How to wear yellow and brighten up your day!

by Sylvia

how to wear yellow |

Yellow remains popular as an accent color. As you may recall from my article on the psychology of color, yellow is associated with laughter, happiness, optimism and good times.

All the more reason to wear it wholeheartedly! Here are some tips and tricks to help you to put together flattering yellow outfits. 

First, you may like to discover which hue of yellow is right for you

My yellow outfits

You may dismiss yellow immediately as a color that you cannot wear, but you don’t have to go full out in yellow to embrace the color.

I personally don’t like the color too close to my face but have still added yellow elements to my wardrobe like this yellow skirt (below).

Different ways to wear yellow

And it’s featured in the top too.

Sylvia's yellow outfits |

Yellow fashion

I also still enjoy wearing my yellow and nude sandals, my yellow skirt and a yellow belt. Since yellow is a bright color you don’t need much of it to give your outfit just that bit of color or extra flair.

How to wear yellow outfits? Key yellow fashion basics for you

The perfect yellow dress

If you really want to make a statement with your yellow, then wearing a yellow dress can be the perfect way to do so.

Yellow dress paired with metallics |

Melinda (above) has added a touch of casual style to her yellow maxi dress with her white sneakers and scarf.
A good option for summer events and vacations, you really don’t need much in the way of accessories if you are going to wear a yellow dress.

I’d keep it relatively simple and team with neutrals like blacks, whites, metallics or browns. But, you could, of course, decide to opt for a contrast and wear a color like blue or a pattern like leopard print.

A yellow dress in a natural fiber like linen or cotton could be the perfect option to keep you cool, and stylish, for summer.

The perfect yellow dress for women over 40 |

yellow dress

The perfect yellow blazer

Everyone from Gwen Stefani to Eva Longoria has been rocking the yellow blazer trend! It looks great teamed with breton stripes, blues and whites.

If you already have a striped top and a pair of jeans in your wardrobe, this could be the perfect way to update them.

Many of the blazers I’ve seen in stores recently have been double-breasted, which can be a tricky style to wear as they can add unwanted width.

The perfect yellow blazer |

Tanasha (above) has teamed a beautifully vibrant shade of yellow with blue jeans, and finished off her outfit with yellow pumps.

However, if you opt for a blazer with nice, clean lines in a single-breasted style, this can be universally flattering as well as versatile. You can wear over jeans, pants or a dress for a more formal event.

The perfect yellow blazer for women over 40 |

yellow blazer

The perfect yellow coat

If you are not afraid of the color, yellow can look fabulous on a coat.

The perfect yellow coat |

Zdeňka (above) shows how wonderfully yellow can team with cobalt blue.

It will brighten up those dark winter days in winter and add a ray of sunshine in summer. Yellow looks fabulous with a black and white outfit and makes the overall look really chic!

If you have a summer wedding or event to attend, you could team a monochrome dress with a yellow coat.

A great way to wear a yellow coat can be to opt for a truly classic style like a trench, a leather biker or a duster and to update this through your use of bright, sunny yellow.

The perfect yellow coat for women over 40 |

yellow coat

The perfect yellow top

Yellow can be easily worn as a top. Fabulous with neutral bottoms like blue jeans, white or black.

If solid yellow is too bright for you, then choose a striped one. You can minimize the effect of the yellow by combining your yellow top (like a tank) with a blazer in a more neutral color.

Yellow top goes well with printed blazers |

Abi (above) pairs an on-trend plaid blazer with her yellow top. She also shows how to print mix with the combination of checks and snakeskin.

This will still give you the hip vibrancy of yellow without the yellow overpowering you too much.

I love the asymmetrical hem of this soft yellow tunic which would be ideal if you’re looking for a top to wear with leggings or skinny jeans. It has 213 reviews on Amazon, giving an average of 4.5 stars.

The perfect yellow top for women over 40 |

yellow top, 213 reviews, 4.5 stars

The perfect yellow blouse

Of course, yellow doesn’t have to be very bright and “in-your-face”. You can go for a much more subtle approach with either a mustard or lemony or pastel yellows.

