You should practise what you preach really and so this season I am doing exactly that and going outside my usual comfort zone of neutrals to embrace some of the season’s colours, in particular SS16’s yellow. Now, this is not a shy wallflower type of yellow, it is a ‘hello here I am, look at me’ shade and is therefore not for everyone, either from a personality or colouring point of view. Yellow is actually a great colour because it looks great with blues and denims, greys, camels and black for now and then other bright sunny colours for when the sun really does shine. But worn in great swathes it is a bit trickier. There are still ways to do it even if you want to buy into the trend without looking like a giant banana/canary/daffodil (St David’s Day though…) or Minion in my case – lacking in height and all that.
I have bought this Knitted Jumper from H&M £14.99. A smaller neater knitted sweater like this looks lovely with a more relaxed pair of jeans. I definitely won’t be pairing this with a pair of denim dungarees – then I would look like a Bob or a Kevin.
Now this, I bloody love, but I know my limits and I know that this is just not quite my shade of yellow but if you are darker then go ahead: Structured Coat £59.99 from Zara.
This Carrie Coat from Boden £199 may be a bit easier colour-wise to do, but you would need to size down so as not to be swamped. Swamped in yellow is probably not a good look.
Zara also has a lovely Top with Pleated Hem £29.99. I like the way they are modelling all their yellow on girls of different skin tones – clever. Because it isn’t naturally a colour people gravitate towards.
Brown hair, red hair and now to a lighter haired model wearing their Round Neck Sweater £19.99. It is all about finding the right shade and tone to suit you.
Now this is very wearable – Orla Stripe Top £39.00 Baukjen. I am mentally now on holiday. And happy. That is the power of colour.
Boden has a lot of different yellow jumpers and t-shirts including this Lightweight Baseball Tee £24.50. It may not be the colour of the season but it is a much more wearable shade for many of us. It is basic, but with a pair of girlfriend jeans or shorts, trainers or skater shoes and some nice accessories, this would be a very useful top and one that won’t break the bank.
The easiest way to get some sunshine into your life is with accessories as it doesn’t matter what your colouring is. Starting off with bags and a yellow clutch or bag for summer would be perfect to refresh your wardrobe. ASOS has this Whistles Leather Small Clutch £40 .
If you want more of an everyday type then they also have the Cambridge Satchel Company’s Leather Saddle Bag £110.
Whistles has some other scarf options including the Dash Print Scarf £45 with just a splash of yellow but it is very striking. It really does give the simplest of outfits a lift.
Or for £12.90 go for Uniqlo’s Wool Blended Stole. Not the zingiest but pretty nonetheless.
Another very lovely way to do yellow is with some jewels such as these Norah Cuff £65 and Pavilion Necklace £65. Wear now over a chunky knit and then it will also look lovey with shirts and camisoles as the weather turns warmer.
Or for £10 you really cannot go wrong with these Stacking Bracelets from ASOS.
I have a very nice pair of pointed flat shoes with a yellow toe on them from River Island years ago. They do unfortunately tear my feet to shreds so if I can bear the pain, lubricate the back with jars of Vaseline, and find enough plasters to stop the rivers of blood streaming from my heel, then I will wear them this season. If not, then these Aiden D’Orsay Flats £65 from Banana Republic would do the job and look great with blue or black denim.
I am not sold on a pair of yellow trainers (Nike has some if you are keen) but I definitely like the idea of yellow on my feet. Just not sure I have found exactly the right thing yet for me. These Foxtrot Sandals £22 from ASOS are nice but I think what I really want is the pair of yellow jewelled sandals that Accessorize did last summer – but so far not this season. Tis a bit early to be thinking sandals anyway.
Now if yellow is not your thing, then fear not as there are plenty of other colours out there. Just hold on ’til next week.