Tuesday, May 17, 2011

There's Something About Orange

While just about any technicolor shade is right on trend this summer, there's something about orange that I'm loving right now. Perhaps it's because orange seems just right for the increasingly warm weather. Or maybe it's just the punch of bold, bright, cheerfulness that my wardrobe needs right now. Or maybe it's got something to do with how well it pairs with other colors I love like navy blue, turquoise and white. Regardless, orange is a "must have" for me this summer.

The key to pulling off head-to-toe orange? Keep the silhouette simple and streamlined; the color is the standout here, so keep the details unfussy and accessories (try just some simple gold jewelry) to a minimum. Also, stay monochromatic if you want to keep the look feeling sophisticated and edgy as too many bold colors easily read as too young. Nude shoes are a great (and leg-lengthening) choice.

Despite my love of statement-making color, I'll confess I don't always have the hutzpah to wear head-to-toe brights myself. I all too often tend to retreat behind black, navy or gray. If you're anything like me (and I expect many of you are), then the easiest way to play with the bolds and brights found on the Spring 2011 runways is to incorporate these shades into your existing wardrobe in smaller doses, via shoes, jewelry, and handbags.

Source List:

St John Double Face Crepe Jacket and Pencil Skirt (Nordstrom; $795 and $395)
Diane Von Furstenberg Bateau Neck Dress (Nordstrom; $285)
Verbena Dress (Tory Burch; $350)

Kate Spade New York "Daycation" pouch (Nordstrom; $50)
Lanvin Grosgrain espadrilles (Net-a-porter; $595)
Elephant Belt (Kate Spade; $95)
Cara Accessories Bead & Metal Bangles (Nordstrom; $48)
Dylan Large Shoulder Bag (Linea Pelle; $415)
Tory Burch Synthetic Straw Shoulder Bag (Nordstrom; $350)
Horton Sandal (Tory Burch; $295)
Shabby-Chic Linen Ballet Flat (Banana Republic; $79)
Juicy Couture Endless Summer Stackable Rings (Nordstrom; $88/set of 3)


Laura@JourneyChic said...

Looove those bangle bracelets and that handbag! I've never been an orange person but am warming up to it. I just bought an orange tee at LOFT and put it under a denim blazer for a little punch of color, and really liked how it looked!

Maureen Stevens said...

a punch of citrus orange makes me happy too! You know, we luv it here in AUstin :)

Julie Khuu | Haute Khuuture said...

Love those espadrilles! Orange paired with fuschia is totally my go-to combo right now...so fresh and so clean! Makes me wish summer were here NOW!

Great collection!
Peace. Love. LOL!

Haute Khuuture Blog

Lacey said...

I looove orange! It's so happy :) cute blog

Christy said...

As I'm sure you're not surprised to hear, I DO love to wear head-to-toe brights! I would so love to have the middle dress. And the wedges. Gorgeous! Hope you're feeling well Averill!

Samantha said...

I think I could do a little or a lot of orange. Guess I should take a look in the closet. No time to be shy.

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

I Adore orange! I just picked up a orange/red pair of sandals and they are sure to become this season's favorite! Janell

A room with a view said...

Hi Averill,
I have recently begun to add pops of orange, burnt orange to my wardrobe- I love the effect! Thank you for a colorful, fun post - great accessories!

emily said...

Orange is such a fun color! I can't believe those linen flats are from Banana!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Nothing more to say but...GOSH I love orange.

Carlos said...

This collection is amazing. They're bold! simply glamorous..It looks great on the models. You have a lot of great stuff to offer to your readers :) keep it up.

"nikon D3100"

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