Black or White Accessories?

wrap dress over 50

Remember this dress?

It has quickly become a favourite of mine. I like the easy wraparound style that hugs my body without being too tight, and the statement sleeves give me some much-needed protection from the sun. 

Whenever I find something that really works for me, I not only wear it to bits, but I often get the exact same item in a different colour (yes, I know: a bit boring…). So, when I saw that this dress was available with a different print, I ordered it. And yes, you can expect to see it soon…

But in the meantime, I wanted to see if accessories can change an outfit. Or, rather, how much accessories can change an outfit. The last time you saw this dress, it was with black accessories and black and white sunglasses:

Nouki dress

So, this time, in order to put together a slightly different, softer look, I accessorised the dress with a white bag, black and white polka dot ballerina flats, mirrored sunglasses and pearl earrings:

Nouki wrap dress

I don’t often wear black or white as they tend to wash me out or make me look tired. I guess I just have one of those faces that need some colour. And I’m not talking about suntan here. In my case, ‘suntan’ equals a certain less flattering shade of pink reminiscent of roasted chicken… So, I’ve accepted that ‘pale’ is what I have to work with, year round.

However, I love both black and white in accessories. White, in particular, seems to freshen up a look in summer.

I also love pearl earrings. As they are white, they provide a nice contrast to my hair. Most of my earrings are the size of Christmas tree ornaments; otherwise they would not be visible under this frizzy mop I have instead of hair. Pearls are an exception to this, though; even small pearl earrings work.

white accessories

mirrored sunglasses

Outfit details:
dress: Nouki / white bag: Marc Jacobs (old) / black bag: Chanel / shoes: Clarks (old) /
mirrored sunglasses: Nina Ricci (old) /black and white sunglasses: Marimekko (old)

Do you prefer black or white accessories with this dress?


Linking up with:

Elegantly Dressed and StylishHigh Latitude StyleA Labour of LifeCurly Crafty Mom, Doused in Pink,  Not Dressed As LambLiving on Cloud NineElegance and Mommyhood, Nancy’s Fashion StyleShelbee on the EdgeA Pocketful of Polka Dots Style SplashAway from the BlueMummabstylish Mutton Years Style and I, Confessions of a Montreal Styling DivaIndependent Fashion Bloggers


    • Tiina
      19 June 2020 / 3:29 pm

      Thanks, Michelle!

  1. mireilleftm
    18 June 2020 / 3:54 pm

    It looks pretty with both but I do love it with white: brightens it up and those pearl earrings are gorgeous. I was just looking at my off white bag the other day and thinking I need to pull it out this summer. Maybe today is the day!

    • Tiina
      19 June 2020 / 3:31 pm

      Thanks, Mireille.
      Yes, think white works for summer, it just brightens up an outfit instantly. And it goes with almost anything, too.

  2. Lise
    18 June 2020 / 5:01 pm

    Obviously they both work but for some reason I am drawn to the black. That said, maybe white for day and black for night in summer…

    • Tiina
      19 June 2020 / 3:32 pm

      That’s a good idea!

  3. q
    18 June 2020 / 7:22 pm

    Somehow that beautiful black bag disappears into the pattern of that dress, but white accessories add contrast. I’d say with white accessories definitely. How about putting together an outfit just for that black bag? Or to be honest, to any of you bags, you could start a nice outfit series with them. Hyvää juhannusta Tiina. -q

    • Tiina
      19 June 2020 / 3:36 pm

      Yes, white is better for contrast, you’re right.
      And an outfit series focusing on bags, that’s definitely a good idea!
      Hyvää juhannusta!

  4. Flora
    18 June 2020 / 9:00 pm

    Definitely black, for me.

    • Tiina
      19 June 2020 / 3:38 pm

      I always struggle to style anything black, even though I love black accessories. And in my mind, I always associate black more with winter and white with summer…

    • Tiina
      19 June 2020 / 3:38 pm

      Thanks, Nicole!

  5. 19 June 2020 / 4:26 pm

    Tiina, I love the polka dot ballet flats with this dress! So cute! I have the same problem with earrings getting lost in my hair. But pearls really do always work against dark hair. Thanks for linking up with us!


    • Tiina
      19 June 2020 / 5:59 pm

      Thanks! Well, diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but pearls look nicer… at least with dark hair. I like pearls, but I find them sometimes challenging to style.

  6. Arlene Gomes
    21 June 2020 / 6:01 pm

    White definitely for now. But both look great with the dress. By the way, love the dress! Arlene from NJ

    • Tiina
      23 June 2020 / 11:12 am

      Thanks, Arlene! This has quickly become one of my favourite dresses.

    • Tiina
      29 June 2020 / 12:13 pm

      Thank you!

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