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 2022 catwalks

Orange outfits on the spring and summer 2022 catwalks | 40plusstyle.com

Max MaraEtroMichael Kors

There was plenty of orange on the runways at 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 Amazon (below) could be ideal if you have an hourglass figure as the belt will ensure you show off your waist.

Orange dress | 40plusstyle.com

JASAMBAC Belted Bodycon Pencil Dress

The perfect orange maxi dress

Georgette in an orange maxi dress | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Georgette @grownandcurvywoman above (read her style interview here) looks great in her ruffle maxi dress.

Recreate her outfit with this similar dress, camisole, slippers, rattan bag and earrings.

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 Mordenmiss is made from linen, making it perfect for warmer summer days.

Mordenmiss Linen Shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Mordenmiss 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.

LARACE Swing Tunic Top | 40plusstyle.com

LARACE Swing Tunic Top

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 | 40plusstyle.com

LARACE Flowy Tank Top

orange t-shirt

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

Sanctuary Slow Tide Twist T-Shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Sanctuary Slow Tide Twist 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 your jeans and sneakers, or with a leather or pleated skirt.

The crop sweater (below) would look good layered over a white shirt.

ZAFUL High Neck Lantern Sleeve Crop Sweater | 40plusstyle.com

ZAFUL High Neck Lantern Sleeve Crop Sweater

orange blazer

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

For a smart option, an orange blazer could be a good jacket choice. I like how the Cicy Bell open front blazer (below) has been styled simply with a white t-shirt, jeans and gold jewelry.

Susan @susan_unefemme above (read her style interview here) looks stylish in her orange blazer, t-shirt and jeans.

Get her look with this similar top, blazer, jeans, woven bag and necklace.

Cicy open front blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Cicy Bell Open Front 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 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

The perfect orange jacket

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

The Karen Millen jacket would look stylish worn over a white or black dress for summer.

Karen Millen Leather Buckle Detail Moto Jacket| 40plusstyle.com

Karen Millen Leather Buckle Detail Moto Jacket

The perfect orange jeans

This pair of jeans from FRAME (below) is designed with comfortable stretch and could flatter you from day to night. Wide leg jeans are particularly on trend right now.

 FRAME Le Palazzo Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

FRAME Le Palazzo Jeans

The perfect orange pants

Jamie 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 Boden. Either way, these will be the hero piece in your outfit.

Jamie @moreturquoise above (read her style interview here) looks incredible in her orange pants and white shirt, which she styles with Burberry and Chanel accessories.

Steal her look with this similar tee, pants, sandals, bag and bucket hat.

Boden Wide Leg Linen Pants | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Wide Leg Linen Pants

The perfect orange skirt

This skirt from Kate Kasin has good reviews from women who say the ribbing means it doesn’t show any lumps or bumps.

Kate Kasin Wrap Front Pencil Skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Kate Kasin Wrap Front Pencil Skirt

The perfect orange shoes

Shoes can be a stylish way to transform an outfit.

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

Franco Sarto Clemens Espadrille Wedge Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Franco Sarto Clemens Espadrille Wedge 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.

Kate Spade New York Voyage Medium Satchel | 40plusstyle.com

Kate Spade New York Voyage Medium Satchel

Make a statement this season by knowing the handbag trends of SS 2022.

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 | 40plusstyle.com

Lock and Love Open Front BlazerLafayette 148 New York Perla Reversible Silk BlouseBoden Wide Leg Linen PantsFranco Sarto Clemens Espadrille Wedge SandalLisianthus Wide Brim Fedora HatKendra Scott Tassel Bolo Necklace

2. Pair orange with neutrals – beige

Emms in an orange summer 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.

Emms @beautifuleveryday_uk above teams her orange summer dress with a straw bag.

Check out this dress from Maggy London that you can wear with this similar pair of sandals, tote and sunglasses.

Orange and beige outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

JASAMBAC Belted Bodycon Pencil DressNaturalizer Banks PumpAllSaints Colette Leather Crossbody BagMUYAN Acrylic Chunky Necklacegelanmeng Teardrop Hoop 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 | 40plusstyle.com

Karen Millen Sporty Trim Knitted JacketTheory High Waist Wide Leg PantsNaturalizer Karina PumpRebecca Minkoff Julian BackpackCult Gaia Valence Leather Wrap Hoop Earrings

4. Orange with NAVY blue

Fonda in a navy blazer and orange top | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Fonda @savvysouthernchic above wears a navy blazer over her orange top.

Get her look with this similar top, blazer, trousers, mules and belt.

Orange and navy blue | 40plusstyle.com

Fraiche by J Flutter Sleeve Faux Wrap Maxi DressFranco Sarto Clemens Espadrille Wedge SandalKate Spade New York Voyage Medium SatchelJerollin Multilayer Seed Bead Necklacegelanmeng Teardrop Hoop Earrings

5. 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

Karen Millen Leather Buckle Detail Moto JacketVIISHOW Maxi DressFranco Sarto Clemens Espadrille Wedge SandalHOBO Rachel Leather Frame Walletgelanmeng Teardrop Hoop Earrings

6. Embrace the purple-orange clash

How to wear orange | 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.

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

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.

Orange sweater and purple skirt | 40plusstyle.com

JSCEND 3/4 Sleeve Open Front Cropped CardiganZella Drawcord Waist Tiered Maxi DressSam Edelman Bay Cutout Slide SandalObosoyo Straw Crossbody BagKendra Scott Tassel Bolo 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 | 40plusstyle.com

Karen Millen Leather Signature Moto JacketLafayette 148 New York Perla Reversible Silk BlouseAlice + Olivia Athena Tapestry Print Wide Leg PantsFranco Sarto Clemens Espadrille Wedge SandalHOBO Rachel Leather Frame Walletgelanmeng Teardrop Hoop Earrings

8. Orange and pink

Dayle in orange and pink outfit | 40plusstyle.com

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

Dayle @artfulcitystyle above (read her style interview here) opts for her signature oversized pants and top in orange and pink.

Recreate her outfit with this similar tunic, pants, sandals, necklace and bracelets.

The color combining has already been done for you below with the knit top below.

Pink and orange outfit combination | 40plusstyle.com

Karen Millen Mono Lace Embroidery Knit TopKate Kasin Wrap Front Pencil SkirtPaul Green Cayanne Leather Peep Toe SandalMichael Kors Large Sinclair North/South Perforated Leather ToteCult Gaia Valence Leather Wrap 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 | 40plusstyle.com

ZAFUL High Neck Lantern Sleeve Crop SweaterTreasure & Bond Drapey Classic ShirtKaren Millen Soft Twill Wide Leg PantsNaturalizer Karina PumpMichael Kors Large Sinclair North/South Perforated Leather ToteCult Gaia Valence Leather Wrap Hoop 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

Ted Baker London Darcila Front Print Surplice TopKaren Millen Sporty Trim Knitted JacketEliza J Scarf Print Crêpe de Chine Fit & Flare Maxi DressAlice + Olivia Athena Tapestry Print Wide Leg 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 accesories | 40plusstyle.com

Dreubea ToteJerollin Multilayer Seed Bead NecklaceCindy & Wendy Cashmere ScarfMe&Hz Colorful Layered Tassel EarringsLisianthus Wide Brim Fedora Hat

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 the create different outfits.

An orange capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

shop some of the items above here:

Orange outfits inspiration from an earlier capsule wardrobe

Below is an earlier capsule. While many of the items are past season, it should still provide lots of inspiration for your orange outfits.

An orange capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

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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