From camel and biscuit to sand and taupe, last year was awash with 50 shades of beige, but 2019 has seen a new, and somewhat unexpected, hue making a bid for the minimalist color crown. Yellow isn't a shade we've seen for a good few years now, and in previous manifestations, it had a tendency to feel a little harsh and difficult to wear, but the 2019 iteration is an entirely different beast: less look-at-me marigold and more mellow #stickofbutter yellow.
Delicate, flattering, and easy to layer, this new breed of yellow is taking over where beige left off: namely, operating under the guise of color but actually offering our wardrobes a new way to wear neutral. If you're terrified of bold brights, this hue just might be the one for you. Luckily, high-end and fast-fashion brands alike have delivered a wealth of styles to inspire us for the new season.
The secret to making this trend work is to treat it as though you would white, black, or beige. Don't worry—it's easier than it sounds. For example, we've seen plenty of street stylers wearing pale yellow head to toe (see above) for a high-impact yet chic look. A pale-yellow suit worn with a white tee would do the job nicely. We also love how another showgoer layered a pale-yellow shirt under pastel-colored tailored separates, as it's a great alternative to traditional white.
Our top tip? If in doubt, go paler. A super-light shade is far more delicate and in turn much easier to incorporate into your wardrobe than brighter varieties. What better way to welcome in the start of spring than a hit of baby-chick yellow?
Style Notes: A pale-yellow top layered under a white silky cami dress is perfect for spring.
Style Notes: Looking for a new hue to brighten up your dress collection? Look no further than pale-yellow sprigged cotton.
Style Notes: Butter yellow makes for a dream pairing for both brights and more muted colorways, as seen here.
Style Notes: There's something very 1950s about this yellow floral dress coat. All it needs it a pearl bag and elegant pumps.
Style Notes: If you want to amp up the personality, try a slightly brighter shade of pale yellow and add a statement belt.
Style Notes: A shirt in the palest yellow is an easy sub-in for classic white, especially when paired with pastel tailored separates.
Style Notes: We've seen quite a few pairs of yellow trousers on the Instagram scene recently. Reese Blutstein styles hers with a slogan tee and patterned shirt.
Shop Our Pale-Yellow Edit
Wear with wide-leg denim.
Perfect for summer with a white tee.
We're obsessed with Batsheva's floral designs.
Try layering this over wide-leg trousers.
This will look lovely with denim.
Spring wedding, here we come.
Acne Studios is so good at pastels.
This yellow one-piece looks so expensive.
We have so much time for Cecilie Bahnsen's oversize smocks.
The cut of this wrap top looks so high-end.
Well done, Theory.
This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.