March 6, 2020
Chloe’s Guide on How to Wear yellow

Sorry this is a bit later than promised. The unexpected urgency of having to lay 50 floorboards before our kitchen fitters arrived took over!

After posting a picture of me in a yellow dress a few of you asked ‘how to wear yellow’ and ‘what skin tones suit yellow’.

You know what it’s like, you are drawn into a shop by the vibrant outfit in the window, you pick it up and put it straight back down because the colour just doesn’t feel ‘right’.  

This generally happens because we all have ‘safe colours’... it could be navy and greys, deeper blues and black, or for me, pinks and light blues.

There are a rainbow of colours out there which many of us avoid wearing - why is this? The colours which truely suit us work with our unique skin tone.  Therefore if you have warmer tones to your skin, essentially more yellow than blue in your complexion, warmer colours will work for you... cool colours will look too hard or simply too cold. Similarly, if a colour is too warm for you, your skin tone can take on a yellow or sallow appearance.


I do think that we each of us have colours that are better avoided.  For me orange, brown and beige are particularly bad and make me feel drab.  However these colours are stunning on a few of my friends.I also believe that there are many colours which many of us have a tendency to avoid, that perhaps we don’t need to.  Yellow is a great example of this.  I recently posted a picture of myself in a yellow dress and had a couple of comments about the difficulties of wearing it.  I know many of you will disagree with this statement, but anyone can wear yellow... it’s all about finding the right SHADE of yellow for you.A soft, lighter yellow is the only shade that I can wear.  Mustard or a brighter yellow are not so good and make me look unwell!Try different yellows next to your face, see which is most flattering for you.  It’s easy to completely avoid a colour unnecessarily, but if you want to wear it you may need to try a few options before you get it right.  If you are still not sure, take yellow slightly further away from your face.  Try a navy or white t-shirt with a yellow skirt.

Me & Em. Double Layer Pleat Skirt
Me & Em. Double Layer Pleat Skirt
Jigsaw crocus drape pleated skirt
Jigsaw crocus drape pleated skirt

or a yellow open cardigan over a soft white t-shirt.

PURE gassato swing cardigan limeade
PURE gassato swing cardigan limeade

Patterns can soften a colour and make it more wearable.  The soft white in this shirt will make the mustard easier to wear for many of us.

ANTHROPOLOGIE amira utility shirt
ANTHROPOLOGIE amira utility shirt

If all else fails and yellow is simply not the colour for you, there are a plethora of yellow accessories in the summer sales - all of which can be used as a pop of colour with neutrals and even navy.

L K BENNETT Yellow Shoulder Bag
L K BENNETT Yellow Shoulder Bag

Enjoy the rest of the summer...try a little bit of yellow and let me know what you think.

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