HEY, HOW DO I WEAR… Yel­low?

…with­out look­ing like Laa-Laa the Tele­tubby

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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.


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.


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).


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.

Kate Bos­worth

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