Yellow Lights Up the Season’s Looks

Kayla Pantano (March 15, 2017)
Trends come and go, but let’s hope this one is here to stay—like florals and denim.

Clothes and accessories have the power to brighten up the dreariest of days and there’s no easier way to pull off a joyful look than by playing with color. From the runway to the red carpet to streetwear, yellow is making stunning appearances in all its shades, like punchy lemon, mimosa, and soft canary.

Look no further than at the 74th Annual Golden Globes, where Reese Witherspoon donned what she coined a “classic Hollywood look,” a strapless pale yellow Versace gown with a thigh-high frontal slit paired with a gold jeweled choker necklace. Viola Davis also dazzled in yellow, albeit a much brighter hue, wearing a paillette-embroidered stretch-tulle one-shoulder Michael Kors design. Then there was Natalie Portman, glowing in a midi-sleeved Prada maternity gown with sequined detailing at the hemlines. Not to mention Emily Ratajkowski’s sultry Reem Acra look.

If that doesn’t have you sold, the Oscars saw Leslie Mann in a Zac Posen saffron-toned ball gown and Sarah Paulson in a Ronald van der Kemp velvet yellow and black dress.

The latter color combo of yellow-black is featured in the sporty Versace Fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection, while Gucci’s offers up elegant yellow florals.

Just last week Amal Clooney was a ray of sunshine in cold New York City, channeling Jackie Kennedy in a daffodil yellow Bottega Veneta coat and shift dress for a day at the UN. Office chic, her outfit is major inspo to swap out neutrals for bolder work ensembles.

Yellow can be risky with head-to-toe looks, but when it works it works. However, you don’t need to go full monochrome anyway. Whether that means rocking a mustard suede jacket or easing yourself in with accessories, like belts or a handbag, don’t be afraid to give the color a shot. For example, style icon Bella Hadid rocks aviator sunglasses with yellow lenses on the regular, including for the duration of Paris Fashion Week. Sweet shoes or jazzy socks are more versatile options. While bright ballet flats or loafers will do the trick, strappy sandals with a stiletto heel will ooze an added flirtatious feel.

Yellow is the symbol of light and energy. It stands for freshness, happiness, and positivity. And in terms of fashion, it’s lively, carefree, and ultimately freeing. So find the right shade for your skin tone and flaunt it.