WIW: Black & Yellow

I realize many folks don't like black and yellow together (bumble bee connotations?) but I often like to wear really high contrast outfits and this combination tickles my fancy.

This outfit is a loose copycat of a Pinterest black and yellow outfit I really like. I started with my black baby bootcut trousers and paired them with my graphic print multicolour tank. I then topped that with my bright yellow with white piping Academy blazer, with scrunched sleeves. I added my black/white leather handbag and taupe leather wrap watch for accessories.

The Pinterest version has just a black and white top and a chunky gold necklace. But I decided because my top was a bit "busier" than that, a chunky gold necklace just seemed like too much.

So what do you think? Does it work? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Blazer: Gap
Tank: Laura Petite
Trousers: Reitmans
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Handbag: Danier Leather (thrifted)

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  • Lantana replied 6 years ago

    I love the colour combination. Not everyone can wear yellow successfully but you can, Shannon. There are some lovely arcs in your outfit composition: handbag, blazer hem, sliver of instep and the patterned top.

  • Asingh replied 6 years ago

    Love it! Works all the way! :)

  • leopardluxe replied 6 years ago

    I love black and yellow as a color combination (I also like orange and black combos, which have their own Halloween connotations instead of bumblebee ones --funny how we create these cognitive associations with certain color combinations).

    I think this outfit looks fantastic, even better than the inspiration outfit, because the graphic print shirt you're wearing actually has some yellow to pull it all together. The whole outfit looks great on you!

  • Niefern replied 6 years ago

    I really like the outfit and also it is very flattering.

  • lyn67 replied 6 years ago

    Clapping hands, so beautiful and makes me smile to my ears, Shannon!!! Love, love, love!!! That top is awesome! It just  pulls all together efforthlessy! Oh and shoes and bags are alos very coordinated! LOVE!!!

  • viva replied 6 years ago

    Love this outfit, Shannon! And that bag is beautiful. I have a lot of black and white and just bought a yellow/citron bag, so I will be rocking this color combo this spring/summer. Buzz buzz.

  • Parsley replied 6 years ago

    I love black and yellow, and your outfit works beautifully, Shannon! It doesn't remind me of bumblebees at all. I bet that jacket and top will look great with white pants, too, for summer.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Yay for yellow and black combo lovers :) 

    Parsley - this top and jacket does look great with my white jeans in the summer. This little tank top has been one of my best wee purchases.

    Thanks all!

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Wooohoooo. Happy, HAPPY outfit. 11 out of 10. You are so fab, Shannon.

    The combo would look great with white pants too. xo

  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeous. I think the lovely top in the print removes all bumblebee from the ensemble. :)

    So pretty and fresh. Makes me think of spring and daffodils.

  • Suzanne (ambergreen) replied 6 years ago

    I love this combo too, especially with your bag (and I'm not a handbag person). But wow, look at the inspiration photo...they just HAD to put honeycomb in there didn't they?

    I'm on Team Orange with leopardluxe as well, and yes, Americans' problem with orange and black is also so annoying. I really wish they would get past the predictable comments and just let us wear these happy combos!

  • MsMary replied 6 years ago

    I think it works beautifully!  I love yellow with black and white!

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Well I just love love love this! I wish I had a top like that to go under my citron leather jacket. I also happen to love orange with black!

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    I love black and yellow too!! But avoid it due to the bumblebee thing. Although you look nothing like a bumble bee. But a pretty spring flower on the other hand .... Yes :) ..... I love sunny and happy outfits!

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Absolutely no bumble bee in sight!  Although I'd sure take a flower or two at this moment (It's snowing outside.)  Love this cheery shade on you, and you've styled it beautifully.

  • unfrumped replied 6 years ago

    Wow, you really pulled this off. Maybe because it's more citron-lemon-y and not bee-golden yellow, but I think it's just your fab styling--the colors and proportions are so pleasing that there are no bee-lines!

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Love it! I can't wear much yellow, but I definitely enjoy it on others. You wear this beautifully. I personally enjoy pairing yellow+black+white (actually am wearing this +blush today). I think this looks great as-is, but see no reason it wouldn't also look good with a big necklace; I don't think a big necklace and a print is "too much" though, so don't mind me ;)

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! How is the fit on the Academy blazer? I've been meaning to stop in at Gap and try one on.

    I also love the color combo...no bumble bee in sight!

  • annagybe replied 6 years ago

    Looks great.

  • pil replied 6 years ago

    Beautiful springy freshness!

  • JulieJohn replied 6 years ago

    Dapper! This color combo has been a favorite of mine from a very early age. A friend of my mom's did her sewing room in black-white-yellow and it was the first time I ever saw a room done over like that, so impressive. It was bright, chic, and friendly, and your outfit is just like that.

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