From the SS22 runways to Pantone (who selected ‘Illuminating Yellow’ as a colour of the year for 2021), summer is looking bright across vibrant oranges and yellows. Here’s our guide to this season's upbeat colour mood.
With shade names like butter, lemon, orange and peach being thrown around at such a rate this season, you’d be forgiven thinking we’re compiling a shopping list. In their previous iterations, yellow and orange can be tricky shades to master - thankfully, these new season offerings upped the wearability factor to less acidic, more delicate tones, in creamier shades that could almost operate under the guise of a playful neutral alongside their zingier counterparts (fans of bold colour - don’t worry, you won’t go unnoticed!).
For those yet to dip their toe into these colourways, try lighter tones first - they pair beautifully back with cream and crisp whites to light grey and denim. Bottega Veneta’s Chain Cassette in Butter is the perfect case in point: light enough to make a statement without overpowering a minimalist’s wardrobe.
Chloé’s Mini Chloe C Bag in the most delicious shade of milky orange is reminiscent of candy, yet toughened up with hardware for that signature Chloé masculine/feminine feel - a standout for those of us who shy away from anything too saccharine sweet.
Prefer to go incognito? Givenchy has you covered - the Denim Medium Bond Shopper features a splash of yellow across the logo, with a secret yellow zippered pouch inside if that’s more your speed.
Onto the more saturated end of the spectrum, aim to be adventurous - who doesn’t need a colour-driven jolt of wardrobe positivity?
Outfit-wise, rich, bold oranges and not-so-mellow yellows command attention, so clean neutrals are a given (camel against yellow for example is a chic yet unexpected combination), but look to cooler shades if you’re willing to experiment - icy pastel blue against a vibrant orange works beautifully, as does Kelly green and teal with yellow.
First up: Celine’s Small 16 Bag is as classic citron as you can get, in a sophisticated silhouette that allows for ultimate versatility.