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Bright sunshiny day

December 3, 2009

So, according to Pantone, “the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries” yellow is the color of the year for 2009. “In a time of economic uncertainty and political change, optimism is paramount and no other color expresses hope and reassurance more than yellow,” the firm says.

This is good news because I love yellow! It’s a happy color that makes me smile – and works especially well in spring and summer. Unfortunately, like most people, I have a difficult time finding just the right shade. Too green-y and I look sick. Too orange-y and I look sick. Too mustard-y and … well, you get the idea. But I am determined to wear this fabulous color and you can, too. The trick is to keep the color away from your face, so even if it’s not “your” yellow, you can still wear the trend and not look… well, you know.

What works: A big, wide belt does double duty, creating an hourglass silhouette, as well as providing a shot of bright lemony color. Accessories like one of the new “tall totes” or playful wedges add a pop of color and instantly update an outfit that’s become stale. A skirt with buttercup-yellow prominently featured in the print will add a burst of sunshine to your day. As scarf can be worn as a sash, knotted on the handle of a bag or tied around the brim of a straw hat. My personal favorite – yellow diamonds. Or, if the budget doesn’t allow (and whose does these days?) a few yellow Murano glass beads for the Trollbeads bracelet.

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and social activist. In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for Style on a WHIM, It’s how you play the game!, and Success Won’t Wait!


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