What Complements a Yellow Sweater?

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Wearing a yellow sweater is a far cry from pulling on a black or gray sweater -- this sunshiny hue is a visual attention grabber and requires a little more effort when it comes to creating a cohesive look. From subtle combinations to creating bold looks, selecting ensembles that are pleasing to the eye and match your personal style are the way to go when coordinating your vibrant yellow sweater color choice

Weekend Casual

Brighten up your weekend casual look with a yellow sweater. Reach for a yellow cardigan sweater on your days off for a laid-back approach. Men and women can both choose for a pair of blue jeans with a straight-leg silhouette. Add a white cotton T-shirt on top with an oversize, yellow cotton cardigan pulled on over. Leave the sweater unbuttoned and slide on a pair of neutral shoes, such as ankle boots or moccasins, in gray or brown. Or, with the same top and sweater combination, go for dark rinse blue jeans and dark brown shoes for a slightly more refined take on weekend wear.

Urban Prepster

For a look that includes preppy pieces without looking too conservative, opt for an urban vibe that retains a hint of edginess. Men and women can both start with a pair of gray pants. Go for gray denim for a more casual look or gray, straight-leg trousers for a more sophisticated approach. Add a mustard yellow, classic pullover sweater with a crew neck or V-neck. Slide your feet into black high-gloss shoes; simple ankle boots are a solid touch for both men and women. Women, reach for flat style boots or chunky heels. Top your look with a black pea coat for the classic prepster vibe.

Sleek and Polished

Combining a power color like yellow with all black is a simple way to achieve a super polished look. Start with a pair of denim or twill slim-leg pants in a super saturated black tone. Men, add a golden classic yellow pullover in a lightweight fabric such as merino wool or a cashmere blend, either with a crew neck or a V-neck. Slide your feet into black loafers or Oxfords -- whether you choose to wear black dress socks or go without socks is your choice. Women, pull on a similar outfit with either a crew neck or an oversized, chunky knit cowl neck sweater. Pop your feet into a pair of black heels such as suede pumps or stiletto-heel booties.


If you're feeling bold, make that yellow stand out even more by adding colors to your outfit that work well with your sweater. For example, consider a university-prep look by starting with a pair of navy blue twill pants. Pull on a lemon yellow cable-knit pullover, V-neck sweater and slide your feet into sand-hued shoes such as suede Oxfords or ballet flats. Add a pop of Kelly green with a small accessory like a scarf or clutch. Alternatively, wear a green crew neck T-shirt beneath your sweater for a hint of color. Or, play around with yellow's complementary color, purple. Pull on the same sweater with a pair of dark rinse, straight leg jeans. Women, reach for a pair of purple flat shoes such as ballet flats or moccasins; men, look for a pair of purple slip-on sneakers or low-profile, neutral sneakers with purple detailing.