Orange is not the easiest color to wear as the color can be quite bright and overpowering. However, if you look more carefully, there are actually a lot of fabulous ways to wear orange in all kinds of color combinations. In this updated comprehensive guide I show you how to wear orange in a number of surprising ways. 

How to wear orange: Colors that go with orange

As I usually do when I look for inspiration on how to wear a certain color I visited

It’s a great site where you can create your own color combinations or get inspired by those of others.

Here is what I found.

how to wear orange |
colors to mix with orange |
orange blue and black color combination |
orange combined with pastel colors |

The versatility of orange

Can you believe that orange looks so good with so many colors? It’s actually proving to be quite a versatile color.

I have seen orange in the shops in all kinds of shades from very bright to more demure colors, so you can just pick the color orange that suits your complexion and temperament best and mix and match with all these other fine colors.

You don’t even have to buy a garment in this color. Just adding a scarf or a bag will already give you that orange flavor and will add some flair to your outfit.

Orange outfits 2023 catwalks

There was plenty of orange on the 2023 runways, from peaches to flame orange. The majority of designers who used orange opted for very bright shades. Below is how designers interpreted the trend.

Orange outfits on the spring and summer 2023 catwalks |

Alberta FerrettiAkrisMolly Goddard

Find more inspiration on this season’s color trends and fashion trends.

Take a look at the perfect orange clothes and accessories for you

Before you can think about what colors go with orange, you will need to find the perfect orange clothes and accessories to provide inspiration for the rest of your outfit.

You’ll see I’ve updated this article with some extra color combinations.

The perfect orange dress

This COS trapeze dress below features an elegant one-shoulder detail and an asymmetric hem, which creates a sense of volume and movement. You can enhance your waist by wearing it with a belt.

COS Twisted Asymmetric Trapeze Dress |

COS Twisted Asymmetric Trapeze Dress

The perfect orange maxi dress

The COS scarf dress is perfect for summer events and vacations.

It makes a statement all by itself, meaning you could keep the rest of your accessories to a minimum and still make a big impact.

COS Dolman Sleeve Maxi Scarf Dress |

COS Dolman Sleeve Maxi Scarf Dress

How to wear orange |

Boma @mrs.gaf above chooses a floor skimming orange dress worn with white shoes.

Recreate her outfit with this similar dress (another option here), sandals, bag (another option here) and necklace.

orange t-shirt dress

For a more casual choice, you could opt for a T-shirt dress. You could wear day-to-day with sneakers and a denim jacket. Or, you could easily dress it up for evening with a blazer, heels and a statement necklace.

Boden Jersey Midi T-Shirt Dress |

Boden Jersey Midi T-Shirt Dress

printed dress

Mango Printed Bow Dress |

Mango Printed Bow Dress


Or, how about an orange jumpsuit? This Boden jumpsuit (below) would look beautiful with metallic shoes and accessories, or with a white or black blazer and matching shoes.

Boden Sweetheart Wideleg Jumpsuit |

Boden Sweetheart Wideleg Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit from QUARZIA (similar options here and here), sandals from FLY London (similar option here), hat from Brizza (similar option here), similar sunglasses and earrings

The perfect orange shirt

You probably already have a classic white shirt in your closet, but how about an orange shirt in a classic shape?

This shirt from Massimo Dutti is made from linen, making it perfect for warmer summer days. As it is an oversize style, it could double up as a swimsuit cover-up, or you could wear over your leggings.

Massimo Dutti Oversize Linen Shirt |

Massimo Dutti Oversize Linen Shirt

printed shirt

Rails Jamie Stripe Short Sleeve Shirt |

Rails Jamie Stripe Short Sleeve Shirt

The perfect orange top

This top from Treasure & Bond has a sweetheart neckline, which adds a point of difference.

An orange top would look lovely with white jeans and metallic accessories for summer.

Treasure & Bond Cotton & Linen Square Neck Top |

Treasure & Bond Cotton & Linen Square Neck Top

Dayle wears an orange top with striped pants |

Dayle @artfulcitystyle above (read her style interview here) wears her orange top over her stripe pants, and adds statement jewelry to finish off her outfit.

Get her look with this similar tunic, wide pants, wedge sandals and necklace.

printed top

Mango Floral Satin Blouse |

Mango Floral Satin Blouse

orange tank top

For a warm weather top, you may prefer one without sleeves. The LARACE tank top below features a flattering asymmetric hem.

LARACE Flowy Tank Top |

LARACE Flowy Tank Top

orange t-shirt

Looking for an orange t-shirt to go with your jeans? The COS linen T-shirt (below) should keep you cool and stylish.

COS Linen T-Shirt |

COS Linen T-Shirt

The perfect orange sweater

Orange can be the ideal color to add some flair to even the most casual of outfits.

You could wear an orange sweater with jeans and sneakers or a leather or pleated skirt.

The J.Crew sweater below would look good layered over a white shirt.

J.Crew Cashmere Crewneck Sweater |

J.Crew Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

orange blazer

For a smart option, an orange blazer could be a good jacket choice. The Treasure & Bond blazer (below) could be styled simply with a white t-shirt and jeans. Or, you could wear over a black dress.

