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How To Wear Yellow: Hot Summer Fashion Trend

Updated on March 21, 2013

Catch Yellow Fever!

Not the disease silly! The fashion essential for summer 2010. Checking out the haute couture and RTW (that's ready-to-wear for the non-fashion people out there) runways this year, it is blatantly obvious that yellow will be HUGE!

Anyone who is anyone will be wearing yellow this spring and summer so you might wanna have a look-see. One of the greatest things about yellow is that its such a happy and bright color. Just looking at yellow fashions automatically cheers me up. Besides, what could be depressing about the color yellow?

What's especially popular this year is light yellow and greenish-yellow. The darker and super "Walmart" yellows are done with! (I know, fashion can be so fickle) Lime yellow is also in, if you don't know what that is, you probably wouldn't want to wear it anyway so don't worry about that. Another fantastic thing about yellow is that it is universally flattering! (Which most people don't believe because they pick the wrong yellow!)

Here's a quickie guide to wearing yellow for your skintone:

Pale: Dark yellow, mustard yellow, and very pale yellows. Avoid neon-bright and primary color yellow which will only make you look more pale.

Medium and Olive: Go for opposite ends of the spectrum. You should reach for lemon yellows, bold yellows, and can even go for super bright yellow which will make your skin glow.

Dark: Reach for those golds. Golds will bring out the delicious gold tones. You also have immense luck because you can pretty much wear whatever yellow you'd like, and look fabulous. The only yellow I'd avoid is neon, it may look too jarring since it'll be a sharp contrast to your skintone.

Let's take a look at every possible way you can incorporate beautiful yellows into your spring/summer wardrobe!

Casual Wear

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Casual Wear (Above)

1. Cute and casual top. Tops like this are fabulous because they can be worn with any comfy jeans on a summer day. The eyelet adds extra interest and makes any top look girly and special.

2. This one is for the badasses. I can picture this mustard-yellow jacket with just about any top- that's not yellow that it! I'd wear it with a pencil skirt and black ankle boots. Thank you Emanuel Ungaro!

3. This is a fabulous but casual skirt. It has great draping and best of all, has pockets! Pockets can be super useful for women who hate carrying bulky purses. All you need for a night out is cash and an ID! Buy this one at asos.com

4. Fantastic flowy top. Its great that it offers a good amount of coverage too. I would sport this one to the beach or a picnic. Pair this with flats and white shorts. Victoriassecret.com

5. Summer Shows do happen; But who says you can't look cute while its pouring? Wear this lovely meringue yellow trench with just about everything. A navy dress, cream skirt, jeans, slip or even a summer suit!

Summer Nights on the Town

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Fancy Shmancy Yellow

6. This dress is perfect for an afternoon get-together or party. Yes, it's a dress with a beautiful design and great structure but it has elements of casual and preppy. Its perfect for a garden tea party (who goes to those?!) or a day of shopping in the city. Either way, I just loved how classy it was and had to include it!

7. Get ready to par-tay! This gold beaded dress is a smashing hit. It would be fun for dancing and then some! I wanted to include at least one super formal dress, because formal events happen in the summer too! Designer- Jovani

8. Simplicity + Yellow + Huge Ruffled Organza = The most divine summer dress! Its so simple, until you hit that huge swath of organza just beautifully framing her collarbone. The dress color is fabulous too, almost like a lemon-lime. Love it all!

*Fashion Tip* Personally, I am loving bright yellows with a gorgeous, rich plum color. Try a fancy satin yellow dress with some dark purple suede pumps!

Don't Forget the Yellow Extras!

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Yellow Accessories

If you have a fear of wearing too much of one bright color or you just hate yellow, you can still have a touch of yellow in your outfit by adding on a small yellow accessory. Start small, like yellow jewelry and work your way up to yellow shoes!

If you just fear all colors other than neutrals (like my roommate), try yellow nailpolish! Its a quick fun way to play with the yellow fashion trend, and if you hate it, it'll come right off!

Lets all go out for a 'yellow shopping day' and enjoy our summer looking fabulous in yellow! Once again, thanks for reading yall!

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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      Hi Marler: That would be up to you ultimately but it its satin, I'd say go for it! Be mindful of the length and the type of neckline before deciding though!

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      marier 6 years ago

      I would like to know if I can wear a bright yellow satin dress to a black tie event in february?

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      mysisters: Yellow is also one of my favorite brights. Thanks for commenting!

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      mysisters 7 years ago

      Great Hub. I love yellow! Its bright and fun and looks great with a tan!

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      ponx: It's quite difficult to be an expert with skintones but it's well worth your while. It's also good to remember that everyone's skin tones change depending upon seasons! Thanks!

