The Color Yellow: How to Wear It, Why It Sparks Optimism and Makes You Creative

The color yellow can be cheerful and bold. The 2011 preferred shades are softer lighter hues that are creamy, buttery, and feminine, and chartreuse.

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You may be wondering, "What color is chartreuse?" It's a yellow-green hue, named after the liqueur of that color.

Who Can Wear Yellow?

Like many shades of yellow, the color chartreuse can be difficult for many women to wear.

If you have a fair complexion with a slightly gold undertone, a yellow dress may be a good addition to your women's summer clothes.

Redheads and light-colored blonds with light eyes –- green, blue, or gray -- also may be able to wear lemon-inspired clothes.

Chartreuse is often shown on dark-complexioned models.

Science Explains Why Yellow Is Optimistic Color

Yellow is considered an optimistic color, with good reason.

The brain releases more of the feel-good chemical, serotonin, reports Precision Intermedia, drawing on industrial psychology research.

mature woman wears yellow dress

When the hue is bright or overwhelming - says a bold yellow room - the body's metabolism gets faster. This has desirable and less positive results.

Paraplegia News (2009) reports that yellow aids digestion.

Wear The Color Yellow to Feel Creative and Focused

Don citrine if you want to feel more creative. Yellow enhances focus; perhaps the reason for yellow legal pads.

Don't be surprised if a baby cries when you show up decked out in strong yellow or if you detect a note of irritation in the conference room. All that extra inner energy gets people all wound up.

On the other hand, we cannot assume that any color - be it the color yellow or the color chartreuse - will produce a single effect or one meaning.

Use Yellow In Right Places for Best Effect

In a study that tested color preferences in Asian and Western populations, the marketing researchers concluded that yellow does not have associations as strong as those for some other colors,such as red and blue.

Intermedia suggests that yellow be used in smaller amounts and in the right places for advertising - and that's good wardrobe advice as well.

How to Wear Yellow If It's Not Your Color

If you cannot wear yellow or the color chartreuse close to your face, choose accessories to make this fashion color coordination work for you.

Wear a scarf in a flattering color for your skin tone with that striking daffodil dress, blouse or jacket you have to own.

A belt, handbag, and or lemony shoes are especially fine accents for your spring and women's summer clothes wardrobes.

Yellow looks spiffy with neutrals and can perk up the white clothing that is popular right now.

Whatever you decide, whether it's a whipped cream dash of buttery yellow or a bold streak of chartreuse, yellow can add a cheerful accent to your wardrobe.

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