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.

It has an impressive 1,220+ reviews on Amazon, giving 4.2 stars on average.

“This really is a chameleon of a dress! It looks good on so many different bodies! .” – Mindy

“This is a great buy & a well made dress! It’s perfect to wear to work or to happy hour or whatever the occasion! The fabric is thick with a nice stretch to it.” – Jai

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Homeyee tunic pencil sheath dress, 1,200+ reviews, 4.2 stars

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

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 shade of shirt/blouse from Vince Camuto is made of matte rumpled satin with a slouchy fit, flowy high/low hem and collared neckline. It would style well with black or white bottoms.

orange blouse | 40plusstyle.comVince Camuto collared blouse

The perfect orange top

The styling for this orange top from Halogen shows how beautifully white goes with orange.

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

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Halogen sleeveless 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.

“I LOVE this cardigan. I love the flattering drape and how it comes just below my hips; it’s a very slimming look. The fabric is a tight knit like a t-shirt, but keeps its shape thanks to the spandex. It is thin, but not sheer.
.” – Meagoo

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Drskin open front cardigan, 1,750+ reviews, 4 stars

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 See by Chloé has an airy openwork design that exudes a sense of vintage romance.

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See by Chloé 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 classical pair of jeans from Lucky Brand is designed with comfortable stretch and could flatter you from day to night.

orange jeans | 40plusstyle.comLucky Brand skinny 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.

“I like the soft feel of the fabric, and the foldover waistband is flattering and comfortable.” – Mel

“Very comfortable and soft! Perfect for spring and summer.” – Holly

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orange skirt, 238 reviews, 4 stars

The perfect orange shoes

Shoes can be a stylish way to transform an outfit.

This pair of pumps by Marc Fisher LTD  are easier to walk in than other heels because of the block heel.

They have 327 reviews giving an average of 4.5 stars.

“I absolutely LOVE these shoes. I now have 4 pair. They are so comfortable and chic. I get constant compliments.” – scm1

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orange shoes, 327 reviews, 4.5 stars

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 is casual enough to use everyday and would look great with jeans and a white shirt or sweater.

“It is the perfect size for me and it is fashionable but not flashy. Great purse.” – Mel

orange bag | 40plusstyle.comRebecca Minkoff crossbody 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.

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Outfit 1: Ted Baker sleeveless topBoss pencil skirtEttika pendant necklaceMichael Kors sandalsBotkier color block clutch

Outfit 2: Treasure & Bond knit wrap topTopshop orange trousers – Cole Hann sandalsShiraleah woven clutchEttika drop earrings

Outfit 3: Ted Baker London dress – Sam Edelman pumpsNina crystal clutch – Nadri bar stud earrings

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.

More examples:

printed orange dresses |

Bardot floral wrap midi dressBobeau twist asymmetrical dressEliza J floral high/low maxi dressEliza J shift dressCharles Henry floral dress

printed orange outfits |

Kate Spade sweaterDVF printed topHalogen boxy blouseHalogen pull-on pantsHugo 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.

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Outfit 1: Jason Wu pleated dressSudini Rodrigo slingback pumpsKelly Wynne bagNadri Flexi cuff 

Outfit 2: La Ligne wool & cashmere sweaterProsperity denim high skinny jeansBotkier bootiesNordstrom scarfLafonn stud earrings

Outfit 3: Lou & Grey smocked tank – Wit & Wisdom high waist jeansMali + Lili crossbody bagNine West pumps 

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.

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Outfit 1: Vince silk tankReiss trousersVince Camuto sandalsKarine Sultan tassel necklace

Outfit 2: Vince Camuto rumple blouseKut from the Kloth skinny jeansCalvin Klein pumpsLele Sadoughi pendant necklace

Outfit 3: Eliza J jumpsuitVince Camuto sandalsTory Burch wrap bracelet

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 |

Topshop bucket bagPared sunglassesStella + Ruby geo hoop earringsRebecca Minkoff silk bandanaKensie slide sandalTory Butch watchJonas Studio necklaceTory Burch wrap braceletDior nail lacquer

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!”

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More outfit ideas

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