What to wear with an orange skirt to look effortlessly stylish is a big question for many women. This post illustrates that such a piece can be more versatile than you think and is as easy to style as other skirts in a fashion color. It also covers why the outfit inspirations work so you can apply the concept yourself. Using the example of my own experience you are encouraged to trust your color guts and recognize the indicators what works for you.
- Why a Cinnamon Skirt?
- Orange Is a Statement Color
- What Colors Work with Carrot?
- Orange Skirt Pink Tights and Sweater
- Analogous Colors as Top
- Wear It with a Matching Print
- Try an Animal Print
- Create a Fake Suit
- Wrapping Up What to Wear with an Orange Skirt
- 290th Top of the World Style Linkup Party
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Why a Cinnamon Skirt?
Remember the Orange is the new black trend from a couple of years ago? What is it with black? O.K., I have to admitI would wear another color more often when it would be darker than black. #black #style Click To Tweet
Why? I look best in deep dark colors.
In the 1970s, orange had a moment. My sister had an orange blouse that she once in a while let me wear. I loved that blouse, but had no idea why. I hadn’t bought anything orange ever since I had my colors determined in the 1980s. I was classified as a Winter. Therefore, I avoided yellow, orange, aubergine and bottle green. These colors were the ones, I used to love as a kid.
In the 1980s, color analysis only distinguished four types: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. However, the icy pastels of Winter always washed me out. Consequently, I avoided them as well. In the 1990s, black was my Go-to neutral. In the new Millennium, I loved the icy pink pastel blue, mint colors, but I knew that they didn’t work for me. However, they look stunning on light blonde women.
When the modern 12 “season” classification came up, the new classification said that actually, I am a Deep Autumn Winter. Thus, orange is a great color for me. And it works great with another of my favorite colors pink. See this guide how to wear pink.
Orange Is a Statement Color
Anyhow, I never thought about wearing orange (again). It was just a fruit to which I am allergic! However, according to the modern color categories, as a deep autumn winter orange is in my pallette! My bottle green knit dress with white neck area decorated with orange pom poms popped up in my head. My mom had knitted it for me when I was a toddler.
I realized how many accessories in the color of this fruit I had as long as I can think back. And yes, I also had some clothing that had spots of orange that look cool in crazy prints or even a sort of color blocking stripe in this strong, bold hue. However, I never had bought a piece that was a full on solid orange.
And then I saw this orange skirt. Guess what? My “buy now finger” hit the electronic button immediately when I had thought about three looks to go with it. Now I am looking for something in bottlegreen. These two colors just look awesome together.
What Colors Work with Carrot?
Many women avoid wearing tangerine because they think it is hard to style. Yes, pairing it with green or black or even both easily gets you into Halloween closet shopping. Not a promotional bell ringer, not even as a office appropriate Halloween look.
Well, brown-orange-leo is a great combo to try (see inspiration photos later in this post). What about pairing it with navy, a bright blue, khaki, burgundy or olive. Think of olive as the new black. Speaking of blue – a real classic neutral – denim is also great to try. Gray tweed is also a great match.It works with its complimentary color, i.e. blue, analogous colors, namely red and yellow, its muted color brown, or its tinted color salmon. When you want to go for edgy, go for color clash. Just add this purple or green in a color block look. Of course, doing so takes nerves. But life is too short to not have fun with dressing.
As a kid, my favorite play was dressing up my dolls and make new clothes for them. Maybe I never grew up and still play dressing up? Being my living Barbie doll? Or as Iris Apple says playing dress-up starts at age 5 and never ends. - Iris Apple #fashionquote #quote Click To Tweet
Do you like her style?
Orange Skirt Pink Tights and Sweater
The outfit below shows pink and gray as an example what to wear with an orange skirt.
The look works because the necklace ties the skirt and boots together with the citrine and moonstone gemstones, respectively. The tights repeat the color of the sweater.
Complimentary Blue for a Bold, but Safe Look
Using a complimentary color is the easiest way to create a great look. It’s bold look, because both colors are deep. The look makes a statement, but is still office appropriate.
Analogous Colors as Top
Going with one of the adjacent colors on the wheel is another great option. It’s a visible look. You are reading this because you don’t want to look invisible, right? You can find more on how to wear analogous colors.
The bangles tie the look together as they have all the colors of the look. The shoes match with the top, neckerchief, watch and bangles, the bottom with the bangles and belt. You can find another example of an easy look in analogous colors at the link.
Wear It with a Matching Print
The next look was inspired by the print of my floral cardigan. I wore it as a top with the skirt as the color ties the two together.
Let a print inspire your outfit color combination. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
Another color of the top gave the idea for which bag, shoes and cover-up to pair with the look. Thus, my pink fitted leather jacket got another look. The jacket was a consignment find and a perfect addition for my wardrobe. I got so many outfits with it. I featured 17 outfits with this pink biker jacket in a post a while ago. Meanwhile there are even more!
Try an Animal Print
Pairing orange with black is always a bit risky because these are the two traditional “Halloween” colors. However, the combination makes totally sense and is even office appropriate when leopard print in its natural colors is involved. However, the cuts of all pieces should be classic. In other words, you create a classics with a twist look.Combine orange with leopard for an edgy classics with a twist look. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
Create a Fake Suit
You know I’m a big fan of fake suits. They instantly make a Business Casual Style look. In the case of this outfit, both the skirt and jacket have the same hue, but a distinct different shade works too. You can find a full guide on how to wear a suit and not look old at the link.
When you are daring try a carrot skirt stunning look with a pink jacket.
Wrapping Up What to Wear with an Orange Skirt
A skirt in a statement color can be more versatile that you think. Of course, it goes with all the usual pieces you typically style a skirt with. Colors to pair with orange are:
- Pink (wildcard)
- Blue (complimentary color)
- Speaking of blue – a real classic neutral – denim is also great to try.
- Analogous colors (yellow and/or red)
- Gray tweed
- Brown or other Earth colors (Note Earth colors are having a moment this year.)
… and stay away from orange+black. So Halloween!
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