Ask a Stylist: How to Wear Orange

By  October 05, 2013

“How do I wear orange this fall without looking like I’m in costume?”


Poor orange—it’s such a great color, but thanks to Halloween, people are often scared away from this fabulous fall hue. Fear not, because you can wear orange without getting all spooky. Just follow my tips and you will be just fine.


Avoid mixing with black. You don’t have to skip black altogether when you’re rocking orange this fall; just make sure it’s not the only other color in your look. If black is your thing, try mixing it with a more subtle shade of orange like melon or sorbet.


Seek out amazing patterns. Abstract patterns are really having a moment this fall, and a ton have orange incorporated in them. Here’s a little secret: You don’t have to go with full-on orange to enjoy the trend.  Roberto Cavalli and Clover Canyon both have some really great orange-based pieces this season that are definitely at the top of my shopping list.


Navy is the new black. Navy doesn’t get the credit it deserves. This chic alternative to black looks simply sophisticated when paired with orange. And trust me: No one will think you are channeling a jack-o’-lantern.


Pull it off with confidence. Finally—and this applies to anything you wear—be confident when you rock out your orange threads this fall. If you walk out of the house feeling less than confident, you’ll end up looking foolish. Remember: Orange is just a color, and although Halloween insists on a fright factor, there’s no need to be scared of it.


Topshop Crepe Shift Dress, $84 »


Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lip Color in Le Orange, $34 »


Missoni Wool-and-Angora-Blend Wrap, $2,530 »


Essie Resort Collection No More Film Nail Polish, $8 »


Marc Jacobs Leather Ankle Boots, $945 »


Chloe Marcie Mini Satchel, $1,650 »