One of this season's hottest hues is also one of the hardest to wear without looking like a bumblebee or a crossing guard. Here are some ways to make it work:
The right hue for your skin tone
- Fair skin tones, particularly blondes with fair skin, should stick to paler shades like butter or use yellow as an accent or accessory.
- Brunettes have more latitude but should stick to soft-to-medium yellow tones.
- Women with olive or darker complexions can safely wear just about any shade of yellow, including the hard-to-manage mustard tones so prevalent this season.
Pair it up
- Combine yellow with white for a fresh spring look.
- If white is too intimidating, mix yellow with denim.
- To get a more classic look, blend yellow with medium grays or navy. Try adding a yellow top under a navy or gray suit.
- If a solid yellow piece makes you nervous, look for a geometric print that combines yellow and turquoise. The two colors work well together, and the blue flatters almost everyone.
What not to wear
- Wear yellow with black only with extreme caution. Otherwise you look like a bumblebee.
- Avoid yellows with green undertones. They wreck nearly anyone's complexion.
- Don't overaccessorize. Yellow already commands attention.
- Stick with silver, not gold, jewelry, for a more updated finish.
- If you want to wear head-to-toe yellow, make sure it's in a dress that's knee-length or shorter. Don't wear yellow shoes, too.
- Don't wear it with another bold color. Stick with yellow and white, gray, navy, tan or golden-browns.
Some makeup tips
- Bring out the natural undertones of your skin. Fair skin tones should try peach or pink blushes and glosses; yellow skin tones can use rich browns.
- Bronzer is your friend.
- Don't match your outfit. Instead think about using a contrasting color, like blue or eggplant, on the eyes, even if it's just a burst of color from eyeliner.
- Try coral, orange or tangerine gloss on the lips.
Yellow works as a pop color, and it's brightening up everything from belts and bangles to shoes.