Oak Buff (or Mustard): Fall’s Fashion Color 2015


Cynthia looking more French’s than Grey Poupon


So which is it? Oak Buff or Mustard? Marcy and Cynthia debate…

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Cynthia (ominously):  The Fashion Gods have spoken, Marcy. They have declared “Oak Buff” the trendiest color for Fall 2015.

Marcy:  Looks like Mustard.

Cynthia (patiently):  It does. But, it is called Oak Buff #16-1144 and is described by Pantone as a “golden yellow”.

Marcy:  Looks like Dijon. You should eat it instead of wearing it. So stupid.

Cynthia (excitedly):  I am excited about this color now being fashionable. Golden yellow is my second favorite color to wear!

Marcy:  Yeah but in the photo above it looks like you’re wearing French’s mustard. Which is a bright yellow. But still… somewhat edible.

Cynthia ignores Marcy’s remark as she suddenly becomes a little stressed out.

Cynthia (worriedly):  Gosh, I’ll have to stock up before it goes out of style and you can’t buy anything in this color. Remember in the 1990’s when you couldn’t buy a green shirt to save your life?

Marcy:  No.

Cynthia:  It’s true, Marcy. I went an entire decade unable to wear my first favorite color. I will NOT let that happen again with my second favorite color.

Marcy:  You just want an excuse to go shopping.

Cynthia:  Maybe. But this Oak Buff is so gorgeous!

Cynthia shoves the Pantone color swatch in Marcy’s face.


Marcy:  Looks like Grey Poupon. Do you really want to walk around as a condiment? So stupid.

Cynthia:  According to Pantone, “Oak Buff is a mellow, comforting, and warming shade that brings good feelings”. So I guess it is just not your color. I guess your color is Blood Red. Which, by the way, is not a trendy color for fall.

Marcy:  Whatever. I’m going to make a sandwich.

Marcy stalks off. Cynthia calls after her.

Cynthia:  Okay, but you’ll be missing out on my awesome Oak Buff finds.









Cynthia:  Hmmmm… I’m a little hungry all of a sudden. Hey Marcy! Make me a sandwich too!

Marcy:  Fine. Another Mouse Burger with Catsup coming up!

Cynthia turns a shade of yellow green. Pantone’s Green Banana #14-0434 to be exact.

Cynthia:  Oh… Uh… thank you anyway, Marcy. I think I’ll have some crackers instead.

Marcy (smugly):  I thought so.

penelope kitten (squeak):  i”ll have hers. xtra catsup please.


The Verdict:  Oak Buff = Mustard.



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  • Reply Patty August 13, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Some of those look too pale to be mustard. I think I’m on the fence with this color. I do like the shade of the Shabby Apple dress though. I really laughed out loud at your posting of the Pantone color you turned at the thought of a mouse sandwich 🙂

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch August 14, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      meow, marcy

  • Reply TheLadyK August 13, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    HAHAHAHA!!! Pantone Green Banana!!
    I’m getting the mustard in all of the pics except the one with you, Cindy.
    Sorry, Marcy… she just doesn’t look like mustard in those. On my screen, she’s coming out just a tiny bit more lemony. She’s like sunshine. 🙂
    So there!!

    Also, put me down for the boots and the bag, please.

    (I’m so jealous of how good you look in this color and green – this pink-cheeked white girl simply CANNOT have it next to her face… )

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch August 14, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Aren’t they just so groooooovy!!

  • Reply Big Momma August 13, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    This color reminds me of Harvest Gold which was very popular in the early 70’s. Everyone had gold (or avocado) kitchen appliances. The colors became dated long before the appliances wore out and we were left with kitchens that screamed “I’M OLD.”
    So the color has unpleasant memories. Plus, if I wear it my skin looks green and that scares people.
    Close cousin yellow, though, is my favorite color.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch August 14, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      So in other words – when you wear Oak Buff (or Harvest Gold) you turn into Green Banana! LOL
      Sunny yellow is super pretty too!

  • Reply merrie August 14, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Loving that color. Although, I would have called it squash. I hope they make that wrap dress in my size 🙂

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch August 14, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      yeah. we need to squash is out of existence. ahahahaha
      meow, marcy

      Ohhhhh…. you’d look fab in that wrap dress!!

  • Reply Liz August 14, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    I realize it’s probably silly and that Marcy would mock me endlessly, but I find Pantone’s approach to color quite poetic and romantic. The name really does set the tone for the color. I also love this color for fall, but it’s a hard shade to wear with my pink skin. You wear it beautifully! I’ll have to go look at the fall colors from Pantone. I know all of the spring/summer shades, but the fall/winter shades are a mystery. I guess I’m behind the times, huh?

    <3 Liz

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch August 15, 2015 at 5:38 am

      Oh I agree – so poetic! And yes – check out the colors for fall – there are about 10 more of them. “Cashmere Rose” is one I think you would love – it’s a dusky pink. So pretty. And so romantic. I also like Biscay Bay which is a muted sea blue. Just gorgeous!

  • Reply Vik August 14, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Sticking up for Cynthia! So, I say wear whatever color you want whenever. ALSO Miz Marcy, I have read that cats can’t see all the colors that we see…so………….

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch August 15, 2015 at 5:41 am

      Thank you, Vik! At least someone around here is on my side!
      xo, cynthia

      yeah well…
      yeah well… well… ummm…
      i know blood red when i see it. and i see if often! yeah!

  • Reply Stacey September 1, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    It’s so nice to be reading your blog again after a long and busy summer!
    I could really relate about wanting to stock up on your favorite color. I tend to do that with pink. I loved it when you mentioned that you had a hard time finding green in the 90’s. The same went for pink, since pink was basically extinct in the brown lipstick and boring, shabby clothing decade.
    I used to not like mustard colors but starting last year, I started to love it for fall. My first piece of mustard clothing was a long wool cardigan from Anthropologie from the fall of last year.
    Enjoy your hunt for these colors,

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch September 3, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      You look great in mustard! It’s definitely a “Stacey” color!
      Oh how I hated fashion in the ’90’s. Oh my gosh that brown lipstick! Just… ugh. The horrible thing is that I am pretty sure brown lipstick t is making a comeback. One of the Kardashians is bringing it back I think! Nooooo…

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