Y2K Meets Spring/Summer 2022’s Trending Color: Yellow

Perhaps I wear yellow to hold sunshine. We can never touch the sun, yet in the summer we yearn to be sun kissed. To wear the hues of marigold, of mustard, or a daffodil, is to manifest summer. And once the dog days do roll around, I’ll be clothed in those shades.

Pantone confirms that the hankering for this color is not just a mere whim—but a sign of the times: Daffodil was one of New York Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2022’s trending colors. Also making its comeback: the “Early Otts.” That was, in my opinion not the best era of fashion (And I was in my awkward phase at the time, because who isn’t in middle school?), but TikTok influencers and celebrities like Bella Hadid and Olivia Rodrigo are showing us ways to up the early 2000s game with a 2020’s refresh (isn’t it crazy to think that clothing from 2002 is now qualified as vintage)? My sartorial choices, to quote Coldplay—“was all yellow” in the early days of spring 2022. So here’s how I wore the color with Y2K ingenuity.

Matching Sets and Halter Tops

Halter tops are close as you can get to keeping cool in the blazing heat without wearing a swimsuit. This keyhole detailing especially is the epitome of the 2000’s; Those were days we viewed our favorite reality shows and hour-long dramas through an oversaturated, yellow-tinted lens (I’m talking about the OC, 90210, The Hills, and Gossip Girl). Adding the strappy torso element with a matching slit skirt gives off a mixture of Jacquemus Spring 2022 and Christian Dior Spring 2022 Ready-to-Wear vibes.

Aldo, floral print, tropical print, yellow, blazer, Zara, matching set, halter top, slit skirt, island print, summer fashion, spring 2022, Gorjana, Uncommon James

On a gusty day, being tossed around courtesy of Santa Ana winds, a jacket was necessary to complete this look. I opted for a muted mustard yellow one with an oversized fit to keep warm, while making the outfit slightly more modest for some errands around Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. So much yellow calls for a statement lip and bag. This canvas handbag is a wildcard, literally: Foliage the colors of the rainbow grow along its landscape with the freedom of the jungle. I matched this coin chain necklace from Gorjana and similar coinage earrings from Uncommon James, to the golden clasp on the purse. The accessories are basically a sealed love letter to the West Coast.

animal print, snakeskin pants, snake print, Edwardian top, Edwardian fashion, '80s top, shoulder pads, button down, tortoise shell, Good American, early 2000s fashion, early Otts, Y2K fashion, Christina Aguilera animal print pants

Party Pants:

Forget “apple-bottom jeans:” Animal-print pants were all the rage when we wrung in the 21st century! From Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson to Destiny’s Child, the TRL darlings sported stripes and spots, and snakeskin prints! These golden viper pants I’m wearing, have venomous bite and are not for the faint of heart. Only wear snakeskin if you feel comfortable in yours. With this ensemble: the Early Otts met its 100-year-old ancestor: the early 1900s. This mustard top with Edwardian details created an unorthodox eclecticism that I absolutely love. The tortoise shell buttons on the blouse pick up on the browns in the trousers, pulling everything together.   

Jason Wu, Emily in Paris, Emily Cooper, floral dress, Ganni dress, Emily in Paris yellow dress, Aldo, Jennifer Lopez shoes, Chanel, gold chain necklace, vintage, maxi dress, summer dress, sundress, San Francisco style

TV Dressing:

The early 2000s had Carrie Bradshaw (“And Just Like that,” we still have her), the 2020’s have Emily Cooper. Trading the New York landscape for Paris doesn’t mean we’re going French-girl minimalism here! Emily Cooper is a walking, high-fashion catalogue of vibrance and joy. I’ll never forget the scene from season one, where the marketing maven traipsed the streets of Paris in an electric yellow and onyx Ganni maxi dress. The black heels and matching square waist belt were the edgy finishes we definitely needed to see while the American girl in Paris stumbled on a bakery with the perfectly buttery chocolate croissant. Meanwhile, I became “Kristin in San Francisco” while dawning this Jason Wu sundress. Living up to the gowns namesake, wearing the dress was like walking in sunshine: a lemony yellow with black-stamped floral. To make this look oh so Emily, I cinched the waist with a black belt to match the lace trim and stepped into the city in these gold chain stilettos with a black heel.

Keeping it Krischic,

Kristin Vartan

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