Style by Claire Lopez

You are my sunshine

We have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous – 27 degrees to under 7 degrees. If you add into the mix no heating or a back wall plus several other large, key bits of our house missing, the past week has been pretty grim. We have been cowering around a single fan heater in our loft for an entire weekend, the kids bouncing off the walls going stir crazy with cabin fever given that they also slept up here to protect them from the frostbite downstairs. It was a bit like camping and I am no camper. Enough said.

So the only thing I need is for May to deliver on the whole “spring” front and for that sunshine to make an appearance. Here’s hoping the forecast is actually right and that we will have a warm, sunny bank holiday so you can swathe yourself in the colour of happiness: yep yellow is in the spotlight folks.

Total immersion

So to start off we are going big and bold on the yellow front with an entire ensemble but one which is actually two pieces so you can get several looks out of these little numbers by pairing them with other items:

Lace Insert Maxi Skirt £69 and Lace Trim Cami £39 both from Hush.

Now you can easily pop the skirt with a different coloured cami like a cream or a contrasting black. And the same goes for the cami which you could wear with denim shorts or jeans or another skirt.

In a similar vein is this Textured Crossover Top £17.99 which is worn with the Textured Wrap Skirt £19.99 but could just as easily be worn separately although the top is on the short side.

Another two piece that you could wear as one, although I like the skirt better than the shirt is this Anais Floral Pleat Skirt £36.75 from Warehouse. It is only in stock in sizes 12 – 16.

This might be stretching the yellow theme a bit but I love the print on this top £19.99 and shorts £19.99 combo which you could also wear separately.

For a one piece, Zara’s Floral Print Gathered Dress £39.99 is something you could dress down with sandals or up with killer heels for an evening out. A good wedding/event dress too.

A beach cover up/holiday option is this Palm Print Slip Midi Dress £19.50 from M&S.

While this showstopper Bow Halter Neck Dress £139.99 from Mango would be great for holidays and far flung weddings.

On a different note, a yellow coat would certainly work for this time of year and brighten up denim and work wear. Anthropologie’s Daffodil Textured Coat £168 is very nice indeed and I love the styling here.

Or this Unstructured Wool Blend Coat £89.99 from Mango

A little splash

Nothing says summer better than a little yellow tee and this Cotton Slub Crew Tee £27 from Hush is the perfect option for wearing on the beach or like this with your jeans.

Or this Broderie Round Neck Top £22.50 from M&S would look lovely with white jeans or shorts as well as blue denim.

A smarter option you could wear to work would be this Lace Top £29.99 from Mango.

On the print front there is the Anais Floral Pleat Cuff Top £29.95 which you could wear with tailored trousers for work or with denim.

And for something very cool, go for this Anthropologie Elma Floral Kimono £98.

I absolutely love this Zara Embroidered Halterneck Dress £69.99 which is strictly speaking more mustard than yellow but would be an amazing outfit for a do/Ascot etc.

Toe dipping

So this is the cheat’s guide to yellow, for those of you who aren’t sure it’s the colour for you. Starting off with this Stella Star Tee £35 from Hush, the perfect way to update a basic white tee and something you can wear with a million and one different bottoms – swooshy skirts, denim, crepe trousers, joggers, shorts…

Shoes definitely come under the toe-dipping category and are a brilliant way of channelling a trend. Boden has these gorgeous Teresa Espadrilles £65 which will put a smile on your face.

Or for another summery option go for these Briana Slides £65 to wear with your summer dresses/skirts/shorts/jeans.

If you need something smarter then the Hilary Slingbacks £80 are the perfect pick me up for a pair of black or navy trousers or even a pair of jeans.

As are these Leah Jewelled Flats £98.

A bag is another good way of injecting a pop of colour into your outfits. Try this Renee Shoulder Bag £150 from Boden.

And maybe the subtlest of all would be a little bit of jewellery such as this Marianna Cuff £30 or these Hoop Earrings £25

Or try these Simple Hook and Tassel Earrings £20 from Blessed London.

Lo and behold the rain has stopped, the sun is shining and all this yellow has definitely put a smile on my face. I hope it has yours too. Happy bank holiday!




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