he's not subjected that often. I like the brighter shades of yellow - I think I'm naturally drawn as they have more impact and work better on me. I like the summer months - the colours get a bit brighter and more varied. It sounds like you like the strong colours too.

      Delete
  2. Hi there! I am loving yellow for the coming season and want to find some key accessories such as bag or scarf in this colour. I like your Whistles blouse, I thrifted a pinstripe chambray blouse in virtually the same style to it a couple of weeks ago. Loved reading about your blogger day out too, so nice you all managed to meet up and have a fabulous time! xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes we did have a great time. It was over too soon for me especially as I had to get a train home. The Whistles blouse I got about 4 years ago I think. They had it in a mid pink and a pale blue but I wanted the zingy yellow because the colour is what caught my eye in the first place. For once I went with the bright and cheerful. It's a great easy shape to wear as well as you'll know with your thrifted blouse.

      Delete
  3. My favorite color is every shade of blue-green/petrol/teal/dark turquoise, and my second favorite color is deep raspberry red. They just look so good on me! And of course my favorite neutrals are black and grey. I love jewel tones in general, so it goes without saying that fall usually is "my" season :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oooh - I like your colours - really rich deep colours. I especially like the petrol/teal shades.You know I really need to experiment more with colours in the winter time instead of sticking with grey. It would cheer me up so much more. I saw a lovely bottle green jumper in COS when I was in London last November but they didn't have my size in store and I never got round to ordering it on line. My loss :o(

      Delete
  4. Grey is my number one as well, but you know that anyway!! I think we must have the same colour palette instinct or something as yellow is very high on my list too - I have these amazing yellow shoes and a gorgeous mustard yellow jumper and I picked up a yellow Toast skirt form the charity shop - oh and I am caving in and going to buy the gorgeous yellow tote from Zara ( it's only £19.99) - I saw it in the shop and a lady picked it off the shelf in front of me and ran off with it . How dare she. It was soft and lovely and ....yellow.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yellow is good - even the smallest hint of it is good. One of my favourite scarves just has a tiny yellow stripe running through it but it's what sold it to me. I know which tote you mean - that one will certainly lift your spirits. Treat yourself for having done your big clearout.

      Delete
  5. Love grey too but have just started loving purple again, thanks to my new Orla Kiely scarf I got on Saturday. Shall be purpling up the blog in a few hours hopefully (busy getting distracted by everyone elses blogs...). Yellow can be a difficult colour to wear but you really suit it. The striped top is great....just found another distraction...yellow striped tops...off to google...Avxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I forgot to mention that purple comes a close second to the yellow but I'm more an aubergine girl. It's funny how these colours sneak themselves in and you're not even aware of it.

      The Orla scarf is looking great with your purple coat. That was a good buy and an excellent souvenir.

      Delete
  6. i have two favorite colors and two other colors (ha)
    my first are off white and beige. and guess what, beige goes so well with yellow (i´m thinking my cos scarf) and this makes yellow my other color! taada!
    the other second color is pink, oh well i´m such a girl ;) i know it´s because i have two son´s, no pink at all ;)

    xx doro

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Doro. Yellow goes excellent with beige. I know because the favourite scarf I was talking about is predominantly beige with a band of white, and a stripe of black and the lovely yellow. It just works.

      And it's funny - I have two boys but I treat this as full licence to wear all the blues and greys in the world. Yes I'm scared of being a girly girl.

      Delete
  7. I saw a friend who wrapped a lemon yellow scarf around her neck and the contrast between that and beige was gorgeous! Been thinking of adding a nice lemon shade to my wardrobe but I'm still not sure what yet.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you're unsure, a scarf is always a good bet. I hear Whistles have an almost neon yellow scarf which is pretty sharp but there are no links online. I keep seeing yellow jumpers on my travels and I have to stop myself buying them. A girl can only wear so many ..... grey cashmere on the other hand - you can never have too many.

      Delete
  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE> Oh my gosh how fab do you look in that Whistles blouse, it has the exact perfect neckline I like. Don't think we have a Whisssstles here but now I'm going to check. You Grey and your yellow must look superb together. We have a grey house and now a yellow door and I am so keen on that look.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh my blouse is oldish. The Whistles range has changed in the last few years - less cute blouses like mine and more structured directional pieces. Still good but very different.

      And on a house such as yours, grey and yellow is fabulous.

      Delete
  9. Hmm, my favourite colour is definitely electric blue/cobalt/whatever they're calling it these days - had been since I was a child. As for my other, it changes on a weekly basis. At the moment I'm loving orange (shame as it doesn't love me back) and emerald green!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. In which case you should you definitely get the Sophie Hulme bag! Go with your gut instinct - it usually makes you a lot happier. If you buy the silver Balenciaga, you'll just end up getting the SH one too and that will get pricey :o)

      Delete
  10. This is getting freaky now Sue, every time you blog about something I have just bought something similar. I picked up a yellow jumper and belt tonight. I've decided yellow and blue are going to be my spring colours. Great minds think alike, or fools seldom differ, one of the two!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Now I've not heard of the "fools seldom differ" expression but hey if the hat fits and all that.

      Look forward to seeing your new purchases on a future post.

