How to Wear a Yellow Dress

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Whether buttery or burnt, yellow dresses can be styled down or dressed up. Yellow is a fun color to play with because it gives your overall look a pop of color. And don't worry about what to pair it with -- yellow plays nice with several colors, pieces and accessories.

The Softer Side: Buttery and Muted

Softer yellows (think buttery, pastels) pair well with turquoise, metallics, white and nudes, and this is true whether you're wearing a floor-length maxi or something short and sweet. To dress up your look, metallic accessories -- a pair of heels, a clutch or jewelry -- or white add-ons, such a clutch or a belt, make a classy accent. Soft turquoise-colored earrings or a statement necklace add a classy splash of color and depth to any length dress. For a more casual, daytime outfit, nude heels or flats create a seamless look. Wear a white cardigan, belt or blazer to give your outfit a soft edge.

The Wild Side: Bright and Burnt

Given that bright yellow is inherently flashier, it needs a shade that will stand up to it, and black and white do the trick. Pair your bright yellow dress with black booties or heels to create a cocktail-ready look. For something a little more soft and summery, a pair of chunky, neutral-colored wedges can give you length if you're wearing a maxi-length dress or a seamless look if your dress is shorter. For a super casual look for picnics, hayrides and pool parties, a tailored denim jacket offers rustic, texturized style.

Burnt mustard tones pair well with denim -- layer a denim jacket or blazer over any style dress for a casual look. Go black if you want to add contrast -- for a night out on the town, black heels and a black clutch are the perfect accessories. Add a black statement piece of jewelry if you're looking for a bolder look.

Tip

  • If you're pale-skinned or rocking red hair, don't shy away from yellow -- just find the shade that's right for you.

The In-Between Colors

When it comes to styling a yellow dress, contrast, texture and style come in all shapes and sizes. Yellow's sweetener, however, is that even though it's a bold color, it doesn't clash with other hues. Deep pinks and navy blue take any shade of yellow to the next level, creating a pretty palette of colors suitable for daytime shopping or evening shindigs.

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