Friday, December 25, 2015

Wearing Unflattering Colors: Yellow

A very Happy Christmas to all of you celebrating today, and a joyous and wonderful day for everyone else! Let's all remember what's most important, and remember to share love, patience, and endless care to everyone around us. We are strong; we can do this!

The more I work with "unflattering" colors, the more I find that there are some really lovely items available in the world that might, at first glance, seem difficult to wear. But I think if we keep these kinds of colors away from our faces, there's no reason in the world to avoid them, if they really speak to your heart.

Yellow and black can be REALLY difficult to wear - threats of the nickname "Bumblebee" are always present. But I think this shade is closer to orange in a way that makes that threat less likely. And items like the cool bag, which combine the two colors in a way that's distinctly non-insect, help pull things together.

bag Alisa Smirnova London; loafers – Sole Society; tee shirt – Uniqlo; crop
 knit pants – Helmut Lang; Mustard Crème nail polish – SpaRitual; bracelet –  

Another accent color that seems made for brown! The bag with the brown straps proves that these colors appeal to at least one designer, eh?

Satchel – Dooney & Bourke; loafers – Tod’s; brown tee – The Great; capris
 – Dosa;  Highlighter nail polish – Formula X; bracelet – Kendra Scott
citrine ring – Lestie Lee

This is what I think of as true yellow, and I really love the way it looks with grey. It doesn't overpower it, which surprised me when I started. Lots of things have surprised me, this last few days!

bag Rebecca Minkoff; sneakers - Sperry; tee shirt – Uniqlo; trousers – Carven;  
Walking on Sunshine nail polish – Deborah Lippmann; bracelet – Balenciaga;  
ring – Mahavir

This is a slightly softer lemon, which I liked with the beige/taupe. If those sandals appeal, they're available in at least a dozen colors! And the Mateo Brown bracelet comes in yellow gold and rose gold, as well as the silver, and with a BUNCH of different stone tips. (yes, I am a shopping enabler sometimes...)

Bag – Marc Jacobs; sandals – Jack Rogers; taupe tee – Uniqlo; trousers – 
Austin Reed; Golden Yellow nail polish – Anna Sui; bracelet – Mateo Brown;
 ring – Kohl’s

I knew I would have to address acid yellow, and I thought navy would stand up to it best. This isn't for just every woman, but if you dare it, you might be surprised at how much fun it will be. (ahem.... the ballet flats are available in SEVENTEEN colors.... I'm just sayin;...)

Clutch – Kayu; flats – Sam Edelman; tee shirt – Uniqlo; trousers – Mango
Charme nail polish – JinSoon; bracelet Alona
yellow diamond ring Sethi Couture

And this softer than butter yellow looks lovely with camel. Again, it was the beautiful ring that drew me into this entire color! Sometimes one piece - either a gift or a special purchase - can lead you into an "Accessory Family" you never expected. Some of these ideas might be very useful if one receives a cherished holiday gift that isn't in a "perfect" color, but which will NEVER under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES be returned. Better incorporate a new yellow bracelet or ring into one's wardrobe than hurt the feelings of a cherished loved one...

Fringed handle bag – Sara Battaglia; loafers – Tod's; tee shirt – Etro; cropped 
pants – Chloe; Butter Yellow nail polish – Formula X; jasper bracelet – Sasina;
 ring – Ippolita

I think that tomorrow, the color in question will be pink - everything from pale to bright!


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  1. This has been a fun series of posts. They have definitely given me some ideas to try in the future. I don't think I will be incorporating yellow though. As much as I like it on other people, the color intimidates me.

  2. I love the yellow and gray together! Looking forward to your pink post.

  3. I love the yellow and gray together! Looking forward to your pink post.

  4. I just realized that one could also reverse these. i love pale camel but can't wear it, while I can wear pale yellow. A soft yellow dress with pale camel accessories would be lovely. Thanks, as always, for the ideas -- and for being here even on Xmas!

  5. Oh, wow. That last combo -- pale butter with camel -- convinces me that even I could wear yellow. This has been a great series. Merry Christmas!

  6. Thanks Janice, great to see ideas for different tones of these colours- some inspiring ideas in this serieis

  7. Thanks for the reinforcement, Janice! I have an acid yellow necklace (so yes, it is close to my face), and also a pair of shoes. I often wear them with black, or grey, and I love the hit of colour. They are definitely enough, though, I don't think I'll be adding to the collection!

  8. YOU are a flippin' GENIUS. Thank you so so very much for this series!

  9. I am an Asian by origin, and I don’t have extremely fair skin, so yellow suits me perfectly. I am a huge admirer of yellow dresses, and I love wearing them on several occasions.