Wearing Spring’s Sunniest Color

I owned a yellow shirt once. It was neon and actually went pretty well with my summer tan. (That was also the year I spent a summer month on the beaches of Antigua.) I haven’t owned a yellow shirt since and kinda shunned the color until I ran across a darling mustard number from Madewell.

Now, I’m in no way as tan as I once was and my hair is lighter from dye not the summer sun, but I’m actually kinda obsessed with all things yellow again.

I’m not here to say the color yellow is trending or even a wardrobe must-have, but I do know that it brightens up a room and goes exceptionally well with my favorite spring staple – white denim.

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I brought my newfound obsession down to Charleston when we were there a month ago and ended up matching the city.

But admittedly, yellow is not the easiest color to wear. From mustard to neon, there’s a whole gamut of shades and hues to choose from and if you end up with the wrong color it can throw off your complexion.

As someone with dark hair, I tend to gravitate toward darker, jewel tones when I’m not wearing neutrals so something like this mustard top is a win for my coloring.

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If you’ve never experienced wearing yellow before, go to your local Nordstrom and pull a few shades of the happy color to try on. Although dressing room lighting is always BAD, you’ll be able to get an idea of what shade suits you.

Then in the spirit of keeping things minimal, pair your new color with a neutral like a pair of white denim, denim skirt, or dark jeans. Especially for spring, keep your outfit grounded with a solid neutral on the bottom and a pair of chic tennis shoes to pull everything together.

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And if you’re still not convinced about wearing yellow loud and proud – go for a subtle hint of mustard with a bandana or silk scarf accessory. I do this all the time! Add it to your hair style, tie it as a belt, or use it to adorn your purse or bag. You’ll add that pop of color without being overwhelming.

Favorite Yellow Tops

Casual Tee With a Twist | Darling Striped Number | Gingham Crop Top | Silk Mustard | Daisy Love Top | J.Crew Classic Tank

Favorite Yellow Accessories

Bright Yellow Bandana | Madewell Floral Scarf | Yellow Wedges | Fjallraven Backpack

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