      Delete
  11. You look great in yellow! I have a serious grey and blue trend in my wardrobe. I do also have a penchant for bright organge.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do actually have an orange silk shirt in my wardrobe. I think I did that thing where if you like something, you buy it in every colour and I bought the same silk shirt in navy, lilac and orange. Weird colours when you put it like that but all quite appealing in their own way. And all go with grey beautifully.

      When did grey become such a fabulous neutral?

      Delete
  12. Haha, I love the premise of this post! My actual favorite color is orange, but I don't think you would be able to tell by looking at my wardrobe. My other favorite color would probably be green though, it's so versatile (in a lot of its shades) so I tend to wear it a lot even though I wouldn't consider myself that attached to it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Green is good. It's so varied - from khakis to limes. It's funny how we don't realise our own favourites till we're asked.

      Delete
  13. The story about Ben and the sweatshirt cracked me up! Hilarious. I think yellow is lovely... on others. Your skin tone allows you to wear it, but mine makes me look like I'm a cadaver if I wear yellow. I did once have a little lemon blouse that I loved, it was a sweet pastel shade that didn't seem to kill me, but other than the checkered tube top I had when I was 5, I think that's the only dose of yellow my closet has ever seen. Wait- I'm lying, I have a deep mustard colored sweater. But it's so deep it almost disqualifies itself.

    www.nomadicd.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. When and if you have children - leave them at home when you want to go shopping. You will have a much better relationship for it - believe me :o)

      Deep mustard is good. Warming. I think you probably go for the more reddy tones - given your red linen Oysho top recently. And do you not have some red sandals too? It's these pieces which creep in without you knowing.

      Delete
  14. I love yellow and recently bought a yellow jacket online from Next. It's such a bright, sunshiny colour .. and it's great with grey, which I have a lot of. Really like the yellow Breton top. Must go investigate where they can be found!! H

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I know which jacket it is. And you should try a yellow breton - just puts a different spin on it. I have traditional blue ones as well but the yellow just grabbed me. I've had quite a few compliments about that one and I think it's just on the grounds that it's a little unexpected.

      Delete
  15. HI, Grey is my favourite colour too. i wear it constantly and my house is various shades of it! My other favourite colour would probably have to be blue but i'm am a bit fickle about this. Yellow is great but it doesn't tend to look too good on me! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think yellow can be a little challenging to wear especially when close to the face. I have a friend who doesn't wear black ever next to the face - it drains her. She will always provide a break between top and face via a scarf. You could do the same with a yellow top - team it with a paler more flattering tone against the face and then the whole yellow world is yours for the taking.

      Delete
  16. You need to wear yellow more often Sue - it looks fab on you, changes your whole skin tone. Just drafted a blog on Orange actually, I don't have a lot of it but seen so much about and I love it! So at the moment, orange is my colour (unusual for me as loe grey like you!). x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't have much orange - it's never been a shade that's particularly appealed but when it works - it looks great. Are you getting anything in this colour?

      Delete
  17. Love that you and I are on a yellow kick. I loved the Louis Vuitton show.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It has a lovely sixties vibe about it doesn't it? Love your yellow jumper though - if you're going to do yellow - you might as well do it loud and proud!

      Delete
  18. Yep I'm a 'grey' lover too - all shades (is it a mum thing do you think?). Green - proper in your face grassy green - is my other favourite - green t-shirts, green Zara skinnies which I love and just bought a green marl sweatshirt from Zara the other day! Actually love green nails too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think grey is the current black. It's ten times more forgiving than black and doesn't show up pet hairs, dust and chocolate stains as much. I love it. I like a zingy green as well. I have a Ralph Lauren jumper in a proper grassy green - it doesn't get much wear as I have to de-pill the jumper every time I wear it. But it's a great vibrant green. I went in to get the purple version of the jumper, saw the green and fell for the green.

      Green nails - only on the toes and only if khaki for me.

      Delete
  19. I love colour and red is my favorite.I like to wear as much as I can. This yellow top is fab on you and I like it.Yellow can be a hard colour to wear
    J
    http://lifelovesand.blogspot.ie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is quite a difficult colour but I think it depends on the shade. Too much green bordering on chartreuse and then I look ill.

      Delete
  20. I am loving yellow at the moment too. Did you see my all about yellow post and my new spotty yellow satchel?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I did - you were lucky being treated to your lovely satchel. I'm trying to gauge your style at the moment - Converse and sneakers - it's not a lot to go on.

      Delete
    2. Ah, I shall have to give you more of a clue through blog posts then! I guess though I have an every day mummy style and a going out style. Day to day I'm happiest in jeans, converse and a casual top of some sort - very often striped! But when I get to go out it's got to be all about the heels. The taller the better!

      Delete
  21. That yellow is a lovely color on you! I'm a huge fan of grey, too, but blue is probably my favorite.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't think I know anybody who isn't a fan of grey. Blue is good too - but in my case, it has to be a cornflower blue or stronger.

      Delete
  22. oooooh, I was just doing a bit of surfing for a post and found this: http://www.theoutnet.com/product/352829 thought you might like it.

    I am a bad influence.

    (ps, my fave colours are beige and green or navy)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi - thanks for the link. I have spotted it on my travels actually and the only thing stopping me is the fact that I do not need another stripy top in my wardrobe right now. But then again, I am prone to changing my mind a lot :o)

      Delete