September 26, 2018
author’s note – I’m working from Florida, on my laptop. Any drop in the quality/resolution of images is a result of that – I apologize profusely! It’s quite the change from working on the monster monitor that I have in Chicago… If you see anything egregiously in need of repair, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Love, Janice
Marigolds! So bright. So cheery. Such a nice step into fall… I’m a little bit stunned that someone would use them in a fragrance, but I’m not a “nose,” so I might easily be missing something, eh?
Many of us might find this a tough color to wear, but remember that you don’t necessarily have to have a ton of bright orange/gold in your outfit to pay homage to the flower, or the color itself!
Let’s see how it might work; you might not think of this as a color that you would wear with black, but it could be just the ticket to stand out in a crowd of formal-wear blackness:
Orange/gold with olive is a really nice touch – it’s just enough brightness and warmth to bring an autumnal touch to your outfit:
Maybe you have citrine earrings that you wish to wear more frequently? Add a perfect scarf and your navy outfit takes on a whole new look:
If I had to pick a neutral with which I thought marigold would be perfect, it would have to be brown! This just screams “fall’s here!” to me:
Conversely, if I had to pick a color that would be really difficult to wear with this warm gold, it would have been grey. But once I found this scarf, everything came together pretty well (I think?):
And if you want to wear a lighter beige into the cooler weather, the warmth of marigolds helps give the look more of a fall feeling:
Are you at all tempted? I’m not going to wearing anything this color, but I would certainly be happy to see it out and about on other women! I think it’s striking, uncommon, and could be very flattering on the right woman.
Zaidie Brown says
Currently wearing grey jeans and an orange sweater… and looking fabulous! Orange and grey look great together, as long as you get the right grey. Grey, orange and olive are my go-to colours in early Autumn.
After 30+ years of no yellow, I bought a pair of marigold wide legged trousers this January. Just fancied a change, and for $15 in Marks & Spencer sale, I wasn’t going to berate myself if I didn’t love them, and needed to move them on. They are probably my most reached for item this year! Loved with white tops and tan sandals in summer, and with a navy or black sweater and boots through winter. Still not sick of them, and looking forward to wearing them in spring/summer mode again. I may even go retro and wear with a pale blue tee instead of white. If only all our wardrobe purchases could be so versatile, whatever the price point!
Well done for trying a new colour and putting it to such great use.
Well done! I bet you stand out in a crowd (in a good way). And for $15 to boot!
When I was single I used to grow marigolds on my balcony as they were easy to grow and very hardy (they needed to be), but most of all I absolutely loved the colours of yellow and orange and everything in-between. That said, I don’t own anything in these colours – well maybe one thing, a silver bangle with three small citrine stones set around it which are hardly noticeable.
I particularly like the last three outfits which lends themselves very well to the marigold accessories. I’m tempted, but would my colouring (Summer) be able to pull it off?
Hi Sharon, I am a summer coloring and could not pull this color off near my face and would be very reluctant to wear a large block of it. But, if it was in a pattern dominated by cool grays and blues, it would work for me.
Thanks Sud, I’ll keep an eye out for a jumper or cardigan or even a pair of socks in those lovely colours.
“I’m not going to WEARING ANYTHING in this color…”
When I was a child and someone asked what my favorite color was, I told them yellow. (When I was very young, what I actually said was “Lellow — like the sun up in the guy”…) I wore a lot of golden yellow when I was younger, but in my later years I’ve been leaning a more toward the greeny-yellows. This post has got me thinking are leaning back the other way again — especially when I see those mixes with olive and grey.
LOL! At that age, the moon was “MY” moon!
I have a great-niece who currently owns the moon…
Janet Goeke-Cronin says
Mustard yellow is EVERYWHERE in the rodeo fashion world! Looks great with red bandanas and turquoise jewelry.
In this post, you have kept the marigold color primarily as accents. I have just unpacked my Autumn clothes from storage and am shocked at the number of orange clothing items that I have ! While it is a color that I can wear, I think that I will edit out some pieces, and then vary the proportion of the color in outfits over the course of the season. Some days shall see me wearing the full color in tops and toppers and other days just being used as an accent color in a scarf and/ or jewelry .
