How to Wear Yellow

Yellow Suit - Blazer - Melanie Lyne

Yellow, the colour of all things happy: sunshine, banana popsicles, cheese, and a slice of chilled lemon meringue pie on a hot summer day. This vibrant, cheerful hue can also be a fashion statement for all, but it is often overlooked, and seen as the colour reserved for darker skin tones. Which couldn’t be further from the truth. Whether you are a blonde, a brunette, or a redhead, you can absolutely wear yellow, the key is choosing the right shade, and knowing how to accessorize it.


Looking good in yellow when you have blonde hair is all about matching your clothes to your hair. If you are a cool blonde (platinum, beige, or ash) look for yellow pieces that are also cool (pale yellow, pastel yellow, poppy yellow). Keep in mind that the same recommendations apply for grey and silver hair, since the undertones are the same as the ones in ash blond hair.

Reese Witherspoon nailed this pairing at the Golden Globes, with her light blonde hair and a pale yellow strapless gown. Dazzling accents complete the look: a choker-like diamond necklace and yellow diamond earrings from Tiffany & CO. Her make-up is light and fresh with a hint of coral undertones.

Reese Witherspoon Yellow Dress
Photo Credit: @reesewitherspoon/Instagram


If you have warm blonde hair (honey, gold or champagne) look for yellow clothes that are also warm (golden yellow, mustard). Blake Lively is rocking the perfect shade to match her long honey locks. Her make-up and accessories are both understated, a pair of long dangle earrings, and a sun-kissed glow with a light pink lipstick.

Blake Lively Yellow Suit
Photo Credit: Who What Wear/Facebook


Red Hair

If you are a redhead, the right shade of yellow can really make your hair colour pop. The best way to complement red pigments is with a mustard hue. Emma Stone hit this one out of the park with a gorgeous vintage-inspired style featuring an elegant crystal embellishment at the neckline. A bright coral lip ties everything together perfectly.

Emma Stone - Mustard Yellow Dress
Photo Credit: @emmastonepictures /Instagram


Brown or black hair

Any shade of yellow will look great on you. If you have brown hair and a lighter skin tone, opt for a pale, pastel yellow. If you have a darker complexion go for a vivid yellow like Viola Davis, walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes. Her minimalist approach to jewellery and make-up makes the dress the focal point of the outfit. Well done!

Viola Davis Bright Yellow Dress
Photo Credit: Viola Davis/Facebook


Whether you are looking to update your workwear, need a dress for a special occasion, or simply want to add a hint of this bold colour to your look. Below are some great monochrome, mix and match, and printed yellow options from Laura and Melanie Lyne.

Do you have a favourite yellow style? Tell us how you accessorize it!


Written by Jonelle Larouche

Jonelle’s love of life & thirst for knowledge makes it hard for her to limit herself to one interest. When she’s not blogging for Laura Canada, she’s writing a book, reading about psychology, singing, travelling to warmer climates, and indulging in Montreal’s diverse gastronomy. She prefers to maintain an active lifestyle – practicing yoga and running long distances – mainly to help her stimulate creativity and burn off the calories from all the delicious food she eats.

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