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Start with an accessory, such as a pair of pumps or a purse. Once you become more comfortable with the vivid colour, upgrade to an item of clothing with a sunshine-tinged print (try polka-dots or stripes) or fabric (think tweed or herringbone) that mixes yellow with a neutral. If you’re feeling more daring, wear a lemon-yellow jumper with a neutral vest or blazer to help break up the intensity of the hue.
Vest, $50, winners.ca. Sweater, $29, and pants, $44, joefresh.com. Hat, bananarepublic.ca. Necklace, katherinekarambelas.com. Shoes, aldoshoes.com.
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If you’re not ready to don a full-on canary frock, try a Day-Glo pencil skirt tempered with a charcoal-grey topper. Grey is a lot less harsh than black, but don’t discount black; it still has its place with yellow. In this ensemble, a pair of sleek ebony booties work beautifully to ground the look. Still unsure? Strong colours come in a wide spectrum of hues, so choose a dress in a softer shade.
Sweater, $228, pinktartan.com. Skirt, $201, jcrew.com. Earrings, hm.com/ca. Bag, coach.com. Booties, bananarepublic.ca.
When it comes to teaming yellow, look for shades of grey, denim and navy. For a bolder contrast, experiment with cobalt, coral and magenta.
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This article originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of Canadian Living Magazine.