Many men are afraid to wear yellow as it can be a difficult colour to wear because of its bright and vibrant tones. Yellow pairs exceptionally well with many classic menswear colours either as an accent or as a feature. The range of tones and hues of yellow makes the colour quite versatile when featured as a larger article of clothing such as a bomber jacket.
Yellow is more than just one colour
As with any colour yellow includes a wide range of colours each with their own vivid name; gold, butter, mustard, and even tan, which contains darker hues of yellow. Depending on its tone, yellow can either be a strong accent or blended in as a neutral, and so it becomes an extremely adaptable colour, perfect for multiple seasons and different climate conditions. In the spring, pastel colours reign supreme and so a pale-yellow tie paired with a sky-blue suit will give a light and fresh feel to your look. However, in hotter weather, a mustard yellow linen jacket would be better suited. In winter, rich and dark toned yellows are ideal.
What colours go with yellow?
The main reason why men steer clear of yellow is because they believe that’s it’s hard to pair with other colours. This isn’t entirely untrue, yellow pairs well with a wide variety of colours. The most classic (and easiest) colour to pair yellow with is blue. Matching yellow and blue together is a no-brainer as they are opposite each other on the colour wheel, meaning that in general they are complementary colours. Considering how dominant blue is in tailored menswear, it would be a mistake to not add a splash of yellow to add contrast to the suit. Other colours that pair especially well with yellow are grey, brown, green and burgundy. Each of these colours can be worn as an accent against well, or as accessories underneath these colours.
How to wear yellow
The best way to get used to wearing yellow is to start small. Start by accessorising with a yellow tie and/or matching pocket square. These small and exciting opportunities are a great way to experiment with the colour. It should be noted that with yellow accessories less is more and subtlety is key; it’s best to avoid shiny satin and silks as well as bright gold when accessorising. When choosing a solid colour tie, pastels and soft yellows are especially nice.
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The next step up is to add a yellow vest or waistcoat to your look. A pastel yellow knitted vest or cardigan is a solid transitional piece to wear in early spring weather, when it’s still cold out, but you want to bring in a splash of colour in the season.
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The last step on your yellow journey is to graduate by wearing either a yellow sports coat or trousers. Both of these pieces make a bold statement. In summer, brighter yellows are best, the sunny weather makes the yellow less visually shocking, it is however still a bold look. In winter browner yellows, like camel and ochre are the best choice and are fairly restrained because the yellow tones are already muted. #standout