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Anatomy of an Outfit: Hello Yellow!

Shades of yellow on BrendaKinsel.com

Teaming old yellow with new yellow

 

There was a morning last week when I started getting dressed with a specific idea about what to wear for the day, but yellow wanted my attention. YELLOW, yellow, yellow. I had no choice but to direct my attention to the yellow section of my wardrobe.

There’s not much at all in that section. There’s the Chanel Talbot’s jacket I purchased more moons ago than I can count. If you had a new grandchild born in the year I bought that jacket, that grandchild is probably graduating from high school this month with a fresh tattoo.

Bad traffic was good for the yellow section of my closet

A couple of weeks ago when the traffic was so backed up that I was forced to stop at Nordstrom and spend some time before getting back on the freeway, I went through the designer sales rack and spotted this golden yellow Etro sheer tunic blouse with metallic gold threaded stripes. I lust for Etro but the price point keeps me lusting and not purchasing. But at 40% off, I felt that perhaps I could justify it. I thought of three upcoming events that I could wear it to, events where I needed to wear something more special, more fancy. These events are not my normal activity and my wardrobe is lacking in those kind of clothes.

An hour and a half later, I was sailing home with no more traffic buildup, and this Etro blouse was hanging on a hook in the backseat. I thought about it the whole way home. Was I really going to splurge on this?

 

Pairing shades of yellow in a jacket and blouse on BrendaKinsel.com

Pairing two yellows from different generations

 

Introducing old yellow to new yellow

Back to that day last week in my closet: I had to, in all graciousness to yellow, pull the blouse out of its bag and look at it.

Hmm, I thought. Could I ever pair this Etro blouse with this Chanel Talbot’s jacket? I had to try it! They’re both so ladylike and they have gold metallic threads in common. They just might like each other, I thought. I slipped the Chanel Talbot’s jacket over the blouse and had a RSOJ, a Random Spasm of Joy, a term created by John, my favorite bartender at the girl and the fig restaurant in the Sonoma Plaza. As John says, you can barely explain it when RSOJ happens but you know it in your gut when it does.

This RSOJ reminded me of that moment when as a teenager coming home from a long day in high school, I’d slip powdered Tang, that orange-flavored drink that John Glenn took into space with him in 1962, into water and drink it all down. It was so refreshing! So satisfying! So enjoyable!

That’s how I felt inside that beautiful Etro blouse with the asymmetrical sides, the golden threads, and the sweet tie closure at the neck. Yummy!

 

Metallic threads help make this blouse and jacket a winner on BrendaKinsel.com

Love the way the golden metallic threads of jacket and blouse look together

 

Only pseudo Chanel in my closet

Chanel is outside my budget but I like my looks-kinda-like-a-Chanel Talbot’s jacket. I had to have a pocket repaired on it this spring and Snow, the alterations expert at Alterations to Go in the Bon Air Shopping Center kept calling it my Chanel jacket. I’m crazy for the grosgrain ribbon trim detail. There’s hardly anything more wonderful than grosgrain ribbon in my fashion book. I used to use it a lot in garments I made during the wearable art movement in the ’70s and ’80s.

I love the fringed edges on the 3/4 sleeves and the collar band around the neck and the edges of the pockets. The fabric looks so Chanel-like, nubby and tweedy. I always feel like a grownup woman in this jacket. While I’ve usually worn it with white T-shirts, now it had a true grownup blouse that made it even more ladylike. What a pair! Together they’re like a summer/fall love affair; the younger blouse falling for the older jacket. So French, so President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte.

No fancy bottoms for this outfit

I wanted a certain silhouette for the bottom and found it in a skinny-ish jean. I found a belt in my closet, patent leather, that blended with the soft yellow blouse. I liked the belted blouse with the narrow jeans. I added striped sheer socks and my Lucky Brand sand-colored booties. I was doing fancy in daytime clothes, my real comfort zone. I’d have to figure out how to wear the blouse for those actual fancy affairs on my calendar, but why postpone joy? It was perfect just like this.