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      Ponx 7 years ago from USA

      Cool hub! I know that many people think that yellow actually looks good only on fair skin tones but I think that it looks great on anyone. You just have to choose the right shade for yourself. It is indeed a very bright and nice color for the summer. Love it!

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      2patricias: Yellow has been my latest obsession for some time now. It's everywhere in my wardrobe!

      stephanie o: I am also super excited there are fashion-gals on hubpages. Thanks for commenting!

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      stephanie o 7 years ago from Pacifica, CA

      I'm so excited to find a fellow fashionista on here. I am very fair and so I wear the more mustard yellows. I've always worn yellow, in style or not, as I found it looks great with almost all basic shades. A yellow accessory, for example, can make an outfit pop! Thanks for this tribute to yellow!!

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      2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Pat writes: I bought a yellow handbag a few weeks ago, and am pleasantly surprised at how well it blends into my wardrobe. I think it looks good with navy, green and all shades of brown and beige.

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      yenajeon 8 years ago from California

      Habee: Pale yellow + a tan = Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thumbs up! I love wearing pale yellow when I have a tan!

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      yenajeon 8 years ago from California

      Perfume: I'm actually a bit glad that mustard yellow is over because it was awful for my skintone! I'm absolutely loving the super bright yellows =)

      Thanks for the comment!

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      perfumelover 8 years ago

      I love the upcoming canary yellow trend! A few years ago, I was all about mustard yellow! :)

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      yenajeon 8 years ago from California

      I completely agree MFB! There's nothing better than a woman in a yellow sundress. I'm glad you have such a sunny outlook on life. Thanks for the great comment =)

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      MFB III 8 years ago from United States

      Yellow Is my favorite color, and a girl in a yellow sundress is like a flower in a drab world. my studio is yellow, and my mood is most often yellow, in fact the only thing I don't like in yellow is a cowardly man who beats women or children or runs from a battlefield. Lovely sunny hub..~~~MFB III

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      yenajeon 8 years ago from California

      Sheila b: I am also a huge huge fan of pale yellow. Yes, there should be more pale yellow out there this season. Banana Republic always have beautiful colors for basics.

      =) Thanks for commenting!

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      sheila b. 8 years ago

      I love pale and medium yellow, but they are so difficult to find. Maybe this year will be different...

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      yenajeon 8 years ago from California

      I've been hearing that a lot! I never knew yellow was such a difficult color for women lol. I wonder what color IS easy for women then... white?

      Thanks for visiting =)

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      Hummingbird5356 8 years ago

      A very colourful hub. I like yellow but find it difficult to find something I like in yellow.

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      yenajeon 8 years ago from California

      Sophie: I just check out your hubs (they're not websites) websites are things with separate domains. I commented and I liked your fashion hub, go check! =)

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      yenajeon 8 years ago from California

      myownworld: I'm also a sucker for anything with a bow, so I loved it. I agree that yellow can be tricky but I wanted to include a 'guide'. Thanks for the visit =)

      Micky: You could always wear a yellow biking suit. I'm not sure what it is biker wear when biking but, you can still wear yellow!

      Sophie: I'd love to look at your website? or hubs. I just don't know where they are. Your name wasn't clickable but I'll search you! =)

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      FieryDream 8 years ago

      Hey, My real names Sophie and I think this website is great! you can look at mine if your interested but, I understand if not (haha I just made one and would like some feedback, but it doesn't matter, it's not very good anyway:P)

      Thanks

      Fire

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      Looks like the perfect Tour de France attire. I'll have to get some.

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      myownworld 8 years ago from uk

      wow...stunning! That gold dress (7) was something! you know the thing with yellow color is it looks wonderful on models, but is very tricky for ordinary women to carry well. I'm glad you included that bit about matching shade with skin tone. Great hub again!

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      yenajeon 8 years ago from California

      coneybridget: I completely agree, I love the trend! I can't wait to go shopping.

      Pamela: I always love your insightful comments. You can totally wear yellow! Looking at the skintone of your avatar, your skintone is fair with pink undertone. You can wear lemons, light yellow and pastel yellows. Avoid dark, bright, shiny and primary color yellow! =)

      Thanks for visiting all!

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      yenajeon 8 years ago from California

      Wordscribe: I love yellow too! As long as people choose the right yellow for them, they'll look fine. I am also craving summer as I live in Michigan!

      Thanks for visiting =)

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      Pamela Oglesby 8 years ago from United States

      The clothes are beautiful but I look terrible in yellow. Too bad. Good hub.

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      wordscribe41 8 years ago

      I love yellow, it puts me in a happy mood. You're right though, one really has to have the right skin tone color for it. Otherwise, it can make you look super washed out. I love some of those shoes... This hub makes me crave summer time. Thanks for the enjoyment.

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      coneybridget 8 years ago

      to be consider the best color of any season to blend well with earth tones.

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