What to Wear With: Yellow (or Mimosa, or Lemongrass...)

02/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

We've all seen the yellow Isabel Toledo dress and jacket ensemble that Michelle Obama wore to begin her four (or more) years in a very intense fashion spotlight. While the color was officially lemongrass, it looked yellow on most of our television screens and has prompted many of our readers to ask how one could pull off the citrusy hue if you don't have the First Lady's stature, complexion, or personal access to Ikram's designer roster. Below are two ways to ease into the color of the year. We came up with a totally casual way to wear the color, too.


A sunny yellow blouse ($60) would be a welcome change from the cubicle-matching clothes everyone else wears. Pair it with a pale grey skirt ($55.30) and tights ($12). Grey is the perfect color to wear with yellow, because it contrasts the brightness without causing the bumble bee effect, as black would. Add some hip booties ($133) and an embellished cuff ($375), preferably with a green colored stone. M-Obama knew what she was doing wearing green with yellow - the two complement each other perfectly.


For a more casual vibe, accent a crisp yellow shift dress ($695) with some flat riding boots ($652) and a soft cream cardigan ($27). The two muted colors will tone down the severity of the yellow. Accessorize with a masculine watch ($226), and add a sharp patterned scarf ($98) for warmth and attitude.