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 colourlovers.com.
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.
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 on the spring and summer 2021 catwalks
There was plenty of orange on the runways at spring and summer fashion week, from peaches to flame orange. Above is how the designers interpreted the trend.
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 orange dress from Fraiche by J (below) could be ideal if you have an hourglass figure as the belt will ensure you show off your waist. You could always pop some leggings on underneath as it’s on the short side.
The perfect orange maxi dress
The PRETTYGARDEN halter neck maxi 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.
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 Marks & Spencer is made from pure linen, making it perfect for warmer summer days.
The perfect orange top
An orange top would look lovely with white jeans and metallic accessories for summer.
orange tank top
For a warm weather top, you may prefer one without sleeves. The Vince Camuto tank top (below) features a flattering asymmetric hem.
Looking for an orange t-shirt to go with your jeans? I like the tie hem detail on the Karen Kane top (below).
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 your jeans and sneakers, or with a leather or pleated skirt.
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.
For a smart option, an orange blazer could be a good jacket choice. I like how the Cicy open front blazer (below) has been styled simply with a white t-shirt, jeans and gold jewelry.
The perfect orange jacket
Do you already have a moto jacket in your closet? Instead of traditional black, how about opting for orange?
The Bellivera faux suede jacket would look stylish worn over a white or black dress for summer.
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 Alice + Olivia. Either way, these will be the hero piece in your outfit.
Tanasha @stylishheights, above, lets her orange pants be the star of her outfit. Note how she brings the orange into the upper part of her look with her earrings.
The perfect orange jeans
This pair of jeans from Amazon (below) is designed with comfortable stretch and could flatter you from day to night. One reviewer said she bought them in 10 colors because she loved the so much.
The perfect orange skirt
This skirt from Theenkoln has good reviews from women who say the ribbing means it doesn’t show any lumps or bumps.
The perfect orange shoes
Shoes can be a stylish way to transform an outfit.
The kitten heel sandals (below) will add a pop of color and an on-trend element to any look.
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.
Make a statement this season by knowing the handbag trends of SS 2021.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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.
5. Orange with baby blue
You don’t have to choose a darker shade of blue with your orange. Baby blue looks just as beautiful.
6. Orange with NAVY blue
Pairing orange with navy 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.
7. 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.
Psyche @economyofstyle, above, teams her orange and purple with a white tee and tan boots.
You could also opt for paler peachy oranges and lilacs together.
8. 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.
The color combining has already been done for you below with the orange and pink print skirt.
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.
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.
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 or go-to beauty tool. We particularly love the orange nail polish, which is flattering on a number of skin tones.
DELUXITY crossbody bag – ScarvesMe Pop oblong scarf – Lisianthus fedora – Bocar necklace and earring set – Me&Hz tassel earrings – Tory Burch braided bracelet – Base Coat nail polish – Belle Donne skinny belt
The orange color combination ideas from above put together in one capsule
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Want to know how to wear other colors too?
I have created several color guides for popular colors right now:
- How to wear coral
- How to wear red
- How to wear pink
- How to wear gray
- How to wear white
- How to wear (emerald) green
- How to wear yellow
- How to wear florals
- How to wear black and white
Do you plan to wear orange this coming season and which color combination is your favorite?
- Spring 2021 Color Trends: All The Best Colors To Wear This Spring And Summer
- How To Wear Yellow And Brighten Up Your Day!
- How To Wear Gray: Color Palettes And Ensembles For You To Choose From!
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