In personal styling, my motto is “Never say never; never say always.”  For just about every color or style there is somebody on whom it is wonderful.  I’m about to make a BIG exception!  This Fall there is an acidic  yellow-green color (or maybe you’d call it a greenish yellow) that absolutely NOBODY should wear, even though it’s featured everywhere and at every price point.  Here’s why …

Even in the unlikely event that it doesn’t make your skin look like you are at death’s door, it so incredibly bright and saturated that it overpowers everything else around it.  That means it overpowers YOU – your face, your eyes, your communications.  No matter what your personal color pattern, it isn’t as intense as that yellow.  All anybody will be able to focus on is that color, as you can quickly see in the collage below.

These pics were taken through store windows while the mall was closed, so a few of them appear less odious – more gently golden – than they actually are. The shoe and backpack are the most accurate.  But I think you get the idea.  There is a reason that crime scene tape and ballpark beer vendor uniforms are that color

Sadly, because the color is so eye-catching in a retail environment, people will notice it and therefore buy it.  Then friends will comment on the items when they wear it – how could they not notice them, right?  And the wearer will think they have scored a big win, never realizing what is actually going on.

Don’t let retail and the fashion press bully you into adopting this unflattering trend.  You’re welcome.

Fortunately there is other much more positive color news this Fall.  Check out these great browns and greens to see which members of those color families are mountain-top choices for YOU.

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Lynette on September 19, 2019 at 10:40 am

    I just finished reading this blog and gleaned a lot of information. Thank you for this helpful and inspiring info.
    I’m watching the news his morning and noticed, how could I not, that one of the news reporters was wearing a eye popping yellow sweater! Next shot was another gal is wearing a skirt in that color! It’s out there😳

    • Nancy Nix Rice on September 20, 2019 at 8:05 pm

      I would think on TV the effect would be even more jarring – yikes!

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