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 2022 catwalks
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
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 Mordenmiss is made from 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 LARACE tank top (below) features a flattering asymmetric hem.
Looking for an orange t-shirt to go with your jeans? I like the twist hem detail on the Sanctuary 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 crop sweater (below) would look good layered over a white shirt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Boden. Either way, these will be the hero piece in your outfit.
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.
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.
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 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.
Lock and Love Open Front Blazer – Lafayette 148 New York Perla Reversible Silk Blouse – Boden Wide Leg Linen Pants – Franco Sarto Clemens Espadrille Wedge Sandal – Lisianthus Wide Brim Fedora Hat – Kendra Scott Tassel Bolo Necklace
2. 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.
Emms @beautifuleveryday_uk above teams her orange summer dress with a straw bag.
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.
4. 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.
Fonda @savvysouthernchic above wears a navy blazer over her orange top.
Fraiche by J Flutter Sleeve Faux Wrap Maxi Dress – Franco Sarto Clemens Espadrille Wedge Sandal – Kate Spade New York Voyage Medium Satchel – Jerollin Multilayer Seed Bead Necklace – gelanmeng 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.
6. 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.
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.
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.
Karen Millen Leather Signature Moto Jacket – Lafayette 148 New York Perla Reversible Silk Blouse – Alice + Olivia Athena Tapestry Print Wide Leg Pants – Franco Sarto Clemens Espadrille Wedge Sandal – HOBO Rachel Leather Frame Wallet – gelanmeng Teardrop Hoop 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 knit top below.
Karen Millen Mono Lace Embroidery Knit Top – Kate Kasin Wrap Front Pencil Skirt – Paul Green Cayanne Leather Peep Toe Sandal – Michael Kors Large Sinclair North/South Perforated Leather Tote – Cult 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.
ZAFUL High Neck Lantern Sleeve Crop Sweater – Treasure & Bond Drapey Classic Shirt – Karen Millen Soft Twill Wide Leg Pants – Naturalizer Karina Pump – Michael Kors Large Sinclair North/South Perforated Leather Tote – Cult 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.
Ted Baker London Darcila Front Print Surplice Top – Karen Millen Sporty Trim Knitted Jacket – Eliza J Scarf Print Crêpe de Chine Fit & Flare Maxi Dress – Alice + 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.
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.
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.
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 2022 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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Feature image by Tanasha @prettytallstyle
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