Donovan sang about Mellow Yellow back in 1966. “… I’m just mad about Saffron. She’s just mad about me. They call me mellow yellow. They call me mellow yellow. They call me mellow yellow…” As a young child of the 1970’s I never would have guessed this song was about trying to get high from smoking dried banana skins and referencing a women’s “electrical banana” vibrator. I did not even know what those things meant at this point in my young life. I just thought the song had a relaxed vibe. Mellow yellow takes on a different understanding today as one cannot deny the popularity of the yellow influence in women’s fashion for 2020.
As noted in 2020 Spring Fashion Trends, we saw hints of saffron yellow, yet bolder statements of flame scarlet, classic blue, and Biscay green dominated the color palettes. However, as we bask in the glow of the summer sun, yellow is imposing itself as the ultimate color trend for the summer. Maybe it is the global environment that we are currently experiencing. I know that I am subliminally channeling yellow’s positive energy – the color of sunshine, hope, and happiness. Yellow also stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty, and joy. I am all for it—the more yellow, the better – for all of us. As always, my recommendations go from least to luxe in each category.
A yellow dress radiates positivity. Honestly, I have never seen so much yellow in women’s fashion. We even see forms of it starting to sprinkle throughout home decor. Yet the star of this color application is unquestionably the dress. Yellow is prevailing the scene from casual porch dresses to evening wear and everywhere in between. Shades of yellow range from springs fashionable saffron to yellows so bright they would scare the undies off SpongeBob Squarepants. Everyone needs a yellow dress this summer among our endless sea of black or white dresses hanging in our closets.
Dressed In Mellow Yellow
A fashionable look for summer 2020 is tonal yellow. Yellow shirts and blouses paired with yellow skirts or pants. The shades or brands do not need to be the same. I like the ever so slight juxtaposition of varying shades of yellow within an overall outfit. If you are going with tonal yellow, wear the shade of yellow more mellow; go a bit paler or deeper. Just do not go brighter. This tip also helps to avoid twinning with Big Bird.
Summer Jackets in All Shades of Yellow
I am a fan of jackets for every season, but especially during the warmer months. I like a spring jacket; still, summer jackets are my supreme favorite! The reason is, they are unexpected. Typically you might feel they are too hot. Although if you select a lightweight fabric in a summer color like yellow, then it is the perfect accompaniment to most summer outfits.
Touches of Yellow
If you feel your flowy dresses do not offer enough definition around the waist (sometimes they are just one-size-fits-all), cinch it with a complementary or contrasting option. Yet, remember this season laid-back resort wear is just that — laid-back. So ensure your tied waist reflects the casual nuance of your dress or skirt.
Mellow Yellow, Summer’s Color Trend Summary
This summer channel yellow’s calm and happy influence to elevate your positive vibes. Surround yourself with colors and items that bring you positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty, and joy. We will all be better for it. As always, let me know if you have any questions or leave a comment below about your mellow yellow selections. I can not wait to see your flavors of yellow on social and tag me on your favorites!