Summer 2012’s Hottest Hue? Sunny Yellow

This colorful season in fashion, there are any number of hues around which an entire wardrobe can be built. Yet it is the sunniest portion of the color wheel that seems to be receiving the greatest amount of attention as we head toward summer.

In its “Fabulous at Every Age” feature in April 2012, Harper’s Bazaar suggests to women in their 20s: “Highlight your assets with dashes of yellow.” Bazaar mixes yellow with white in this spread, showing a yellow polyester and crystal necklace from Vionnet, a white glass ring from Eddie Borgo, and white glass earrings from Dries Van Noten. The findings on the ring and earrings appear to be white metal; the necklace findings are copper.


In “O‘s Spring Fashion Look Book” of April 2012, creative director Adam Glassman opines, “Yes, You Can Wear Yellow,” adding: “True, the shade can be scary. Here’s how to wear it without fear.” His first suggestion is to incorporate yellow accessories: “A little yellow goes a long way.” Pictured are canary yellow synthetic turquoise bracelets from Guy & Eva. His other tips: wear yellow rather than black for evening, and, “If you’re wary of yellow close to your face, pants or a skirt are a safer bet.”

The May 2012 issue of Allure highlights the color yellow, calling it “Instant Sunshine” but doesn’t venture an opinion as to how best accessorize the look. The Louis Vuitton runway ensemble shown is accompanied with only an embellished headband.

The May 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar states that “lemon-colored accents add zest to any ensemble,” and combines the sunny hue with accents of tortoise shell. The link necklace pictured is from Hermès; the watch is from Michael Kors, and the ring is from Vince Camuto. The tortoise shell is faux, and accented with yellow gold-tone accents.

White or yellow jewelry is a reliable accent to an ensemble built around the color yellow. Tortoise shell is an intriguing option. White metal works beautifully with yellow, but to maximize the sunshine, try accents of yellow gold.

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