HEY, HOW DO I WEAR… Yellow?
…without looking like Laa-Laa the Teletubby
1 WHY IT WORKS
Agreed, yellow is a tricky colour. It’s easy to look washed out or garish wearing it next to your face. But balance sweetcorn-coloured trousers out with a pastel-pink long-line jacket and you’ll nail it.
2 STYLE IT RIGHT
The trick to being taken seriously when wearing yellow is all in the styling. Tailored pieces like trousers, blazers or structured jumpsuits all look grown-up because they err on the side of formal. A short slip dress is elegant for evening, and can be dressed up or down. Or, just add a pop of the colour via your accessories – a bag charm, phone case or high heel. Head-to-toe yellow is probably best saved for the red carpet.
3 CHOOSE YOUR SHADE
If your skin has warm undertones, you’ll be able to pull off richer, deeper shades of yellow, such as mustard or amber. On skin with cooler undertones, pastel will look best. Not sure which you are? If the veins on your inner wrist look blue-ish, you have cool undertones; if they look more green, you’re a warm-toned gal. True Crayola brights and neons look best on darker skin tones (just tell your friends not to forget their sunglasses).
4 COLOUR PAIRINGS
Think back to the colour wheel from primary school. Purple and yellow sit on opposite sides of the wheel, meaning they’re complementary colours and work together well – same with yellow and blue. Earth tones such as brown and rust, meanwhile, play nicely with similarly earthy yellows. This season also brought forth lots of unexpected colour mash-ups, like Kate’s golden yellow with pastel pink. Still scared? Neutrals like grey, black, nude and white are fail-safes.