THE PERFECT COLOR CONTRAST: BLACK/BROWN AND YELLOW

illustration by Qen LIN

illustration by Qen Lin

THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF SUNSHINE

I spent this week fascinated by what I thought was the ideal love-story of how black and yellow make a lovely couple. The argument is that, many light-skinned women are reluctant to wear a yellow dress for fear that it might washout their color and if they are celebrities of any sort, they will rather not land in Joan Rivers laps. But for us women with darker skin tones, we are blessed with the ability to wear and flaunt the vivid ‘yellow sunshine’.

Nothing says ‘summer’ quite as profoundly as a little yellow dress. It effortlessly lights up your face; radiating confidence and a ‘free-to-be-me’ persona.  Whether using it as a canvas to pair off other pieces, or as a background to show off your dark beautiful skin OR as a statement gown, yellow definitely plays the part.

It is always eye-catching to see darker skin toned models strutting the runway in yellow outfits. A lot of designers with an even sharper sense of style continue to play on this color contrast to showcase their pieces on the runway. As with all monochrome pieces, the biggest fear is having the color run-out during laundry. A home recipe to check this is to add 2 tablespoons of salt to the washing water to increase its PH, thus reducing the chances of the color running.

But yellow is wonderful and even more so for us darker skin-toned women. They brighten up your wardrobe and lend femininity without looking too girlish. The trick lies in getting the right yellow dress to flatter your body because for the skin, it’s always perfect!

Alek-Wek-Yellow-Dress-Benjamin-Edward-fashion illustration1

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