Lemon Zest: Summer's 'it' color!

June 28, 2013

If you need inspiration to add color to your life, how about this: Pantone just released its official "It" color for summer - lemon zest. Nicole Banks, Curator for Gilt City Chicago , came into our ABC7 studio to show us how to incorporate the color into your home, wardrobe, and life. She showcased products from Gilt (Gilt.com), Henry & Belle (ShopHenryandBelle.com), and Be U Brides (BeUBrides.com).

Nicole's Tips

A. Fashion Tips

1. Nervous about the bright color? Pair it with nude tones or opt for lemon accessories (scarf, cuff, shoes or handbag)

2. Lemon zest isn't ideal for everyone.

If you're on the pale side, try to find a more muted yellow like butter. Redheads wear yellows with red undertones best, such as gold and honey yellow. Those with dark hair and dark eyes can wear any shade of yellow.

3. Know when to wear it.

Heading to a job interview -- yellow is probably not the best choice. Yellow is a great choice around children, as they respond positively to bright colors. Lemon is also an instant mood elevator- so if you're feeling blue, think yellow.

Apparel / Accessory Options
Henry & Belle's Super Skinny Ankle, $150
Henry & Belle Trouser Short, $124
Pour La Victoire Hobo GILT $189 (original $425)
Pour La Victoire Tote GILT $169 (original $345)
Kate Spade Cross Body GILT $119
French Connection Dress GILT $89 (original $198)
Butter Flat GILT $129 (original $285)
Missoni Flat GILT $199 (original $479)

B. Beauty Tips
opt for small doses
Test out the color via a manicure or pedicure

Package A: Organic Mani/Pedi
Gilt Price: $23

Package B: No-Chip Gel Polish Manicure
Gilt Price: $18

Package C: BYOB Spa Party for Five
Gilt Price: $85

C. Home Design & Décor Tips

1. Although lemon is a warm color, it is a surprisingly complementary color to almost any other hue: green, gray, blue, khaki, tangerine, poppy, etc.

2. Use sparingly in rooms: if you invest in a large piece of furniture in lemon zest, opt for more neutral accent pillows and throws.

Home Décor Options
Canvas 20sq Yellow Pillow
Tivoli Audio in Yellow
Lotta Jansdotter Driva 2012
BeUBrides Stationery

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