Orange. Not coral. Not peach. Orange.
I know what your thinking, orange, right? The number one fashion faux pas when it comes to your go-to colour palette. Darlings, if you’re thinking that it’s time to add a little vibrancy into your life, why not try orange? Do you know how to wear orange?
Whilst wearing any shade of orange can strike even the most prolific of fashion enthusiasts as a little daunting, that is all about to change. Orange is back and it is ready to stay, or do I mean slay?
First, we must acknowledge why is there a taboo surrounding this glorious shade. Is it too experimental? Is it too bold? Will it make the wrong kind of statement?
We are in an era where the most outrageous of trends are in the midst of creation or frequently reappearing. In a world where the ‘in fashion’ has been to every extreme, we are more and more frequently seeing them reappear collectively not just one by one.
How To Wear Orange
Orange shouldn’t be daunting. Whether it’s the height of summer or the midst of winter, whether you’re blonde, brunette or anything in between, anyone can pull it off, you just have to know how to wear orange!
Now, it’s my turn to show you!
#1. Orange all over
We start with orange at it’s very finest. If you desire to be that darling who enters the party and all eyes on her, this is certainly for you. If you look so good in a colour, embrace it in it’s truest form.
There is nothing like making a bold statement by wearing head to toe orange (side note: excluding accessories, that is!). Dare to experiment and dare yourself to go that extra mile.
If you are an orange lover like me, you will welcome this with open arms, and if not? Be a risk taker, it will certainly pay off after you learn how to wear orange.
3.1 Phillip Lim Cutout Ruffle Sleeve Silk Dress
“A cutout ruffled sleeve and a vibrant orange hue maintain the modern sophistication of this pure silk dress from 3.1 Phillip Lim. The subtle high/low hem complements the flowing silhouette with its casually chic appeal.”
#2. Orange on your feet
There is no denying that orange footwear is all around us. How to wear orange on your feet? Just last week I saw a pair of gorgeous orange mules (yes, mules!) in Zara that was sold out in my size. Of course, I had instantly fallen in love.
Like with any ensemble, a pair of shoes can change an entire look. Whether you choose a pair of strappy barely-there sandals or go with an iconic pointed court, the appeal will never dwindle in this incredible colour.
Ivanka Trump Carra Pump
“A square stiletto heel lends a modern, angular touch to a pointy-toe pump. A cushioned footbed keeps you comfortable all day and all night.”
#3. Colour clash
This is by far my favourite way to wear this gorgeous colour because if you are going to make a statement, why not go all out there?
These amazing Emilio Pucci trousers would look gorgeous with a white/cream blouse, but they would look ultimately gorgeous with a fuchsia one. Remember, colour clashing was made for rule breaking!
Emilio Pucci Pleated Stretch Wool Trousers
“A daringly vivid hue emboldens stretch-wool pants cut in a relaxed, straight-leg silhouette tailored with crisp creases and tucked pleats.”
#4. Burnt out orange
Still wondering how to wear orange? Okay, so I have taken things a little dramatic, to begin with, but forgive a girl for trying! My obsession with this colour is parallel to the endless array of styles found in our favourite high street stores at the moment.
Whilst I have placed a focus on a classic staple orange we can never forget that divine burnt out shade. This shade provokes curiosity. Everyone will query the colour you’re wearing, what you’re wearing and where you can get such a piece from.
Pieces like these exquisite Tibi wide legs pants are amazing for summer and also fall!
Tibi ‘Owen’ Twill Crop Wide Leg Pants
“Double front pleats add fluid movement to the wide-leg cut of cropped pants tailored from wool-enriched twill for softly weighted structure. Oversized flap pockets at the sides bring a utility vibe to the look.”
#5. Understated orange
Maybe you just need a little pop of colour but nothing too over the top or exaggerated, right? Something as simple as an orange tank top can turn heads, yet look equally as show-stopping when paired with classic black and white.
Don’t let your surroundings or situation stop you experimenting! By now, you definitely know how to wear orange.
Diane Von Furstenberg ‘Sky’ Silk Tank
“Pleated shoulders add a touch of texture to a smooth silk tank refreshed by an invigorating citrus hue.”
#6. Statement piece
The colour itself makes a statement but pair that with an iconic wardrobe staple and, darling, you have created a masterpiece. It is time likes these where you desire to pair your orange skirt with a classic white top to ensure it’s colour stands out a mile.
Look around darling, everyone is staring in admiration because you are killing it!
Topshop Square Pocket A-Line Skirt
“Sturdy cotton canvas in a bright orange hue matches your sunny disposition in a retro-inspired A-line mini skirt styled with two oversized patch pockets and belt loops.”
#7. Orange accessories
Orange never falls short when it comes to accessories and designers know this. There truly are some amazing creations out there from Hermes scarves to high street totes. Need to ease yourself into embracing such a colour?
Here is your chance.
Tory Burch Leather Shoulder Bag
“A vibrant hue ignites this sophisticated shoulder bag designed with an adjustable strap and accented with a long swishy tassel for a touch of bohemian allure. Made from lush nubuck leather, this simple and chic carryall from Tory Burch features minimalist circular hardware with subtle logo embossing for a signature finish.”
#8. Orange beauty
It’s summer and bold lips are everything, don’t you agree? Keep it bright and beautiful. Charlotte Tilbury is without a doubt my favourite makeup brand when it comes to creating insane orange tones. Tell Laura is just one example from her new Hot Lips collection to share with you.
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Hot Lips’ Lipstick
“Created in collaboration with 12 brilliant women for an incredible charity—Women for Women International—Hot Lips Lipstick gives your lips a full-bodied, ultra-beautiful look that leaves a lasting impression.”
So, do you dare?
The answer should be “yes”! What do you have to lose? This colour has the ability to change style forever and its presence will inevitably remain for seasons to come, so be there first to work it!
This colour is a style changer, or should I say life changer?
Feature image: Nordstrom