How to wear yellow this summer

Yellow hues to love.

how to wear yellow - sara delaney wears L.K. Bennett dress

I’ve always had a bit of a thing for yellow, so when it popped up as a must-have summer trend, I was on it quicker than I can check out an overladen online shopping basket. The only trouble with this cheery hue is that it comes with a bad rep of not being brilliant for all skin tones. But this season, designers and high street heroes alike have churned out enough tonal points of difference on the shade front that you can pretty much pick up the perfect tint for you.

how to wear yellow - sara delaney wears L.K. Bennett dress

When looking for the perfect yellow hue for your skin tone, the rule of thumb tends to be if you are fair or pale skinned stick to dark yellow or mustards, while if you have olive skin, you can crack into the lemon yellows and bolder brighter side of this cheery hue. Whenever I do those ‘which skin tone are you’ things, I always tend to fall between warm and cool depending on the time of year and how much of the old fake tan I’m sporting at any one time. So I normally end up ignoring rules of thumb and chuck on whichever yellow makes me feel happy – perfect arrangement!

how to wear yellow - sara delaney wears L.K. Bennett dress

how to wear yellow - sara delaney wears L.K. Bennett dress

Lela silk dress, Valentino espadrilles (similar here)

I picked up this L.K. Bennett dress at the beginning of their The Season campaign – you can read all about other fab dresses which are perfect for all sorts of summer occasions from wedding guest outfits or trips to garden parties, speech days and days at the races which we posted earlier here.

how to wear yellow - sara delaney wears L.K. Bennett dress

Nannacay bag (larger version here)

Yellow for SS17… how to wear it.

So let’s address those tricky-to-wear problems. Most people have issues with pulling off colourful vibes because they either try to go all in and wear it top to toe or they wear the colour on their top half, thus getting caught up in all that skin tone malarkey. The answer is to hop onto the trend by either starting with a simple accessory or two, or adopt the trend by rolling the colour out on your bottom half… think skirts, crop palazzo pants or chino shorts for the season ahead.

Also, yellow looks fab this season paired with equally on trend khaki and neutrals, so you don’t have to go full-body on the colour if you are feeling a tad timid about road testing it. Who’s going to give it a try? Let me know in the comments below…

Here are some of my fave yellow hues out there right now. Click the images to shop.

For more ideas on which trends might suit you this summer hop on over to our Start Here page to scope out which Style Tribe you might be in along with which body shape you could be.

With thanks to the lovely Sarah Lou Francis for these pics.

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  1. June 12, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    Love love love this dress! And those espadrilles are gawjus! Ugh two exclamation marks in already, I can’t tell you how much I adore this entire outfit though I will try. Bag goals too….
    I agree with you on those tonal tips, when it comes down to it the best thing to do is wear what you like. I used to never wear pale pink, now I find myself reaching for it in every item I buy. I have built up quite a collection of the shade in a short space of time. Basically since I decided it doesn’t look too bad against my skin after all. Go figure? Even have pink bedding now would you believe?
    Yay Yellow! Whoops another exclamation mark 😉

    • June 15, 2017 / 2:20 pm

      Lol – it is amazing what we miss out on colour wise if we decide early on that it’s not for us. I didn’t touch pink either for years having made up my mind that I was a complete tomboy and wouldn’t go anywhere near it. Now guess what… it’s the mainstay of my closet and it comes in all sorts of hues! Also trying to match your ratio of exclamation marks!! xxx

  2. June 15, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    Ok, I gasped when I saw the sequin detail on that AMAAAAAAZING yellow dress! Just beautiful. I struggle with yellow (other than really pale buttery shades) because I am so fair and blonde, but you’re making me re-think my position on this colour! I own exactly one yellow item, a very very pale yellow wool coat. xx

    • June 15, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      Haha – the sequins always entice me too! Give it a try… take baby steps with accessories if you find it too daunting. But it’s such a happy-making colour it’s definitely worth the plunge xxx

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