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.

how to wear orange | 40plusstyle.com
colors to mix with orange | 40plusstyle.com
orange blue and black color combination | 40plusstyle.com
orange combined with pastel colors | 40plusstyle.com

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

Orange outfits on the spring and summer 2021 catwalks | 40plusstyle.com

BurberryAltuzarra – Sportmax

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

Diane in an orange dress | 40plusstyle.com

Diane @fashiononthe4thfloor above (read her style interview here), looks fabulous in this peach colored dress which she teams with white sneakers.

Check out this midi dress that you can wear with this similar pair of sneakers.

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.

Fraiche by J puff sleeve tie waist dress | 40plusstyle.com

Fraiche by J puff sleeve tie waist dress

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.

If you aren’t keen on showing off your arms, you could always wear with a cardigan or a moto jacket.

PRETTYGARDEN halter neck maxi dress | 40plusstyle.com

PRETTYGARDEN halter neck maxi dress

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.

Marks & Spencer pure linen shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Marks & Spencer pure linen shirt

The perfect orange top

The styling for this orange top from LARACE has a hankerchief hem and it drapes nicely if you’re looking for a top to hide a belly.

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

Orange swing top | 40plusstyle.com

LARACE swing tunic top

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.

Vince Camuto asymmetrical hem tank top | 40plusstyle.com

Vince Camuto asymmetrical hem tank top

orange t-shirt

Looking for an orange t-shirt to go with your jeans? I like the tie hem detail on the Karen Kane top (below).

Karen Kane tie hem T-shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Karen Kane tie hem T-shirt

The perfect orange sweater

Susan in an orange sweater and jeans | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Susan @susan_unefemme above (read her style interview here), shows how nicely orange goes with denim and leopard print.

Recreate her outfit with this similar sweater, jeans, loafers and necklace.

Veronica Beard sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Veronica Beard sweater

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.

Urban CoCo drape front cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Urban CoCo drape front cardigan

orange blazer

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.

Cicy open front blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Cicy open front blazer

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.

Bellivera faux suede jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Bellivera faux suede jacket

The perfect orange pants

Tanasha in orange pants | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Steal her look with this similar top, blazer, pants, clutch, earrings and sunglasses.

Orange pants | 40plusstyle.com

Alice + Olivia paperbag crop pants

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.

Lover Brand Fashion skinny jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Lover Brand Fashion skinny jeans

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.

Theenkoln high waist pencil skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Theenkoln high waist pencil skirt

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.

Open Edit kitten heel sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Open Edit kitten heel 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.

Rebecca Minkoff crossbody tote | 40plusstyle.com

Rebecca Minkoff crossbody tote

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

How to wear orange | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Beth @styleatacertainage above (read her style interview here), looks lovely in her orange sweater and white jeans.

You can get her stripe sweater, flare jeans and slingbacks from Talbots, and her handbag from Mark & Graham

Orange and white outfit | 40plusstyle.com

LARACE swing tunic topWit & Wisdom skinny jeansRebecca Minkoff crossbody toteVince strappy sandal

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.

Orange and black outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Fraiche by J puff sleeve tie waist dressZella high waist leggingsFly London wedge sandalSteve Madden crossbody clutchKnotty drop earrings

3. Pair orange with neutrals – beige

Julie in an orange dress | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Julie @stylishparadox above (read her style interview here), opts for orange worn with beige and leopard print accessories.

Recreate her outfit with this similar dress, pumps, clutch and hat.

Orange and beige outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

BB Dakota suede jacketCaslon muscle tankAlice + Olivia paperbag crop pants42 Gold slide sandalSteve Madden crossbody clutchKnotty drop earrings

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 | 40plusstyle.com

Bellivera faux suede jacketNordstrom linen tank topRebecca Minkoff leather clutchFly London wedge sandalMonica Vinader stud earringsBaubleBar mixed metal necklace

5. Orange with baby blue

Jamie wears orange with turquoise | 40plusstyle.com

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

Jamie @moreturquoise above (read her style interview here), shows how beautifully orange can go with a paler shade of blue such as turquoise.

Steal her look with this similar maxi dress, sandals, necklace and earring set and sunglasses.

Orange and blue outfit | 40plusstyle.com

BLANKNYC moto jacketBP. lettuce edge tankFRAME straight leg jeans42 Gold slide sandalRebecca Minkoff crossbody tote

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.

Orange and navy blue | 40plusstyle.com

Vero Moda tie back blouseWit & Wisdom skinny jeansOpen Edit kitten heel sandalRebecca Minkoff crossbody tote

7. Embrace the purple-orange clash

wearing orange with purple | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Get her look with this similar cardigan, pants, mules, necklace and earrings.

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

Orange sweater and purple skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Veronica Beard sweaterThe Drop silk slip skirtVince strappy sandalNordstrom print minaudiéreMonica Vinader stud earrings

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.

Pink and orange outfit combination | 40plusstyle.com

KUT from the Kloth denim jacketCaslon muscle tankTed Baker London floral skirtRebecca Minkoff leather clutchFly London wedge sandal

9. Orange with green

Catherine wearing green and orange | 40plusstyle.com

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 as shown by Catherine @notlamb above (read her style interview here).

Check out this similar sweater, blazer, jeans, sandals, crossbody bag and sunglasses.

Orange with green outfit | 40plusstyle.com

KUT from the Kloth denim jacketVince Camuto asymmetrical hem tank topWit & Wisdom pantsRebecca Minkoff leather clutchSuperga sneakerNordstrom stud earrings

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 | 40plusstyle.com

BOSS check print silk tankTed Baker London floral skirtAWARE by Vero Moda shift dressIlse Jacobsen halter maxi dress

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.

Stylish orange accesories | 40plusstyle.com

DELUXITY crossbody bagScarvesMe Pop oblong scarfLisianthus fedoraBocar necklace and earring setMe&Hz tassel earringsTory Burch braided braceletBase Coat nail polishBelle Donne skinny belt

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

An orange capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

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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 2021 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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