Hello yellow! One of my favorite moments of spring is when the forsythia bloom. Despite the fact that we have flowers most of the year, there is something about that first explosion of yellow after a long white winter and dull start to spring that makes me so happy. I was inspired to wear an all yellow outfit to celebrate these cheerful blooms.
Yellow is an intriguing color. It resonates with the logic (left) side of the brain, stimulating our mental faculties and sparking inquisitiveness, perception, original thought, and new ideas. In almost every culture, yellow represents sunshine, enthusiasm, happiness, optimism, and warmth. It is also the color most often associated with deity in many religions, including Hinduism and Ancient Egyptian beliefs. In Japan, yellow represents courage and in India, it is the color of the merchants.
I am on a mission to prove that redheads can wear any color, even yellow, yellow, and more yellow! It is the most visible color of the spectrum and the human eye processes it first. Peripheral vision is also 2.5 times higher for yellow than for red, so it is understandable why school buses, taxicabs, traffic signs, and the like are painted this hue. I paired my yellow with black, the color combination that is the easiest to see and read from long distances. When you are wearing yellow, no one is going to miss you!
Beginning in the 1890’s, pencil makers in the United States began to produce their writing implements in yellow due to the color’s association with Chinese royalty. At the time, China had the best graphite. I’m guessing it was a marketing strategy. Yellow pencils = Chinese graphite = best pencils. Nowadays, U.S. pencils retain this color out of tradition.