From summer through fall, bold, vibrant, optimistic shades are all the rage. The one that is really starting to grow on me is orange- which can serve as an fun, and slightly edgy, alternative to powerhouse pink.
I used to hesitate when it came to orange for fear that I would look like a pumpkin. However, with more experimentation, and the right pieces, I totally warmed up to all forms of this citrus shade and learned that when done right, it can be a serious statement maker.
Blaze a trail in an electrifying neon shade- which conveys an unmatched sort of confidence. Rock a bold orange dress at a black tie affair to really stand out from the crowd- like Ashley Olsen who wore a striking vintage gown to this year’s CFDA Fashion Awards. Try a softer shade, like Vanessa Hudens who wore a Max Azria gown to the Kid’s Choice Awards, which allows for piled on accessories. I especially love the rich orange shade of the Bottega Veneta dress worn by Ginnifer Goodwin, which is fashion-forward but still classic and sophisticated.
You can keep it color-specific with a single orange piece, or merge in some other neon colors for a free-spirited sixties-feel. The most important thing to remember is to select a shade that makes you feel as good as you look!
Check out some of my favorite orange pieces after the jump!
T-Bags Long Dress with Rope Detail, $229. This orange maxi has a fantastic seventies-feel to it and would look killer with some layered necklaces.
Alexander Wang One Shoulder Dress, $545. One of those dresses that will get everyone in the room to stop and stare, in envy of course.
Juicy Couture Tiered Ruffle Slip Dress, $278; NOW: $195. Pair this sweet frock with sandals now and tights, booties, and a sharp blazer come fall.
Silence & Noise Boatneck Tunic, $42. Wear this slouchy style alone for a strong yet subtle style or with piled on jewelry for a standout one.
Rachel Pally Honey Dress, $221; NOW: $154.70. Totally wearable with an undeniable fashion-forward edge.
Dolce Vita Valerie Dress, $165. Sweet and feminine with just the right dose of attitude.
Blumarine Printed Dress, $814; NOW: $325. The perfect summer dress that can easily transition to fall with a few layers.
Chelsea Flower Beaded Fringe Dress, $345. An essential piece for anyone looking to add some haute-hippie to their wardrobe.
BDG Racerback Tank Dress, $38. Wear this tunic over a bikini for a day at the beach and with skinny jeans and pump for an effortlessly glam nighttime style.
BB Dakota Tangerine Shirley Dress, $70. Both modern with an undeniable swingin’ sixties vibe.
– SABRINA ALEXIS
Splash image by Oz Shapiro.