How to wear yellow, the ultimate colour for an unexpected heatwave

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Billie Bhatia
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What started with Beyoncé and her Lemonade album has filtered through the royals and now into our wardrobes as the colour du jour

The heatwave is somehow still going, which means we’re still attempting to artfully master summer dressing by incorporating seasonal colours into our wardrobe. And this summer, the best shade to embrace the heatwave in is yellow. 

If you needed some inspiration to kickstart your canary, sunflower and lemon attire take style cues from the Duchesses. Meghan Markle wore a bright yellow Brandon Maxwell shift dress to Commonwealth Youth Leadership Training events at the beginning on July. Kate Middleton took on a similarly bold Dolce & Gabbana number for this year’s men’s final at Wimbledon. And let’s not forget the yellow dress that sparked a thousand memes: the marigold Cavalli gown worn by a baseball bat-wielding Beyoncé in the video for Hold Up. 

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle in yellow dresses

If adding yellow to your neutral wardrobe feels as jarring as the sound of knives being sharpened, I promise, it’s worth the wince. (I went through this experience too.) Yellow not only ticks a huge trend box this season, there’s also something innately optimistic about wearing a colour that literally looks like sunshine.

Whether it’s a dress, trousers, a skirt or a sharp citrus accessory, pair your yellow with easy neutrals: white, beige, camel, stone and tan. This is a celebration of colour, summer style and the lack of rain. 

Scroll down to find some of our favourite yellow street style looks and sunshine-toned pieces in the shops right now.


warehouse yellow broderie anglaise dress

Broderie angalise yellow cotton dress, £79, Warehouse 


Yellow denim skirt with raw edge, £29, Topshop 


Castaner yellow wedge espadrille sandal matches fashion

Canvas wedge espadrille, £80, Castañer at 

River Island 

Split frill hem trousers, £38, River Island 

MOY Atelier 

Oversized yellow sunglasses, £295, Moy Atelier 

& Other Stories 

Wrap dress with tortoise shell detail, £79, & Other Stories 


Yellow leather bag, £565, Wandler at


Oversized yellow sweatshirt, £20, Weekday


Button up cardigan, £39.99, Zara 

Simply Be 

Floral off the shoulder dress, £25, Simply Be 

Danse Lente 

Mini yellow bucket bag, £295, Danse Lente at 


Off the shoulder embroidered dress, £445, Merlette at


Scalloped rubber sandals, £45, Cos 


Yellow and clear perspex sunglasses, £160, Kaleos at 

See by Chloé

Floral embroidered cotton bluse, £91, See by Chloé


Suede low blazer trainers, £69.99, Nike at 

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