A little bit late to the summer party, only because I was throwing snowballs just 2 months ago. With that said, I actually acquired most of these items in the UK while bundled up in scarves and Heattech. I didn’t have any edit in mind; I came, I saw, I bought is how I did it. However, most of the releases came in yellow. Or what I later found out as Gen-Z Yellow, overthrower of Millennial Pink. I know, I know. When did colors start becoming generational trends with such catchy names?
A couple of seasons ago, there were a lot of rose quartz, serenity blue and subconsciously liking pastels again. I can’t help but remember that iconic Miranda Priestly scene.
“OK, I see. You think this has nothing to do with you,” she says, sounding exhausted. “You go to your closet and you select that lumpy, loose sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back, but what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue. It’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean.”
She continues: “And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns, and then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent who showed cerulean military jackets, and then cerulean quickly shot up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it filtered down through department stores, and then trickled on down onto some tragic Casual Corner where you no doubt fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs, and it’s sort of comical how you think you made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing a sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”
– Miranda Priestly | Devil Wears Prada, 2006
There have always been color trends. It’s just that marketing now has evolved in a way that’s accessible to social media. Hashtag that color but make it catchy, kind of thinking. So, Gen-Z Yellow it is!
Among the random buys of mostly yellows, I managed to come up with 4 looks that I think may help/inspire you through summer, or whatever’s left of it. It’s still about to summer in the west anyway, so we’re good! Besides, we’re in a tropical country. Surely, you’ll find time to don this bright hue.
The Busy Bee
When you have such a strong color, it’s easy to pair it readily with black or white. But what do we do to elevate the styling? A playful mix of monochromatic prints is a sure way to steal some of Gen-Z Yellow’s spotlight; making the entire outfit less intimidating and more fun. You may have seen polka dots popping ’round the shops recently, and they come in different sizes. I decided to style this with tiny dots so as not to add any more ‘boldness‘ which the yellow already exudes. Gingham has also seen more than just two seasons now. I’ve worn a gingham top, and a gingham ruffled skirt; it was a no-brainer to get these gingham platform heels. I think this print is such a classic one, even our tables wear it, ha! I think this outfit is perfect for day trips around the city.
Hat from H&M, top from Pull & Bear, trousers from Marks & Spencer, heels from Primark, bag from Topshop.
The Stroll by the Shore
What is summer without strolling by the shore with a loved one, or by yourself. During those moments, I obviously don’t think about what I wear. But this particular outfit reminds me of just that; a few serene and calm minutes to yourself. This dress is rather simple, and again, given the strong color, I don’t think it needs anything else. I can see it flowing freely in sync with the waves.
The button-through or button-down trend has been strong this season. I’ve definitely succumbed to this trend: vintage, chic and unassuming. Hits all the right buttons, I must say. I, then, decided to add playful accessories: lemon slice earrings and my flamingo bag. You may have seen this bag before if you follow me on Instagram. But I realized, I never got to feature it on a blog just yet. The footwear’s also simple, I even thought of just wearing my Havaianas slippers until the very last minute. I saw my mom’s sandals lying around the room as I was dressing up and I instantly knew it was the one. I like white footwear accessories, or anything white, really. Especially, during summer. You wouldn’t want to sweat your skin off with dark colors. Bright and light hues with white defines how I wear my summer.
Hat from Cara, dress from Primark, bag from Zaful, earrings from February Lifestyle, sandals from my mom’s closet (Outland, maybe?), sunnies from Sunnies.
The Boat Ride Cover Up
I like wearing clothes efficiently. Whenever I go somewhere that needs changing, I always make sure I get to transform without fuss. It’s almost as if I plan my outfit reveals a la RuPaul’s. From long haul flight outfits to being in the middle of the ocean, I try to make sure I don’t have to seek a toilet just to change into my sweatpants or swimsuit. The outfit below is just one of the many ways you can cover up before revealing your bikini underneath. From drinks to diving, yes?
Also, can we talk about this beautiful earrings. It’s so… diva. It screams “look at me”. It’s the best way to get the attention away from your (my) inability to style your (my) hair.
Sunnies from, well, Sunnies, earrings from Simply Hanna, top from New Look, skirt from Primark, flats from SM Parisian, bag from Marks & Spencer.
The Best-Dressed Guest
Probably my favorite out of the four. I’ve been eyeing this dress since Topshop released it in the UK. I just couldn’t go home and not buy it. It’s everything I want in a summer dress. The layers, the tortoise shell buttons, the stripes that help you form the right curves at the right places, the sleeves and of course, the color. Isn’t it just so attractive? If summer was a dress, this would be it. Pair it with any of the trendy summer bags, may it be from Bali or not, and you’re good to go. Perfect for that summer party!
Dress from Topshop, sunnies from Sunnies, flats and bag from Primark, earrings from February Lifestlye.
Which one’s your favorite? Would you wear any of them? Let’s talk in the comments below.