If the mere utterance of the word yellow strikes fear into your heart then rest assured you are not alone. Yellow comes in many guises but it is undoubtedly a fair weather colour, one to approach with caution and preferably a bit of a tan.
As a fair skinned blonde myself I have mostly pretended that yellow doesn't exist. I have taken the attitude that there is nothing yellow can do for me personally and so is best avoided. There was a moment when I briefly considered whether my small child might benefit from some yellow but the likelihood I decided was no he wouldn't; it just wasn't worth the effort and after all there is always a better alternative isn't there?
That is until La La Land came along. Just as Kate Moss sparked a renewed interest in yellow when she stepped out looking glowing in the palest of yellow vintage dresses in 2003, now Emma Stone has brought it all up again for summer 2017 by appearing not only on the red carpet in the colour but also dancing her way to an oscar in the people's feel-good film of the year in it.
Both ladies looked great in their frocks and provided the best PR for yellow since cupcakes and tulips, but these two also know exactly what suits them – with their similar boyish shapes and access to anything and everything the sartorial world has to offer, they don't really have an excuse to get it wrong.
Don't worry though because if you do feel the urge to give this shade a go then it can be done, you can avoid looking like a lollipop lady or teletubby and here is how:
The ideal way to find out which is the most flattering shade of yellow for you is to have your colours done. This will enable you to pinpoint exactly what to go for and more importantly what to steer clear of. For example a fair skinned blonde (what we call a 'Summer', Reece Witherspoon for example) is best in the palest yellow. A warm skinned dark eyed 'Autumn' such as Jessica Alba however, will be able to pull off a much richer version.
2. If you're considering blond highlights for the summer months then the same rule applies. Choose carefully; if you have a cool skin tone then an ash blonde will work, if you are more bronzed or olive skinned then you should opt for honey tones which will be much more flattering on your face.
3. Don't believe everything you read – except this! Grazia recently claimed that 'mustard suits everybody'. It absolutely doesn't and is possibly one of the hardest colours to pull off. Always get the colour right first and then pick a style. In the right colour, your face will look brighter and you will appear more youthful and the compliments will roll in. It's easy when you know how.
If in doubt, dip your toe in with accessories. A bright handbag or colour popping shoes look fabulous with a more muted outfit, it's also a more cost effective way of buying into a trend which will surely have sunk without trace by next summer.