I’ve probably mentioned a time or three how yellow really isn’t my color. I’m not terribly sure about it in general, and I’m definitely suspicious of it in large amounts.

Midcentury late winter outfit featuring a tawny yellow overcoat, black jacket, gold dress, and black bag, hat, and shoes.

So naturally when SweetBeeFinds previewed this sunny yellow jersey dress on Instagram I immediately wanted to buy it… even though it is yellow, and a LOT of yellow. I think the perpetual dullness of winter is to blame… after months of brown and grey dead stuff with no snow even on the ground to pretty things up a person starts to want a little color!

A goldenrod yellow vintage jersey knit dress with a row of buttons down the front is set off by a black blazer and a lucite large scimitar brooch

As you can see, the one change I did make was to remove the linen and lace collar and cuffs from the dress. Don’t worry, they’ve been labeled and saved for the next owner, but on me they did the dress and my complexion no favors.

A 1940s lucite scimitar with a reverse-carved gold handle ornaments a black jacket with collar detailing

To cut down on the overwhelming yellowness, I paired the dress with black and used the opportunity to wear one of my prized new finds, an enormous lucite scimitar brooch. It just adds a certain je ne sais quoi to an outfit, don’t you think?

A goldenrod yellow vintage jersey knit dress with a row of buttons down the front is set off by a black blazer and a lucite large scimitar brooch

I have high hopes for things eventually warming up and being colorful again, but I’m not at all sorry that the perpetual grey drove me to add a yellow dress to my closet. I’ve actually wanted one for a while just so I could always have “The Morton Salt Girl” as an emergency costume party option… and in perfect 1950s squishy wool jersey? Even better!

Midcentury late winter outfit featuring a tawny yellow overcoat, black jacket, gold dress, and black bag, hat, and shoes.

Are there any colors you usually avoid? And do you actually avoid them, or do you make ways and excuses to wear them anyway, like I do?

Midcentury late winter outfit featuring a tawny yellow overcoat, black jacket, gold dress, and black bag, hat, and shoes.

Midcentury late winter outfit featuring a tawny yellow overcoat, black jacket, gold dress, and black bag, hat, and shoes.

  • Curly lamb hat: Etsy
  • Lucite scimitar brooch: Etsy
  • Gold confetti lucite earrings: Antiques shop in Wisconsin
  • Black 50s suit jacket with curly lamb trim: Etsy
  • Yellow jersey dress: Sweet Bee Finds
  • Black leather purse and stealth camera bag: Marshall’s
  • 1940s style black leather pumps: Marilyns from Royal Vintage Shoes

  • I purchased these shoes at a discount in exchange for images and a review