Published on August 7, 2017 — Leave a comment

Not So Mellow Yellow: 5 Ways to Add Some Sunshine into Your Life

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So, waaaay back in fall of 2016 yellow emerged as THE color of the spring/summer 2017 runways. Our first thought? Hmmm…amazing on the runway, kinda scary in real life. But now that it’s out there and we’re seeing it on the reg in our Insta feeds, we’ve embraced it. Like, we kind of love it.


Yellow has popped up on our sartorial radars before. Beyoncé’s mustard-colored dress from Lemonade’s Hold Up video. Michelle William’s 2006 Oscar dress that still makes Best Dressed lists. Emma Stone on the iconic movie poster for La La Land. What makes these dresses so memorable and creates a fashion moment that we just can’t get out of our heads, is the subconscious power of yellow. It stirs our emotions. It lifts our spirits and boosts our self-esteem. You can’t ignore yellow. It makes you feel things.

Want in? Shop our one-of-a-kind yellow clothing, find some inspo below, and then sit back, relax, and let the likes begin.

1. Red and yellow, yes

Wondering what color to wear with yellow? The two strongest colors in the rainbow actually work so well together when one of them is an accent piece. Think a flowy marigold dress with burgundy suede sandals or a lemon-y blouse with a bold red lip. We love this shot of @dinadays in a red fedora and standout yellow trench. Remember: red carpet + yellow dress = press coverage. Just avoid head-to-toe color-blocking when pairing these two statement hues.

Photo @dinadays

2. Find the right shade of yellow

While most people proclaim that they “can’t wear yellow,” it’s usually just a matter of finding the right shade. How to wear yellow for your skin tone? Warmer skin tones look best in brighter shades, golds, and mustards. Cooler skin tones in pastel shades and neons. If you’re in doubt, try a yellow skirt or sunny extras.

3. Pair yellow with denim 

Per usual, denim + anything = 🙌 .  While we love a marigold peasant blouse tucked into flares with a pair of suede clogs, @thesoutherngloss flips it around by pairing a ruffled chambray crop top with vibrant high-waisted pants and an elegant headscarf.

Photo @thesoutherngloss

4. Add a unique element 

Incorporating color into your wardrobe is all about balance. Solid yellow is tricky but when you combine it with textural elements, like a beaded neckline, pom-pom hem detail, or a flirty, ruffled silhouette, it’s less crayon-y and much more chic. Life in color, here we come.


Photo @omgoutfits

5. Try one simple accessory 

Even in moderation, a dash of zest will give your look a lift. A pop of color can often have a bigger impact that a head-to-toe ensemble. When everything else is neutral, a splash of yellow is all you need. Another way to get the benefits of the color (with zero effort) is to pick a pattern with yellow already in it.

Have you taken our color personality test yet? Find out which color you should incorporate into your wardrobe, stat. With thredUP’s amazing low prices and easy-to-use color filters, your closet (and summer) will be bursting with fun. The million dollar question is: Hue are you?

ALSO, you could win good stuff: Once you find out your result, publicly share it from our album on Facebook with our friends! We’ll pick five random winners on Labor Day who shared their results from our Facebook album to win $100 to shop with us.

Want more? Share your results or your colorful outfit publicly on Instagram with #lovelifeincolor, #sweepstakes, and @thredup. Each week, we will pick TWO random winners. One will win $1000 to shop and one runner-up will get $50 to shop. Hop over to this blog post for more details!