I had another RSOJ moment when I went to the coat closet and saw my vintage yellow tailored coat. I slipped it on over my ensemble and spent a couple of hours in traffic and several hours working in a client’s closet feeling nothing short of rapture. Boy, I sure love getting dressed!

 

Three shades of yellow go into this outfit on BrendaKinsel.com

Hello yellow coat!

 

Do you have clothes in your closet that bring you ultimate joy? Tell me all about it!

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Nicole K
    June 1, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Wow! Wow! Wow! You’ve outdone yourself. Coco would be proud. 😉

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      Brenda
      June 1, 2017 at 8:09 am

      Wow! That’s a real compliment!

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        Maria V
        July 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm

        Oh Brenda talk about RSOJ. I just had a bolt of it. Found your site, started looking through my closet and bingo, I found a beautiful red silk Asian jacket I bought a million years ago. I haven’t worn in like forever but after reading you, I can’t wait until Autumn to pair it with jeans and pearls. Thank you for inspi
        ring me to go shopping in my closet where I’ve found much more!!!

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          Brenda
          July 18, 2017 at 7:11 pm

          Jumping up and down with happiness! Oh, another RSOJ!!! So glad you found it. It sounds like an awesome plan!

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    Cindy La Ferle
    June 1, 2017 at 4:22 am

    I love this combo too — very creative, Brenda! You asked about clothes in our closets that bring us joy. Great question, and I had to think about it. I have a couple of statement pieces — unique kimono jackets, embroidered boho jackets, etc — that I wear with simple black pants or skinny jeans. Those make me happy. But I am a little ashamed to admit that the clothes that bring me most joy are my classic, simple Eileen Fisher pieces: a perfect black dress, a simple/elegant pair of black pants, and a couple of black jackets and long cardigans that always drape beautifully and look just right. (P.S. I don’t work for Eileen Fisher.) It’s all about the fit and drape of the fabric, and I love basic black with my art jewelry, which I collect and cherish. I call this the “easy way out the door” style of dressing.

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      Brenda
      June 1, 2017 at 8:12 am

      You’ve got it nailed! Your “easy way out the door” styling is smart and creative and easy. Hey, simple can be drop dead gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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    Ann
    June 1, 2017 at 4:47 am

    LOL … love that Random Spasms of Joy term. And yes, I have RSOJs when I wear a pair of BCBG tan slacks I bought a few years ago at a lovely consignment boutique that positively make me look like a Skinny Bitch. And they’re not even black!

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      Brenda
      June 1, 2017 at 8:09 am

      That is so funny! I’m laughing out loud! Some clothes are just miracle pieces. I’ll be grinning all day. My bartender friend, John, would be pretty surprised to hear how his acronym is traveling! He took the trouble to write it out on a napkin for me. Thanks for sharing your RSOJ with us!

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    Cheryl Ann
    June 1, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Brenda, beautiful blouse…styled to perfection! Thank you for the wonderful ideas to make fashion FUN!

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      Brenda
      June 1, 2017 at 8:01 am

      It’s my pleasure!

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    jodie filogomo
    June 1, 2017 at 6:08 am

    The way you describe that blouse and the pains you took to bring it home just made me smile, Brenda!!
    Yellow happens to be my favorite color, so it really catches my attention! Even my mom (the 70+ model on my blog) loves her yellow—her kitchen is all yellow!! Maybe that’s where I got the love of that color??
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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      Brenda
      June 1, 2017 at 8:03 am

      That’s fun to hear. My mother and my daughter, Caitlin, are the wearers of yellow in our family. Mother was … you know what I mean. Anyway, it’s still new to me and wearing it makes me think of my mom and smile, smile, smile. She’d be so happy to see me wearing it! I love how color carries memory, maybe even some style DNA! Enjoy your yellow, Jodie!

