When it comes to fashion, it’s tempting to fall into a rut of wearing the “same old same old.” That one black dress that gives you curves in all the right places. Those trusty blue jeans you always throw on before dashing out the door to run errands. The white button-down you wear to work at least once (and sometimes twice) a week.
The “same old” can be comforting, but sometimes it’s nice to step outside the box and try something new. This summer, give your wardrobe a facelift with a bold, statement-making color: orange. Contrary to popular belief, it’s possible to wear the color orange without looking like you’re celebrating Halloween a little too early. There’s a chic, fashionable side to this color that you may be missing out on.
It can be hard to know where to start when incorporating this color into your wardrobe, especially if you’re used to wearing darker colors. But fear not because I’ve got your back with six options to ensure you’ll be rocking this color without resembling a traffic cone.
1. Go for a patterned orange shirt
If you’re too nervous to dive into this color by wearing a solid orange shirt, dip your toes in by opting for a patterned orange top. Be sure to go for patterns with white or beige tones instead of black to avoid looking like you’re on your way to a Halloween party.
Get this look: Patterned top from New York & Company, $22.
2. Try orange shoes
Though it may be tempting to buy another pair of brown or nude shoes because they match with everything, try stepping outside your comfort zone with a bold orange pair of heels or sandals. Dark blue pairs well with orange because the two are complementary on the color wheel.
Get this look: Heels from DSW, $60.
3. Wear it with a beige blazer
Looking to brighten up your work wardrobe? You’re in luck because yellow-orange hues look great when worn with beige, sandy tones. Rather than reaching for that same black or gray work dress, spice things up with a light orange dress paired with a beige blazer and gold accessories.
Get this look: Dress from H&M, $50.
4. Accessorize with orange
I’ve always been an advocate for statement-making jewelry, and orange is sure to add the perfect pop of color for any outfit. The key is to choose a simple outfit, and you can never go wrong with the classic blue jeans and white button-down combination.
Get this look: Statement necklace from HSN, $15.
5. Mix orange bottoms with a patterned top
Though orange is an eye-catching color itself, it’s possible to tastefully wear it with a pattern without your outfit being too overwhelming. Florals look especially chic and are perfect for springtime, although stripes are another classic alternative.
Get this look: Skirt from J.Crew Factory, $39.
6. Add an orange purse
This is the perfect way to incorporate orange into your wardrobe in a small dose. Though an orange purse could be worn with any type of outfit, my personal favorite option is wearing it with a white dress and army green jacket — perfect for breezy spring days spent outdoors.
Get this look: Cross-body purse from Macy’s, $50.