Yellow Blazer, Heels: Mango | Top: Bershka | Printed Shorts: Zara | Bag: Celine (same as here) | Necklace: Suiteblanco | Bangles: Hermes, Cartier, Bvlgari
I’ve always liked color. Looking at photos bursting with hues from the color wheel gave me visual orgasm. It was most likely the reason why I kept on browsing our tomes of encyclopedia… I found entertainment in browsing through accompanying photos and art of fascinating topics. As a child, I’ve always preferred vividly vibrant anything, often (easily) impressed by the color variety of simple things say, a box of crayons or a watercolor palette. I don’t know if I’ve said this before but it’s why I painted in elementary (yes, I entered national competitions for such a time) and consequently, it’s probably this inclination imbibed in my subconscious that’s got me into Fine Arts in college in the first place.
Over time, I’ve learned to appreciate subdued and muted aesthetics. In fact, I prefer it much now. It’s minimalist and sophisticated, but often tedious–much like my current personality. But you know what they say about “first loves” and safe to say, I’ll never get over my desire for color even if it’s much more tempered now.
I’ve always had a penchant for the color yellow. I just find it such a tricky color to master. I recall buying a bottle of nail polish once in the said shade and it looked so sickly on my fingers that I’ve sworn “yellow” off the grid for the longest time. Little by little, I’ve allowed the color to creep in my wardrobe in minimal prints and accents but it wasn’t until recently that I’ve learned to give it a full-on whirl just like I did with the blazer I’m wearing on this photo set.
So how does one go about with the color yellow. If you’re much like me–constantly under the impression that yellow is somehow so difficult a color to nail, then you can experiment with these steps:
1. Pair yellow with white – I know, how utterly boring–and if you’ve read half of my how-tos, you know my first approach to styling is to pair it with white most of the time (or black). But somehow, I’ve always felt that for the spring/summer season, and consequently near-pastel colors, white is the best canvas to pair with. Not to mention, the combo is full-proof!
2. Make yellow as your accent – For monochromatic outfits, yellow is a great hue to accentuate your outfit. If you’re wearing black or white, you can use a yellow bag or a yellow pair of shoes to give it a bit of pizzazz. Actually, using bold colors to accentuate your outfit is ideal but I find that if you want to refresh an outfit, yellow is one of the best colors to opt for.
3. Yellow and black can go well together too – Since the stark contrast allows the black to stand out, it can go well with a mostly yellow outfit. My only call-out is that it might be better to really minimize the black shades in the outfit lest you want to resemble a bumblebee.
4. Yellow and navy or blue – When in doubt, find your color’s complement in the color wheel. Just google and you’ll see that yellow’s complement is really blue when you invert the said color. I think wearing complementing shades is perfect when you want to color block and you can always accentuate with neutral colors.
5. Yellow looks better paired with warm shades – A warm shade looks great with pieces from the warm-colored family. I’m not saying that it’s a general rule but if you want to find other possible pairings then look into pairing pieces from either the same color family in varying shades or in warmer tones. I always find that yellow looks better with the likes of brown than in gray. It’s a preference but I think that it trains your eye to be more receptive.
Hope that somehow helps people with the color. It’s nearing Summer and I guess it’s essentially the best color to experiment with for the season. Go nuts!