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Trending now: Gen-Z yellow and how to wear it

Forget Pantone Colour of the Year swatches, because generational colour trends are where it’s really at. Previously, we had millennial pink taking over the world. We saw the soft pink hue in fashion pieces, architecture, and also museums. Then, a spate of hot pink taking over last year’s fashion weeks made us suspect that perhaps, it was the new shade taking over millennial pink. We were wrong because the next generational colour trend is Gen-Z yellow.

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Gen-Z sweetheart Selena Gomez joins the yellow bandwagon. (Image: @selenagomez)

With millennials now being regarded as “old”, it seems appropriate enough that the next generation of tastemakers are Generation-Z. You probably already know most of them: the Hadid sisters, Gigi and Bella; and the Jenner sisters, Kendall and Kylie. Other Gen-Z celebrities leading the trend include Zendaya, Jaden Smith, Tavi Gevinson, and more. If there’s one perfect example to prove how powerful their influence is on the masses, just take a look at Kylie Jenner’s perpetually sold out Lip Kit.

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Jacquemus’ Spring 2018 collection, with splashes of bright yellow.

Funnily enough, one of the catalysts for Gen-Z yellow did not come from a Generation Z influencer. It came from Beyonce, specifically in her Lemonade music video where she donned a marigold yellow ruffled dress. Then, high fashion designers started incorporating the bright yellow hue into their Spring/Summer 2018 collections too. Take, for example, Jacquemus’ La Bomba collection, Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2018 collection, and Gucci’s printed yellow dress.

Then, the shade started hitting the streets — street styles, that is. The likes of Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez, Yara Shahidi, and more were spotted in Gen-Z yellow. Although it is not a notice-me neon shade of yellow, it’s still a bright shade. Described as a cross of marigold and mustard, it can be difficult to pull off the shade. If you’re not prepared to wear a whole outfit of yellow, try introducing it to your wardrobe in small doses. Start with accessories such as bags and shoes, before moving on to one item of clothing, then graduating to a full look of Gen-Z yellow.

With Spring upon us, it makes perfect sense to incorporate a bright colour such as Gen-Z yellow into our wardrobe. Get started on stocking up your collection with these 10 yellow pieces we’ve picked out for you.

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Roksanda textured-leather pouch

This cute round pouch would make a great accent to your outfit. It’s small enough to not overdose on the colour, yet eye-catching enough to be noticeable.

RM1,348.61, Net-a-Porter

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Vetements satin slingbacks

Whether you want a yellow piece as an outfit accent or to complement an all-yellow outfit, we’re pretty sure these slingbacks would do the trick.

RM3,498.56, Net-a-Porter

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Alaïa cropped knitted top

Pair this cropped top from Alaia with just about anything, because this basic piece is extremely versatile.

RM4,753.34, Net-a-Porter

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Building Block cylinder leather clutch

Gen-Z yellow is a bold colour, but it doesn’t have to be serious. Keep the fun going with this cylinder clutch in a bright, sunshiney yellow.

RM1,700.42, Net-a-Porter

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Burberry The Medium leather belt bag in Bright Larch Yellow

Yellow accessories don’t have to be small. Go bigger and bolder with this Burberry medium leather belt bag for a bright pop of colour that is also able to hold on to many personal items.

RM10,495, Burberry


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Fendi aviator-style mirrored sunglasses

The sun is out, so shade your eyes with this yellow mirrored sunglasses. It keeps you looking cool and in-trend with Gen-Z yellow.

RM1630.05, Net-a-Porter

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Gucci Unskilled Worker silk dress

Add a touch of quirk to your outfit with this loud Gucci dress. This piece is bold enough to be a standalone point in your outfit, so be sure to tone down on the accessories.

(price unavailable), Gucci


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Jacquemus La Robe Sol dress

A standout piece in Jacquemus’ La Bomba collection, this dress brings to mind a sexy, casual cocktail dress that will attract boundless attention. We love it.

RM3,565.01, Net-a-Porter

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Loewe Puzzle shoulder bag

While this doesn’t necessarily fit the profile of marigold and mustard shades, the yellow Loewe Puzzle bag is still an excellent piece to be added to your personal collection. You can never have too many standout bags, after all.

RM10,824.02, Loewe

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Dior Diorclub Visor

Really make a statement and weather the harsh sun with the new Diorclub Visor, a new standard in sunglass silhouette. There are several colour options of the Diorclub Visor to pick from, but we highly suggest the yellow.

(price unavailable), Dior


PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.
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