A look at one woman's fashion choices from years gone by, refreshed with up-to-the-minute accessories and some quirky reflections on life, home and the change of seasons

Thursday, January 12, 2012

(Not So) Mellow Yellow

Surely an aberration of nature, this January day was altogether balmy for the mid-Atlantic region of the United States by anybody’s measure. It reached almost 60 degrees in Washington D.C. this afternoon! I didn’t need a jacket as I made my commute to the Library of Congress to conduct research for my job in the hallowed marble halls. Tonight a cold front is due and there will be snow on the ground by the time I awake tomorrow, so today I relished the warm sun on my face.

Second in a series of three posts highlighting vintage slacks by Inclinations that I bought at JCPenney when I worked there in the 1970s, this time I am writing about the yellow ones – not really yellow, of course, but a muted mustard, tamed even more by the black windowpane plaid in the woven fabric. I intended to wear the slacks with a black turtleneck underneath an equally mellow mustard-colored open-weave sweater, reproducing almost exactly an outfit I used to wear to work when I lived in Dallas, Texas. But the yellow sweater had a stain on the front, so I took it to the cleaners and opted instead for a brighter mustard-colored crossover-neck top by Units which I picked up at a little shop in California in the early 1980s.

I couldn’t find a black sweater to wear over the tunic that suited me, so I grabbed an adorable little vest that was handmade for me by Elaine Terrell when I lived in Texas in the mid-1990s. The swirling floral pattern in gold, orange, brown and black on a beige ground are my favorite colors and played up perfectly the mustard hue in the slacks and the tunic. I decided that mixing florals with plaid would fit right in with today’s most avant-garde style trend – a wardrobe choice I would not have made a decade ago.

For jewelry I chose a choker necklace of amber glass beads from Fire & Ice Jewelers of Baltimore (http://fireandice.com/) and coordinated amber beaded chandelier earrings from Claire’s, a citrine bracelet from the DeYoung Museum gift shop in San Francisco that I purchased in 2004, and my favorite gold-metal bracelet-watch from Chico’s. I finished the look with short, black, scallop-trimmed booties by Lower East Side and a Dea Dread hair accessory for my pony tail by Thea Osato of Baltimore (http://deadreads.etsy.com/).

My yellow outfit was a sunny color for a bright, sunny day. There is a disabled man named Marvin who sits in his wheelchair every day near the subway station at the Library of Congress. Today, as I walked past him, he shouted after me how nice my clothes always look. "You really know how to dress!" he exclaimed. Made my day.