Yellow blouse outfit |

Maudie (above) wears a beautiful pleated blouse along with snakeprint sneakers.

You could opt for a pale yellow button-down if you have more of a preppy style.

It would look lovely with white jeans for summer.

Look out for options in linen or cotton to keep you cool in the warmer months.

The perfect yellow blouse for women over 40 |

Yellow blouse

The perfect yellow pants

Yellow pants can be a great way to make a casual style statement, as demonstrated below. You can simply team with a white tee and sneakers.

The perfect yellow pants |

If you don’t like yellow too close to your face you may opt for a yellow pair of pants instead. I like to combine mine with neutral colors like white and black, so the color does not overpower me too much.

It you have a black and white top, this would be perfect to match with yellow pants.

A pair of tailored pants could be a good addition to your summer wardrobe. I can see these going with a casual striped or plain tee, or with a silk shirt or blouse for lunch out with friends and family.

yellow pants

The perfect yellow jeans

For a more casual approach to yellow pants, you could always opt for jeans instead.

A crop style would be perfect for summer. As these will be the hero piece in your outfit, you can keep the rest of your look clean and simple, perhaps pairing with a white shirt or tee, or a striped sweater.

yellow jeans

The perfect yellow skirt

You could opt for a yellow skirt like I have. I wear mine frequently, either dressed up or down, and take it on most of my vacations.

A yellow skirt looks good teamed with most striped, polka dot or patterned tops.

Yellow skirt paired with patterned top |

Galiya (above) teams her yellow skirt with stripes and purple tights.

You could opt for an A-line or fuller style in linen or cotton for a more casual summer look which would be ideal for vacations. Or, you could look for a piece in satin or silk which would be lovely for more formal events.


yellow skirt, 4.5 stars

The perfect yellow shoes

I love the sense of fun that wearing brightly colored shoes can bring to an outfit.

The perfect yellow shoes |

Carole (above) wears her yellow sweater with matching shoes and on-trend wide-legged jeans.

Plus, this is such an easy way to update your closet and add a talking point to pieces you already wear.

Shoes can make a big impact to your outfit and adding a bit of yellow here is very hip. Yellow shoes look perfect with neutral outfits or any other outfit that has just a little bit of yellow in it.

Take for example my red skirt with camel top that has a yellow rim. Adding my yellow / nude shoes to the outfit highlights the bit of yellow in the outfit and takes it from boring to exciting and happy!

You could wear an all navy outfit and add a pop of yellow with your shoes, or add yellow to a monochrome dress for a formal event or a lunch out with friends and family.

Or, you could opt for a pair of yellow sneakers to wear with your jeans.

A pair of yellow sandals with a relatively low block heel could be a good buy for summer as they will be easy to wear and walk in, while adding oomph to your existing closet.

These Chinese  Laundry sandals are a classic shape.

The perfect yellow sandals for women over 40 |

yellow sandals, 4.1 stars

The perfect yellow accessories

If you are not too keen on wearing color but still like to liven up your outfit with a bit of sunshine, then accessorizing is the way to go. It is an excellent way to add color to your outfit and take it to the next level.

Yellow accessories goes well with black and white outfits |

Josephine (above) adds some oomph to a monochrome outfit with the addition of a yellow scarf.

You can see yellow is very nice with an all-white outfit or a black and white combination. Just add a yellow bag, belt, scarf or necklace and you’re good to go.

This is by far the easiest way to add a bit of yellow to your wardrobe and still get the benefits.

The Kate Spade Sam style satchel was first introduced in 1993, so you know it is definitely not going to date. It has been updated for summer in this canary yellow shade.

“I love my new bag. It’s the perfect size for me- exactly what I was looking for! Beautiful pebbled leather with soft structure.” – justcallmewhatever

The perfect yellow handbag for women over 40 |

yellow bag, 5 stars

Colors that go with yellow

So, now that you have your yellow basics sorted, what other colors are you going to wear with them?

Yellow is great to wear with some of the neutrals, especially white.