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    Cara
    June 1, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Very attractive combination! On my monitor the jacket looks only slightly yellow and more of a sand. which, as a warm neutral I love! And I really am happy that you kept an item so long and used it rather than discard it! Environmentally responsible fashion.

    Thank you for taking the time to make these posts!

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      Brenda
      June 1, 2017 at 8:06 am

      You’re right about the blouse, it’s more faint because it’s so sheer and maybe even more like a soft gold but I’m putting it in my yellow section (small still) of the closet. It certainly was a delight to wear them together. I’d say my mom and my daughter, Caitlin, can wear the stronger lemon yellow shades. But I’m maybe heading closer to that direction!

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    Susan B.
    June 1, 2017 at 8:35 am

    That is indeed a fabulous combo!!!

    • Reply
      Brenda
      June 1, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Thank you, fun to wear too!

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    Barb
    June 1, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    RSOJ going to be a go to term for this year! I am so glad I found your blog. You bring joy and elegance to dressing in this very casual world! You have brought back the idea of joyfulness in each and every outfit I choose . Thank you.

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      Brenda
      June 1, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      I’m so glad you found me and this great community! We’re here to support women to create a world that’s not about yoga pants. Wishing you more joy, Barb!

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    Kathy
    June 2, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    OMG Brenda! Love the blouse and the jacket together. I so enjoyed reading about the process…totally understand how traffic..a drop of rain on your windshield or a deliberate wrong turn can draw you in to a store and force you to shop!!! I own a vintage satin jacket…black with brilliant pink satin lining that I have had a long standing affair with. It fits perfectly and I feel so elegant wearing it…very Jackie O. I want you to know I too loved Tang and remember being 7 years old and my brother making me a glass of Tang and teaching me to dance in my parents kitchen! Great memory! To a fellow Tang drinker-Cheers!

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      Brenda
      June 6, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Tang! United by tang…and a love of fashion. I think next time I will stop for a drop of rain as well. That’s a strategy. Loved your comments! When next will you wear that beautiful satin jacket?

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    Laurice Gilbert
    June 4, 2017 at 5:09 am

    My favourite piece of joy is a grey layered tulle skirt that I call my tutu, though it drapes to my knees rather than sticking straight out. It’s a little like the ones small girls wear to the supermarket (which is one of the reasons I bought it). Being a soft grey with darker undertones almost any top goes with it, which makes it really versatile. So far I’ve only worn it on special occasions, such as an Awards Ceremony at which my husband achieved recognition for his many years of work with the Deaf community, and a book launch I hosted. I was delighted to meet a friend at another book launch recently who commented that the last time she saw me I was wearing a tutu. So I’m not the only one who thinks it’s that!

    As always, Brenda, your combination is utterly inspiring, and I think those two yellow items look like they have always belonged together.

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      Brenda
      June 6, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Tutu! What’s not to love about a grownup tutu! My youngest daughter used to wear tutus on a daily basis. I could never get her out of them. She did become a hip hop dancer and teacher of hip hop for a time. I’ve been seeing skirts like that too and I think with your comment, I’m more convinced I need to find one SOON!! And as to your comment about those two yellow items, I so agree that they look like they’ve always belonged together. You said that so clearly and my head was nodding up and down. Thanks!

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    Katherine Cramer
    June 10, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Yellow is my most dramatic color according to Personal Style Counselors (PSC) color analysis 30 or so years ago. I’ve worn yellow casually and haven’t really given it…the love it deserves. I’m delighted with your pulled together (curated) outfit. Your yellow tribute does look grownup, womanly and chic–especially with your timeless and playful spin. Like Laurice, I also love my adult tutu (tulle) skirts. One is black with sparse rhinestones near the bottom and the other is navy blue–both obtained at Anthropologie who seem to bring them back year after year in various styles. I am building top looks that are other-than-usual to honor them. Thank you for the inspiration!

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      Brenda
      June 13, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      You are inspiring me, my friend! I did not know that Anthropologie brings on the tulle. I shop there only randomly. I think I need to shop there more often! I have tulle envy right now!

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