Do it! If you can wear yellow and like it, do it! So many of us don’t wear it because we look like death on a hot day, and it’s a pity…
When I saw the first screen with that yellow/orangy dress and those pom-poms — well, I think I literally backed away from the screen. Funny how strongly our reactions to color can be. But as I scrolled down, I was fascinated by what I was seeing/experiencing. I love the yellow as accents, especially in those last three screens. I still couldn’t wear it, but I would certainly complement anyone wearing those last few outfits! But more importantly, this post has got me thinking about a few colors I am strongly attracted too and yet cannot wear. But maybe as accents with that light gray . . . dreaming now of pale rose pink accents . . .
Anyway, thanks for this post. I always try to focus on the lesson embedded in your posts rather than on any specific colors or styles, but I don’t usually have such a strong “knee-jerk” reaction to a screen — this post really got my attention because of my initial reaction compared to how much I loved the last few screens. The analyst in my brain is very busy right now. ; )
Vicki Cook says
October is my birth month, but yellows are not a color I can wear. Still it was interesting to see how it mixed with the various colors. I think I like the brown and the beige outfits best – very fall-like.
Priscilla Waller says
I’m another October baby with grey/white hair,blue eyes, and golden undertones in my skin.
And like you, I don’t like orange/yellow at all. I really almost get slightly bullous when I see it.??♀️ I love Janice’s post and used her good wardrobe advice on a recent two week trip.
I LOVE the smell of marigolds – spicy and rich! After dead-heading marigolds, my fingers always smell fantastic. I can only imagine what an Indian wedding must smell like! (Do yourself a favor and Google images for “Indian Wedding Marigolds”)
Yes! Because I’ve got tiny gem heirloom marigolds with small, vivid flowers blooming like crazy in my window box right now. Because fall is when get out my amber earrings and amber and turquoise bracelets to wear with almost anything. Because I just crocheted a soft open-work wrap in earthtones of green, brown, cream–and marigold.
Love that Bean turtleneck and will probably purchase soon.
Thank you, thank you! I have been looking for a fall scent with marigold or chrysanthemum notes. I love their spicy, earthy, green scent. So autumnal! I will look for the Jo Malone to sample. I like the marigold/brown capsule best. Love the asymmetrical zip jacket and a colorful tote is a great way to “wear” a difficult color.
Janice, Thank you for such an intriguing post. I have a difficult time transitioning from summer to fall. I love my khaki/stone bottoms, you’ve given me, “permission,” to wear them with the, “right,” tops and accessories. Also, the navy and gold/marigold is so luscious!
Scottie Kersta-Wilson says
Love the gray and olive with the marigold color! ?
I love marigold and wear it frequently so I just love this post. And it was lovely to see you pair it with grey. I have always loved the combination of grey and camel, but never tried gold/marigold. I will now. And thanks for reminding me of my citrine jewelry that I put away for summer. The chain is a chunky number with a square citrine pendant and too heavy for summer temps. I had almost forgotten about it.
Lisa Ham says
I love the combinations you’ve designed, especially the brown! These golden yellows are a feast for the eyes. Alas, I experimented with a “honey gold” (aka mustard yellow) tee last spring and found that I am much more comfortable with the buttery yellows I usually wear in the spring and summer. I don’t regret it; the shirt was from Sahalie and featured a wonderful wood print-like graphic of a fish leaping in swirling water. https://sahalie.blair.com/p/102503.uts?src_code=SAHPSGB&cid=pl_sa_google_pla_gen&gclid=Cj0KCQjw3KzdBRDWARIsAIJ8TMRip04a71TEdHpeeTTjkRi0OLjrWSquWF8heW0GDuMvbRtl4xMgKrcaAt6AEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
You are so talented! Such an amazing colour study.
It’s funny – if you asked me what is the perfect neutral to pair with marigold/mustard, I would immediately answer gray! (Probably because I am a “gray person” – my mother’s theory was that we are either gray people or brown/beige people.) And marigold looks fantastic with denim as well. Anyway, although I really shouldn’t/can’t wear yellows near my face, I do like a deep yellow as an accent, especially in yummy leather goods. – nancyo
We are all so different! Just as Sharon, above, was pulling away from the screen when she saw the yellow print dress and marigold Pom Pom bag, I was swooning and thinking what a great outfit that would be for me on a beach holiday. I would wear that in a heartbeat.
Last night I took a page from this post and wore my marigold suede clutch with a navy and burgundy outfit. Lovely pop for Fall. Thanks for the inspiration Janice.
Love the olive and marigold outfit!
As to the marigold fragrance, marigolds are used in companion planting to keep insect pests away. If I wear this fragrance will it keep people pests away? It might be worth a try!