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How to wear one of fashion's most challenging colours
This year, designers looked to the brighter side of life, as the charming aesthetic of yellow took a leading role on many catwalks. From 'egg yolk' to soft pastel, an abundance of the shade graced the catwalks. It was worn top-to-toe in the form of suede trench coats at Derek Lam, high-necked 1970s-style dresses at Tibi, and full-on ballgowns at Carolina Herrera. Wexford's Richard Malone hit the sweet spot with a shade somewhere just before true bright yellow at his London Fashion Week show.
The fresh colour palette adds a feminine touch to even the most androgynous of tailoring. The thing about yellow is that it works surprisingly well on most skin tones, but it's just about finding the shade that works best for you. If you have a lighter skin tone, you should opt for darker, mustard hues, as pastels can wash you out. Darker skin tones can pull off pretty much any shade, from mellow to mustard or flashy fluoro. And if an all-over look is a little too much for your taste, give a nod to the trend with hints of the hue pared back with black and white, as seen on the runway at Derek Lam.
If the thoughts of wearing yellow make you nervous, start by taking baby steps. The trick to mastering the shade is to consider it as a layering piece: wear the colour layered amongst pared-down basics to avoid a fussy aesthetic. Try working it into the utilitarian theme, which has been prominent in recent seasons.
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