Yellow cardigans on striped dress |

Divina  (above) demonstrates how beautifully yellow can go with black and white stripes.

Yellow sweater goes well with cobalt blue colored jeans |

Dee  (above) shows that another great combination with yellow is cobalt blue.

Here are a few other more creative color combinations you may consider.

Color combinations with yellow |

Here are 9 ideas for you on wearing yellow outfits – using the pieces above

A yellow capsule wardrobe |

More yellow fashion inspiration for you

Here, you’ll find some mood boards and more yellow outfits to give you plenty of ideas whether you are buying a new yellow piece for your closet this season, or looking for new ways to wear what you already have.

Ideas how to wear yellow |

Outfit ideas on how to wear yellow - 6 stylish looks |

Stylish yellow print asymmetrical top |

Chic yellow skirt |


Some more yellow outfits as inspiration for you

Tips on how to wear yellow over 40 |

How to wear yellow and brighten up your day! |

How to wear yellow: a chic yellow coat with a dress |

Ideas on how to wear yellow |

Style tips on how to wear yellow |

Do you already have some yellow outfits in your wardrobe? How would you style the color yellow?


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Feature image by @istyl


{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rebecca

I love the yellow with black and white. Thanks for some great summer looks!


2 Sylvia

you’re welcome Rebecca!


3 Emma

Can u wear different shades of yellow together or too much.
I have a yellow and white spotty top and a long glow skirt slightly brighter.


4 Sylvia

That really depends on the particular shades of the yellow…


5 traceyliz65

I wore yellow skinny jeans today and wil be posting pictures on the forum! Yellow really is such a fun color… wishing for yellow shoes…


6 Sylvia

Great sunny and fresh look Tracey. Here is the link for those who want to have a look:


7 Rita A.

I like yellow a lot but am picky about the exact hue. I like a buttery or creamy yellow, or a bright, pure yellow…nothing with hints of green, gold, or mustard. (I’m the same with interior paint…it took me forever to find just the right soft yellow for my foyer and upstairs bath). I have a yellow cotton cardigan, a yellow v-neck tee, and a blouse with some yellow in the small floral print. For me, it’s more of a neutral to bring out other colors than a color to stand on its own. I had a yellow purse at one time but it was a bit shocking, and I tired of it quickly. I like the Minkoff sandals above…just a splash of yellow for interest, but not too much.


8 Sylvia

Yes that can be a great approach to using yellow (having it in moderation). I’ve been playing with different kind of hues of yellow the last couple of seasons while I never wore it before. Today I was very happy wearing my bright yellow skirt!


9 Greetje Kamminga

I have so many yellow items, it is unbelievable. In a lot of shades. I love yellow and it loves me. In winter and in summer.
So I am trying not to look too closely at the things you are showing in this post.


10 Sylvia

Haha, use as ‘inspiration’ only Greetje!


11 Greetje

Thanks for sharing Colour Lovers with us. Great to see what you can combine with the yellow items. My husband just came home with an adorable dark yellow pair of trousers, quite special. But I am feeling a bit ashamed. I already have so much and he has already given me so many things. I should not accept it. (Do you hear my hesitation? LOL)


12 Trina Grandinetti

Leave it to you to put the perfect and most helpful combinations of yellow together for us. Thank you so very much for this post. I will be using your color combinations with yellow for many years to come.


13 Ofelia

Sylvia you take the time to gather lots of information and the photos are so fabulous that I just want to express my love for this post since yellow is one of my favorite colors.
I wear my yellow pants, skirts and tops as often as possible because they do make me feel happier.


14 Petra

Great pictures Sylvia. O.K. so now I know what to team yellow with – thank you so much – I will look for some yellow sandals and maybe a handbag (yes! love handbags) too! 😀


15 Kathy Johnston

I really like yellow but I have only a few pieces. I would like to get more because it’s such an uplifting colour.

My husband has been scanning all of our old pictures. Yesterday, I saw a picture of my mother at my brother’s graduation in 1980. She was wearing a solid colour yellow dress and it looked lovely on her! More incentive for me to get into yellow!


