Monday, November 14, 2011

5 Rules for Looking Good Wearing Orange

All About Orange 
by guest blogger @lindsayleboyer, Lindsay LeBoyer

Beautiful shades of orange are gracing the trees this November, but Mother Nature isn't the only one who appreciates the shade. The hottest fashion designers and decorators love it too. Orange complements nearly every complexion and can be very chic when worn right. Follow these tips and you'll be a fashion vision, not a fashion victim.

1) Tone it down
J Crew, $98
Save the florescent orange for crossing guards and opt for a burnt orange with undertones of red this fall. Deeper shades are more sophisticated and play well with other fall colors like brown and navy. This sweater from J. Crew is perfect for layering, plus the coarse texture makes any outfit more interesting.

2) Choose flattering silhouettes
Trina Turk, $111 at Bloomingdales
Avoid looking round like a pumpkin by choosing slim and elegant silhouettes. Take this dress from Trina Turk for example. Ruching at the midsection will highlight your waist, while the cowl neck reveals the perfect hint of skin. Team it with a pair of stilettos (be sure to avoid black) and you're ready to host Thanksgiving dinner.

3) Make like the runway
Left: Marc by Marc Jacobs f/w 11
Right: Anthropologie, $228
Take a cue from Marc Jacobs and make a statement with a vintage-inspired orange midi dress. Those not wanting to splurge can try this silk number from Anthropologie. Pair it with boyish brogues for a cool contrast of masculine and feminine.

4) Remember: Sometimes less is more
J Crew, $39.50
Even those who usually shy away from bright hues can wear orange with ease. All you need is a pop of color from a skinny belt to elevate a casual outfit. Loop this metallic leather belt through your jeans and toss on a monochromatic t-shirt for a weekend look that's both chic and wearable.

5) Don't be afraid to take a risk
Rag & Bone, $176
Daring fashionistas can take orange to another level with fashion-forward colorful jeans. Bright denim is a major trend that looks sharp when paired with a blazer or quirky when paired with a chunky knit.

What do you think? Is orange a do or a don't this season?

Lindsay LeBoyer  is an intern at Schulman Art. She writes a fashion blog called The Style Child.

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