The Power of Yellow

This great article was shared this month by FIPI Member and Vice President Elisabeth Kaempffer and Image Consultant Nanette Popken.

Yellow – A difficult colour?


Yellow is the number one colour for Summer 2016. But yellow is also one of the more difficult colours to wear, even a little scary! In most wardrobes yellow is neglected or even completely absent, because it is difficult to buy the right colour yellow. In addition there is usually is not much choice when it comes to yellow in stores. 2011, was the last time yellow was a fashion colour so now, as image professionals we are very pleased it is back!

Whether you like it or not, this season you’ll no doubt be tempted to buy something yellow. Of course, you can limit yourself to a pair of shoes or a bag, but there is quite a lot of choice in clothing as well, which will help the process.

The shades of yellow are countless: lemon yellow, sunflower yellow, ocher yellow, golden yellow, vanilla yellow, buttercup yellow (Buttercup is one of the Pantone trend colours). Thus there is a yellow for everyone.


Dutch image consultant Nanette Popken saw so much yellow in the stores, that she decided to offer a special ‘yellow analysis’ to her clients. She bought a range of yellow fabrics and made drapes. During an Inspiration Day at a hotel Nanette and her colleague Angela showed her clients what shades of yellow were good on them and what yellow clothes they could leave for others! This was a huge success and both Nanette and Angela who now offer yellow analysis to their clients on an ongoing basis. They even made a short video with a sneak preview of the analysis for their website.

Yellow can easily be combined with a number of colours:

The most daring combination is perhaps yellow on yellow. This combination is especially beautiful with a lot of skin. In Summer a bright yellow dress with bare (brown) legs and a yellow bag look very pretty.

Yellow with black. In Spring, a single yellow item can instantly make a wintery outfit look very sunny. Go for a yellow leather jacket over black pants or skirt.

Yellow with natural colours, powder colours and camel. A single yellow garment is very beautiful in an outfit in natural colours, powder colours or camel. Choose a bright neon colour as contrast to the elegant natural shades. A black accent makes it all look not too sweet.

Yellow with denim. For a summery feeling combine bright yellow shades with bleached jeans. Denim of course is another huge trend for Summer 2016.

However, not only do we see a lot of yellow in women clothes, men also have adopted the colour this season. On the catwalks yellow was well represented in all the collections.


Not for every man, granted 🙂 but none the less a colour to consider!

On looking out for more yellow colour inspiration to share, I also found this great blog post by International fashion blogger Garance Dore. 

Mellow yellow

Enjoy and dare to wear yellow this season!