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Mellow yellow the way to boost spring; Bags Of Style.

Byline: By Lisa Piddington

Yellow may well be the colour of your true love's hair in the morning but it is also big news for spring 2009. The catwalks saw the whole gamut of this most mellow of shades, from canary bolds high street has been quick to follow suit.

Understandably, it may have been a colour you have steered well clear of in the past, I know I have, but picking the right tone for your skin is the key to success. The general rule being - the darker your skin the bolder you can go. However, pale beauties should be aware that yellow can make them look a little washed out, so team it with black for sophisticated and stand-out styling.

1: Dorothy Perkins seems to pulling out all the stops for the coming season, with a host of great value/high style pieces. There is plenty of yellow packing the shelves but my particular favourite is this elegant bowfront dress - a wise buy at pounds 45. For the next couple of months team it with a simple cardigan before shedding the layers for the summer.

2: An instant update - this bolero-style cardigan is a real must-have for the boardroom or the bar.

Its pale colour will flatter all skin types (how gorgeous would it look with red hair), while the knit detail gives it a 1950s retro feel. From Marks & Spencer from February, it costs pounds 19.50.

3: Men's fashion keeps up the trend too, and this buttercoloured v-neck from Crombie is an easy way to introduce a dash into his wardrobe this spring.

Available from House of Fraser, it costs pounds 75.

4: Top of my new season wish list has to be this Butterfly by Matthew Williamson striking clutch. From the designer's diffusion range at Debenhams, this cutesy bag is literally dripping in beads and on the practical side it's big enough to hold your essentials for a night on the town. It costs pounds 30.

Lisa Piddington is web editor of, a website dedicated to Brum style and fashion


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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jan 12, 2009
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