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. 

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.

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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.

Prefer coral? Check out how to wear coral, the color of 2019.

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.

Here are the perfect orange clothes and accessories for you

The perfect orange dress

This orange dress has flattering ruching across the tummy area as well as interest created through the asymmetrical detailing on the pencil skirt.

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Homeyee tunic pencil sheath dress

The perfect orange maxi dress

This dress by Eliza J 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.

orange maxi dress | 40plusstyle.comEliza J maxi dress

Anita (above) wears a beautiful orange dress and pairs it with silver accessories and a white pair of heels.

Here is an option you can check out if you want to wear a long orange dress for an upcoming special event.

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 All in Favor is cut loose and has a drape detailing which is perfect for a casual look. It would style well with black or white bottoms.

All in Favor pocket shirt |

All in Favor pocket shirt

The perfect orange top

The styling for this orange top from Wit & Wisdom shows how beautifully white goes with orange.

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

Crochet detail top |

Wit & Wisdom crochet detail top

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 asymmetrical hem on this cardigan would add an extra element to your outfits.

orange cardigan |

Drskin open front cardigan

The perfect orange sweater

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

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

This sweater by Caslon is a woolly stretch-knit pullover that is designed with airy side vents and an easy high/low hem.

Caslon mock neck sweater |

Caslon mock neck sweater

The perfect orange pants

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

This pair of jeans from Amazon is designed with comfortable stretch and could flatter you from day to night.

Lover Brand Fashion high waist jeans |

Lover Brand Fashion high waist jeans

The perfect orange skirt

This skirt from Amazon is stretchy and features spandex to keep its shape. It has reviews which praise its style and comfort.

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Jubilee Couture orange skirt

The perfect orange shoes

Shoes can be a stylish way to transform an outfit.

This pair of pumps by Jaggar are easier to walk in than other heels because of the its low block heel.

Jaggar slingback pumps |

Jaggar slingback pumps

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.

This crossbody bag from Tory Burch is casual enough to use everyday and would look great with jeans and a white shirt or sweater.

Tory Burch crossbody bag |

Tory Burch camera bag

Here are 5 quick tips to inspire your styling with the punchy hue.

1. Pair orange with neutrals

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.

How to wear orange collage |

Outfit 1: Joie floral blouseKate Kasin pencil skirtNina crystal clutchJeffrey Campbell pump

Outfit 2: Treasure & Bond knit wrap topTopshop orange trousers – Cole Hann sandalsMali + Lili clutch – Ettika drop earrings

Outfit 3: Sam Edelman tiered lace dress – Chinese Laundry slingback pump – Nina crystal clutch

2. Go with 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.

Sarah looks fabulous in this orange printed jumpsuit. Here is a similar piece from Amazon.

More examples:

printed orange dresses |

Equipment shirtdressAll in Favor floral wrap dressHaryln two-tone sheath dressRachel Parcell button down midi dress

printed orange tops and bottoms |

Hugo topWit & Wisdom plaid shirtStella McCartney floral silk joggerHugo colorblock midi skirt

3. 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 or a dash of gold jewelry, to the look to keep it from being an overwhelming display of colors.

How to wear orange with other purple |

Outfit 1: Lilly Pultizer off shoulder dress – Sudini Rodrigo slingback pumpsKelly Wynne bagNadri Flexi cuff 

Outfit 2: La Ligne wool & cashmere sweaterProsperity denim high skinny jeansGeox bootie – Nordstrom scarfLafonn stud earrings

Outfit 3: A.L.C. pleated sleeveless topBoss trousers – Mali + Lili crossbody bagAlias Mae mule

4. Orange with cobalt blue

Pairing orange with cobalt blue can bring out the best in both colors. By sticking to classic styles and shapes, or including a neutral piece like a pair of white pants, the look is vibrant yet clean.

How to wear orange - ideas for blue color combinations |

Outfit 1: Vince silk tankTailored by Rebecca Taylor trousersVince Camuto sandalsBaubleBar beaded necklace

Outfit 2: Vince Camuto rumple blouseKut from the Kloth skinny jeansCalvin Klein pumpsDolce Vita slide sandal

Outfit 3: Eliza J jumpsuitBotkier strappy sandal – Bourbon & Bowties bangles

5. Accessorize with orange

Wearing black white and 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 or go-to beauty tool. We particularly love the orange nail polish, which is flattering on a number of skin tones.

Stylish orange accesories |

Camper platform wedge sandalPared sunglassesStella + Ruby geo hoop earringsRebecca Minkoff silk bandanaKate Spade bag – Bourbon & Bowties bangles – Jonas Studio necklaceSkagen watchBase coat nail polish

Let’s take one color combination to the test

Although I love them all, I picked Storming Psychedelia as the inspiration for some outfits that I created at Polyvore. In this set orange is only visible in a subtle way and is mainly added as a pop color.  Have a look at what you can achieve with these colors! Very stylish and certainly not boring! You can mix and match and add more orange if you like to all these outfits.

How to wear orange

Orange color combinations |

Orange-Purple Contrast

Here are a few more ideas from Liz on how to wear orange

“It was only while thinking about how to wear orange, that I realized I have much more orange in my closet than I thought. Plus, it got me out of my comfort zone and thinking about how to wear favorite items in a new way.

The orange top is actually a dress tucked into a suede skirt, which is from Miss Selfridge, or white jeans from H&M. Sylvia inspired me to experiment with using my dress as a top in her piece on how Diane von Furstenberg is her latest style crush!

I’d never actually worn the khaki dress. It was one of those items I bought in the sale and popped into the back of my wardrobe, but pairing with orange shoes is a new idea for me. The orange paisley skirt is a Topshop purchase from my student days!”

How to wear orange over 40 |

More outfit ideas

How to wear orange - ideas for color combinations |


Want to add some orange to your life? Here are some fabulous orange items you can buy right now!

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?


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