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. In this article you’ll find out how to wear yellow including the colors that go best with this cheery shade.

All the more reason to wear it wholeheartedly. As the world is going through some tough times right now, anything to bring some cheer can only be a good thing. Below are plenty of 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

How to wear yellow outfits?

If you’re going to wear yellow, you will need the perfect yellow clothing and accessories.

The perfect yellow top outfit

Estrella wears a yellow and green outfit | 40plusstyle.com

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.

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

Estrella (above) looks incredible in her yellow and green outfit.

Check out these peplum tops from Milumia, Shein and Vesnoyci, and wear with this similar pair of pants (plus size option here) and sandals.

I love the draped style of this soft yellow tunic (below) which would be ideal if you’re looking for a top to wear with leggings or skinny jeans.

LARACE flare tunic top | 40plusstyle.com

LARACE flare tunic top

For a more fitted option, you could choose a yellow wrap top.

Made by Johnny wrap front dolman top | 40plusstyle.com

Made by Johnny wrap front dolman top

There are more tops to wear with your leggings in this article on how to wear leggings over 40.

The perfect yellow blouse

Melinda in a yellow top and dark jeans | 40plusstyle.com

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.

You could opt for a deep yellow button-down. 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 or go for a beautiful silk shirt in a deeper yellow to create a high-end feel.

Melinda (above) chooses a soft shade of yellow in an on trend style with the ruffle details around the neckline.

Check out these blouses from Lucky Brand and Ella Moss that you can wear with these similar jeans, sandals, straw tote, earrings and sunglasses.

Or how about the mustard tie-waist top from Amazon (below) which would look great worn with leggings or skinny jeans.

Romwe belted peplum blouse | 40plusstyle.com

Romwe belted peplum blouse

The perfect yellow dress outfit

Yellow dress paired with white sandals | 40plusstyle.com

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

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 to bring a touch of the unexpected to your outfit.

A yellow dress could be the perfect option to keep you cool and stylish in summer.

Nic (above) chooses a flattering wrap style and teams with neutral shoes.

Check out these wrap dresses from Fleur Wood and Adrianna Papell, and wear with this similar pair of wedge sandals and earrings.

Halogen tie waist shirtdress | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen tie waist shirtdress

The perfect yellow blazer

The perfect yellow blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Everyone from No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani to Desperate Housewives actress 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.

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

Patricia (above) wears a single breasted blazer with her jeans, white top and tan accessories.

Check out this similar tee, blazer, jeans, belt, sandals, handbag, necklace and sunglasses.

Lrady casual open front blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Lrady casual open front blazer

Yellow sweater

How to wear yellow and brighten up your day | 40plusstyle.com

A yellow sweater could be perfect for staying warm on cool summer nights.

Jessica (above) looks fabulous, having accessorized her yellow sweater with leopard print.

Get her look with this similar sweater, pants, pumps, handbag, earrings, scarf and sunglasses.

Chicwish oversize sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Chicwish oversize sweater

Yellow cardigan

You could also add a yellow cardigan as a cover-up. A longer style will create nice long, lean lines.

LALABEE open front draped cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

LALABEE open front draped cardigan

Yellow jackets

Kim wears a yellow denim jacket | 40plusstyle.com

To add a pop of color to any outfit, how about choosing a yellow denim jacket rather than the usual blue? Or a yellow moto jacket rather than black?

Kim (above) wears her yellow jacket with jeans.

Recreate her outfit with this similar top, denim jacket, capri jeans and sneakers.

LifeShe denim jacket | 40plusstyle.com

LifeShe denim jacket

Bellivera faux leather moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Bellivera faux leather moto jacket

The perfect yellow coat

The perfect yellow coat | 40plusstyle.com

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

It will brighten up any darker days in fall and 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.

Psyche (above) looks stunning in her yellow coat and gingham pants.

Get her look with this similar tee, trench coat, pants and loafers.

Boden belted coat | 40plusstyle.com

Boden belted coat

The perfect yellow pants outfit

Chloe in an all yellow outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Yellow pants can be a great way to make a casual style statement.

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.

Chloe (above) looks amazing in her all-yellow outfit.

Steal her look with this similar knit top, trousers, pumps and clutch.

Boden pants | 40plusstyle.com

Boden 7/8 pants

The perfect yellow jeans

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

A crop or skinny 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.

A pale pastel shade of yellow adds subtle color to your outfit.

AG crop slim jeans | 40plusstyle.com

AG crop slim jeans

The perfect yellow skirt outfit

Kim in a yellow skirt and cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

You could opt for a yellow skirt. I wear my own yellow skirt 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.

You can 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, look for a piece in satin or silk which would be lovely for more formal events.

Kim (above) wears her yellow skirt with a mustard cardigan and fluffy shoes.

Recreate her outfit with this similar cardigan top, skirt, sandals, hoop earrings and sunglasses.

Kate Kasin pencil skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Kate Kasin pencil skirt

The perfect yellow shoes outfit

The perfect yellow shoes | 40plusstyle.com

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

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.

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.

Jenny (above) chooses yellow sneakers with her jeans.

