Today, Pantone announced their annual ‘Colour of The Year’, and—perhaps sensing our collective need for a dose of sunny optimism—they picked a delightful citrus shade called ‘Illuminating Yellow’. Actually, to be more precise, they picked two colours for only the second time in 22 years—the aforementioned yellow and a more demure shade called ‘Ultimate Grey’. “No one colour could get across the meaning of the moment,” Pantone Colour Institute’s vice-president Laurie Pressman told The New York Times. “We all realized we cannot do this alone. We all have a deeper understanding of how we need each other and emotional support and hope.”
Because we’re eternal optimists, we’re going to politely ignore Pantone’s grey suggestion and focus on the much-more-wearable shade of egg-yolk yellow. Given that Pantone scours the worlds of fashion, art, design, and interiors to forecast their defining annual colours, it should come as no surprise that yellow was a recurring runway favourite at the spring summer ’21 shows in September. Altuzarra and Dolce & Gabbana showed bold yellow day dresses; Celine, cropped yellow tweed blazers; Dries Van Noten and Balenciaga both created statement-making yellow accessories. A soft, lemony yellow palette showed up at Emilia Wickstead, Chloé, Givenchy, Erdem and Gucci.
Plus, if you’re attuned to the sartorial comings and goings of Scandinavian street style starlets, you’ll know that yellow is, in fact, surprisingly wearable. Pernille Teisbaek, Jeanette Madsen and Emili Sindlev have long been injecting bursts of joy-making colour into the beige-and-navy dominated world of Paris Fashion Week. Maybe it’s high time that we start heeding their advice. With that in mind, we’ve curated six timeless street style ensembles, to showcase the many versatile ways you can style yellow pieces into your own wardrobe. In the eternal words of Julie Garland: come on, let’s get happy.
The trick: Men’s tailoring (and slick accessories)
As seen on: Pernille Teisbaek
The trick: A statement blazer with classic denim
As seen on: Blanca Miró Scrimieri
The trick: Tuck a voluminous blouse into sensible leather trousers
As seen on: Jeanette Madsen
The trick: Glam up a bohemian cotton dress with velvet accessories
As seen on: Bettina Looney
The trick: Add a pop of citrus with a statement handbag (preferably by Loewe)
As seen on: Emili Sindlev
The trick: Treat yellow like a neutral, and layer it with head-to-toe black
As seen on: Chloé Harrouche