This warm new season is seeing a wash of bright colours pop in the colour trend charts, most prominent one being yellow and its close family members.
An epitome of sunshine, blooming sunflowers, mustard fields, summer citrus fruits and happiness; there are many reasons attached to the glorification of the colour yellow, making it a huge trend for spring 2012.
However it’s not just the one hue of yellow that’s popular for spring; neon, warm shade, eye-popping tint and citrus tones are being seen in the colour palette.
Continue reading after the break to understand how to stylishly wear the colour yellow without looking comical or like you’ve just emerged out of a flower basket. We have it all covered for you.
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Yellow: a perfect spring colour
Clothes and trend-driven pieces add up for an entire wardrobe, but it’s really the colour palette that dictates the mood. As we know, these colours are mainly interpreted from the change in season, which is probably why we usually see darker tones pop up for autumn / winter and brighter shades for spring / summer.
Yellow is a chief colour for spring 2012, and not just because it’s a direct interpretation from the landscape of the European countryside. This colour evokes an upheaving emotion, a sense of excitement, hope, and also manages to provide a slight distraction from the industry’s economic seesaw. It makes you do a double take on the outfit. The colour yellow can come across as quite in-your-face at times, especially with its over-joyous and extroverted personality, but if worn in the right context and teamed with other soothing colours – this colour trend has a lot of potential for spring.
Yellow on the runway
Like we said, there are plenty of ways to approach this trend, as it’s less about a particular item of clothing and more about how your use yellow in your overall attire. Be it on accessories or actual clothes, the styling matters the most.
Oscar de la Renta, Victoria Beckham, Carolina Herrara, Rodarte – all of their collections for spring 2012 spelled out the vibrancy, enthusiasm and vividness this colour entails (see the gallery above for examples). They gave a bold, flirtatious and rich variety of an all-yellow outfit. While most did it with flattering and floaty one-piece dress, Reed Krakoff broke all the rules with his take on the colour yellow.
All yellow outfit at Reed Krakoff S/S ’12
If you’re not convinced with taking up the challenge and flaunting an overall yellow look, then take the safe route and mix a subdued shade of yellow with earthy tones. Similar to what we saw on the Mulberry runway where a patent tan skirt was teamed with a primrose yellow top.
Primrose yellow at Mulberry S/S ’12
In Akris’ spring / summer collection, a patch of suede yellow was paired with a dull shade of gray. The clever aspect of this variation in styling the colour is that it puts emphasis on yellow, it being the main character in the outfit, but also tones the ensemble down with other subdued shades.
Yellow against subdued tones at Akris S/S ’12
Rocking to the tunes of Wiz Khalifa’s beats, the black and yellow combination is another foolproof option to subtly inject in the trend to your formal wardrobe. This colour combination was the deal breaker at Barbara Bui, where the golden-yellow hue broke down the monochrome-shaded collection. Yellow was used very strategically, with streamlined and geometric panelling along the body.
Asymmetrical blocks of yellow at Barbara Bui, S/S ’12
Using the shade in your accessories – in that would merely highlight the outfit, rather than make it the talk-of-the-town – is another way the trend was approached on the runway. Gaspard Yurkievich put babydoll shades of yellow on the socks, loafers and collars in their spring / summer collection. Mulberry’s neon-shaded Gladstone bag from their spring / summer 2012 collection is another place to look for inspiration.
Bright yellow accessories at Gaspard Yurkievich, S/S ’12
How to wear Yellow
- First up, when shopping for yellow clothes, make sure you pick a colour that doesn’t drag you down. The colour yellow can have an evil property of making the skin look too patchy or overly-tanned, so choosing the right shade for you skin is vital.
- If you have a pinkish-whitish skin complexion, go for warmer shades of yellow like mustard. You need to look for colours that almost fall under the beige-gold category but still look visually yellow. They’ll make you look tanned.
- On olive skin tones, bright yellow, neon shades and chartreuse colour are most flattering. The brighter and more vibrant yellow you choose, the more it’ll compliment your warm skin.
- For an all-yellow ensemble, go bold and clash the look with contrasting accessories. Neon yellow with cobalt blue is a great option for spring; also a leafy green works best for a skirt and shirt combination. Turquoise, tangerine and lilac are great colours for contrasting yellow.
- Keep the silhouette clean and modern. You don’t want to mix yellow with a party of prints; strict, almost geometrically equated lines are the way to go for spring 2012. Also, stay away from floral yellow prints.
- An ocean of fabrics is at your disposal for this colour trend. The good news: yellow can look sporty and sensual in patent leather, whilst maintain a sensual and sexy persona when married to chiffon or other sheer fabrics.
Yellow leather and sheers at Reed Krakoff, S/S ’12
- If you’re hesitant to wear this vivid shade, stick to wearing yellow under the waist – pants, skirts, tailored shorts or even shoes. You can always tone this down with a white, black or nude top or blazer.
- When wearing yellow-coloured pants, avoid wearing yellow elsewhere, especially if you’re one with long legs. This look is great for the runway, but when translated to an everyday look, it has a huge potential of looking comical.
- Although, don’t be afraid to mix shades of yellow in the same outfit. Especially if you’re doing so with accessories vs. pants or shorts.
- Citrus shades are huge for this spring; when shopping, think of lemons and pineapple. You can wear these boldly, or in soft yellow pastels. For the latter envisage lemon meringue and summer sorbets, channeling the 1950s fashion revival.
Soft lemon yellow at Louis Vuitton, S/S ’12
- For a crisp summer style, look for a citrus yellow belt and pair it with an all-white short-suit. This combination is one that’ll never fail you on the style radar.
- Belts, cotton headscarfs, socks, shoes, detachable collars or even cuff link – pick one and clash your outfit with a bold splash of yellow.
- Introduce yellow to your make-up bag, with citrus eye shadows, neon yellow nails, and if you’re bold enough, a lick of bright yellow liquid liner.
For more inspiration on how to style yellow hues direct from the spring 2012 runways, head to the gallery above and click on the thumbnails. You can also read up further about other spring 2012 color trends by following that link.