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Max Mara weekend skirt, GNW cashmere Merino sweater, Paloma Picasso xo belt, No Nonsense tights, Vince Camuto boots, Hermes enamel bangles, Seiko watch, Hermes collier de chien cuff

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.


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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 admit I would wear another color more often when it would be darker than black.

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, eggplant and bottle green. These colors were the ones, I used to love as a kid.

In the 1980s, color analysis 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. Icy pink, light blue, mint, and other pastel colors look stunning on light blonde women.


Tip: Trust your gust color-wise.


Who Can Wear Orange as a Statement Color?

All types of Autumn and Deep Winter. Everyone can don the shade as a pop of color away from their face with their personal color season.

According to the modern 12 color season quiz, as a deep autumn winter orange is in my palette!

I realized how many accessories I had in this color as long as I can remember. 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. And yes, I also had some wild print clothes with orange accents or even a sort of color blocking stripe in this strong, bold hue. However, I never had bought a full on solid orange piece.

And then I saw this orange skirt. Guess what? My “buy now finger” hit the electronic button immediately after I had thought about three looks to go with it.


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-leopard is a great combo to try (see inspiration photos). What about pairing it with navy, a bright blue, khaki, burgundy or olive as the new black.

Speaking of blue – a real classic neutral – denim is a great option. Blue is its complimentary color. Furthermore, analogous its colors – red and yellow -, its muted color brown, or its tinted color salmon are foolproof to add. Gray is a great matching neutral.

When you want to go for edgy, go for color clash with 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 Barbie doll and make new clothes for her. Maybe I never grew up and still play dressing up? Or as Iris Apple said

Playing dress-up starts at age 5 and never ends. – Iris Apple

Do you like Iris Apfel’s style?


Can You Wear Orange with Pink?

Sure, you can. The outfit below shows pink and gray as an example what to wear with an orange skirt.


influencer featuring pink and gray as what to wear with an orange skirt
Paloma Picasso xo belt, unbranded moonstone citrine necklace, GNW cashmere merino wool sweater, Max Mara weekend straight skirt, No Nonsense tights and Vince Camuto slouchy suede boots.


The look works because the citrine and moonstone gemstones of the necklace tie the skirt and boots together. The tights repeat the sweater color.


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.


fashion blogger over 50 in fall style work outfit with trench, blue shirt, and orange skirt and sandals
Burberry Brit trench coat, Max Mara Weekend orange straight skirt, blue turquoise Prada satchel, Michael Kors sandals, statement necklace, pantyhose, amber pendant necklace c/o Uno Alla Volta, and button-down shirt c/o Ethyl Clothing.



Analogous Colors as Top

Going with one of the analogous colors on the color wheel is another great option. It’s a visible look. But, you are reading this post because you don’t want to look invisible, right?

Nicole in analogous red-orange office separates
Max Mara Weekend skirt, Ann Taylor silk knit top, Paloma Picasso x-belt, Hermes enamel bangles, Hermes collier de chien bangle, AMS neckerchief, Seiko watch, pantyhose and L.K. Bennett plateau open-toe pumps with snake print.


The secret to an easy look in analogous colors is tying the look together. In the inspiration, the bangles do the trick because they have all the colors of the outfit. The shoes match with the top, neckerchief, watch and bangles, the bottom with the bangles and belt.


How to Style an Orange Skirt with a 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.


floral top and pointy-toe multi-color pumps as what to wear with an orange skirt
Max Mara Weekend skirt, Notations cardigan, Hermes collier de chien bangle, fishnet tights, Ivanka Trump pointy-toe pumps.


Tip: Let a print inspire your outfit color combination.

Another color of the top gave the idea for which bag, shoes and cover-up to pair with the look.
The top also inspired the outfit with pink biker jacket.



Try an Animal Print

Pairing orange with black is risky because they 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.


Tip: Combine leopard with orange instead of red for an edgy classics with a twist look.


Fashion blogger donning animal print with bold carrot bottom
Max Mara weekend pencil skirt, Paloma Picasso xo belt, Valentino studded boots, pantyhose, Seiko watch, and dangling earrings.



Create a Fake Suit with a Matching Blazer

You know I’m a big fan of fake suits looks. They instantly make a Business Casual Style look. In the case of this suit outfit, both the skirt and jacket have the same hue. However, a distinctly different shade would work too. See this comprehensive guide on how to wear a suit.


blogger sporting a carrot puffer blazer as what to wear with an orange skirt
Max Mara weekend skirt, Max Mara jacket, GNW tight, GNW Luxe sweater, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, Gucci scarf, Ray Ban sunglasses, Yes Saint Laurent bag, Manolo Blahnik leopard print boots, statement necklace and Judith Leiber charm belt.



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:

  • Burgundy
  • Purple
  • 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


Photos of me: G. Kramm

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