There will always be a place in my heart (and closet) for the classics: a little black dress, a great white shirt, and perfect-fitting jeans, but to really pack a wardrobe wallop I always turn to yellow—and so should you! Need a visual aid to prove that yellow looks good on just about everyone? Well, here you go:
As far as we’re concerned, Michelle Williams’ marigold Vera Wang gown at the 2006 Academy Awards (top left) was the shot heard round the world for yellow entering the high-fashion color palette. The following year, Reese Witherspoon stunned in her custom canary Nina Ricci frock, whose chic length and saturated color made her 2007 Golden Globes appearance hall-of-fame-worthy. But its not just light-eyed blonds who look smashing in sunshine—as evidenced by how glowing everyone from Blake Lively and Victoria Beckham to Jada Pinkett-Smith and Rita Ora looks when they go for the gold (maybe this collage will show Prince William the error of his banana-name-calling ways?). And just last week, bombshells Jourdan Dunn and Rosie Huntington-Whitely took two very modern turns with the shade at the amfAR gala in Paris, giving them both spots on our best-dressed list. I’ll take one of each frock, please!
Some tips for wearing the showstopping shade:
1. Keep the tone golden. Neons and pale yellows are harder to pull off, depending on your coloring, so stick to rich hues like goldenrod and saffron, which are nearly universally flattering (my personal favorite is Pantone 137C…the color of the Veuve Clicquot champagne label!).
2. Make your accessories pop. With a color this powerful, don’t wimp out on the accessories. Vivid red, deep navy, emerald green—choose from a kingdom’s worth of jewel tones for shoes and amp up your look even more. Even if you do opt for nude shoes (like Victoria Beckham, Camilla Belle, and Kate Middleton, above), try a patterned bag in leopard, snake, or a bold graphic print.
3. Mind your silhouette. The one thing that all the stunners above have in common (besides the color!) is trim, well-tailored silhouettes. With a hue this attention-demanding, the fit matters even more. Go too blousy, busy, or flowy, and you run the danger of looking like one of our favorite yellow-wearing celebs:
From casual to cocktail, all the way to red-carpet-ready, shop some of my favorite yellow pieces here!
From left to right: Tibi for Veuve Clicquot limited-edition shirt, $48; J.Crew Factory pencil skirt, $35.99; Joie Bermuda shorts, $158; Michael Kors cashmere sweater, $375; BCBG bandage skirt, $138.
From left to right: RVN lace jacquard dress, $425; ZAC Zac Posen cap-sleeve dress, $147; Diane von Furstenberg Capreena minidress, $325; Herve Leger banded dress, $1,050; Jenny Yoo Harlow lace dress, $325; Michael Kors chain-front sheath dress, $598.