The meaning behind the colour Yellow
Notably, the colour yellow is the most luminous shade on the spectrum. With it being both a bright and happy colour, it can be the key go-to choice when picking out a colour to wear come Spring and Summer.
Colour psychology tells us how the shade can bring on feelings of warmth, brightness, energy and attention (which goes to explain why school buses, taxi cabs, and traffic signs are painted yellow and black
). Like all colours, there are different feelings and emotions behind each of their uses. With yellow, when thinking positively, it stands for freshness, clarity, optimism, remembrance and loyalty. On the other hand, the use of yellow could also be viewed as both cowardice and sickness
The choice of wearing yellow is one you can do so confidently, as the shade in itself can make you look youthful and healthy
Reasons You Should Wear Yellow
With the choice of wearing yellow looking more promising, we thought we would take you through more reasons as to why you should wear yellow – besides the fact that it’s a stunning, happy colour!
Yellow goes with lots of colours
Using the colour wheel, which we’ll go into more detail below, you’ll find that this shade can go with various other colours – even bold colours like blue.
You can make a statement
A bold suit, or dress, in one solid colour – is something anyone can powerfully carry off when making a statement. Opting to wear one shade, like black, whilst professional can be taken a step further by wearing a bold shade like yellow or red.
You don't have to branch out into other colours
Whilst yellow is one of those shades that go with pretty much anything, you can opt to allow for it to be the statement shade. So whilst your dress or top may be the main colour, you could opt for neutral shoes and accessories. Doing so allows the main garment to do the talking, with the pressure of other shades taking a back seat.
There is a shade for everyone
Whether your skin tone is light, medium or dark, there is a yellow shade for you. From mustard to canary, from butterscotch to lemon and from corn to gold - there is a shade for every skin tone out there. We go into more detail on what shade suits you best below!
How to Wear Yellow
The colour wheel is a visual representation of colours, with hues arranged according to wavelength. Colour wheels allow colour relationships to represent geometrically and show the relationship between primary colours, secondary colours and tertiary colours
– Invision App
Using the colour wheel for the colour yellow
Using the colour theory wheel, you can use both complementary and analogous schemes to combine into the perfect outfit. Complementary colours of yellow include shades that are opposite it on the wheel, which would be pink/blue/purple. The shades on either side of yellow on the wheel, the analogous colours, include those orange and green tones.
The outfit looks that we’ve found which follow the ‘colour theory wheel rules’ include these gorgeous looks:
Complementary Colour Looks
Left: Woman pictured walking down a sidewalk wearing a stunning royal purple coat, black vest top, bright yellow chino-style trousers and leopard print shoes.
Analogous Colour Looks
Wearing Yellow in all year round
Luckily, this colour is perfect all year round! Whether it’s a yellow spring dress or waterproof hunter wellies
for walking your dog, you can get your yellow fix 365 days of the year.
Our favourite yellow looks and how you can wear them include:
The Best Ways to Wear Yellow (by our customers!)
Yellow on Skin tones and Undertones
Before we go into detail, we thought we’d briefly discuss the difference between your skin tone and your undertone. An article from Skinkraft
, it shares with us how your skin tone is the surface skin
colour, whereas skin undertone is the subtle hue underneath
the surface. So, to sum up, you can have a cool undertone both light and dark skin, just like you can have a warm undertone with light or olive skin.
So, does yellow suit my skin undertone?
To identify your undertone all you need to do is check your wrist. Where you see your veins, make a note of how you see them. Are they a shade of purple? This means you have cool undertones. Whereas, if your veins look more green then you're considered to have warm undertones. If, however, you find your veins being neither or a mix of both then you might find you're in fact... neutral. It doesn't sound very exciting, does it? But wait... it is! Neutral tones are fortunate, read on to find out why!
Cool undertones should be wary of bright yellows, to prevent washout, and instead stick to lighter shades of yellow, like the pastel yellow behind this text!
Yellow and Your Skin tone
Whether you're a yellow lover or hater, there is a perfect yellow tone out there for you - the key point is finding it!
Yellow and Pale Skin
Cooler skin can wear yellow, however, it is important to try the shade of choice out against your skin. It's quite easy for a solid yellow print to wash out a cooler skin tone, which can lead to the person looking tired and pasty. So, if you're looking for ways to incorporate yellow, without fully wearing it, you could choose to add it to your accessories - like a handbag or on footwear.
Yellow and Neutral/Olive Skin
According to InStyle, they suggest if you have a neutral skin tone then you should try to avoid yellow shades that are too bright or vibrant. Due to this, they suggest you wear a softer version like corn-silk or buff. Shades like lemon print or chartreuse work perfect with the skin tone.
Yellow and Dark Skin
The best shades of yellow when you have warm skin, include darker yellows like mustard, dark gold and medallion. Adding these types of shades to your look could include our Lydia Short Sleeved in Mustard Yellow
. What’s more, you could incorporate brighter tones into your accessories like earrings or even makeup, like the one below.
You can get this exact look here
Celebs in Yellow by Skin Tone
Warm Skin Tone
Warm skin tone celebrities include Beyonce, Jessica Alba, Kim Kardashian and Viola Davis - to name but a few!
Neutral Skin Tone Celebs
Neutral skin tone celebrities include Selena Gomez, Drew Barrymore and Kerry Washington. They all equally show how to empower through yellow!
Cool Skin Tone Celebs
Cool skin tone celebrities that you may feel easiest to reference to, in their love of yellow, include Mindy Kaling, Nicole Kidman and Cara Delevingne.
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