Anything with the word “zest” in it is bound to add some zing. This happy yellow color is a great way to get over the cold-weather blues and was offered up by designers in many of their day and evening spring designs.
But is this a color that really just works on the runway? Can gals like us, 40, 50 and beyond, really wear this color in our everyday lives without looking like a Chiquita banana?
Well that depends on a few things including: your personality, how much yellow wear/or how you wear it, and if this is a color that suits your personal coloring.
Yellow, especially this yellow, is super bright, which means even if you typically shine in yellow this shade might be too high voltage for you now you are ”eh hem”, a little older. Try it, but it might turn out that there’s too much contrast between this near fluorescent and your aging skin, and you could look harsh wearing it.
If you are attracted to this color as I am, (yellow is my very favorite color), you could try wearing it in small doses.
Now, believe it or not I have worn this color before, but it was way back when I was a teen! Yesterday I went down to my basement and fished out…are you ready for this?…. these crazy 6″ Banana yellow wedges with see through vinyl detail that I bought in Hawaii in the late 70′s and had been saving all these years for nostalgic reasons…Wild!
So this made me think ,”What the heck, I wore bright yellow before. I’m going to try it again. There are so many lemon zest colored jeans in the stores I’m going to try on a pair!” Maybe it was just the particular day I went to try them on, or it was reality setting in, but I must admit I felt ridiculously loud and large when I stood there in the dressing room wearing these bold, yellow, skinny jeans……but that doesn’t mean I’m giving up on the color.
That yellow is still calling out to me. I’m going to go back and try on the jeans again armed with some neutral tops in navy, black, white, and maybe even dark green to tone down the shock value, or maybe I’ll just end up adding a touch of yellow to my wardrobe in the form of a shoe, or purse, or scarf.
A yellow jacket is another option. Annette Hoeldrich, a blogger from Germany who has a blog for mature women called Lady of Style, sent us this photo of her in a chic yellow jacket. She’s paired it with a black and white shirt and a pendant necklace and looks totally fab.
Experiment. Try adding a pop of yellow here or there to an outfit that you already have. A belt, a pair of shoes, a purse a pair of sunglasses; one of those could be fun.
What do you think? Are you game to try yellow this spring or are you going to pass on this sunny trend? Send a photo to [email protected] and we’ll post it.