Orange Really IS the New Black

VICTORIA BECKHAM Ruffled silk-trimmed wool mini dress

Life might be imitating art, or perhaps its fashion imitating TV, but there is no denying it – this season, orange is the new black. Just to be clear, we’re not talking prison jump-suits. The catwalks at all the S/S fashion shows were overflowing with pants, blouses, skirts and dresses in orange and more orange. What can’t be said about orange? It’s vibrant, electric, fun, out-of-the-ordinary, feminine, powerful, and fun. However, if you’re not a big fan of orange as a fashion statement, fear not. Orange is not only the new black, it’s so much more than the old orange, we might need a new name for the color altogether.SACAI 'Sangallo' dress / Clarye Deep V Dress / ROSANTICA 'Teatro' necklace / JIMMY CHOO Candy neon acrylic clutch / Tondala Suede Ankle-Wrap Sandal

The same can be said for clothing, not just accessories. Pairing one stand-out orange piece with one of the above named neutrals gives you pizzazz without overpowering. Though it can look absolutely smashing, you don’t have to go for an all-over orange. It also works beautifully and wearably as an accent color. Orange can add a pop to any garment even if you’re restricting your pop to zippers, ribbon trims, collars, and cuffs. Several designers have paired orange with blue, a color combo that looks super-fresh and one you don’t have to be a Chicago Bears fan to favor.TORY BURCH 'Reva' Logo Dial Leather Strap Watch / Miki Round Pantos Mirror Sunglasses Orange / Frayed Scarf / Patent Leather Burnt Orange Belt

As is the rule with any trend, if you’re not ready to embrace it fully, you can avoid missing out altogether by adding eye-popping orange accessories to your outfits. When the temperatures rise, nothing adds more sizzle to a white outfit than an orange handbag, belt, scarf or piece of jewelry. Orange is one of those slightly tricky colors to pull off successfully without taking your complexion into account. For those with lighter skin tones, choose shades closer to peach and coral. For those with darker skin tones, go bold with a true orange.

“Orange is the happiest color.” Frank Sinatra

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