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).
And it’s featured in the top too.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 coat
If you are not afraid of the color, yellow can look fabulous on a 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The perfect yellow shoes
I love the sense of fun that wearing brightly colored shoes can bring to an outfit.
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 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.
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 Tory Burch Mini Miller Leather Bucket Bag will surely elevate any look. It can fit all of your essentials and its design and shape is flattering either with the cross body strap or just holding it in your hand.
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.
Divina (above) demonstrates how beautifully yellow can go with black and white stripes.
Dee (above) shows that another great combination with yellow is cobalt blue.
Here are a few other more creative color combinations you may consider.
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Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.
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.
Some more yellow outfits as inspiration for you
Do you already have some yellow outfits in your wardrobe? How would you style the color yellow?
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