Treasure & Bond Linen Blend Blazer |

Treasure & Bond Linen Blend Blazer

The perfect orange cardigan

A long, draped cardigan can be a lovely way to add interest as well as to hide any parts of your body you aren’t so confident about, and to create nice, long lean lines.

The long hem of this cardigan will add flattering drama to any of your outfits.

Bluetime Maxi Open Front Cardigan |

Bluetime Maxi Open Front Cardigan

Greetje wears an orange and white outfit |

Greetje @no_fear_of_fashion above (read her style interview here) shows how you could wear an orange cardigan with your white jeans.

Steal her look with this similar top, cardigan, jeans and espadrille sandals.

The perfect orange jacket

Do you already have a moto jacket in your closet? Instead of traditional black, how about opting for orange?

The Liverpool jacket (below) would look stylish worn over a white or black dress for summer.

Liverpool Classic Denim Jacket |

Liverpool Classic Denim Jacket

the perfect orange jeans

This pair of jeans from Liverpool (below) is designed with comfortable stretch and could flatter you from day to night. You could wear with a long white shirt.

Liverpool Gia Glider Crop Skinny Jeans |

Liverpool Gia Glider Crop Skinny Jeans

The perfect orange pants

You could opt for a pair of orange jeans, or choose a more tailored pair of orange pants like these ones below from Reiss. Either way, these will be the hero piece in your outfit.

Reiss Hollie Creased High Waist Wide Leg Pants |

Reiss Hollie Creased High Waist Wide Leg Pants

Tanasha wears an orange suit |

Tanasha @prettytallstyle above wears an orange suit and styles with her purple clutch bag.

Recreate her outfit with this similar blazer and pants set, top, pumps, clutch and earrings.

printed pants

Mango Flowy Printed Pants |

Mango Flowy Printed Pants

The perfect orange skirt

This wrap skirt below ….. You could wear with a white shirt for a dinner date.

 LYANER Print Wrap Skirt |

LYANER Print Wrap Skirt

The perfect orange shoes

Shoes can be a stylish way to transform an outfit.

The Naturalizer sandals (below) will add a pop of color and an on-trend element to any look.

Naturalizer Vera Ankle Strap Sandal |

Naturalizer Vera Ankle Strap Sandal

Find out the the top 20 shoe trends for women over 40 this season.

The perfect orange bag

Just as the shoes you wear can make a big difference to the overall look of your outfit, the handbag you opt for can create a refreshing pop of brightness.

See by Chloé Mara Leather Saddle Bag |

See by Chloé Mara Leather Saddle Bag

Jona wear a floral shirt and jeans |

Jona @the50plusgirl above chooses an orange floral shirt with her jeans, and matches it to her orange tassel bag.

She is wearing a printed shirt from Tablots. Check out this similar pair of jeans, bag and sandals to complete the look.

Make a statement this season by knowing the handbag trends of SS 2023.

So, now that you have chosen your favorite orange item, what color should you wear it with? Below, you will find suggestions.

Let me know in the comments at the bottom which color combination is your favorite.

how to wear orange

1. Pair orange with neutrals – white

A great way to let the bold tones of your orange piece stand out without competing with any other color, is to pair orange with neutrals. From black to nude shades, your look will be cleaner and more refined with the fun and punchy characteristics of orange.

Orange and white outfit |

ANINE BING Quinn BlazerBoden Sweetheart Wideleg JumpsuitAnne Klein Matilda Strappy SandalCOACH Hayden Quilted Crossbody BagJoya Love Beaded Earrings Kendra Scott Clove Multistrand Necklace

Shan wears orange print pants |

Shan @teachingonthegc above chooses a great look for summer, with a pair of orange print pants and matching espadrilles.

Check out this similar tank top, pants (another option here), espadrille sandals and crossbody bag.

2. Pair orange with neutrals – beige

Beige is one of those colors which is often seen as “boring”. You may also like to take a look at can you wear beige? One way to make sure that your beige definitely isn’t dull is to wear it with orange.

Orange and beige outfit idea |

Treasure & Bond Linen Blend BlazerJ.Crew Shrunken Orange Graphic T-ShirtJ.Crew Kate Four-Season Stretch Straight-Leg PantsBoden Classic Espadrille WedgesSee by Chloé Mara Leather Saddle BagJoya Love Beaded Earrings

3. Pair orange with neutrals – black

Is there anything black doesn’t go with? If you aren’t sure what to wear with your orange, black is definitely a safe, and stylish, option.

Orange and black outfit |

Rails Jamie Stripe Short Sleeve ShirtZella Studio Luxe High Waist Pocket LeggingsLongchamp Medium Le Pliage Green Recycled Canvas Shoulder Tote BagTory Burch Claire Ballet Flat – Kendra Scott Clove Multistrand NecklaceKate Spade New York Imitation Pearl Raffia Hoop Earrings

Nikki wears orange accessories with her black dress |

Nikki @40notfrumpy above shows how you could update your favorite little black dress by wearing with an orange bag and shoes.

Recreate her outfit with this similar dress (another option here), sandals and handbag.

