I will admit yellow can be a tricky colour to both wear and style. It doesn’t really stop me as I’ll pair it with just about anything, but I though I’d share some of the ways I’ve worn yellow in the last year or two. After I posted my mustard yellow trousers outfit on Google+ last week I received a barrage of abuse [water off a duck’s back] mostly about the trousers… most people loved the outfit on the blog and Twitter, but it seems yellow gets people in a flap!
So hopefully these yellow combos will give you some inspiration on how to introduce yellow into your wardrobe if you’ve never tried it before – but always wanted to! And if you choose to leave me a suitably displeased comment like the ones on Google+, be prepared to be killed with kindness 😉
(not that you lovely readers do… just kidding of course!)
Are you already a wearer of yellow? And would you consider it if you don’t already – and what shade?
1. As a statement piece as the main colour of your outfit
Wearing yellow next to your face is the problem most people have with yellow, so wearing a full-on pleated maxi in a gorgeous mustardy yellow is ideal for wearing a massive splash of yellow without it going near your face.
2. Toned down with white
A paler yellow works really well with off-white and layered for winter. Shows you can wear yellow all year round – not just in the summer.
3. As a statement accessory instead of clothing
If you’re really not keen about wearing yellow, why not carry it instead? I never think it has to actually match any part of your outfit – just compliment it!
4. Choose a very pale lemon yellow
If you really can’t handle bright yellow, choose the palest one you can find – like my palest lemon yellow boyfriend jeans. Though I have boosted the yellow punch with accents of it in my shoes and my belt (it’s never too much for me).
5. With other primary colours
Why not go the whole hog and pair yellow with red and blue? Blue jeans are of course a classic that go with everything, so you may not even think of it as a primary colour. Adding red is a bold move. You’ll see I’ve interrupted the yellow by adding a white collar; this is a good way of making sure it’s not right next to your face if that makes you a little uneasy about wearing yellow.
6. As a classic sun dress
I absolutely love, love, love yellow dresses – in fact I own about three of four and am always drawn to them in the summer. Summer is the perfect time to wear all yellow, so go all out with it come the hot weather.
7. With graphic black and white
Yellow is the perfect accompaniment to bold black and white patterns: the stripes and skulls prints I mixed here needed a bold colour and yellow was just the ticket. Black accessories helped to tie it all in.
8. Colour blocked with another bold colour
A bit of a mixture of the ideas in nos. 2 and 5: I’ve toned down the yellow by layering it with a white blazer, but then added a massive block of orangey-red with a maxi skirt. My strappy yellow wedges come out year after year and prove that yellow shoes and accessories seem to go with everything…!
P.S. Please don’t feel you need to address those comments I mentioned on Google+ – I’m perfectly okay with less-than-pleasant comments… Silver Londoner and I were in hysterics that evening over the daft things they said!