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How To Wear Yellow and Not Look Like a Bumblebee

May 15, 2017

Yellow is one of the hottest colors on trend this spring and also one color I've publicly said I would not be wearing. Am I the only one that's said they would never do something, but end up doing it anyway? Well, things change and we all become hypocrites at one point in our lives. Change is good to guide us towards the life we want to live and luckily we all have fashion to help us. Whenever I think of wearing yellow I can't help but get scared of looking like a bumblebee. That harsh contrast between such a bright shade and black is not a look I'm going for, plus having dark hair doesn't help either. Luckily, I found an easy way to try this color without looking like I'm on my way to pollinate the next flower that comes in sight.

Yellow t-shirt, blue jeans, white sneakers, spring, outfit
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T-shirt: T.J. Maxx (similar) / Jeans: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Adidas / Bag: thrifted


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This spring/summer season is all about being bold and getting out of your comfort zone, so here I am, being bold and in yellow! A mustard yellow t-shirt, to be exact. I think a safe way to try yellow is going with either a mustard shade or a pastel shade--and definitely stay away from neon. I kept my overall outfit super basic (I mean, what do you expect?) and let the t-shirt be the shining star. My white Adidas sneakers really keep the look fresh and light. I find that the best trick to avoid looking like a bumblebee is to wear a white or nude shoe, as opposed to black. 

Yellow t-shirt, blue jeans, white sneakers, spring, outfit

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Yellow t-shirt, blue jeans, white sneakers, spring, outfit

Yellow is not a color I particularly hate; it's just not a color I ever thought I could incorporate into my style, which is pretty basic and neutral. But one day I really needed some color in my wardrobe--all the black was well, depressing me. Then I ended up with this mustard yellow t-shirt that a lot people on Instagram thought was an orange-sherbert color. Maybe my eyes are different than yours? Or my monitor's color needs calibrated? (I just calibrated it after realizing this, so that was fun.) I think the beauty in color and sight in general is that everyone interprets colors differently. How cool is that if you think of it in the grand scheme of things? I could get lost in this thought.


Yellow t-shirt, blue jeans, white sneakers, spring, outfit

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Yellow t-shirt, blue jeans

How to wear yellow in a basic outfit

It's safe to say that I don't plan on going out and buying more garments that have the potential to make me look and feel like a bumblebee, but this basic tee makes me feel happy whenever I wear it. When it's gloomy out or if I'm feeling a little down, it's nice to know I can turn to a piece of clothing that adds a little joy in my life.

How do you feel about the color yellow and better yet--wearing it? Is there one piece of clothing that you can always turn to when you're feeling a little low that brightens your mood?

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