4. Pair orange with neutrals – gray

Another fantastic way to wear orange is with gray. While gray has an unfair reputation for being dull, wearing with a pop of bright color with definitely liven it up.

Orange and gray outfit |

CHARTOU Notched Collar Oblique Zip Suede Moto JacketCOS Twisted Asymmetric Trapeze DressPapillio by Birkenstock Soley Ring Buckle Wedge Sandal – Aimee Kestenberg Mini All For Love Convertible Leather Crossbody BagJoya Love Beaded Earrings

5. Orange and pink

Whether you choose a paler shade of pink or a shocking shade, pink with orange can be an unexpected, yet beautiful combination.

Pink and orange outfit combination |

Mango Printed Bow Dressband of the free Suly Raffia Square Toe SandalHOBO Adalyn Framed Leather Crossbody BagPanacea Raffia Fringe Drop Earrings

Kim pairs orange with pink |

Kim @kimair above (read her style interview here) wears her orange blazer with bright pink pants. She adds another pop of color with her red bag, and keeps her shoes neutral.

Steal her look with this similar blazer, pants (another option here), sandals and earrings (another option here).

6. Orange with NAVY blue

Pairing orange with navy blue can bring out the best in both colors. Adding orange accessories to navy blue can make a dark shade look more summery.

Orange and navy blue |

COS Halter Neck Maxi DressMephisto Belona Slingback SandalLongchamp Medium Le Pliage Green Recycled Canvas Shoulder Tote BagKurt Geiger London Fabric Link Chain Necklace

7. Orange with baby blue

You don’t have to choose a darker shade of blue with your orange. Baby blue looks just as beautiful.

Orange and blue outfit |

COS Asymmetric Gathered Midi DressNaturalizer Vera Ankle Strap SandalSee by Chloé Mara Leather Saddle BagJoya Love Beaded Earrings

Melanie wears an orange dress with turquoise accessories |

Melanie @melanie.rae.miller above opts for an orange tiered dress with turquoise.

Recreate outfit with this similar halter dress, sandals and clutch (another option here).

8. Embrace the purple-orange clash

Orange and purple are a style favorite when it comes to contrasting combinations. Visually appealing, the two dynamic shades create a bold and chic look when paired together.

The key here is to ensure you add a neutral piece, such as a pair of white shoes, a black bag or a dash of gold jewelry, to the look to keep it from being an overwhelming display of colors.

You could also opt for paler peachy oranges and lilacs together.

Orange and purple outfit idea |

Treasure & Bond Cotton & Linen Square Neck TopMango Floral Print Culotte PantsSam Edelman Ethyl Low Top SneakerMassimo Dutti Leather Multi-Way Crossbody BagKate Spade New York Imitation Pearl Raffia Hoop Earrings

9. Orange with green

If you love a natural style, you could choose a muted olive green to wear with your orange such as the tones of the pants and top below.

Or, opt for brighter shades of orange and green together like in the outfit below.

Orange with green outfit |

COS Oversized Linen ShirtReiss Hollie Creased High Waist Wide Leg PantsSam Edelman Bianka Slingback PumpMassimo Dutti Leather Multi-Way Crossbody BagMassimo Dutti Gold-Plated Choker Necklace

Sharryn wears orange and lime green |

Sharryn @thestylishwoman above (read her style interview here) shows how you could wear a lime green shade with orange. She teams with metallic shoes.

Check out this similar shirt, pants, sneakers, handbag, necklace, earrings and headband.

10. Embrace orange prints

Combining bold orange hues with unique prints is a very effortless approach to putting together a visually interesting look, with enough of a bright dimension to lighten up your look.

Orange printed clothes |

COS The High Line T-ShirtJ.Crew Shrunken Orange Graphic T-ShirtBoden Slash Neck Midi DressKaren Millen Print Wide Leg Waist Tie Jersey Pants

11. Accessorize with orange

Not ready for a full bold display of orange?

You can add the punchy color as a highlight to your look by incorporating as an accessory.

Stylish orange accessories |

TAKEASY Genuine Leather Italian Tote BagRF RIZIR FASHION Statement Seed Bead NecklaceBaubleStar Crystal Drop EarringsGossifan Wide Brim Felt Fedora HatSOJOS Round Polarized SunglassesSPOMUNT Leather BeltCindy & Wendy Large Pashmina Scarf

The orange color combination ideas from above put together in one capsule

Below, you can see the outfits from above together in one capsule. You can see you could easily change the looks around to create different outfits.

Orange capsule wardrobe |

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Orange outfits inspiration from earlier capsule wardrobes

Below are a few more example of orange inspired outfits. While the items are past season, it should still provide lots of inspiration for your orange outfits.

Orange capsule wardrobe |
An orange capsule wardrobe |

Want to know how to wear other colors too?

I have created several color guides for popular colors right now:

Do you plan to wear orange this coming season and which color combination is your favorite?

Continue reading:

  1. Spring 2022 Color Trends: All The Best Colors To Wear This Spring And Summer
  2. How To Wear Yellow And Brighten Up Your Day!
  3. How To Wear Gray: Color Palettes And Ensembles For You To Choose From!

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