Fridays seem to come fast and furious now that it's the designated Her Style*His Style/Fashion Question day. Luckily today it's all about yellow and that's something I've been writing a lot about lately.
I see so many celebs wearing yellow on the red carpet lately and there are tons of yellow dresses in the stores. The thing is, I look terrible in yellow. Can you offer any advice?
mj: This is a really great question--just this week I was asked to comment on the wave of yellow hitting the red carpet. Despite help from top stylists and hours of hair and makeup, yellow doesn't always work, even for the most chic and beautiful stars. (Click here to see all the photos from Hello Yellow Celeb Style).
As you can see, getting yellow right has everything to do with skin tone. Lucky women with olive skin like Eva Mendes can wear almost any shade, while pale skin can look washed out in lighter shades of yellow without the right makeup, hair, and accessories. Marcia Cross is usually one of my favorites on the red carpet, and she still looks pretty here, but her look is a little washed out despite her striking red hair.
In general, the big three shades of the season are: buttery pastel yellow, bright canary yellow, and a more sophisticated shade of marigold.
One of my fav looks of the season: Jada Pinkett picks the perfect shade of buttercup yellow and looks gorgeous in this vintage 50s gown by Helena Barbieri.
Pale yellow is the trickiest to get right, but bright canary looks good on almost anyone, and marigold is also pretty on most skin types and adds a little sophistication for evening.
Exception to the rule: Cate Blanchett, who has the palest of skin, rocked pale yellow a few years ago. I loved this look along with the rest of the press who dubbed her "Best Dressed" in this to-die-for Valentino with burgundy sash. The reason I think it works is that her hair is the most amazing color of matching pale spun gold, and with her bright lips and sash, she makes a very edgy but beautiful statement. Love!
Tips on wearing yellow:
1. Figure out the best shade of yellow for your skin tone before you hit the stores.
2. If you want to wear solid yellow, use white or silver accessories to neutralize the brightness.
3. If all else fails, pick up some fun yellow accessories in the form of totes, hats, belts, etc.
For more tips on how to wear yellow no matter what your skin type or hair color, you can check my fashion column, (Brighter Days For Everyone) at Sheknows.com by clicking here.
If you're still jonesing for more cool yellow accessories, my monthly guest fashion column all about the brighter (yellow) things in life just posted at www.livinggorgeously.com and I think you'll also enjoy the other posts on The Year of Living Gorgeously, which are prettier than ever!
I'll be back later today with a big announcement, so stay tuned!