Orange is the New Black?


***This post is NOT about the hit Netflix show! I apologize to its fans who got excited by the title of this post. (I heard it’s great though, so I’ll have to check it out!)***

I’m not a huge fan of the color orange. I used to be as a kid; it was actually my favorite! But I haven’t worn solid orange in I dunno how long. It just reminds me of the tan mom, vomit and oompa loompas. I’d rather keep it in the family by wearing paprika, coral or peach. But tis the season, right?? If you’re like me and don’t have definite plans for Halloween next week, there’s no reason to not get into the spirit by wearing orange instead of a costume. And what makes it [“it” being an article of clothing] more appealing than a costume is that it can be worn other days/times of the year and it might even cost less. So scroll with me and see what beautiful, fun pieces red and yellow’s baby can create:

Miss S Orange Dress
by Miss S

How sweet is this little tangerine frock??! Its classic a-line cut is flattering for most body types and the seam detail fancies it up a bit.

For work: Add simple stud earrings, a nice watch and leopard print flats.

For play: Sexy it up with a dramatic smokey eye, a shiny contrasting belt (maybe a funky, graphic print), and some of your highest pumps. And of course you can take this into the cold of winter with a cozy scarf, bolero jacket, tights and booties.

Manolo Blahniks
Manolo Blahniks

Now an orange shoe I can definitely do. It adds just the perfect amount of fun and a serious pop of color to your ensemble. These shoes can honestly make an outfit, bring life to it.

For work: Adding these Minolos to a crispy white shirt and paisley pencil skirt = sexyday at work!

For play: Add a deep burgundy lip to the work look and you’re made. Or pair this pair with a solid, monochromatic nighttime look, like a fun white minidress. The pumps can also funk up a simple jumpsuit.


Y’all know how I feel about leggings. This collared blouse would go perfectly with leggings! And its light fabric makes it great for layering in the cooler months.

For work: If you don’t work in an office/business casual environment, pair this orangey tunic with some leggings or skinnies (printed or solid) and comfy loafers.

For play: Switch out your flats for some pumps or booties. Try adding a vest with some texture, like pleather or suede, and some statement jewelry.

by Jean Paul Gaultier
by Jean Paul Gaultier

These bold orange trousers steal the show, so to avoid looking like a clown, balance out their vibrancy with muted tones and creamy tints.

For work: I visualize these pants with a barely taupe pullover sweater layered with a white printed button up. A peach blouse tucked in with a matching belt would look marvelous too.

For play: A solid or printed peplum top would look amazing paired with some sexy pumps. And if you’re wondering, black shoes will work because you won’t see much of them with the cut of these pants.


I love the movement in this dress. It can make an appearance at any holiday party on your calendar.

For work?: Not really, imo… It’s a little short and the shiny fabric screams nightlife. Hit a red carpet or something.

For play: It’s already sexy, so keep it that way by completing the look with tights and pumps. And again, black tights with black heels would work! Just make sure they’re matte. Add a statement necklace for a touch of sophisticated whimsy.


I actually like how this orange blouse it styled on the model. It can definitely transcend the seasons and it works for almost all body types.

For work: The wrap/kimono style creates a slight peplum which would pair well with a pencil skirt or trousers.

For play: A pencil skirt, trousers or even tweed shorts can complete a look with this orange top. Anchor it all with some chunky wedges or booties and you’re golden.

I’ll admit that searching and reporting back my findings definitely helped change my mind about solid orange. Slightly. It’s still nowhere near my favorite, but I’ll keep my eyes open for it when I’m looking for something new for my wardrobe. [Seriously, I have like one orange (50%red, 50%yellow) tank that’s been collecting dust in my closet because I still have never worn it!] And let’s be real, black cannot be replaced! Orange will never be the new black! (Precisely why I can never go to prison.) Cute title for the show though.

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