Check out this similar printed top, denim jacket, jeans and sneakers.

There are more stylish yellow shoes options for you below.

Børn ballet flat | 40plusstyle.com

Børn ballet flat

Gentle Souls Signature wedge sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Gentle Souls Signature wedge sandal

Franco Sarto leather loafer | 40plusstyle.com

Franco Sarto leather loafer

Sam Edelman leather sneaker | 40plusstyle.com

Sam Edelman leather sneaker

The perfect yellow accessories to wear with neutrals or your yellow clothing

Yellow accessories goes well with black and white outfits | 40plusstyle.com

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.

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.

Alice (above) chooses yellow with her print pants. You can see she has tied her look together as the print in her pants features yellow florals. She also adds a pair of navy pumps to her look.

Steal her look with this similar top, printed pants, pumps, handbag, scarf and sunglasses.

The Tory Burch tote below will surely elevate any look. It can fit all of your essentials and its design and shape are very classic so you can wear for season after season.

Tory Burch leather tote | 40plusstyle.com

Tory Burch leather tote

Or you could opt for a yellow scarf to brighten up your outfits.

Achillea pashmina scarf | 40plusstyle.com

Achillea pashmina scarf

Colors that go with yellow

Color combinations with yellow | 40plusstyle.com

So, now that you have your yellow basics sorted, what other colors are you going to wear with them? What are your favorite colors to wear with your yellow? Below are some of my own favorites. Let me know what you think.

Black and yellow outfits

Sally wears a yellow t-shirt and black skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Sally (above) wears her yellow t-shirt with a black maxi skirt.

Recreate her look with this similar tee, skirt, sandals and crossbody bag.

Black and yellow outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: GRACE KARIN cropped cardiganGRACE KARIN pencil dressTrotters pumpStreet Level toteKendra Scott pendant necklace

Outfit 2: Urban CoCo open front blazerEquipment silk blouse7 For All Mankind skinny jeans Nina classic clutchTrotters pumpKendra Scott pendant necklace

Outfit 3: Chicwish oversize sweaterZella leggingsStreet Level toteVionic sneaker

Yellow and white outfits

Beth wears yellow and white | 40plusstyle.com

Beth (above) wears a cheerful outfit that would be perfect for transitional weather.

Steal her look with this similar tee, blazer, skirt and shoes.

White and yellow outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: Urban CoCo open front blazerCaslon V-neck shirt Scotch & Soda tie dye wide leg pantsTory Burch slide sandalNATURAL NEO rattan bagKendra Scott tassel necklace

Outfit 2: ZAFUL ribbed sweaterKate Kasin pleated skirtFranco Sarto espadrille wedge sandalNATURAL NEO rattan bagKendra Scott hoop earrings

Outfit 3: EIMIN 3/4 sleeve open front blazerCaslon V-neck shirtMadewell jeansSteve Madden ankle strap sandalNordstrom leather crossbody bagFirstmeet layered necklace

Blue and yellow outfit

Liza wearing cobalt blue and yellow | 40plusstyle.com

Wearing yellow and blue is a classic combination. Opting for a navy shade is an easy way to get this look. But you could also choose cobalt or paler shade of blue.

Liza (above) looks great in her cobalt blue and yellow combination.

Check out these maxi dresses from Amazon and Lulus that you can wear with this similar blazer, pumps, clutch, earrings and sunglasses.

Blue and yellow outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: Halogen cap sleeve blouseKate Kasin pencil skirtDREAM PAIRS ankle strap sandalNina classic clutchFirstmeet layered necklace

Outfit 2: Shein scallop topScotch & Soda wide leg pantsToni Pons linen espadrille wedge sandalKurt Geiger London leather toteCanvas Jewelry layered necklace

Outfit 3: LifeShe denim jacketMaggy London draped dressToni Pons linen espadrille wedge sandalTory Burch leather crossbody bagKendra Scott hoop earrings

With an unexpected bright pop of color

Tanasha wears a bright outfit of yellow and orange | 40plusstyle.com

Of course, you could always team your yellow with other bright colors.

Tanasha (above) wears her sunny yellow with orange.

Recreate her outfit with this similar dress, cardigan vest, pumps, handbag, earrings and sunglasses.

more yellow pieces to choose from:

A capsule wardrobe featuring yellow

Below is a capsule wardrobe for summer, which puts together many of the clothes and accessories used above. There are 9 outfits here, but you could easily mix and match to create plenty of different combinations.

Blue and yellow outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.

More yellow fashion inspiration for you

Here are more outfit ideas for you. This is an older capsule so no links for these items but shop your own closet and recreate the looks!

A yellow capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com
A yellow capsule wardrobe featuring black and white | 40plusstyle.com
Ideas how to wear yellow | 40plusstyle.com
yellowonthecatwalk | 40plusstyle.com

Do you already have some yellow outfits in your wardrobe? How would you style the color yellow? I’d love to know in the comments below.

Continue reading:

  1. How To Wear Red – Your Comprehensive Guide On Wearing The Color Of Love!
  2. How To Wear Orange? 7 Color Combinations To Get You Started!
  3. Can You Wear Beige Over 40?

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