How to Accessorize a White and Black Outfit With Yellow

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How to Accessorize a White and Black Outfit With Yellow
A yellow handbag may not go with everything, but it will compliment a black-and-white outfit. (Yelow bag on white background image by PhotoMan from

Black and white are classic colours that never go out of style. A black-and-white outfit can be dressed up or down for almost any occasion. Black-and-white separates are invaluable additions to your wardrobe, as they can easily mix and match with one another or with coloured pieces. Accessorising a black-and-white outfit with a single bold colour such as yellow can add variety to your ensemble and liven up an otherwise plain look.

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    Find the right yellow for you. If you are using an accessory close to your face, be sure that the shade of yellow complements your colouring. Use care when choosing headbands, necklaces, earrings, or scarves. You have more freedom when choosing other accessories, such as purses, belts, tights, shoes, legwarmers, or bracelets. Choose any shade of yellow for such pieces, whether it's a bright sunny yellow, a deep marigold, or a neon yellow-green.

    How to Accessorize a White and Black Outfit With Yellow
    Black-and-white outfits have always been in style. (girl image by Ivanna Buldakova from
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    Use yellow sparingly. Choose one or two yellow accessories as focal points for your ensemble. Don't overwhelm with yellow, especially if you are wearing black-and-white prints such as stripes, polka dots, checks, zebra, or houndstooth. A yellow clutch purse, yellow pumps, yellow tights or sunglasses with yellow frames will be tasteful additions to a black-and-white printed dress or skirt.

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    Pay attention to proportion. If you use multiple yellow accessories, keep them small and not too close to one another. A yellow headband and a thin yellow patent leather belt can make an effective combination; however, yellow tights and yellow shoes will be too much of the colour together. If you want to experiment with cosmetics, yellow eyeshadow or nail polish are good choices. Choose shades of yellow that flatter your skin tone and go well with your other accessories.

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    Accessorise with complementary colours. It is a safe choice to have yellow be the only colour for your accessories, but if you want to make a bolder fashion statement, add one more colour to your outfit. Use the colour wheel to make your colour decisions. A colour close to yellow, such as orange, apricot, or lime green will go easily with yellow accessories. Colours located opposite of yellow on the colour wheel such as royal purple, cobalt blue, or lipstick red will create a brighter contrast and be more noticeable.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear your black-and-white outfit when you shop for yellow accessories. You will be able to choose the right accessories without having to imagine if they will complement your black-and-white ensemble.
  • If you are shopping for headbands, hats, or other accessories that will be near your face, wear the make-up you plan to wear with your black-and-white outfit to be sure the yellow you choose will complement your look.

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