16 Alice - Happiness at Mid Life

Yellow is a great color that I love to wear – it always make me feel so cherry. I tend to keep my yellow really bright or pale. One yellow that I do not wear is mustard, the shade does nothing for my skin tone. I am really loving paired with mint right now.



17 Christina

I adore the yellow clothing this season. I got a very simple but elegant lemon lime blouson top – neon really. Trying to figure the best thing to wear it with – I have a Theory leather skirt I might try.


18 Lorraine

I have my yellow patterned cardigan (featured on the Forum) and some pale yellow cut off jeans, both of which I love. I used to have a lovely pale yellow linen jacket but I ‘outgrew’ it (at the age of 48!) and sold it but now I am looking to replace it as it seemed to go with a lot of things. I did veer into mustard in the winter – it’s a sophisticated colour but probably not the best for me (I am not saying I am not sophisticated, because I am (LOL!) but it’s not so good with my skin tone).


19 natasha

I love yellow, I have yellow top yellow dress yellow sandles, I feel happy wearing yellow cause it makes me look good


20 Sherry Edwards

I love love love yellow. I change my shade of yellow according to the season or month. Light cool toned pastel for winter. A bright yellow for Easter. I like daffodil/ tulip yellow for spring. A soft pastel yellow at the beginning of summer (pre-tan) and a brighter yellow for later summer. I also like a dusty pale yellow on cloudy or rainy days. In autumn I prefer a leafy gold mustard type of yellow. I also like to wear yellow as part of my heritage. Yup, I’ve got a lot of yellow in my wardrobe.


21 Veronica

I love the color yellow I have Carmel complexion. I wear yellow all time. When me and my cousin when on cruise all my outfits were yellow. From dresses to formal wear . the color looked great. I just got new yellow sleeve less dress my best friend sent Me money I ordered yellow dress and white dress from Cato online. The yellow sleeveless dress is size small was on clearance for nine foars and ninety-nine cents. I am going wear it with orange and pink wedges and orange pink and yellow flower statement necklace I got from Walmart. Along with my pink flower purse. I could also wear pink fushis heels and cluth. My black shrug black heels and purse. Also my nude heels and purse. Even navy blue shoes and navy purse. I also have a yellow pantsuit. I have a yellow tee-shirt I wear with jeans orange belt and pink orange wedges. It is so many combinations and ways to wear yellow. It instantly makes you feel like summer. When ever I wear yellow I get so many compliments. If you not as breave me get yellow purse or yellow shoe. Or scaft that has yellow in it or yellow polish. Or get three yellow flowers. Put one in your hair. One on outfit and pin one to your purse.You can yellow artificial flowers at any Chinese beauty supply store.Three of them sholf cost less about three dollars and eighteen cents. Also yellow is great color for bridesmaid dress for wedding pale yellow. princess Grace put her bridesmaids in color and just like her the dress font looked dated. Try yellow you look great in it get pleanty of complients.


22 Marga

Lovely pictures. With the graffiti-wall as setting; very creative! Greets from the Netherlands, Marga


23 Reyna

Can we wear a yellow dress with a pair of navy blue shoes?


24 Sylvia

Yes definitely.


25 grace

What top to wear with white and green strips lengthy skirt and yellow shoes


26 Sylvia

Quite a few options for you. White always works well. Or the green of your skirt. Yellow works too as it will go well with the shoes. But if you like a bit of color color blocking, you may also go with red!


27 Heidi

I love the subdued yellow of the Trouve knot front tee. I would have bought it if it wasn’t sold out. I also liked the Mural over sized blazer.


28 Trace

Great article, thanks. I wear a mustard-yellow oval-shaped, quilted belt bag with several things, including Anthropologie wide-legged chestnut chinos. I got the bag at a Ross Dress For Less discount store. It’s PVC, which I usually hate, but it’s OK b/c the piece is relatively small, fun and the color so perfect. Also, it’s just a trend so I didn’t want to invest in a more expensive bag.


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