Women fall into two fashion camps: the colourful and the classic. I am most definitely pro-bright. I’m drawn to citric shades like a bee to the proverbial honey pot. My current collection contains several rainbow-coloured coats and a lemon bag. I’ve even named my Welsh language magazine Melyn after the happy colour.
So, why am I always reverting to layers of navy and grey for work, rather than sunshine shades and a bare leg? Well, as lovely as yellow is, it’s not subtle. It stands out and screams “look at me” in a sea of neutrals.
On the other hand, it’s your ultimate PR weapon. It gives the impression of cheerfulness. Someone miserable couldn’t possibly wear yellow. And as an extra bonus, it’s currently in vogue. On the catwalk, everyone from Michael Kors and Burberry to Ashish and Ralph Lauren shouted out the extrovert shade.
But if you prefer something a little less loud but equally optimistic, try pretty pastels like buttercup or maize. They look so cute on fit and flare dresses.
Who says you need precious metal to shine? This unusual Orsay chain necklace is guaranteed to make a statement. From RO7
Okay, so they’re an investment piece but these saffron sandals from Álvaro work with myriad of looks, from ankle-grazing skirts and dresses to denim cut-offs. From RO360, but you can get bargain versions in Splash and some Omani supermarkets
Moda in Pelle’s cute clutch is painted with colourful flowers for some artistic va-va-voom. From RO36
This super-sweet gingham dress from MSGM is finished with fringed trims and sheer organza inserts for extra style points. Currently on sale for RO130 at Net-a-Porter
This Mango scarf will add a little colour to simpler staples. From RO8 on sale
Penny’s tips on navigating one of the brightest colours in the rainbow:
1. Scared of yellow? If you’re itching to wear a shade that might not complement your complexion, just keep it away from your face.
2. Keep your silhouette minimal and if you’re really nervous, add a neutral like grey or navy.
3. Play with pattern. Jazz up your regular Breton top with yellow stripes. Better still, try gingham for retro cool.