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Mellow yellow

Stylist Kathryn Whittaker advises us how not to look like a big bruise in this season’s yellow

Published on March 12th 2008.


Mellow yellow

With the ‘great storm’, endless rain, and grey skies overhead, you could be mistaken for thinking we had slipped back into November.

But, spring is apparently on its way and what better way to brighten up a cold March morn than to slip on a little sunshine. Yes, yellow is most definitely taking over from purple in the ‘trend in its own right’ stakes, yet it is the one colour I still need to convince my clients about.

Here are my tips to get you looking lovely in lemon, or is it mustard, or fluorescent?

First up, you need to understand your skin tone- are you a warm or a cool? The easiest way to do this is to grab a mustard scarf and a lemon one, hold them up against your face and one will look better. The shade that puts light and evens out texture in your skin is the one to choose, the other is good only to pull off on a convincing sick day. If you want to know more about your colours, and which skin tone you are, it really is worth investing in one of my colour consultations, showing you which shades are your best, how to wear them and where to get them from. OK, shameless plug over, on with the yellows.

Dip your toe in:
If all over canary is a bit too much to swallow, then foray into one of this season’s hottest trends. The dip dye look may take you back to your younger days, but it’s back and has gone all boho and a little less hippy on us. This gorgeous yellow and brown number is from Miss Sixty and is £110. It’s great for warmer skin tones and twinned with bronze heels and an oversized clutch will look uber chic on any night out.

Brighten up the work wear:
If you are a cool skin tone (more pinky than peachy) then lemon is the way forward. Lemon and grey are a much overlooked combination and a refreshing alternative to black and white. Wear this fab detailed cotton blouse from Monsoon (£25) with high waisted grey trousers and grey paintent heels for a classy and up to date work look that will set you apart from the sea of black suits.

Splash the sunshine:
For a yellow first timer, why not just accent your existing wardrobe with this spring shade. Try beads, scarves and bangles from Wallis or oversized canary satchels from Primark. These cute snake skin effect peep toes are from Miss Selfridge and at £35 would see you through till Autumn. Try teaming them with an aubergine or black shift dress and then throwing in a yellow bangle to bring the look together.

Sunshine on a rainy day:
Why not use this season’s hottest shade to liven up an other wise dull day. With April showers on their way, every girl should have a stylish lightweight mac in their wardrobe and what better colour is there to banish grey skies? This classic double breasted option is from Top Shop (£65) and would look fab thrown over skinny jeans and a patterned blouse.

Hope that has whetted your appetite and brightened up your day. If you fancy knowing which shades are best for you and slashing your shopping mystery then log onto www.codeimage.co.uk or call 0845 873 7001 for more details.

Happy Shopping

Kate
Director
Code Image & Style Ltd.

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